Welcome to Amsterdam!
The UNLEASH team and I hope you arrived safe and sound and that you are turbocharged for 2 days of cool networking and inspiring keynotes. Attendees have traveled from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, so kudos to the biggest enthusiasts by distance! This is truly the most international gathering of HR and Recruiting leaders in the world, no HR community has ever grown so large so fast, and we pride ourselves on organising the best HR, Recruitment, Future of Work & Technology conference on the planet.
This is a record-breaking year for us on all counts and the expo is our biggest yet. Having outgrown our home in Amsterdam in just 2 years, we will be moving to our new home at the Port de Versailles in Paris next year! So this year is a real celebration of a remarkable history that has begun with a 400 person meeting in 2011 at the Okura Hotel and is now 3 major shows and become the largest HR Technology network in the world. The startup area now represents the largest international exhibition in the world with 3 competitions on day 1 the winners of which will showcase on the main stage on Day 2 for the first time!
We have made some significant improvements to the show format and logistics that allow us to build new competencies for significant growth in 2019. This will allow us to scale the community and finally unleash the true power of the network, and enable us to dramatically improve how we build community between show dates.
The catering has changed this year so if you are not invested in loyalty membership area you will enjoy the food trucks onsite which offer amazing food options where you can buy a wider variety of quality food and beverages all day. Importantly we have built this into ticket pricing this year so delegates enjoy no frills pricing, or a loyalty experience at the show for the enthusiast. Remember all our sponsors have customer and prospect dinner parties so be sure to leave a little room for Tuesday night!
Uniquely, its an on-demand show for an on-demand economy and our biggest complaint is there are too many good speakers speaking at the same time, so we hope you brought your team. We will be sending you some of the video content after the show and the presentations during the show. It is designed to allow you the customer more access to more wider ranging content. Speakers are encouraged to get to the point and not spend 10 minutes talking about themselves and how great their company is.
Sponsors – if this is your first time at the show talk to the leaders who have been before or your account managers for networking tips. For this last show in Amsterdam – the time between networking breaks is crucial, use it to prepare for meetings, organise the nights hospitality, meet with other alliance vendors, or go to the events onsite to support client speakers and enjoy focused networking on recruitment, smart data, HR Tech, etc.
I believe in the power of face to face more than anything else for success. This show will allow you to meet old and new friends, and give your company access to best of breed solutions and services that are changing the workplace and enabling knowledge employees to scale new heights.
Happy days and have fun!
Founder & CEO, UNLEASH