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Best Learning and Tech Conferences of 2019/20

Conferences are a great way to find out what’s new and develop your skills so we have compiled a list of the best Learning and L&D Tech conferences for 2019 and 2020.

22 Oct 2019 by Ariel Jehwo-Malcolm

Conferences are a great way to learn about an industry, develop your skills, and meet like-minded professionals. There are so many out to choose from though! How do you sort through them all to learn which ones would provide the best value? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Here is our list of the best Learning and L&D Tech Conferences to keep your eye out for in 2019/20.

Check out our blog on the best SaaS conferences of 2020. And now for what you came here for, our best learning and tech conferences of 2019/20!

L&D Conferences


Las Vegas, NV: 23-25 October 2019

Source: The eLearning Guild

DevLearn is where the industry gathers to look at what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next in learning and development. We love that you can choose from 200 dynamic sessions in any area you’re focused on which is presented by experts who can address the questions you have. So whether you are new to the field, or a seasoned professional, this conference is open to all. Additionally, DevLearn feature co-located events before the expo including the AI & Learning Summit, LMS & Learning Platforms Forum, and TechSmith Learn Con.

ATD OrgDev

New Orleans, LA: 5-6 November 2019

Source: ATD

ATD’s OrgDev aims to equip you with the skills needed to develop employee programs at all levels and throughout their employment lifecycle. At the conference, you can expect to participate in a series of mini-workshops to manage the ever-increasing rate of change in today’s workplace. The conference will hold a boot camp where you will start creating an employee or leadership development program to take back to your organization. HR Professionals - this one is for you!

ATD Core 4 Conference

Miami, FL: 5-6 November 2019
Denver, CO: 17-20 May 2020

Source: ATD

The ATD Core 4 Conference aims to help you create better learning experiences. At this conference, you can expect to expand your knowledge in the four critical areas of talent development—instructional design, training delivery, measurement and evaluation, and learning technologies. Core 4 is ideal for those who are newer to talent development or those who want to professionalize their skills in the core competencies of the profession.

HCM Excellence Conference

West Palm Beach, FL: 4-6 February 2020

Brandon Hall Group is famous for its actionable human capital management research. They’re predominantly known for their leading practices, self-assessments, models, frameworks and other tools used to drive an organization’s business results, specifically with HCM practices. At the HCM Excellence Conference, you can expect the latest insights delivered in highly-interactive workshops alongside 400+ peers across 30+ industries. This conference is open to a range of roles in a range of industries but is targeted towards leadership and managers.

Training Conference & Expo

Lake Buena Vista, FL: 24-26 February 2020

Training Conference & Expo this conference brings together suppliers ranging from software to product and service solutions. Training Conference and Expo provide the very best in skill-building content, covering train-the-trainer essentials, behavioral analytics, serious games for learning, leadership development, digital learning, emerging technologies, and more. This conference attracts professionals from the training and learning backgrounds of all skill levels. Additionally, there is a pre-conference Certificate Programs and two co-located events — Leaders Learning Summit, and Innovations in Training.

SXSW EDU Conference & Festival

Austin, TX: 9-12 March 2020

Source: SXSW EDU

The SXSW EDU (pronounced South by Southwest E-D-U) is an annual event that fosters innovation in learning. The four-day event offers a discovery-based learning playground, curated programming, and networking, alongside interactive exhibits showcasing what’s next and new in education. On the third day of the conference is a free community day open to students and educators in Texas. The SXSW EDU conference invites a large range of people to participate from students to educators to businesses and government.

Learning Solutions Conference & Expo

Orlando, FL: 31 March - 2 April 2020

The Learning Solutions 2020 Program takes ideas beyond theory and into practice. The 2-day conference delivers over 120 dynamic sessions covering eLearning best practices, how-tos, case studies, and emerging trends. You’ll venture beyond the regularity of your daily work and discover proven practices from learning professionals from around the world. This conference is well suited to individuals, managers and executives that are interested in technology-based learning solutions.

ATD International Conference & Expo

Denver, CO: 17-20 May 2020

ATD International Conference & Expo 2020 is a learning and development conference that covers all industry subjects. The conference provides in-depth guidance for all the things you need to know on how to be successful. You can expect to come away with an outlook on what the future of talent development holds, and be prepared to address new challenges.

Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE)

Raleigh, NC: 16-18 June 2020

TICE is focused on building effective leaders of corporate learning and development. By design, TICE is a highly interactive experience, helping you meet new people while developing ideas and discovering solutions to address your challenges as an L&D leader. Over the course of three days, you will gather with your peers to discuss how you can create strategic alignment and overcome organizational obstacles. You can expect to network with others in the L&D field.

Tech Conferences

ATD TechKnowledge Conference

San Jose, CA: 5-7 Feb 2020

Technology is evolving the way people learn and the way they work. The TechKnowledge (TK) conference provides education in various formats, creating an immersive experience with you in the driver’s seat. You’ll have the opportunity to choose how you learn best, whether from traditional lecture-style sessions, hands-on instruction, or experimentation and co-creation with your peers. TK is well suited to learning and development professionals.

Realities360 Conference and Expo

Orlando, FL: 31 March - 2 April 2020

Source: Realities360

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are being used to solve training and education challenges every day. The Realities360 Expo is your one-stop shop to find the products, services, and partners you need to support your AR/VR and broader learning strategies. At the conference, you can pick from 50+ sessions showcasing how organizations are actively leveraging Extended Reality (XR) technologies. This conference tends to attract individuals and organizations exploring AR and VR for training and education.

TechLearn Conference

Austin, TX: 13-15 October 2020

Source: TenTimes

The TechLearn Conference (formerly Online Learning Conference) is the annual learning technology conference for trainers and learning professionals. Additionally, there are pre-conference Certificate Programs and two co-located events— Leaders Learning Summit, and Innovations in Training.

The amount of Learning and L&D Tech Conferences out there is mind-boggling. Hopefully, our list will help you narrow down your options to just the best of the best

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