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Live: HR Tech Interactive 2016, Hong Kong



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Welcome to HR Tech Interactive 2016, Hong Kong, the regional invitation-only HR technology event for HR leaders and senior HRIS specialists! Today’s conference will see speakers from Avery Dennison, DLA Piper, HSBC, and more sharing their insights into some of the biggest challenges through keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive roundtables.

On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from Hotel Icon, Hong Kong – from all the tweets on #HRTI2016 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day.


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The registration counter is open and our team is all set to welcome today’s delegates at HR Tech Interactive 2016, Hong Kong. Live feed: http://bit.ly/HRTIHK2016

To inaugurate day one of HR Tech Interactive, Human Resources’ Hong Kong editor Anthony Wong takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers.

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He says: “In the past few years, we have seen technology complement and even take over various aspects of the HR leader’s job – from the payroll and leave management systems, to online learning programmes, real-time feedback on performance, and even examples of some companies taking up virtual reality for their onboarding programmes.”

Starting today’s conference is Anita Lam, Of Counsel (Solicitor Advocate) – Employment Practice DLA Piper. Anita is a seasoned litigator, an accredited mediator, and a certified fraud examiner. She has extensive experience in data privacy matters, regularly assisting clients in dealing with privacy complaints, compliance checks, and personal data issues.

Today, she inaugurates the conference with a keynote on the use of wearable technology and predictive analytics for talent management.

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Let’s welcome Anita Lam, Of Counsel (Solicitor Advocate) – Employment Practice DLA Piper.

Lam urges delegates to take away at least one thing from her talk today: DDE. When thinking about data analytics, consider data privacy, discrimination, and employee engagement.

Next up is our second keynote speaker, Adam Spring, senior director, HR effectiveness at Prudential Corporation Asia. He has been with the Prudential Group for 30 years and is responsible for leading the HR Systems team in the implementation, maintenance and development of Workday and other people related platforms.

Today at HRTI Hong Kong, Adam talks about the challenges and outcomes of Prudential Asia’s journey to the cloud.  “There are some challenges of moving to the cloud”, Spring says,  “Several aspects of it can be both a plus and a minus. For example, constant innovation ensures the most current system, but having to update the systems twice a year can get in the way of doing daily work,”.

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Spring leaves the delegates with some advice: “If you’re moving to the cloud – get your support model right. Be active in the community of fellow users and add self-service to help with engagement. Keep your processes smart, effective and simple, drive your analytics, and most of all, be absolutely on top of data privacy”.

We welcome you to our very first interactive session. One of four topics discussed is HR cloud – moderated by HR experts Adam Spring, senior director, HR effectiveness, Prudential Corporation Asia, and Philip Poon, information security architect, Workday.

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It’s now time for another interactive session. One of the topics discussed is mobile HR – moderated by HR experts, Vanessa Yen, head of HR Asia, institutional banking & markets, Commonwealth Bank, and Emma Chen, business development director, MicroBenefits.

After lunch, our next keynote speaker takes the stage. Talent management expert Charles Hughley, introduces the topic of Your EVP: Creating the “”right”” connections.

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Hughley talks to the room about EVP. “When I think about EVP, what it’s really about is your story”, he says. “What story are you looking to communicate to employees, to people you want to attract to the organisation? It’s about connecting with the people you should be connecting with”.

We will now move into a discussion to explore the role of technology to enhance the employee experience.

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Moderator: Aalok Gupta, HR & org. effectiveness expert
Panellists (from L-R):
· Wingo Wong, director, HR transformation and rewards, AIA Company Limited
· Kabir Julka, vice president & head of HR Asia, American Express
· Grace Cheung, North Asia L&OD, talent management director, Avery Dennison
· Eric Yee, head of talent solutions, North Asia, LinkedIn
· John Nolan, group HR director, Jardine Matheson

We now move on to another interactive session. One of the topics discussed is data analytics – moderated by Grace Cheung , North Asia L&OD, talent management director, Avery Dennison and Laura Fransen, journalist, Human Resources magazine Hong Kong.

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It is time for our fourth and final interactive session of the day. As one of the topics, delegates will be discussing whether Agile can work for HR – moderated by HR experts Gupta and Hayly Leung, general manager, group HR services, Jardine Matheson

We round up the day with a rapid fire session on HR tech for 2016 and beyond. The session is a way to refresh and reflect upon our top takeaways from the day. We’ll pass around the mic to our 8 discussion hosts who will leave us with some food for thought.

As curtains close on this year’s edition of HR Tech Interactive, Human Resources’ Hong Kong editor Anthony Wong takes the stage to thank everyone who made this possible – speakers, delegates and sponsors.

Here’s a list of our generous sponsors:

Gold sponsor
– Workday

Exhibitors
– COL
– MicroBenefits
– Tsinghua University

Partner
– Hotel Icon

Those sessions bring us to the end of HR Tech Interactive 2016, Hong Kong. Hope all of you had a great time and manage to bring home a few key takeaways from the conference. Thank you once again to all our speakers, delegates and sponsors, and we do hope to see you again next year.



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