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ATD Houston Virtual Technology Conference - Transform Learning!

  • April 22, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Virtual


Technology is changing rapidly, and if you fail to keep up, you will be left behind. As a talent development professional, your job has never been more important. The need to upskill and reskill workers on these technologies is critical for an organization to stay ahead of the competition.

Look forward to all that the Technology Conference has to offer—seeing first-hand how technology is transforming the learning industry, learning best practices for making that transformation a reality, and catching up with so many colleagues. Whether you’re designing your very first e-learning course or interested in developing an immersive reality solution, this conference has something for you. 

    Your registration includes:

    • Access to the conference application where you can chat with other conference attendees & speakers. 
    • Links to all recorded sessions after the conference along with session materials.
    • Opportunities to enter sponsor raffles and contests

    Time (CST)

    Session (15-min break between sessions)


    Welcome to the Conference


    Myra Roldan (Keynote) – Future Thinking


    Josh Cavalier - The Cognitive Science of Video


    Trina Rimmer - How to Create Exceptional Mobile Learning with Rise




    Hadiya Nuriddin - Designing Stories Into E-Learning

    02:00- 02:45

    Vince Han - Using MS Teams, Slack & other collaboration platforms to deploy chatbots for learning


    Connie Malamed - Design Thinking for Learning Design


    Cathy Hackl (Keynote) - Launching an enterprise VR learning program to transform the employee experience


    Wrap Up and Door Prizes

    For speaker session details, visit https://tdhouston.org/2021-Tech-Conference

    Conference Sponsors:

    APTD/CPLP Certification

    This program is eligible for APTD and CPLP recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute. Visit https://www.td.org/ci-recertification for more details about the APTD and CPLP recertification policies.


    ATD Houston is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

    Futures Thinking

    What will the future bring? What trends and technologies will emerge. How can you help your organization or your own business shape the future? In this session we will explore how to adopt a futurist mindset to identify weak signals and the steps you can take to prepare for the potential changes to drive innovation

    You will walk away with:

    • Data resources you can access to identify weak signals
    • A framework you can you to identify obstacles and opportunities
    • Tools you can share with your team
    Keynote Speaker: Myra Roldan

    Chief Cloudification Officer, Maker of Stuff, Writer of Things, Explainer of Doohickies, Knowledge Distributor, Amazon Web Services

    Empowering people to explore and develop themselves holistically is my passion. I strive to evoke transformation in people by creating programs to enable them to become curious learners who develop the tech skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. On December 17, 2018, I joined AWS Educate and the Cloud Degree team. 2019 was the year of global higher education disruption. I developed an in-depth competency framework. Then working directly with leaders and educators at over 140 higher education institutions globally l, we used the competency framework to build and implement cloud computing curriculum and degree programs gaining publicity world-wide.

    Watch Myra's TEDx Talk https://youtu.be/CtW11JtnxGM

    Launching an enterprise VR learning program to transform the employee experience

    The global pandemic has changed a lot of things for organizations around the world. It accelerated remote work, put a new an emphasis on technology, and put the employee experience (EX) in the spotlight. Virtual reality training is an innovative way to boost employee engagement and performance while saving costs, however, launching an immersive training program can seem daunting at first if you don't know where to start.

    In this session, you'll explore the strategies and steps you'll want to take in order to successfully launch an immersive learning program, including how to get buy-in from stakeholders, how to identify the best use cases to drive positive impact for your organization, and how the Immerse Platform can streamline the roll-out and measurement of results.

    Join us to learn:

    • A step-by-step process for designing a successful VR training program
    • To understand why launching a pilot is a great idea to get started
    • How to successfully roll out and scale your VR training
    • Ways to measure your results and iterate

    Keynote Speaker: Cathy Hackl is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader specializing in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), & spatial computing. She is one of LinkedIn's top technology voices (the highest honor on the platform) and a champion for diversity. Hackl has worked with some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Magic Leap, and HTC VIVE. She leads the Futures Intelligence Group, a futures research & consulting firm that works with clients in tech, fashion, media, government, and defense implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies. BigThink named Cathy one of the top 10 most influential women in tech in 2020 and she's been called the CEO's business guide to the metaverse. Cathy was included in the 2021 prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She is a sought after keynote speaker and author. She has spoken at CES, SXSW, Comic-Con, Adobe Summit, Harvard Business School. Facebook, Twitter, Aspen Institute, In-Q-Tel, US Navy, SDA Bocconi, IE, Singularity University, and many other places Cathy is a professionally trained futurist and uses strategic foresight and futures intelligence to harness weak signals and today’s emerging trends and help companies and brands future-proof their long term strategic planning.


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