It looks like you're using an older browser that is unsupported. To get the best experience, we recommend you

upgrade your browser

7 Learning Conferences You Need to Explore in 2018

A new year means new learning opportunities and, for many of you, industry conferences are key to learning new trends, techniques and networking opportunities. Below is a list of seven conferences we think you should be exploring, or maybe even attending, in 2018.

Learn the who, what, where, when and why behind each conference to see which ones are best for you and your team!

1. HCM Excellence Conference

When and Where:

January 31 - February 2, 2018
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Who’s Going?

Chief Learning Officers, VP’s and Directors of Learning and Development, Talent Management and Talent Acquisition to name a few.

Why attend?

Brandon Hall Group is famous for its actionable human capital management research. The HCM Excellence Conference brings together industry leaders and experts to grow your network, leverage their expertise and learn about new technologies from providers in the areas of learning and talent development.

Attendees can customize their conference experience with four different content tracks based on their needs. The tracks include:

  • Learning and Development
  • Talent Acquisition: Leadership Development
  • Talent Acquisition: Workforce Management
  • Technology

If you’re interested in learning more about the content tracks and speakers, check out the conferences agenda.

P.S. this conference is also host to the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Award presentation. We recently celebrated the win of a Gold Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Award for the Best Advance in Emerging Sales Enablement Technology together with our partner, Wright Medical. To learn more about the Excellence in Technology Awards, click here.

2. Learning Solutions

When and Where:

March 27 - March 29, 2018
Orlando, Florida

Who’s Going?

Learning Solutions, one of three conferences put on by the eLearning Guild on our list, attracts everyone from eLearning Developers to Content Managers to Chief Learning Officers. To see who else is attending, visit their site here.

Why Attend?

Learning Solutions provides real-world solutions to learning and development challenges faced by organizations today. This year, Learning Solutions is expanding to have a larger focus on instructional design and bringing in real industry perspectives. Attendees will also be able to gain a deeper understanding of current learning technologies, develop practical skill and network with industry peers.

3. ATD International Conference & Expo

When and Where:

May 6 - May 9
Anaheim, California

Who’s Going?

ATD is for all learning professionals from Trainers to Instructional Designers and Organizational Development leaders and practitioners.

Why Attend?

The ATD International Conference & Expo is the largest event for talent development professionals worldwide. ATD provides attendees with the knowledge, strategies and technologies to enhance, engage and effectively develop talent.

With ten content tracks and four industry tracks, attendees will gain insight into the latest trends, technologies and solutions for improved talent development.

We’ll be at booth #427 during the conference, make sure to say hi!

4. Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN)

When and Where:

June 11 - June 14, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

Who’s Going?

Trainers and talent development professionals in the life sciences fields. These include sales directors and trainers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic, and industry partners that support these fields.

Why Attend?

The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN) is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals.

LTEN brings together industry leaders from the above fields to gain insight and knowledge on the latest technologies and best practices of the life sciences field.

Stop by and visit us at booth #441 if you plan to attend!

5. Realities360

When and Where:

June 26 - June 28, 2018
San Jose, California

Who’s Going?

Realities360 is for anyone in the learning and development space interested in learning how they can apply augmented and virtual reality to the context of their learning.

Why Attend?

A new show for the eLearning Guild this year, Realities360 will explore the practices and potential of virtual and augmented reality technologies for learning and performance. During this conference, attendees will be able to connect and engage with AR and VR and learn how to implement them into their own training and development.

6. DevLearn


October 24 - October 26
Las Vegas, Nevada

Who’s Going?

DevLearn is all about learning technologies. It’s a place to engage and interact with those that want to explore how technology can support their team’s learning and development. Everyone from Instructional Designers to Chief Learning Officers and eLearning Product Managers will be in attendance.

Why Attend?

DevLearn is the place to connect with individuals focused on learning technologies and how and where those technologies impact businesses and learning. Attendees will meet with industry experts and thought leaders who provide practical and focused sessions on applying technologies to meet and address today’s learning challenges.

7. Elliot Masie's Learning 2018

When and Where:

Novemebr 4 - November 7
Orlando, Florida

Who’s Going?

Elliott Masie’s Learning 2018 draws attendees from a multitude of roles in the learning industry. This includes Chief Learning Officers and Managers, Instructional Designers and IT and Technology Training Managers.

Why Attend?

Elliott Masie’s Learning Conference draws over 1,800 learning leaders from around the world. The content and learning tracks provide insights into challenges, technologies and development in the workplace that learning professionals face. In our experience, this conference is especially great for networking and those willing jump right into conversation. Each year the content shifts slightly to reflect what is most relevant to the industry during the year.

Whether you’re looking to deepen your knowledge of talent development best practices or how to integrate augmented reality into your learning strategy, these seven shows have your back.

Looking to enhance your learning strategy in 2018?

We'd love to help you plan, develop and implement your it!

Let's chat!

We'll have you at hello.

Thanks, !

We’ve got your message and we’ll connect with you shortly.