12 Best Learning and Development Conferences in 2024

WRITTEN BY
Kevin Alster
PUBLISHED ON
January 1, 2024
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The great philosopher Socrates once said, ''Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.''

In the spirit of igniting that flame, 2024 offers an array of learning and development conferences that are nothing like the old-fashioned PowerPoint presentations and coffee breaks. These conferences are held all over the world in France, Spain, the UK, the USA, and even virtually. 

Synthesia will have booths at six of these 12 best learning and development conferences in 2024. So, we know you’re in for some dynamic keynote speeches, interactive sessions, and hands-on demonstrations that’ll bring learning to life in ways you haven’t experienced before. 

Ready to upgrade your learning and development from snooze-fest to spectacular? Find out the schedule of the following conferences, get ready to attend, and light your fire 🔥. 

1. Learning Technologies Paris

January 24, 2024 → January 25, 2024

Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

Learning Technologies Paris 2024 is an event for those interested in the latest digital learning technologies. Proof of France’s commitment to becoming a European leader in AI, the event will offer an unparalleled program with a strong focus on artificial intelligence technologies for over 9,000 global professionals.

The main conference topics are learning technologies, people development, training systems, gamification, and virtual classrooms. Over 200 world-class speakers will share their expertise, including Lucie Dhorne, an AI enthusiast and digital learning world contributor. Additionally, an exhibition will showcase over 250 leading technology suppliers like Synthesia, Cornerstone, Newton Agence, Archipel Academy, and 360Learning.

Synthesia will welcome visitors at Booth #S21. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with Synthesia’s offerings and gain valuable insights from our in-house Learning and Development expert, Elly Henriksen, who will talk at the conference.

Who should attend:

  • Learning and development decision-makers
  • L&D managers and directors
  • Digital and HR development project managers
  • Chief learning officers, chief talent officers, and training buyers
  • Learning, talent, and culture directors

2. World of Learning Summit 2024

January 30, 2024 → January 31, 2024

Olympia, London, UK

The World of Learning Summit provides a unique platform for L&D experts, brands, and professionals to connect, learn, and share valuable insights. 

The event program features interactive presentations, panel discussions, and debates led by big names in the L&D community. The accompanying exhibition will be a cool space to discover new methods and tools in L&D.

Key features of the event include a mental well-being zone, a business & networking opportunities lounge, an immersive learning suite, and live learning design. While access is free, delegate one- or two-day packages offer access to case studies, panels, workshops, or pre-conference sessions.

Among the thought-provoking sessions, expect to encounter topics like AI in workplace learning, agile learning strategies, leadership, and mental health in the workplace.

Who should attend:

  • L&D managers and directors
  • HR project managers
  • Chief learning officers
  • Chief talent officers
  • Training buyers
  • Learning, talent, and culture directors

3. ATD TK24

February 7, 2024 → February 9, 2024

JW Marriott, Los Angeles, US

ATD TechKnowledge 2024 is an immersive three-day event organized by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). The conference’s main agenda will cover learning and technology, with a deep dive into the latest learning technologies and industry trends.

The ATD conference provides a journey designed not only for seasoned professionals in leading enterprise organizations but also for those starting in L&D and everyone in between looking to drive meaningful change in their workplace performance.

Keynote speakers like Sinead Bovell — futurist and founder of WAYE, a tech education company — and Mick Ebeling — producer, filmmaker, and founder of Not Impossible — will share insights on AI's ethical challenges and the power of innovation and technology in shaping a better world. Synthesia's in-house experts, Elly Henriksen and Kevin Alster, will also host a hands-on session titled 'BYOD: Creating Quality Video Content with AI,' focusing on effective video creation using AI tools.

If you’re passionate about the future of learning, this is one of those professional development conferences you don't want to miss. Consider it the ultimate destination, whether you’ll focus on disruptive technologies, e-learning, virtual classrooms, or data analytics in L&D.

Who should attend:

  • Chief learning officers
  • Instructional designers
  • E-learning professionals
  • Learning architects and engineers
  • Learning experience designers (LXD)
  • Education and training industry professionals
  • Learning management system (LMS) administrators
  • Project managers

4. People Development Summit

March 13, 2024 → March 15, 2024

InterContinental, Madrid, Spain

The People Development Summit is premier for senior Learning and Development (L&D) decision-makers. Designed to foster connections, the summit offers a relaxed yet effective platform for exploring new market innovations and forming partnerships for future projects. 

Attending this conference lets you discover and engage with top business schools, innovators in learning technology, and leadership development programs. And yes, you get a personalized experience, having the option to pre-select from the schedule what sessions and solution providers you want to explore, depending on your interests.

The summit's format will also include business 'speed dates' with leading solution providers, strategy-focused collaborative sessions, roundtable discussions, and presentations by industry thought leaders. It's all designed to unveil the latest in L&D and give you insights that will help you reach your business outcomes.

Who should attend:

  • Heads of/Directors of L&D
  • Heads of/Directors of talent development
  • Heads of/Directors of HR

5. Learning Technologies London

April 17, 2024 → April 18, 2024

ExCeL, London, UK

Learning Technologies is Europe's leading event dedicated to supporting and enhancing learning at work. With previous editions, this prestigious paid conference with free exhibition welcomed over 10,000 attendees from 50 countries, featuring 200+ exhibitors and many unmissable interactive seminars.

Conference themes include AI, data analytics, content design, program implementation, learning engagement, and talent development, addressing every aspect of future-oriented L&D. Plus, the event emphasizes professional growth, providing insights into the valuable skills and attitudes necessary for success in today’s demanding environment.

Learning Technologies 2024 will be a comprehensive experience if you’re committed to driving learning and development forward in your organization. Speaking of progress, Synthesia will be present at Booth #6235, and our in-house L&D expert, Kevin Alster, will deliver an insightful talk and share valuable knowledge on leveraging AI for your organization’s success.

Who should attend:

  • HR and L&D professionals
  • Talent management and development specialists
  • Organizational learning leaders and strategists
  • Content designers and technology providers
  • Business leaders focused on talent and learning

6. Learning & HR Tech Solutions Conference

April 23, 2024 → April 25, 2024

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, US

The Learning & HR Tech Solutions Conference evolved from the Learning Solutions Conference. It was uniquely designed with a new focus on HR solutions and technologies, specifically for the L D professionals in these fields. 

This event will give you access to over 150 conference sessions, 45+ dynamic Expo stage sessions, and the opportunity to interact with 100+ top eLearning and HR tech companies. Pre-conference workshops and certificate programs with intensive learning experiences in specific tools, strategies, and practical solutions are also available.

Keynote speakers like Maurice Conti, who discusses the AI revolution's impact on HR and learning, and Daymond John, who focuses on entrepreneurial ingenuity in talent development, will provide thought-provoking insights.

Synthesia will be present at this major learning solutions conference and have a booth where you can get to know and learn more about our innovative AI-powered learning and training solutions.

Who should attend:

  • HR and L&D professionals
  • Instructional designers
  • Organizational development practitioners
  • Performance management experts
  • Employee engagement and well-being coordinators
  • Corporate learning specialists and training managers

7. ATD24

May 19, 2024 → May 22, 2024

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, US

ATD24 is the world's largest learning and development conference. Think of it as a one-of-a-kind experience where, as a learning and HR professional, you can refresh your expertise, renew your enthusiasm, and re-engage with the global community.

This year’s keynote speaker, the world-class tennis legend and entrepreneur Venus Williams, will join a lineup of speakers to talk about her inspirational journey and insights on leadership and resilience.

Expect tons of educational sessions on instructional design, leadership development, and learning technologies, and discover new tools at the EXPO.

Synthesia will add to the enriching experience at ATD24 with a session led by our in-house Learning and Development expert, Kevin Alster. His talk, a conference highlight, will focus on innovative strategies and insights into AI's latest trends and practical applications in corporate training and development.

Who should attend:

  • Learning & development professionals
  • HR practitioners
  • Training specialists
  • Instructional designers
  • Leadership and management development experts
  • Government and healthcare learning professionals
  • Sales enablement and talent strategy managers

8. TICE 2024

June 4, 2024 → June 6, 2024

Raleigh, N.C.

The Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE) is a flagship event among the corporate learning and development conferences. Attending the 2024 edition will give you practical takeaways and innovative strategies to tackle your most pressing challenges in training and learning.

Expect TICE to be a richly interactive experience with breakout sessions led by industry thought leaders. These sessions cover topics like strategic alignment, content development, leadership, and technology in training. And thanks to the conference's robust agenda, you can tailor your experience to your training challenges and interests.

Networking opportunities will abound, from roundtable discussions to explorations of the exhibition hall, where you'll discover practical solutions and the latest innovations.

Who should attend:

  • Current and aspiring learning and development leaders
  • Professionals dedicated to developing learning programs
  • Corporate training and development specialists
  • Individuals seeking strategic alignment in corporate learning
  • Those looking to overcome organizational obstacles in learning and development

9. The Learning Ideas Conference 2024

June 14, 2024 → June 16, 2024

New York and Virtual

The Learning Ideas Conference stands at the forefront of reimagining education and workplace learning with new technologies and interdisciplinary research. At this event, imagination and creativity hold hands, offering you a platform to discuss, innovate, and create new learning experiences.

The 2024 edition, as an international and multidisciplinary conference, encourages collaboration among participants from diverse academic and professional backgrounds like education, computer science, cognitive science, game design, user experience design, VR/AR/XR, management, arts, and humanities. 

Join the conference if you’re passionate about lifelong learning and looking to discover new pathways, solutions, and technology-supported learning innovations.

Who should attend:

  • Researchers in innovative educational strategies and technology, software usability, user experience, cognition, computer science, and business practices
  • Consultants and solutions providers in the e-learning industry
  • Game designers and developers
  • Corporate trainers, managers, and directors
  • Human resources directors and vice presidents
  • Learning and development specialists interested in emerging technologies
  • University faculty and user experience designers
  • Technologists and innovators in VR/AR/XR

10. Corporate Learning & Development Roundtable

July 31, 2024

New York, US.

At this exclusive roundtable event for senior leaders, you’ll access a unique platform to discuss the latest trends and future leadership and corporate training directions.

As a one-day experience, it offers an efficient and engaging format that combines panel discussions with focused breakout sessions. Still, the event will go beyond traditional conference setups, providing strategic networking opportunities with sponsors.

Get a seat at this roundtable if you want to shape your organization's future through effective learning and development programming.

Who should attend:

  • Senior corporate executives
  • Heads of learning and development
  • Leadership development specialists
  • Talent management specialists
  • Organizational development practitioners
  • HR directors and vice presidents
  • Chief learning officers

11. Training Magazine’s Techlearn 2024

September 17, 2024 → September 19, 2024

Austin, Texas

TechLearn 2024, hosted by Training magazine, is a premier conference for learning and development professionals who want to leverage the latest learning research and training technologies.

This training conference focuses on e-learning, adaptive learning, virtual classrooms, game-based learning, simulation, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

Expect skill-building content, a comprehensive learning experience, and golden insights and strategies for implementing, measuring, and strategizing around the latest learning tech.

As a professional responsible for workforce development and performance through online learning technologies, you'll want to be at this conference. 

Who should attend:

  • Chief learning officers (CLOs), learning & development (L&D) VPs, directors, and managers
  • eLearning managers, designers, and developers
  • Training directors and managers
  • Instructional designers and developers
  • Training practitioners and development practitioners
  • College administrators, instructors, and educators
  • Performance consultants
  • Corporate university and curriculum managers
  • Project managers and eLearning analysts
  • Training specialists and performance support managers/analysts

12. DevLearn 2024

November 6, 2024 → November 8, 2024

MGM Grand, Las Vegas, US

DevLearn is the epicenter of innovation in learning and development. Their conference is where the latest tools and technologies in the L&D field come alive. Are you eager to immerse yourself in new technologies, learn from experts and peers, and understand the industry's trajectory? If so, DevLearn is your destination, and Synthesia will have a booth there.

The event features visionary keynotes, each offering fresh perspectives that lead the industry forward and you along with it. Taking pride in the largest and most comprehensive program on learning technologies globally, DevLearn covers crucial topics to enhance your leadership skills in managing, designing, and developing tech-based learning.

To further tailor your experience, DevLearn will host pre-conference activities and co-located events in Las Vegas. These include 1-day workshops, 2-day certificate programs, and specialized events designed to provide a head start on your learning projects and development goals.

Who should attend:

  • L&D professionals eager to explore emerging technologies
  • Instructional designers looking for cutting-edge methodologies
  • eLearning developers seeking advanced techniques
  • Corporate trainers interested in innovative learning strategies
  • HR professionals focusing on technology-based learning solutions
  • Educators and academic professionals integrating technology into learning
  • Technology enthusiasts within the learning and development sector
  • Managers and executives overseeing L&D departments

Pop in at our booths to learn more about AI and video

The biggest workplace learning exhibitions and L&D conferences are stepping stones to greater knowledge, deeper understanding, and expanded networks. 

Attend not to keep pace with the present but to leap into the future of learning and development.

Join Synthesia’s conference talks to learn how AI video will change the L&D space.

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