Hail to the Blackhawks… and SocialHRCamp Chicago

Somehow the Chicago Blackhawks managed to win game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and then schedule their parade on the day of SocialHRCamp Chicago. It was June 18th and we could see a section of the parade from where we were at TechNexus. How could anyone forget us all gathering around the windows overlooking the parade down the street to catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks players and all the other hoopla surrounding the parade! Blackhawk fan or not, it was kinda cool!

This video was recorded by Abe Cortes, one of our awesome Camp attendees.

It was a smaller crowd that we are usually accustomed to at SocialHRCamp, but it was an energetic one. Kudos go out to our sponsors, TechNexus, QUEsocial and Brand Amper. As well, a special appreciation goes out to ILSHRM for their support in promoting the event to their members. SocialHRCamp is a community-based event, and we couldn’t be more appreciative and humbled by the support of the local SHRM chapters.

We had an interesting mix of speakers – a wide array of senior HR & Recruitment practitioners and tech vendors. If you have followed the evolution of SocialHRCamp since its early days in mid-2012 you’ll know that one of the core objectives of the event platform is to have more practitioners lead sessions. We are meeting this objective, which only indicates that adoption of social media and emerging technology in HR/Recruitment is in fact, on the rise. Thank-you to the speakers for putting together fantastic sessions, engaging the audience and spending the day with us.

SocialHRCamp Chicago 2015 Speakers #SHRC15


So what’s next for SocialHRCamp?

We are exploring the idea of going into communities that have been untapped, and focusing on students. The core focus for the remainder of 2015 will be on 2 Camps in Toronto; one for practitioners and the second for HR students. We’re still working through the preliminary details of venue and dates, but we’re close, and will announce the dates of these 2 events soon.

We are exploring opportunities for 2016, which will be the year that we tap into new communities. In consideration are Tampa, Charleston, Charlotte, Pasadena, Newport Beach, Irvine, Ottawa and Las Vegas. We’re also considering a return to Omaha and Boston. We won’t be running events in each of these cities but we’ll figure out a game plan over the summer, and you’ll be the first to know.

Richard Branson