HR Tech 2019: The Highlights


As one of the industry’s leading events, the lead up to HR Tech 2019 was an exciting time. This year the conference was held in the beautiful Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and it didn’t disappoint.

Here at Cognota, we traveled down to Vegas not just to attend the conference, but also to exhibit for two days at the HR Tech expo. But, with some of the biggest names in the industry delivering keynotes, we still found time to take in all the event had to offer. Here are our highlights from HR Tech 2019!

Keynotes at HR Tech

Tuesday, October 1

Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran opened with a keynote on “How to Lead Your Team to Greatness.” She highlighted the importance of people in the workplace and how their contribution is at the heart of organizational success. 

Wednesday, October 2

Industry giant Josh Bersin took to the stage to discuss the ever prevalent topic of AI and its impact on the future workplace. Bersin was as insightful as ever and discussed the most significant challenges, the best opportunities, and the potential pitfalls for the role played by technology in HR.

Thursday, October 3

Marcus Buckingham’s new book “Nine Lies About Work” is fresh off the press. He kicked off the day with a passionate keynote on performance and what really drives it in employees. We’re pretty sure Marcus could have been delivering a keynote about absolutely anything and still had the audience captivated!

Friday, October 4

This rapid-fire session was the perfect way to perk everyone up on the last day of the conference. This session saw lots of innovative thinkers and thought leaders share their cutting-edge insights with the audience in five-minute rounds.  

The Cognota exhibition stand

We love going to events to meet like-minded L&D folks. So, where better than HR Tech?


Exhibiting at events like HR Tech gives us the chance to interact with L&D leaders. Face to face, we can really get to the root of their problems with training development, and HR Tech 2019 was no exception.

We had an absolute blast chatting with everyone that stopped by, and our popular swag was definitely a hit!

HR Tech Pitchfest 2019

On Day 2 of the event, our CEO and founder, Ryan Austin, took to the Pitchfest arena! 

Pitchfest is an event where start-ups in the HR tech sector battle it out in quick three minute rounds of pitching their products and solutions. Decisions on the winner are made by a combination of a judging panel and audience vote.

It was a fun activity for Cognota to participate in and an excellent opportunity to see what else is happening in the HR tech start-up space!

Hr Tech continues to live up to its name as one of the must-attend events in the L&D/HR calendar. We’ll see you there next year

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