Catching up with Pitchfest winner Ben Brooks of Pilot

Apr 14, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by HR Tech posted in HR Tech Talk, HR Technology, Pitchfest, startups, HR professionals, HR Tech StartUp, Ben Brooks


Six months ago, the HR technology community was preparing to make its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the HR Technology Conference & Exposition®. And CEO and founder Ben Brooks of Pilot was polishing his pitch for PitchfestRead more.

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Shark Tank: HR Tech Conference Edition

Apr 5, 2019 9:07:10 AM / by HR Tech posted in HR Startups, Pitchfest, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


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30 HR Technology Startups Will Participate in Pitchfest at the HR Technology Conference & Exposition

Apr 3, 2019 9:55:00 AM / by HR Tech posted in startups, HR Tech StartUp, HR Tech Expo


Annual Event Seeks to Discover the Next Great HR Technology Company

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Always First in #HRTech Innovation: HR Technology Conference & Exposition Announces Pitchfest Details

Jun 21, 2018 1:23:42 PM / by HR Tech posted in hr tech, HR Technology, HR Technology Conference, innovation, startups, technology conference, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


HORSHAM, Pa., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The HR Technology Conference & Exposition® first annual “Pitchfest” event continues to gain significant momentum, especially given a new sponsorship from the Randstad Innovation Fund. Designed to recognize startups that are contributing to the future of work, Pitchfest has partnered with Randstad Innovation Fund to offer a single $25,000 prize to the winner of the first annual competition, as well as a $5,000 diversity prize.

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Calling All HR Tech Startups: HR Technology Conference & Exposition Announces Details of New Pitchfest Event

Apr 11, 2018 11:37:29 AM / by HR Tech posted in Awesome New Technology, HR, hr tech, new technology, Next Great HR Technology Company, Pitchfest, HR Technology Conference, innovation, startup company, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


HORSHAM, Pa., April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acknowledging the significant innovations and funding trends in the HR tech category, this year’s HR Technology Conference & Exposition® is adding its first annual “Pitchfest” event. From the founders of the HR Global Alliance® that extends to more than 45,000 HR executives across three continents, the world’s largest event dedicated to HR technology will take place September 11 – 14, 2018 at The Venetian Las Vegas.

The 2018 Pitchfest gives 30 startups three minutes to present their solutions to a panel of industry judges, followed by two minutes to answer questions. The preliminary rounds will be held on September 11 and 12; six companies will be selected to advance to the Pitchfest final on September 13. Each round includes audience voting, which counts for 30 percent of the final score. One winner will be selected to present in the conference’s famous “The Next Great HR Tech Company” session plus win exhibit space at the 2019 HR Technology Conference.

HR departments are under more pressure than ever before to attract qualified talent, keep employees engaged and provide career development opportunities. As a result, a new generation of HR technology companies has emerged and with them, substantial investment dollars. The proliferation of artificial intelligence and other technologies are further accelerating innovation.

Conference co-chair Steve Boese observed, “We’re only one quarter into the calendar year and already 33 funding investments have been made in the HR tech sector. The extent of product and services innovation from startups worldwide is staggering. Our Pitchfest event gives them the chance to showcase their early-state solutions in front of HR Tech’s audience of angel investors, VCs, HR leaders, industry influencers and more, giving them unprecedented exposure at an early stage.”

The deadline for submissions is June 29, 2018 and those selected will be notified by July 30, 2018. The online application and additional details can be accessed here. There is no fee to apply.

Vice President, Global Events and Publisher at LRP Publications, Rebecca McKenna, commented, “The HR Technology Conference is the launchpad for the most successful HR tech companies. We’re excited to add this new opportunity for startups so they can highlight their vision for changing the world of work.”

Details regarding the conference’s full program of 59 sessions across 11 tracks will be published at on April 25, 2018.

About the HR Technology Conference & Exposition®

Founded in 1997, the HR Technology Conference is the world’s leading event on HR technology covering all the latest trends — Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Big Data and more! From strategy and selection to post-implementation, HR Tech is a pivotal stop for all organizations on their HR journey. Featuring more than 70 presentations delivered by senior executives from leading organizations, HR Tech never sells speaking slots, resulting in a high-caliber learning experience with real-world lessons and practical takeaways. HR Tech annually attracts industry experts, thought leaders, software vendors, senior HR executives, HR generalists, HR systems leaders, IT innovators and more. The show is also home to the annual Women in HR Technology Summit, which empowers women within HR and HR technology to grow personally and professionally. Additionally, HR Tech Conference hosts the world’s largest Expo of HR technology products and services — a number of vendors even choose to announce their latest products for the first time at the conference. There is no better place to touch, compare and contrast the latest solutions from leading vendors in every category, as well as start-ups. For more information, visit

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The Great HR Technology Turf War...

Dec 19, 2017 8:43:52 AM / by Gareth Jones posted in technology, future hr tech, Disruption, HR, hr tech, HR Tech 2018, HR Technology, HR Technology Conference, innovation, TA Technology, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


Another year another great #HRTechConf - the 20th year in fact! And what a year. If you’ve not been, the conference and expo is huge. Every time I walk into the main room where the keynotes and startup competitions take place, I’m left in awe about how large it is. Ok, so its not the largest show on earth - I think Dreamforce tries hard for that with over 120,000 attendees! But for an HR audience all focussed on technology, its something to behold.
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Hack-of-a-lot of Similarities

Oct 11, 2017 1:48:15 PM / by Heather Kinzie posted in Change, Company culture, Disruption, HackLab, HR, hr tech, HR Tech Europe, LEAN, Next Great HR Technology Company, Quality Improvement, innovation, Teamwork, Hacking, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


I'm a LEAN practitioner and have, for years now, been totally excited when watching teams innovate and improve their work flows, processes and systems. What I have always loved about LEAN is that it requires the people who do the work be asked or participate in the improvement of the work. Novel concept, eh? Being an ornery consultant, I take this one step further and rarely let supervisors or managers "in the room" when brainstorming or ideation is occurring as they are the ultimate killjoys.

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HR Technology Q & A with Fistful of Talent's Tim Sackett

Oct 9, 2017 6:33:13 AM / by Tim Sackett posted in technology, Awesome New Technology, Disruption, HR, Next Great HR Technology Company, TA Technology, Top HR Products, Women in HR Technology, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


If you're coming to the HR Technology Conference and you don't know Fistful of Talent's Tim Sackett, you're missing out on one of the best, grammatically deficient, HR and TA technology writers on the planet!

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VIDEO: Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company: Hear from the Coaches

Sep 27, 2017 4:00:43 AM / by Steve Boese posted in HR, hr tech, Next Great HR Technology Company, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


Last week we announced our final four  solution providers in our Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company competition. We crowd sourced more than 5,000 votes to pick the semi-finalists over a few weeks. Our HR technology analyst-coaches were probably more anxious than anyone to find out who the crowd chose. Now these four industry veterans know who they get to help prepare for the big stage in Las Vegas.

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Show me the money: Where the investment $'s go in HRTech

Oct 24, 2016 5:30:23 AM / by Gareth Jones posted in HR, hr tech, HR Technology, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference, HR Tech StartUp


vc-slide-05One of the more interesting sessions at HRTech was one of the last ones I went to:

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