Peter is Director Research & Development for HRN. His interest is in bringing together businesses, and the people who led and manage them, to create the future of work.

A huge Thank You to everyone who came to HR Tech Europe 2.013 in Amsterdam last Thursday and Friday; you all helped to make this years’s event better than the last one – Delegates, Visitors, Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Bloggers, Press, Analysts, Photographers, Caterers … Not forgetting Team HR Tech Europe; they may not have been competing in the America’s Cup this year, but they were and are clear winners when it comes to doing what it takes to turn an event into a happening, the smiling faces everywhere this year told their own story, and they deserve all the thanks being sent their way – we were two men down this year too!

A few of the attractions at HR Tech Europe!

Following on from last year we have continued our use of social media – and thanks should really go to SDWorx our Twitter Sponsor for their support, and as the twitter imprint grows this looks like a really smart piece of branding on their part! There were over 8000 tweets from the start of the iHR Awards through to the event close on Friday 25 October.

Other stats you might like about HR Tech Europe:

18 staff members from Team HR Tech Europe
42 Nations were represented
75 Conference Sessions
78 Speakers
873 meetings were pre-arranged over the 2 Days using our online scheduling tool
1439 people passed through our Registration Desk
116,628 views on our Slideshare Channel
3 589 451 number of people reached on Twitter over the 2.5 Days of HR Tech Europe
15 million + the number of employees potentially influenced by those attending

@James_Mayes: The quality of conversation and connections at #hrtecheurope is just off the chart! It’s now become a must-do event. #FB

@kvanberg thanks for a great event! #HRTechEurope is to HR tech startups what the cauldron was to Obelix

@jasonaverbook Great opening at #hrtecheurope – now the challenge – take the ideas and concepts to change #HR and not just buy software to do same stuff!

@Josh_Bersin Join me with @vendorprisey, @leighlevensaler, @gretchena for Future of HR Technology panel at #hrtecheurope

@hj_west: SuccessFactors, Oracle and Workday product leads on stage together. Don’t see that every day… #hrtecheurope

@Let_Anita #hrtecheurope brings people together! Just had the pleasure of meeting @InFullBloomUS in real-time

@Globoforce  Cheers @hrtecheurope. We had a great time. Looking forward to 2014!

@NGA_NL We had a great time at HR Tech Europe this week. Thanks team for making it a big success! #ngahr @hrtecheurope

View Photos of HR Tech Europe 2013 – with sincere thanks to Heather Bussing for capturing so many smiles!

Download Presentations from HR Tech Europe 2013 – many are available, a few are to come, some are still subject to corporate approval, and a few may not be made publicly available.

iHR 2013 Award for HR Tech Start-ups hosted by Jerome Ternynck of SmartRecruiters was judged by: William Tincup,Tincup & Co – Ilonka Jankovitch, Ranstad – Dr. Katherine Jones, Bersin by Deloitte – Thomas Otter, SuccessFactors – Philippe Botteri, Accel Partners – Synco Jonkeren, Oracle. The Winner this year was Dutch start-up Appical and it was great to see a European win out this year. Appical Founder, Gerrit Brouwer, posing as an airline pilot, made the case for turning onboarding new employees into something much more fun with cutting-edge technology and social media; companies that have tried the technology claim to have reduced employee boarding costs by 30% and raised productivity by 50%; a well deserved winner. It was a close run competition in which the second placed company Zao was only 1 point behind and third placed ConnectCubed were only 2 points behind. The 4 runners-up were Apploi, jobFig, Macromicro, and Good.co all did a great job and we wish them and indeed the winners every success going forward. Over the past 3 years we have run the competition the score now stands at Europe 2 the USA 1 – let’s see if the US will close the gap next year or if Europe will pull away with a clear lead! Our thanks to Bill Goodwin of Computer Weekly who wrote an excellent review of the the iHR Awards – Read more here

To all our 2013 Sponsors we’d like to say a BIG Thank You and a special thanks to Workday, SuccessFactors, and Oracle,whose support has helped us to achieve our objectives for this year. We received great feedback from delegates and buyers on the quality of the exhibition and the proof is in the number of meetings and the steady stream of traffic to the booths. This years Product Demo Stream for sponsoring companies was impressive, high quality, well attended and a great success; we expect to develop that further next year.

BIG THANKS as well to all 78 Speakers – also to the blog squad, the press and media, the analysts and of course a special mention to our Plenary MC’s Jon Ingham and Jonathan Campbell who did a great job and made good double act. Thanks to our Stream Moderators Euan Semple, Nick Holley and David Wilson for your help and support with the Streams this year and adding so much value. From the minute Costas Markides opened the conference with an outstanding presentation to the moment that Dan Pink finished his equally exceptional closing Keynote we had a truly excellent programme – there are too many highlights to mention them all including Mark Hurd’s pre-lunch session, but kudos must go to Naomi Bloom, Thomas Otter, Jason Averbook, Leighanne Levensaler, Josh Bersin, and Gretchen Alarcon, for their support this year. Out in the HR Tech stream I saw Vinzenz Kremer, Jan Willemse and Sarah White speaking to a packed room, and I know that many of the sessions in the Learning, Talent, Social and Future of Work streams were filled to capacity.

A massive thanks too to all our media crew – we had oustanding support this year at an early stage from Willam Tincup, John Sumser, Bill Goodwin, James Mayes and too many others to list.

For an idea of some of what was happening check the recent posts by Frederic Williquet, the very readable storyify by Kristian Vanberg, and there are some great expandable Mindmaps produced by David Wilson of eLearnity (@dwil23) on a few of the Speakers: Jane HartNick Shackleton-Jones, Dan Pink

Looking ahead next year will see continued improvement and development as we strive to ensure our next event delivers more and better. Mark the date for HR Tech Europe 2.014 in your calendar today – 23 & 24 October 2014 Amsterdam RAI.

In the meantime we invite you to join us in London for our HR Tech Europe Spring Warm-up on 27 March at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster and also at our annual iRecruit Expo on 5 & 6 June in Amsterdam.

We look forward to seeing you soon and once again thanks for your support this year and don’t hesitate to get in touch with feedback, ideas and suggestions!

Keep the discussion going #hrtecheurope and please do visit the Pan European HR Network’s Groups on Linkedin:
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