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Ready for Learning Technologies 2023?

It’s almost time for one of the biggest events in the 2023 L&D calendar. ⌛ Europe’s leading showcase of organisational learning and the technologies used to support learning at work.

In a little over a month, more than 9,000 attendees from 50 countries will descend on London to experience unmissable FREE L&D seminars and a bountiful 200 international L&D exhibits – all in 48 action-packed hours!

You can also attend one of the 30 conference sessions. Gain valuable insight by listening to, and interacting with, more than 90 industry-leading speakers and facilitators, providing an in-depth look at the hottest trends in L&D – skills data, AI, personalisation, and analytics.

If this is your first time attending the Learning Technologies, you may be wondering:

  • Is the conference right for me and my team?
  • Which speakers are unmissable?
  • What pass should I get?

We’ve got you covered, In this article, we aim to answer all of your questions about getting the most from Learning Technologies 2023.👇

When Is Learning Technologies 2023?

Mark the date in your diary. Learning Technologies will take place on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May 2023. 🗓️

Where Is Learning Technologies 2023?

The event will be held at the home of world-leading events, the ExCeL London exhibition centre.

Why Attend This Year?

Simple. If you don’t, you’ll be missing out! 🥹

There’s so much to experience.

The biggest names in the L&D space will be there. Representatives from both the public and private sectors will be sharing their experience and expertise across a range of topics.

The conference–and accompanying FREE exhibition–will explore the latest applications and emerging practices that leading organisations will leverage to build effective learning strategies.

Now in its 24th year, Learning Technologies will pack in a HUGE amount of insights, tips and technology into just two days!

You can experience a rich volume of interactive and collaborative communication and learning in the L&D space.

Expect to be enriched with new technology, new practice, and L&D’s new role in the future of the workplace.

Plus, for the first time ever, you also get free access to HR Technologies featuring world-class exhibitors showcasing the latest HR technology, recruitment solutions, innovation and best practice through a range of detailed demos and educational sessions.

The Programme

The two-day event starts out strong with an introduction from Chair Donald H. Taylor at 9:15am, followed by the opening address, which is scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30am.

Then it’s into the action…👇

🗓️ Wednesday 3rd May

Will address successful living in a world of technical disruption, followed by a mid-morning break for coffee and networking. This’ll be followed by a choice of four seminars on topics ranging from emerging technologies to L&D and sustainability before breaking for lunch.

Between 12:25 and 13:55, attendees can choose to participate in lunchtime sessions or visit the exhibition. Of course, Thirst will be there! Why not book a meeting and meet the team?

As the afternoon unfolds, attendees can either opt to attend a seminar about women in learning hosted by Sharon Claffey Kaliouby and Candice Gardner or relax, recharge and refocus.

From 13:55 to 15:05, you have the choice of attending the penultimate four seminars. Topics range from skills-based talent management to lifelong learning. This is followed by an afternoon coffee and the last chance to network.

The afternoon draws to a close with the last session of the day.

Starting at 15:50 and finishing at 17:00, attendees can attend one of five seminars.

Donald Clarke’s seminar covers why artificial intelligence is a game-changer in the L&D space whereas Emre Yilmaz and Serena Gonsalves-Fersch explore how corporate academies can build organisational capability. The first day then ends at 5pm with drinks and networking. 🥂

🗓️ Thursday 4th May gives attendees the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of morning and afternoon seminars. You can visit the exhibition centre and mingle with your peers. (When you get a spare moment!)

7 Sessions You Simply Can’t Miss!

There will be more 200+ speakers this year and planning ahead is key to getting the most out of the event.

Unless you have a time machine, it’s going to be impossible to see every awesome speaker but we’ve cherry-picked 7 sessions you simply can’t miss.

📍T1SI Emerging Technologies (Conference Theatre 1)

Let’s start out with a bang. A topic that’s on everyone’s lips: emerging technologies.

Now, don’t get us wrong, emerging technologies can be a minefield. Unless you have someone to steer you through it–which is exactly what Steve Wheeler, David Kelly and Dani Johnson will do on

Hear how emerging L&D technologies can be leveraged in practical, real-world environments. The innovations to look for and even cautionary tales to learn from.

📍T3S1 Lessons from a Transformative Journey (Conference Theatre 3)

Considering your own L&D transformation?

Why not hear about the experience and the lessons learned from someone who’s been there and done it?

AstraZeneca CLO, Marc Howells, will share his own successful L&D transformation, highlighting the challenges, how to cultivate an agile, fluid learning environment and build your own organisational learning strategy.

The session will be chaired by Egle Vinauskaite, a Learning Strategist with Nodes who will emphasise the importance of creating an agile and effectual learning environment so that businesses of all descriptions can meet their goals whilst reducing costs.

📍T3S2 Re-thinking Learning to Support Organisational Performance (Conference Theatre 3)

It seems that L&D is preoccupied with the topic of skills.

At least for the past few years. Yet what remains true is that there’s a direct link between our role and continuously improving organisational performance.

What if we considered the role and purpose of L&D from an ‘outside-in perspective?’

Hear from Charles Jennings’ opinion that there is a different, better way for L&D to build and maintain high-performing teams and organisations that transcend traditional training and skills.

Examining process clarity, effective leadership, psychological safety and additional factors, learn how to drive cultures of continuous improvement and high performance.

📍T1S4 Digital Learning in a Hybrid World (Conference Theatre 1)

Attend Derek Bruce’s talk on digital learning in a hybrid world and learn all about the necessity of building essential skills in a hybrid, agile commercial world and how this propels L&D to a new aptitude level.

Learn all about the market trends to watch. The primary success drivers. How to evaluate the best solution for you. Make better buying decisions and manage digital learning innovation from David Wilson and David Perring, CEO and Director of Research at Fosway Group.

📍T2S5 Delivering Great Learning Support–Internationally, and at Scale (Conference Theatre 2)

Spend a little over an hour with Julie Drybrough, Rohit Saxena and Jess Stalker and learn how to deliver lauded learning support internationally and at scale. Hear from experienced speakers who wax lyrical about how they have successfully implemented multiple learning platforms across thousands of diverse learners globally.

But there’s more.

Discover how to personalise learning systems at scale and use data to drive targeted training focused on performance goals.

📍T4S5 Life-changing Learning by Integrating Data, Talent and People Skills (Conference Theatre 4)

Join Teresa Rose, Kevin Avis and Dan Curtis and you’ll be treated to a stimulating discussion about how data analytics can drive business value, regardless of sector.

Learn how full business-wide data integration can bolster the functionality of every department, including HR and talent management. Why benchmarking is crucial to businesses. And the new data skills which are essential for L&D and more.

📍The Future of Learning: How AI is Revolutionising Personalised Learning (Seminar Theatre 7)

Get expert insights on the latest AI-powered technologies from our very own Thirst CEO, Fred Thompson and discover how they are being integrated into the learning process to enhance individual learning experiences and accelerate employee development faster than ever before.

What’s the Conference Themes This Year?

Come to Learning Technologies 2023 and you’ll take so much knowledge away from the event. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the core themes explored. 🙂

👩‍💻Tools and Technologies

Whether you’re looking to create a learning ecosystem for a global enterprise or assess which tools are useful, Learning Technologies has you covered.

🤖 AI, Data and Analytics

Become a whizz at reviewing, interpreting, and reporting on data to gain valuable insight. See how L&D impact is more important than ever.

📚 Content Design

Explore how to design content that inspires, is accessible and actually helps people to learn.

💡Programme Implementation

Hear from L&D professionals who have been there and done it. Learn all about how to avoid common pitfalls and be successful in your every action.

🧠 Learning Engagement

Discover how to engage with an L&D plan from start to finish. Become more persuasive. Achieve a more impactful L&D programme.

🤩 Talent and Learning

Explore how to cultivate a sophisticated L&D function that operates in synchronicity with talent to deliver real value.

🔮 Future L&D

Acquire the knowledge to develop a long-term strategy, even in the middle of a change. Align your long-term L&D strategy with your commercial goals.

🚀 Professional Development

Learn the key skills and attitudes to be successful. How you can accelerate your career. Even how to stay curious during these demanding times.

Who Is Learning Technologies For?

1. Key decision-makers

Looking to optimise the L&D programme within their organisation.

2. Strategic corporate planners

That want to optimise organisational efficiency.

3. L&D Pros

Who want to know about the sector’s hot topics: skills, data, AI, personalisation, and analytics.

What Pass Should I Get?

Choose either a Premium or Standard Conference Pass.

Prices start at £1345 + VAT. You can even save £100 when you book for 3 or more attendees. 🙂

Click the link here to get your pass today.

Interested in learning more about Learning Technologies and how you can be a part of building future skills, together? Don’t delay. Book your ticket today.

Come find us at Learning Technologies 2023

We’re always excited to connect with new friends who are just as excited about Learning Technologies 2023 as we are.

If this is your first year attending or you’ve been attending the event for years, reach out!

We’re happy to show you the impact our Learning Platform can make on your learning culture in 2023 – and beyond. Head over to our learning tech page and get to know us today.

Let us know if you want to meet up! The Thirst team can be found at Stand K45, with live demos, exclusive giveaways and whack ‘a’ mole.


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