ERE’s Recruiting Innovation Summit is hosting a first-of-its-kind $10,000 startup competition for new recruiting products and technology at our May 17-18 event being held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. For those companies interested in applying to be considered, you can read more about it and apply on the contest portion of the RIS website. All entries are due by March 31.
It’s just one of the additions we’ve made to the program to focus more broadly on where innovation occurs in recruiting.
One of the ways we’ve wanted to highlight innovation is to figure out how to best feature some of the companies on the leading edge of innovation, building the products that will be used in the future for recruiting. We focused in on a tight startup competition with live demos of the actual products along with a portion for Q&A. Many of you already know our MC for the startup competition Master Burnett, director of strategy at BraveNewTalent and former managing director of Dr. John Sullivan and Associates, and he is certain to run an entertaining highlight of some of the newest technologies in recruiting.
Some have also asked about requirements for startups. Since this is our first time out doing a competition, we are hesitant to set hard and fast rules as to who does and doesn’t qualify as a startup. That being said, we’ll certainly be open about the fact that we are most attracted to companies who have been around for 18 months or less and have a new product that will have launched near (or even at) the event. For the people in attendance, we want to make it an interesting showcase of products that most have not seen yet.
Other Additions to Agenda
Our chairperson this spring is Jenny DeVaughn, manager of social media at Waste Management. DeVaughn is one of only a few people who have made it out to every single one of our Social Recruiting and Recruiting Innovation Summits, so she is eminently qualified to lead our event.
In order to add the startup competition, we also decided to expand the event to one and a half days. We heard from some of our attendees in the past that it was hard to get approval for a single day event, especially if they were traveling far.
While there is still one speaker detail to be confirmed, we have already added George Anders (author of The Rare Find and contributor to Forbes), Brad Cook (VP global talent acquisition at Informatica), Lars Schmidt (director of talent acquisition at NPR), Mike Junge (leadership recruiter at Google and author of Purple Squirrel) as well as a panel featuring BranchOut, HireVue, and JIBE.
Those interested in registering have until next Friday to get the early bird discounted price of $395.