Experience the New ATD TK

TK Playground

Choose Your Own Learning Adventure

We’re redefining the "conference" experience by giving you a rich and varied learning landscape to explore all day long. This is the place to go for creatively designed education sessions, facilitated conversations with subject matter experts and hands-on learning activities. Explore new ideas to address real-world challenges and hear predictions about what lies ahead in this immersive learning environment. Each area of the playground is a different learning experience.

Co-Creation. Experimentation. Ideation. Take your pick!

The Playground contains six learning stages with different themes and experiences and more than 50 focused sessions:

Build: Engage in hands-on learning and experimentation with the latest learning technologies.

  • UX/UI Design for Performance Support
  • Building a Quick AR Interaction
  • Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
  • Mobile Video

Disrupt: Featuring hyper-focused facilitator-led conversations about industry issues.

  • Managing Stakeholder Expectations
  • FailJam
  • How to Become a Disruptor
  • Cool Tools

Spark: Find your next big idea through mini sessions and discussions about emerging trends.

  • The Science of Curiosity
  • ISD for AR and VR
  • Future Skills for L&D
  • Creating an Inspiration Board
  • Principles of Experiment Design

Connect: Participate in structured topic or industry-focused networking with your peers.

  • Let’s Play (Game Crawl)
  • xAPI Meet Up
  • Healthcare Industry Meet Up

Advance: Hone your skills in specific areas by participating in accelerated mini sessions and discussions.

  • Using Slackbots for L&D
  • Introducing the New ATD Capability Model
  • Design Thinking for Onboarding
  • Level Up Your Visuals
  • Choosing Training Formats to Fit the Purpose
  • Getting Started With Freelancing

Explore: Examine case studies of named organizations for new ideas and inspiration. Play sparks creativity, and what you do here will ignite your potential.

  • Lean Learning
  • Case Studies from Industry-Leading Organizations

Have meaningful conversations with other participants in the meetup areas.

We've designed meetups to help people meet and learn from each other through meaningful conversations. At most conferences, you're left to your own devices, trying to hunt down people you'd like to meet with only a glass of wine for a compass. In the Playground, we're eliminating those hurdles and providing you tools to meet with peers to discuss some hyper-focused topics. Unlock greatness by learning from others.

And you've heard there's no EXPO, right? Just sponsor suites.

We threw out that one too. But there are valuable partner meetings hosted in sponsor suites. Partner meetings allow you to select the organizations you want to learn more about and schedule dedicated time to meet on your terms. You'll share your challenges in advance, so they come prepared to discuss customized solutions. In 15 minutes, you can short-circuit the sales process and get the answers you need to make strategic decisions when you go back to the office.

Wellness included.

Take a little time out to visit one (or all) of our three art stations to let your creative juices flow!


Full Program
Classroom sessions, hands-on learning, keynote speakers, and more.