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Top industry conferences for training professionals

Explore the future of learning technologies, hear from leading industry experts, and network with other training professionals. Here’s our round-up of the top conferences for training professionals. See you there!

In-person conferences are making a BIG comeback in 2023. Just as we’re seeing a resurgence in face-to-face training and people opting to return to the office rather than work from home, this same desire to “connect” is driving conference attendance up. They provide unique opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration that are hard to replicate with virtual conferences.

With keynote speakers who are leaders in the field, panel discussions with opportunities for live Q&A, hands-on workshops, and social events, conferences are a good investment for professional development. Attending training industry conferences helps you to stay up-to-date with trends, network with other professionals and discover new software solutions for your business. You gain new perspectives, knowledge, and skills. A conference might inspire new ideas that can benefit your work and career.

But with so many out there, what are the best ones to attend?

Here are the top training conferences around the globe that are regularly attended by our network of training providers, and often by the team at Arlo!

Top training industry conferences

Learning Technologies – London

Learning Technologies is Europe’s biggest L&D event of the year. The focus is on how new technologies can help people learn and perform. The conference programme is focused on skills, data, AI, personalization and analytics and you’ll hear from speakers such as Laura Overton from Learning Changemakers, Rohit Saxena from Pizza Hut Global, Richard Kerridge from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and our own Andre van den Assum from Arlo Software.

The exhibition is free to attend, giving you access to all the learning technology suppliers, free seminars and live demonstrations. The two-day conference pass starts from £1245 giving you access to 30+ live conference sessions, session recordings and networking lunch & drinks.

Heading along to Learning Tech 2023? We’d love to catch-up! Visit the team at Stand F35.

What: Learning Technologies is Europe’s leading showcase of organisational learning and the technology used to support learning at work. With over 9,000 attendees from 50 different countries, 200 unmissable seminars and 200 international exhibitors, it continues to grow in importance, value and attendance year after year.

When and where: 3-4 May 2023 at the ExCeL London 

ATD International Conference & EXPO – San Diego

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) has hosted training industry conferences to educate and inspire professionals in the talent development field since 1945! 80 years later, it’s the largest conference of its kind – drawing in 9,500 professionals from 80+ countries. This year’s world-class keynote speakers include organizational psychologist and best-selling author Adam Grant, TEDx speaker and NY Times Podcast host Priya Parker, and Tony & Grammy Award-Winning Artist Leslie Odom Jr. The four-day conference and EXPO has a huge line-up of international speakers, 300+ exhibitors, Q&A sessions and live demos, on-demand access to all virtual content, a career centre for individual career development, and multiple networking opportunities. 

Tickets start from $1,995 for early-bird ATD members, to around $2,795 for on-site ticket purchase for non-ATD members.

Heading along to ATD 2023? We’d love to catch-up! Visit the team at stand #2136.

What: The ATD International Conference & EXPO is the world’s largest, most comprehensive event for talent development and learning professionals. Whether you’re a new L&D practitioner, a certified TD professional, a team leader, an accidental instructional designer, a chief talent officer, or anything in between, ATD is the best place for you to reconnect, recharge, learn, and network.

When and where: 21-24 May 2023 at the San Diego Convention Center

Training Conference & Expo 2024 – Orlando, Florida

The Training Conference & Expo is produced by industry-leading publication Training Magazine and its publisher Lakewood Media Group. Covering “train the trainer” essentials such as (design, development, delivery, management, evaluation and measurement), the event attracts a wide range of L&D professionals, from chief learning officers to instructional designers. The conference and expo spans across three days, and is preceded by optional certificate programs for ATD credentials, and a Learning Leaders Summit on February 25.

Tickets will go on sale later this year.

What: The Training Conference & Expo is one of the leading industry events each year. Produced by Training magazine and its publisher Lakewood Media Group, this multi-day learning and development conference has been around for over 45 years and brings together more than 2,000 attendees annually.

When and where: 26-28 February 2024, Disney’s Coronado Springs ResortView All Resorts, Orlando, Florida

TechLearn Conference 2023 – New Orleans

Another event by the team at Training Magazine and its publisher Lakewood Media Group. While the Training Conference & Expo is focused on skill-building for trainers, TechLearn is focused on the latest research, trends and training technologies. Topics and content include: Design, Implementation, Evaluation, Assessment and Testing, eLearning, Adaptive Learning Virtual Classrooms, Games & Simulations, Social Learning, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

Early bird registration starts from $1,395.

What: TechLearn Conference is the annual learning technology conference for corporate trainers and eLearning professionals. This annual eLearning conference, formerly named Online Learning Conference, is produced by Training magazine and Lakewood Media Group, LLC. Training Magazine Events has produced training industry conferences for more than 45 years including the leading training industry event, the Training Conference & Expo.

When and where: 26-28 February 2024, Disney’s Coronado Springs ResortView All Resorts, Orlando, Florida

World of Learning – Birmingham

The two-day World of Learning Conference & Exhibition has been running for 30+ years. Smaller than Learning Technologies, with around 2,500 attendees, it provides more focused networking opportunities and 1:1 relationships between L&D professionals. Top features include interactive workshops, a live demo zone, VR suite, experiential learning zone, business and networking lounge, a wellbeing zone and more. Exhibition spaces are limited to 100, to ensure quality, a good market fit, and more collaboration and conversation between exhibitors and attendees. 

Registration is FREE!

What: The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is a two-day event that brings together leading experts, brands and professionals from the L&D community under one-roof. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is an unrivalled opportunity for L&D professionals to learn, discover, interact, and network.

When and where: 10-11 October 2023 at the NEC Birmingham. Or, alternatively you can attend the sister event at Olympia London, 30-21 January 2024

DevLearn – Las Vegas

One of the largest L&D events in North America, this three-day event draws in over 4,000 attendees. Chief Learning Officers, eLearning Specialists, Training Director, Instructional Designers and more are among last year’s attendees. The team behind DevLearn comes from the fields of instructional design, eLearning development, and L&D leadership – bringing together a tonne of knowledge and understanding of the most important topics in the industry. As well as the training industry conference, DevLearn includes smaller, more focused experiences, including Morning Buzz –  an opportunity to meet new people and share best practices, insights, and tips And DemoFest, which provides a glimpse at what other companies are creating in the L&D space and the chance to discuss the solutions with the people who designed and developed them. You’ll be networking with, and gaining insights from, global leaders such as Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla and Zappos.

Tickets start from $1,595.00 for Learning Guild members. 

What: DevLearn is a chance to explore the future of learning technologies and discover best practices and strategies. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned expert, DevLearn is the place to engage with your professional community and explore how technology can support learning and development. Join your community in the conversation that is shaping the future of organizational learning and performance. 

When and where: 25-27 October 2023 at The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas.