audience-1The National Tech Recruiting Conference, Talent42, is for tech recruiters, tech sourcers, and recruiting leaders who want to learn best practice techniques and strategies for finding, engaging, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring world class software engineering talent. This part-conference, part-training event is loaded with case studies, panels, presentations, and hands-on, small group training for corporate and agency recruiting pros who want to raise the bar on tech talent and network with peers from the big tech giants, to non-tech leaders who are competing with the big tech giants, to startups, across all industries, across North America.  We limit attendance to 250, to help you feel like a participant, not a passive attendee.

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We sold out in 2018!  Check back in Fall 2019 to register early for the best rates and to guarantee your spot!

2019 will be our 8th event. We hope you will join us.  #willnotsuck

“Talent42 was the best conference I’ve ever attended. Great investment of my time (I flew out for it from Boston). It was focused, and loaded with strategies and tactics I am putting into practice now.”

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Talent42: Seattle, WA June 5-6, 2018

Please email if you have any pre-registration questions, or wish to register more than 8 attendees for this event.

DISCLAIMER/CANCELLATIONS: Please note that speakers and final agenda are subject to change. No refunds will be given as a result of a change in speaker line-up. Should the event be canceled by Talent42 a full refund will be provided via check or credit card reimbursement within 30 days of date of cancellation.

Cancellations may be made for a refund less a $100 cancellation fee, on or before May 5, 2018. After May 5th, refunds for cancellations may not be made, but a replacement attendee may be substituted.

Please email all cancellation notices with order confirmation number, name of attendee, payment method, and phone number/email address to

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Talent42 is a rare opportunity to connect with colleagues who, like you, are faced increased competition to find great tech talent. The speakers and topics at Talent42 will focus on the unique challenges of tech recruiting and innovative strategies that address the skills gap and talent shortage.

If you have direct or indirect responsibility for hiring technical talent for an organization, you should attend. We can’t promise that you will leave with the answer to life, the universe and everything but we can promise that the speakers, topics, vendors and attendees will offer thought-provoking solutions and strategies to your tech recruiting challenges.

Join us if you are:
  • A recruiter, recruiting leader or HR leader at a tech company
  • Responsible for tech recruiting at your non-tech company
  • A sourcing, research or competitive intelligence specialist
  • A manager or hiring leader responsible for building a team of technology professionals
  • A third-party recruiter or headhunter embroiled in the battle for tech talent
  • An educator interested in closing the skills gap

Will this suck?


I'm already a hotshot tech recruiter. Will I learn anything?

We focus this part-conference, part-training 2 day event on a combination of strategic program level case studies and best practices, and hands-on tactical best practices to help you attract, source, engage, interview, and sell world class software engineering talent. Our audience is mostly experienced, and most say it's the best conference they've ever attended. So, yes, we hope you'll learn something as you hear both technology execs, hiring managers, recruiting leaders, and hands-on sourcers share what they've learned in an industry that never stands still.

I'm an agency recruiter. Is this a good conference for me?

15-20% of Talent42 alumni are agency recruiters, and they tell us it does not suck. 🙂 While most of our speakers work as in-house recruiters/sourcers, recruiting leaders, or tech execs, we're told that their focus areas very much provide agency recruiters insights and skills to help them win.

I'm a potential sponsor. Is this a good conference for my company?

If you offer a product or service that helps tech recruiters find, engage, assess, track, and hire top tech talent, then yes, this is probably the perfect conference for you. We don't have 100 sponsors in some separate room. We want our sponsors and exhibitors to be part of the conversations, engaging with our participants in conversations around their challenges. Check out our page for more information. Then reach out to if you'd like to share more about your target audience and sponsorship goals, and receive a sponsorship kit.

Who produces Talent42?

Talent42 is brought to you by John Vlastelica and Carmen Hudson at Recruiting Toolbox. They're former recruiting leaders with companies like Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, and Yahoo! and regular speakers at the biggest, best known talent conferences in the US and Europe.

You didn't guess what my question would be. What now?

Email us - - and our conference manager, Alicia Glass, will get back to you.