What to expect at Learning Technologies 2018
The need to knows:
What: Europe’s leading Learning and Technology event
When: Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Thursday 1st February 2018; opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Who: 8,000 visitors enjoying L&D industry advice, updates and technological information
Why: With two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice, and the industry’s leading L&D conference, LT provides a unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning
Before the event
Prepare yourself. The first thing to know is that LT can become very busy. With 8,000 visitors per day in two halls, some vendors expect two hours of queues before they can provide a demonstration of their products. If you are attending LT with the purpose of looking at a new learning system, it may be worth pre-booking a demo.
This means that you can maximise your time at LT with the most efficient experience possible, missing the queues and getting the VIP treatment. You will be matched with an expert who has knowledge of your sector to demonstrate how their product will best suit your needs.
During the event
Attend the conference. With over 70 of the learning industry’s foremost speakers, thinkers, visionaries and practitioners, LT offers Europe’s most important conference programme for learning and development professionals. Take advantage of a professional forum to learn about the application of new learning technologies and the major issues affecting the L&D specialist in the modern workplace.
Whilst there is a cost to the conference - over £1,500 per person – you will gain a wealth of knowledge from the seminars that you will find invaluable.
Alternatively, register for a VIP pass for free! This provides you with:
- A two-day exhibition pass
- Access to one conference seminar of your choice
- A VIP session with an industry thought-leader
- Complimentary refreshments in a private meeting room
- A pre-booked product demonstration
Get recommendations. Do some research on the exhibitors beforehand, and become familiar with the floorplan. This will reduce timewasting as you will be able to nip directly to each of the stands you are interested in.
Check Twitter. The official hashtag this year is #LT18uk, and if you check this and follow @LT18uk, you may find that there are likeminded people that are keen to meet up, provide their thoughts on seminars, or suggest sessions you could attend.
Our final tip would be: stay hydrated! These can be long days with a lot of information to take in, so stay sharp with a coffee. Just remember that queues for refreshments can be very long!
Interacting with vendors
Do your research. Where possible, get in touch with the vendors you are most interested in beforehand – if you have specific queries regarding your organisation, they will have time to evaluate your business against their product and how to tailor your demonstration.
Be clear on your goals. You will need to be clear about what you are looking to achieve with learning technology, and what expectations you have of this software to maximise the value of conversations you have with vendors.
Be specific. Whilst experienced vendors will be able to offer advice and quote relatable case studies, it will be of more use to you if you approach them with the specific problems you have within your organisation and how you expect software to resolve this.
Collect literature. If you are interested in a handful of vendors, make sure to take away their literature! If you don't want to carry an armful of leaflets (or feel environmentally guilty), you should be able to give your details to any vendor, who will ensure that you have the relevant literature waiting for your in your inbox for when you return to the office.
Tweet your thoughts. Join in with the conversation on Twitter by tweeting your thoughts directly to @LT18uk and to specific vendors, or converse with the industry by using the hashtag #LT18uk.
After the event
Follow up. After the event, keep your collected literature safe and make an effort to connect with those that you took a business card from; there is a lot to take in at LT, so information – and vendors! – may become muddled.
Whether it’s your first Learning Technologies, or you’re a seasoned industry pro, there is always something new to learn. Be inspired with leading experts and enthralled with the latest technology.