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HR Innovation & Tech Fest

The world has changed. Businesses are demanding. New technologies are emerging. The clock is ticking and the big HR shift is on. HR has moved beyond its operational role and is fast transforming into a core, focused, and disciplined strategic business function. Technology is the essential enabler of this transformation. HR Innovation & Tech Fest is in its second year, where a vibrant community of HR and technology people, thought-leaders and experts come together to share knowledge, experience and innovation.

Designed to help each other pinpoint new and different ways to transform business through HR & Technology.

 

 

Speakers 2017

 
  • Tim Sackett

    Tim Sackett

    President, HRU Technical Resources (USA)
     
    The Headhunter Inside Me!

    HR and Talent Acquisition (TA) expert Tim Sackett has worked on both sides of the fence. Running a successful contingency agency and having successfully converted multiple corporate TA shops over in-house agency models, he knows the pitfalls and issues you’ll face. 90% of corporate TA departments worldwide do recruiting in the same fashion, and for the most part, it’s failing...

    Read more >
     
  • Nicole Thompson

    Nicole Thompson

    Former Head of Learning and Organisational Development, Fairfax Media (AUS)
     
    How to Transform Traditional Performance Management & Employee Engagement Programs to Contemporary Solutions

    Nicole will present two case studies demonstrating how she blew up and transformed Performance Management (PM) and Employee Engagement (EE). Bersin research has reinforced for the last few years that many companies globally do not see the ROI in traditional PM programs. In most companies, both leaders and employees dread the mid and annual appraisal process. EE programs need to...

    Read more >
     
  • Lars Schmidt

    Lars Schmidt

    Founder & Principal, AMPLIFY// (USA)
     
    Employer Brand 2.0: The Future of Employer Brand

    The field of Employer Brand has reached a maturation point. What was once a “nice to have” complement to a traditional recruiting process has evolved to become a foundational component. We’ve shifted from broad one-size-fits-all talent attraction strategies to personalised and differentiated talent targeting. This session explores the future of Employer Brand and will help equip your team with employer...

    Read more >
     
  • Jeremy Masters

    Jeremy Masters

    Managing Partner, Worklogix (USA)
     
    7 Huge Change Impacts When Moving HR to the Cloud

    Considering moving one or more of your HR processes to the cloud? Whether embarking on a full end-to-end HR transformation or moving to the cloud at your own pace module-by-module, customers are surprised at how different cloud HR is compared to their on-premise systems. In this session, we explore seven of the most significant changes that you can expect; from...

    Read more >
     
  • m gangen

    Melissa Gangen

    HR Director, Digital Planet
     
    Disruptive HR, Breaking All the Rules

    Disruptive HR is all about the business of people which is unpredictable and one which no competitor can duplicate! As a support function, budget is always an issue, being disruptive is about implementing major and minor investments in executing a unique people strategy. Technology doesn’t need to be expensive just effective. I will walk you through a hybrid approach we...

    Read more >
     
  • Tasmin Coleman

    Tasmin Coleman

    Group Talent Acquisition Manager, RCL FOODS Limited
     
    Evolution of the Recruitment Industry: The Role Technology, Social Media & Automation Played in RCL Foods Transformation Journey

    RCL Foods were reliant on Recruitment Agencies with the approach to buy talent - having no internal capability with high recruitment costs, high volume, low quality. With business buy-in, they implemented an effective talent acquisition strategy with a variety of recruitment tools that optimise reach to the right audience and showcases culture and opportunities. Tasmin will share how they achieved...

    Read more >
     
  • Emile Bosman

    Emile Bosman

    Chief HR/IR Officer, Intercape
     
    Transforming Driver Safety with Wearable Technology in the Luxury Coach Industry

    Through the addition of wearable technology to psychological and medical profiling, a holistic approach towards driver safety is being implemented in one of the leading inter-city coach operators. This session will illustrate the structure of the new technology based process, the benefits of wearable technology, the process and challenges of implementing a technology-based business solution and what the next steps...

    Read more >
     
  • Colin Browne

    Colin J Browne

    Chief Happy Sandpit Builder, Happy Sandpit
     
    How to Build a Happy Sandpit…HR’s Role in Employee Happiness

    This session is built on the Happy Sandpit research into how Southern African companies create culture that drives engagement, performance and loyalty. The role of HR is changing and its focus is shifting to talent development, employee growth, hiring for culture and engagement techniques that enable strategic growth objectives in business. Southern African businesses operate on the margin between first...

    Read more >
     
  • Mike Jackson

    Mike Jackson

    Former CEO, PPS Insurance
     
    The PPS Story: How a Singular Vision Mobilised People & System to Achieve Dramatic Organisational Transformation

    PPS was a staid one product mutual in 2003.In late 2003, Mike Jackson was appointed as CEO with a mandate to transform it into a modern financial services group – a one stop shop for graduate professionals. A new vision was born. The vision mobilised passion and purpose. A new business system was built and implemented to boot – a...

    Read more >
     
  • Rama Govenden

    Rama Govenden

    Former HR Executive, PPS Insurance
     
    The PPS Story: How a Singular Vision Mobilised People & System to Achieve Dramatic Organisational Transformation

    PPS was a staid one product mutual in 2003.In late 2003, Mike Jackson was appointed as CEO with a mandate to transform it into a modern financial services group – a one stop shop for graduate professionals. A new vision was born. The vision mobilised passion and purpose. A new business system was built and implemented to boot – a...

    Read more >
     
  • Terence Moolman

    Terence Moolman

    HR Executive | Organisational Effectiveness, Smollan Group SA (Pty) Ltd
     
    HRBI – Where to Start? A Practical Start-Up Guide

    Many HR leaders still grapple with how to start the journey of implementing a HRBI model. We developed a practical model to identify the core Strategic, Operational and Deep Data requirements. The guide will assist you in defining metrics linking to strategy and execution of day-to-day decisions. The ultimate objective is to build a strategic view on how to advance...

    Read more >
     
  • Hugo Coetzee

    Hugo Coetzee

    Senior Functional Specialist: M4S, Anglo American Platinum Limited
     
    Manning for Success (M4S): An HR Initiative that Improves All “Manning” Processes Through Smart Technology

    Manning for Success (M4S), an in-house programme developed at Anglo American Platinum, aims to improve all “manning” processes, by using smart technology to ensure that the optimally fit person is at the right place, at the right time, doing the right activities, within the right time frame. Improved AWOP management means speedy resolution of false negative shifts and accurate bonus...

    Read more >
     
  • Lauren Clark

    Lauren Clark

    HR Executive, Mint Management Technologies (Pty) Ltd
     
    Perform While You Transform – How I Digitally Transformed our HR Department

    Come and join this engaging discussion as Lauren Clark takes you through her first-hand account of how she transformed her HR department from an engaging, but manual environment to a “cloud first” “people first” innovative environment that scaled with a company that double in size over a 24 month period. She will discuss challenges around adoption, quick wins and share...

    Read more >
     
  • Farrid Karolia

    Farid Karolia

    Head of Technology: FNB HR, FNB - A Division of FirstRand Bank
     
    Digitising the Employee Experience

    Technology advancements enable employers to deliver people-centric HR experiences which increase collaboration, productivity and engagement while reducing cost and risk. An HR and Technology partnership can successfully identify the right technology solutions that both solve HR issues and enable HR to be relevant for the workforce. This session will cover Mobile ready communication and collaboration platforms – why it’s HR’s...

    Read more >
     
  • Marienus Trouw

    Marienus Trouw

    SAP Solution & Product Innovation Architect, NGA Human Resources
     
    What you Could, Should, or Want to Know About Your Employee/s?

    As oil is the lifeblood of any machine, data is running through the veins of every information system. In a perfect world if you had the correct data and IT landscape at your disposal what could, should, or are you able to know about your employee/s?

     
  • Tony Cohn

    Tony Cohn

    Director, Systemic Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd T/A QBIT & Guest Speaker, Webex
     
    Masterclass & Case Study in Organisation, Work & People Analytics

    Teleconference with Guest Speaker around Data Driven Organisation, Work and People Analytics and Organisational Effectiveness followed by a case study exploring the following using live data:  Understanding your current organization; how do you handle poor data; what types of statistical understanding do you require ; how do you model future scenarios relative to your current state; how do you select...

    Read more >
     
  • Elise Carbone

    Elise Carbone

    Director Global Channel Sales, Silversoft - Deltek Platinum Partner (FRA)
     
    Leveraging Talent Management Technologies for Business Today

    With organisations struggling to stand out from their competitors in order to attract and more importantly retain their top talent, business is needing to look at different HR tools to keep their employees engaged, motivated and dedicated to the overall strategy of the business, its goals and overall culture.  We will explore the avenue of making technology the foundation for...

    Read more >
     
  • leon james

    Leon James

    HRIT Manager, Investec Bank Limited
     
    Digitising People – Creating Smarter Employee Engagement

    In this session, Leon will focus on how to create a digital platform that will improve employee engagement within your organisation. It will address the challenges that companies face, both from a technology and people perspective. Some companies create great digital platforms for clients but not employees. Join Leon as he highlights practical ways and steps to start a digital...

    Read more >
     
  • Marius Meyer (1)

    Marius Meyer

    CEO, SA Board for People Practices (SABPP)
     
    The Power of Social Media Engagement

    Aligning People and Technology  The rapid growth in social media platforms and increasing engagement levels pose significant opportunities and risks for business.  Leveraging these opportunities while simultaneously mitigating risks provides a clear focus for HR and business leaders in adding value to their organisations. Practical guidelines are provided in unleashing the potential of people and the power of social media...

    Read more >
     
  • Brandon Pleaner

    Brandon Pleaner

    Manager - Talent Solutions, CEB, now Gartner
     
    The Rise of Innovation in Talent Assessment Technology

    World-class assessment approaches should combine proven assessment tools, benchmarks and analytics with an understanding of the organisational context and requirements. Join us for a session where we will be exploring some recent innovations in Talent Assessment Technology in both the pre-hire and post-hire space.

     

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  • Testimonial Hung

    "HR Innovation & Tech Fest was a superbly put together conference. Top class speakers, great content and learning/sharing from practitioners across the globe. Put it on your events calendar and go!"

    Hung Lee - CEO, WorkShape.io
     
  • Louise

    "I love Eventful conferences. They are always very well researched and the content is very relevant"

    Louise Steenkamp - Account Manager, Wipro Technologies South Africa (Pty) Ltd
     
  • Peggy Rubenzer1

    "HR Tech Fest just felt more “real” than all the conferences I have been to. The Eventful Group Team rocked it! Real people who were visible, approachable and so helpful"

    Peggy Rubenzer - Senior Vice President of People Resources, SHAKE SHACK
     
  • AMBROSIA VERTESI1

    "The HR Tech Fest is the kind of conference you walk away from already anticipating the next one. Seriously. It struck the right balance of sessions, interactive engagement, and networking."

    Ambrosia Vertesi - VP, People Duo Security
     
 
 

Sponsors 2017

 
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    PNET
     
    Partner
     
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    PAL Solutions
     
    Interactive Partner
     
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    NINTEX
     
    Partner
     
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    Signify Solutions
     
    Partner
     
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    Microsoft
     
    Community Partner
     
  •  
    CEB is now Gartner
     
    Community Partner
     
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    SABPP
     
    Partner
     
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    Oracle
     
    Community Partner
     
  •  
    Kalleo People Group in partnership with Cornerstone
     
    Premier Partner
     
  •  
    Qbit
     
    Partner
     

The Headhunter Inside Me!

HR and Talent Acquisition (TA) expert Tim Sackett has worked on both sides of the fence. Running a successful contingency agency and having successfully converted multiple corporate TA shops over in-house agency models, he knows the pitfalls and issues you’ll face. 90% of corporate TA departments worldwide do recruiting in the same fashion, and for the most part, it’s failing miserably. A few innovative corporate TA leaders have made the switch to blowing up their shop and starting over, and they are finding huge successes in finding talent. If you don’t want to change, don’t come to this session!

How to Transform Traditional Performance Management & Employee Engagement Programs to Contemporary Solutions

Nicole will present two case studies demonstrating how she blew up and transformed Performance Management (PM) and Employee Engagement (EE). Bersin research has reinforced for the last few years that many companies globally do not see the ROI in traditional PM programs. In most companies, both leaders and employees dread the mid and annual appraisal process. EE programs need to catch up with current technology and move from providing data from the CEO down annually to giving all leaders real time data on their people whenever they want to action themselves. Nicole will unpack this and offer practical steps on how to transform traditional PM and EE programs to contemporary solutions in order to optimise engagement and people’s performance.

Employer Brand 2.0: The Future of Employer Brand

The field of Employer Brand has reached a maturation point. What was once a “nice to have” complement to a traditional recruiting process has evolved to become a foundational component. We’ve shifted from broad one-size-fits-all talent attraction strategies to personalised and differentiated talent targeting. This session explores the future of Employer Brand and will help equip your team with employer brand strategies that convert – now and in the future.

7 Huge Change Impacts When Moving HR to the Cloud

Considering moving one or more of your HR processes to the cloud? Whether embarking on a full end-to-end HR transformation or moving to the cloud at your own pace module-by-module, customers are surprised at how different cloud HR is compared to their on-premise systems. In this session, we explore seven of the most significant changes that you can expect; from the way, your organisation supports your new system – to the new paradigm of scheduled, product releases. Don’t miss this engaging discussion on the organisational impacts of moving HR to the cloud.

Disruptive HR, Breaking All the Rules

Disruptive HR is all about the business of people which is unpredictable and one which no competitor can duplicate! As a support function, budget is always an issue, being disruptive is about implementing major and minor investments in executing a unique people strategy. Technology doesn’t need to be expensive just effective. I will walk you through a hybrid approach we implemented at Digital Planet which took our people business to the next level.

Evolution of the Recruitment Industry: The Role Technology, Social Media & Automation Played in RCL Foods Transformation Journey

RCL Foods were reliant on Recruitment Agencies with the approach to buy talent - having no internal capability with high recruitment costs, high volume, low quality. With business buy-in, they implemented an effective talent acquisition strategy with a variety of recruitment tools that optimise reach to the right audience and showcases culture and opportunities. Tasmin will share how they achieved effective change management, built an in-house sourcing capability, reduced costs/agency reliance from 70% to 8%, and achieved 8.5 million ROI and a culture of recruiting through social media and content strategy.

Transforming Driver Safety with Wearable Technology in the Luxury Coach Industry

Through the addition of wearable technology to psychological and medical profiling, a holistic approach towards driver safety is being implemented in one of the leading inter-city coach operators. This session will illustrate the structure of the new technology based process, the benefits of wearable technology, the process and challenges of implementing a technology-based business solution and what the next steps are in enhancing this even further! This is the first time this technology is used in the luxury coach sector of the transport industry in South Africa. Join Emile in this exciting keynote as he shares insights in the problem identification, scoping, implementation and benefits of a Fatigue Risk Management System and the role that HR plays in driving safety and performance through innovation.

How to Build a Happy Sandpit…HR’s Role in Employee Happiness

This session is built on the Happy Sandpit research into how Southern African companies create culture that drives engagement, performance and loyalty. The role of HR is changing and its focus is shifting to talent development, employee growth, hiring for culture and engagement techniques that enable strategic growth objectives in business. Southern African businesses operate on the margin between first world and third world economies, making innovation critical to their success. With rapidly changing workforce demographics, innovating ways to achieve employee engagement is the first priority for the best of the best in the region. Join Colin in this exciting keynote as he shares stories and uses the analogy of the Happy Sandpit to explain how leading companies in the region build teams that work together well, in the pursuit of a common goal.

The PPS Story: How a Singular Vision Mobilised People & System to Achieve Dramatic Organisational Transformation

PPS was a staid one product mutual in 2003.In late 2003, Mike Jackson was appointed as CEO with a mandate to transform it into a modern financial services group – a one stop shop for graduate professionals. A new vision was born. The vision mobilised passion and purpose. A new business system was built and implemented to boot – a brave decision that has paid healthy dividends ( 16% annual compound growth in assets over last 12 years). Welcome to this exciting journey!

The PPS Story: How a Singular Vision Mobilised People & System to Achieve Dramatic Organisational Transformation

PPS was a staid one product mutual in 2003.In late 2003, Mike Jackson was appointed as CEO with a mandate to transform it into a modern financial services group – a one stop shop for graduate professionals. A new vision was born. The vision mobilised passion and purpose. A new business system was built and implemented to boot – a brave decision that has paid healthy dividends ( 16% annual compound growth in assets over last 12 years). Welcome to this exciting journey!

HRBI – Where to Start? A Practical Start-Up Guide

Many HR leaders still grapple with how to start the journey of implementing a HRBI model. We developed a practical model to identify the core Strategic, Operational and Deep Data requirements. The guide will assist you in defining metrics linking to strategy and execution of day-to-day decisions. The ultimate objective is to build a strategic view on how to advance through the HRBI maturity matrix. The session will be most meaningful to those businesses in the early stages of maturity.

Manning for Success (M4S): An HR Initiative that Improves All “Manning” Processes Through Smart Technology

Manning for Success (M4S), an in-house programme developed at Anglo American Platinum, aims to improve all “manning” processes, by using smart technology to ensure that the optimally fit person is at the right place, at the right time, doing the right activities, within the right time frame. Improved AWOP management means speedy resolution of false negative shifts and accurate bonus allocation.  It is now simple for employees to upgrade and improve skills and through successful use of technology, we ensure all shifts are fully manned and all transactions are done error free. In this session, Hugo will share the incredible results that they have achieved through this initiative and how they are doing it!

Perform While You Transform – How I Digitally Transformed our HR Department

Come and join this engaging discussion as Lauren Clark takes you through her first-hand account of how she transformed her HR department from an engaging, but manual environment to a “cloud first” “people first” innovative environment that scaled with a company that double in size over a 24 month period. She will discuss challenges around adoption, quick wins and share 5 ingredients that made her HR department a talent attracting machine via adopting technologies like Nintex, Talent.Go, Office 365 and more.

Digitising the Employee Experience

Technology advancements enable employers to deliver people-centric HR experiences which increase collaboration, productivity and engagement while reducing cost and risk. An HR and Technology partnership can successfully identify the right technology solutions that both solve HR issues and enable HR to be relevant for the workforce. This session will cover Mobile ready communication and collaboration platforms – why it’s HR’s responsibility to deliver a collaboration platform for your organisation; Tier 0 query resolution platforms – how to de-admin HR; and HR Apps - delivering an HR App that encompasses the full HR value chain.

Masterclass & Case Study in Organisation, Work & People Analytics

Teleconference with Guest Speaker around Data Driven Organisation, Work and People Analytics and Organisational Effectiveness followed by a case study exploring the following using live data:  Understanding your current organization; how do you handle poor data; what types of statistical understanding do you require ; how do you model future scenarios relative to your current state; how do you select the most desirable option and track its implementation; what does this tell you about your workforce planning requirements and where do you get the skills to do all this?

Leveraging Talent Management Technologies for Business Today

With organisations struggling to stand out from their competitors in order to attract and more importantly retain their top talent, business is needing to look at different HR tools to keep their employees engaged, motivated and dedicated to the overall strategy of the business, its goals and overall culture.  We will explore the avenue of making technology the foundation for HR practices, using a unified solution and how to change behaviours internally to assist in this move.

Digitising People – Creating Smarter Employee Engagement

In this session, Leon will focus on how to create a digital platform that will improve employee engagement within your organisation. It will address the challenges that companies face, both from a technology and people perspective. Some companies create great digital platforms for clients but not employees. Join Leon as he highlights practical ways and steps to start a digital process, as well as shares some of Investec’s digital achievements with their onboarding processes, how they created a single HR solution for a global company and insights into their digital learning strategy.

The Power of Social Media Engagement

Aligning People and Technology  The rapid growth in social media platforms and increasing engagement levels pose significant opportunities and risks for business.  Leveraging these opportunities while simultaneously mitigating risks provides a clear focus for HR and business leaders in adding value to their organisations. Practical guidelines are provided in unleashing the potential of people and the power of social media to obtain a competitive advantage in a world in which connectivity has become the new lever for personal and corporate branding and impact.