In addition to the Property Portal Watch Conference being held in San Francisco this week, Inman News hosts its regular bi-annual conference ‘Connect’ – the intersection of real estate and technology.
Now in its 18th year and continuing to attract close on 2,000 attendees from across the US mainland as well as a considerable number of international guests, the conference has become a critical meeting point for property portals and tech companies as well as smart switched-on real estate professionals.
I will be attending this year’s San Francisco and I am grateful to Inman News for providing me with the opportunity to cover the conference which I intend to do with commentary and reviews of the critical sessions as well as meeting and talking to the assembled visitors who always provide rich discussion topics.
Whilst entirely focused on the Property Portal Watch it has come down to this last minute review of the agenda for the Inman Connect conference whilst on the flight over to San Francisco from my home in Auckland. What else to do for 12 hours!?
I sense a considerable change in the agenda for this year’s conference as compared to last year and the most recent years’ conferences as this will be my 8th Inman Connect conference. The focus to my observation has returned front and center to technology. Recent years had seen a move to a broader agenda which focused more broadly on the wider real estate market and the process of real estate from the broker perspective. This year shows all the signs of being a hotbed of tech innovation and inspiration, at least for the main sessions on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The Thursday afternoon sees the usual break out into the focused areas of (i) Broker Success (ii) Agent Success (iii) MLS Success and (iv) Technology Success.
- The highlight in the main sessions for me will be the Panel Discussion titled “The Industry Destiny – Imagine your industry in 2018. With the likes of Pete Flint from Trulia and Glenn Kelman from Redfin pitched against the COO of Zillow – Greg Shwartsz (shame Spencer Rascoff could not attend) not to miss the opinions of Forbes Media’s Morgan Brennan and Errol Samuelson from Move Inc.
- Another session sure to provoke some heated debate will be the face off between the CEO of DotLoop Austin Allison and the CEO of the California Assoc of Realtors discussing the heated topic of digital transactions and the acceptance of open access to data to facilitate this.
- A personal interest of mine is the “Internet of Things” and Connect has invited Matt Rogers, Founder and VP of Engineering of Nest Labs to talk through this massive issue.
- Finally, or else you will think I am just reading the agenda, will be the session on Big Data featuring on the panel Michael Simonsen from Altos Research and Mark Fleming of Core Logic amongst others in what I hope can deliver a valuable insight into the critical role of big data in the real estate market.
I will be scribbling notes and recording interviews during this week in San Francisco and hopefully preparing articles for publication during the week and for the coming weeks so stay tuned. Don’t forget that the twitter hashtag of #PPWSF will capture the proceedings of the Property Portal Watch Conference as well as the main Twitter account of @PortalWatch ; for Inman Connect follow the hashtag of #ICSF.