UNLEASH London 2019: The ultimate guide

Daniel Paylor
Last updated on 2nd September 2020
3 min read

Are you heading to UNLEASH London this year?

With expert insight through keynotes, breakout sessions and demos, you won’t be short of things to see.

Intrigued to find out more about how you can immerse yourself at UNLEASH?

We’ve got everything you need to know, so you can squeeze as much as possible into your visit.

What is UNLEASH London?

Only the biggest HR tech event in the calendar. The annual event in London, previously called HR Tech World, is all about the future of work, with innovation, insights and inspiration for HR and People leaders.

The two-day event will pack in 130 speakers across keynotes and breakout sessions – all  geared towards workforce technology and business intelligence.

We’ll be there at stand 401, so if you’re heading to UNLEASH, be sure to say hi to the Sage People team.

Where and when is UNLEASH London?

UNLEASH London is held at the ExCeL London from Tuesday 19th to Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Over the two days, the 130 speakers will present across 12 stages to over 2,500 decision makers from across HR and People teams, and the world of work.

Why should I attend UNLEASH London?

It’s the place for the latest innovation and insights around the world of work.

There’ll be global brands and organizations showing off cutting-edge innovations, plus thousands of like-minded people sharing problems, solutions and inspirations—all empowering HR and business leaders to ‘unleash’ the power of their people.

Who can you expect to hear at UNLEASH London?

The event has a community feel, so you’ll be rubbing shoulders with decision makers, visionaries, technology buyers, and disruptors.

And then there’s the speakers—billed as “the most influential leaders on the future of work and technology”.

Some of the big names include the following.

Cal Henderson, Co-founder and CTO of Slack

As well as co-founding the hugely successful workplace communication tool Slack, Cal is an API pioneer who also developed authentication protocols oAuth and oEmbed, which are used by giants like YouTube.

Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google

Data scientist Cassie designed Google’s analytics program. She also personally trained over 15,000 Googlers in statistics, decision-making, and machine learning.

Noor Van Boven, Chief People Officer at N26

Previously VP, Global Head of People at SoundCloud, Noor has over 15 years of experience in HR and has taken her expertise all around the world.

UNLEASH London: The three most important ‘to-dos’ before visiting

Pick out the most important session categories for you

There are so many things to see and do at UNLEASH this year, choose the ones that you feel match well with not only what you need now, but what you might need to know in the future.

There’s 12 categories and stages to choose from including: wellbeing and engagement; learning and development; work revolution and digital transformation.

Leave time for networking

Of course, you’ll want to network with others. There are various lunch, coffee and drinks opportunities over the two meet and mingle with old and new contacts so make sure you spare the time.

Make time to visit the Expo as well as the conference

The exhibition floor is packed with 100s of product demonstrations from leading solutions providers. Sage People will be there too —come and say hello to the team at stand 401.

UNLEASH London: which sessions should you make a beeline for?

Here are our top three sessions not to miss at UNLEASH London 2019.

Mastering decision intelligence: the next frontier, Cassie Kozyrkov (Tuesday 19th March 9:45am, room 7-12)

AI and innovation has been a huge topic of conversation in recent years, with HR turning heads over what this could mean for their people.

With the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicting that there will be 133 million new roles created, understanding how you can re-skill and upskill your workers will be vital.

Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google, has incredible technical knowledge, but she promises to lead a jargon-free presentation on AI at UNLEASH London. Hear her expert take on the pros, cons and opportunities of artificial intelligence in the workplace.

Mind the gap, with measurement: how Nestlé leveraged People analytics to address pay gap and equity, Jordan Pettman (Tuesday 19th March at 11:45am in room 1)

Do you leverage People analytics successfully for your organization?

From our research, we found that only 34% of HR and People leaders are using data and analytics to make People decisions. So, in light of the pay gap and any other topical issues as they arise, People analytics becomes an integral part of understanding your workforce.

Jordan Pettman, Global Head of People Analytics at Nestlé, will take attendees through how Nestlé is addressing the gender pay gap with People analytics.

Connecting candidate, employee and customer experience through a strong culture, Danielle Harmer (Wednesday 20th March at 11.15am in room 2)

Employee experience and a strong culture is not all about the ping pong tables. In fact, our research found only 5% of respondents said that they value games in the office.

So, how do you build a culture and workforce experiences that truly matter?

Metro Bank popped up in Glassdoor’s top places to work in 2019 list. Chief People Officer there Danielle Harmer will be discussing in this roundtable how to establish a successful brand culture for better employee and customer experience.

Anything else you should know?

Don’t miss our ‘How to deliver the perfect onboarding experience’ product demo. Sage People head of solution consulting, Alex Watson, will be showcasing how Sage People enhances the typical workforce experience.

Head over to the UNLEASH London 2019 website to get your tickets and see the full agenda.

If you want to have a chat with the team at the event or book a personal demo of our HR and People system, drop us an email at [email protected]. We’ll see you there!

Want to book a personal demo of our global cloud HR and People system at UNLEASH London? Get in touch today. 

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