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2021 Realcomm | IBcon Post Conference Recap
 
The last 18 months have accelerated the adoption of technology and taught us that remote work and virtual meetings are here to stay. But it also highlighted the importance of in-person gatherings and being connected to a community. This year’s Realcomm | IBcon event in Scottsdale provided an opportunity for our in-person attendees to interact, socialize, learn and have fun in an engaging and safe way.  

Industry trailblazers gathered Nov. 1-3  to connect and collaborate on learning opportunities, case studies and sharing of best practices while enjoying the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Check out the 2021 highlights.

October 31
 
6th Annual Golf Outing
Realcomm | IBcon hosted its annual Golf Outing that drew more than 40 golfers to play the course at the Westin Kierland Golf Club.
 
Special thanks to our event co-chairs Robert Entin of Vornado and Todd Januzzi of The Paramount Group for helping us organize the fun and making this a successful event.
November 1
 
Precon Events
This year’s five precon events started with the CRE Cybersecurity Forum, which addressed the high-impact cyber threats and presented cybersecurity best practices developed by the Real Estate Cyber Consortium (RECC). The afternoon sessions included individual breakouts based on the attendees’ role within the real estate industry. These programs featured industry experts who addressed the challenges and technology opportunities for the specific target groups.
Welcome Networking
Conference attendees enjoyed some fun, food and libations poolside on the first evening. The Welcome Reception was a great opportunity to catch up with peers and make new friends before the conference began the next day. 
Advisory Council VIP Event
Our 2021 Advisory Council was instrumental in assisting with the creation of this year’s conference. Co-chairs Robert Entin, Vornado; Sheridan Ware, Charter Hall; Ilan Zachar, Carr Properties; Emmanuel Daniel, Microsoft; Dean Hopkins, Oxford Properties; Sabine Lam, Google; as well as other council members all contributed their time and insight into shaping the program. As our way of saying thank you, we hosted a special evening at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, the architect’s beloved winter home and desert laboratory. The advisors enjoyed a memorable tour of this iconic property, followed by cocktails and dinner.
November 2-3
 
Opening Session
The world continues to face some of the biggest challenges in modern times: a global pandemic, climate change, political and social unrest, and ongoing military disputes. These events coincide with unprecedented technological change and adaptability.
 
The 2021 conference theme of REsilience: Using Technology and Innovation to Navigate an Ever-Changing World, facilitated dynamic and insightful discussions among industry power houses during several Opening Session segments.  
Education and Best Practice Sharing
Kicking off two days of education and idea exchanges, more than 150 thought leaders led 65+ sessions.
 
Following are some of the discussion topics and trends that emerged from Realcomm | IBcon 2021:
  • Hybrid workspaces and the digital future of work
  • Smarter building operations: leveraging AI, machine learning and digital twin technologies
  • OT cybersecurity: developing a comprehensive strategy
  • Smart building case studies: scaling digital buildings across a portfolio
  • Accelerated innovation: utilizing data and advanced analytics to take the organization to new height
  • The role of healthy buildings going forward: sensor technologies, touchless tech and indoor air quality
Realcomm Live
For two days, the Realcomm Live news desk featured 22 live interviews and 4 mini sessions that delved into leading topics with industry experts such as Microsoft’s Scott Weiskopf and Emmanuel Daniel, Tanger Outlet’s Talia Fine, WeWork’s Scott Morey, Vornado’s Robert Entin and more.
 
Watch the Realcomm Live interviews.     
Digie and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Congratulations to the 2021 Digie and Lifetime Achievement Award winners! This year’s Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Marc Petock, a recognized global thought leader who has consistently demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving real estate operations through technology and innovation. Other awards were given to recognize those companies, real estate projects, technologies and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact our industry using technology, automation and innovation. Special congratulations to this year’s Julie Devine Digital Impact Award winners Ilan Zachar, Denise Taylor, Clayton Ulrich and Kathy Farrington.
 
Best Practice Smart Building Showcase
Kicking off Day 2 of the conference, one-on-one interactions sparked dynamic conversations about 16 of the most successful smart buildings, campuses and portfolios at the Best Practice Smart Building Showcase.
 
Project leaders shared insights on their digital transformation stories, discussing planning, team building, deployment strategies, vendor vetting and the newest integrative and connective technologies.
Exhibit Hall
Over 80 innovative solution and service providers showcased state-of-the art technology, products and services in our exhibit hall. This year featured uniquely designed foyer exhibit spaces offering lounge, fireside chat and meeting spaces so attendees could engage with technology companies.  Another first was a Virtual Exhibitor that joined from their office in Australia, along with Virtual Sarah, who was available to say hello and answer conference related questions. Attendees in need of a quiet space were able to take advantage of on-demand, micro-workspaces provided by ZenSpace.  
 
For over 23 years, Realcomm | IBcon continues to lead the real estate technology industry in hosting the best and brightest minds in thought leadership, with the widest-ranging educational program in the world.