The Learning Technologies 2017 guide you really want
Shaping the future of learning
While everyone else is still getting into the swing of things after the Christmas slump, the L&D industry is a hive of activity preparing for their largest show in Europe – Learning Technologies.
It’s a big event to the say the least and has a bit of a learning curve. From little known secrets to the things I wished I’d known last year, here are the practical tips and tricks to making the most of Learning Technologies.
10 tips to maximise your time at Learning Technologies 2017
- The venue conveniently has its own overground station, but with over 7,000 delegates attending the exhibition it can get pretty hectic at the Kensington Olympia ticket barriers. If you’re coming from the south, stick to the third carriage from the front to arrive at the perfect spot. Begin your day right with a 5 minute head start.
- Having transport trouble? Hop off at High Street Kensington instead. It's an interesting 15 minute walk to the venue (Google says 18 - but challenge yourself to beat it!). You pass some useful shops, a few restaurants and grocers selling Iranian caviar!
- As with any conference be sure to bring your phone charger and/or battery pack, especially if you’re planning on following all the latest happenings on #kineodiscover or the back channel closely. Stick to the periphery to increase your chances of finding a free plug, or use the branded sweets you’ve collected to bribe your way to some charging time. And whilst you’re packing your bag, be sure to include a tote to take your loot home – far more convenient on the train home than a boxy exhibition bag.
- Be sure to wear layers. It may be winter outside but the exhibition halls are in the middle of their own mini heat wave. You can check your belongings into a handy cloakroom for a pound.
- Avoid the venue’s café – especially at peak times. Instead, save yourself a queue for the cloak room and head to PizzaExpress’s entrance, from right within the exhibition hall itself! Download their app before the conference to save valuable time by paying using your phone, rather than trying to awkwardly make eye contact with the nearest member of staff. That’s one less receipt to lose for expenses too! Be sure to book a table in advance and look out for vouchers for extra smugness. With all that time you saved, why not check out how PizzaExpress are benefiting from a new Totara LMS?
- Not feeling pizza? Head to one of the local eateries. As seasoned pros at Learning Technologies my colleagues particularly recommend The Hare and Tortoise, just a couple of minutes’ walk away. If like the hare, speed is the aim of your game, they do fantastic takeaway sushi.
- If you’re looking to take on a new challenge and make a change in your career, meet your potential colleagues at their stand to get a feel of the company culture beyond the job ad. It can also be a great chance to do some pre-application research into your chosen companies.
- Everyone loves a freebie, but as the wise man said, you are what you give; not what you are given. Once your bag is full of pick n mix and branded pens head over to our friends, Learn Appeal, on stand Q1 and find out more about their ‘make a module, make a difference’ challenge and put your L&D expertise to good use whilst supporting a fantastic cause.
- Keep fuelled and hydrated. Rumour has it you can find the best coffee over at The Blue Corner – a great family run café that also make sensational sandwiches and cakes.
- The best day is a planned day. Is there much worse than discovering you missed out on something awesome that happened just 10 minutes ago? We may be a little biased but we think our stand and awesome seminars should be high up on your list.