Embracing HR Disruption: A Digital Upgrade

Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Silicon Valley Innovation Center


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What Is An Executive Immersion Program?

Human resources is undergoing profound transformation thanks to technology-driven disruption of the industry. A wave of innovative startups is enabling companies to address pain points in their human resources operations, with solutions appearing in everything from staff training and recruitment to scheduling, compensation and benefits management. Artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing and software as a service are just a few of the many technologies powering this digital revolution.

Our immersion program will educate you in all of these trends, connect you with the companies pioneering groundbreaking solutions and inspire you to turn your own company into a leading innovator capable of long-term growth.

What Will I Learn?

Our immersion program will show you how, why and by whom HR is being disrupted. It will also teach you how to capitalize on the trends and technologies driving this digital transformation so that you can achieve innovation within your own organization. We cover topics such as:

Artificial Intelligence

Perhaps the most crucial technology for the future of HR, artificial intelligence is having an impact in a wide range of areas including recruiting, on-boarding and automation of routine tasks. Meet both the startups building artificial intelligence for HR and the companies using the technology to optimize their processes.


On-demand software platforms for HR is a fast growing sub-sector. These programs provide a range of functionality including payroll management, performance evaluation and application tracking. Our immersion program will show you how software-as-a-service is the bedrock of the digitization of HR.


Today work often gets done far from the office. That’s why mobile applications have become a huge growth market in all sectors, with HR no exception. Human resources professionals can now draw on applications for a range of purposes, from social networks for recruiting to platforms for mindfulness and mental health. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystem of services now available on-the-go and see how they are changing the present and the future of HR.

Cloud Computing

More and more HR systems are migrating to the cloud, allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of centralized information. What’s more, the technology is driving the cultural shift that is at the heart of the digital transformation of HR. Join our immersion program to see how innovation leaders are using the cloud to reimagine their human resources operations.

Program Agenda

This Schedule Is Tentative And Features Past Speakers And Participating Companies.

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How is HR changing under the influence of digital technologies and where is this journey taking us? Why is the digital revolution happening now and what are the forces driving its expansion? These are the questions we answer on day 1 of our immersion program "Innovation in Human Resources: Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies" We explain how startups have capitalized on industry trends, new technologies and the ready availability of venture funding to create companies pioneering disruptive innovations. We visit companies such as: Gusto, a cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management system; Modern Health, a mental well-being platform designed to help reduce employee burnout and turnover; and Workramp, developers of software that enables enterprises to build staff training programs. Other possible participating companies: Homebase, BlueCrew, Hired, Handshake, Reflektive


The journey continues on day two with an exploration of the limits of the disruption to HR as they exist today. How many areas are seeing radical change? What is the nature of this change and how fast is it moving? We answer these questions through visits to startups operating in a wide range of niches. Potential meetings include: Trusted Health, a digital employment platform for nurses, Jobvite, makers of analytics-driven recruiting software, and GoodTime.io, developers of an interview logistics platform powered by artificial intelligence. Other possible participating companies: Humu, Envoy, Workstep, PeopleGrove, ThinkHR


Day three of the immersion program is dedicated to the technologies fueling the disruption of HR. We hear from experts in artificial intelligence, mobile, cloud computing and software-as-a-service to learn what these technologies can currently do and what they will offer in the future. We visit companies such as Myra Systems, makers of a conversational AI bot for hiring teams, Rippling, a cloud-based HR management suite, and Lever, a collaborative talent acquisition platform. We see how these companies use emerging technologies to create competitive advantages and provide innovative, market-disrupting products and services. Other possible participating companies: ClearCompany, Dynamic Signal, TriNet, TripleByte, Carrot Fertility


Having seen and heard how digital is disrupting HR on days 1 to 3, on day 4 of our immersion program we challenge attendees to turn words into action. Participatory workshops with leading Silicon Valley experts on design thinking, design sprints, venture capital and open innovation provide executives with the blueprints and frameworks they need to deliver innovation within their own organization. We analyze how legacy corporations are adapting their HR operations for digital and survey their success in collaborating with the startup ecosystem. We visit companies such as Workday and SurveyMonkey, two Silicon Valley ventures now with long histories of working with traditional companies to digitize their operations. Other potential meetings include the big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Oracle to see what role they are playing in the digital disruption of HR, and learn how they maintain cultures of continuous innovation. Other possible participating companies: Fond, Ease, Sapling, GuideSpark, Zugata


What’s next for the digital disruption of HR? Day 5 brings the program to a close with its sights firmly set on the future. We learn about trends still in their infancy and meet the companies seeking to capitalize on those trends. Possible visits include: Ziprecruiter, an AI-driven online employment marketplace; Aptology, a job-matching engine utilizing behavioral science and predictive analytics; and Braintrust, a blockchain-powered freelancer marketplace. As trends such as robotic process automation and data-driven decision-making continue to gain traction, we ask: what do these developments mean for HR and how will they manifest themselves in the coming years? We answer these and other pressing questions as we find out which areas of HR will be disrupted next by emerging technologies. Other possible participating companies: Newton Labs, Ansaro, LEAD, Compass, Codela

Why Should I Join?


Meet the Silicon Valley innovators passionate about using the latest technologies to create new value. Learn the frameworks and methodologies of the experts and embrace innovation with confidence.

Long-term value

Apply newly learned innovation skills to your own company to ensure its survival and prosperity in times of technological disruption.


Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.

Technology insights

See the disruptive power of the latest technologies and learn how they are being applied to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.


Gain insight into the digital disruption of HR and see how startups are applying emerging technologies to reimagine the world of work.

New perspectives

Challenge your thinking on what it means to run an enterprise in the 21st century. Make innovation part of your personal mission and commit to the future of your business.

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