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23 Years of Big Topics & Global Thought Leaders on CRE, Technology and Innovation

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For centuries, people left their homes and traveled to buildings to do things. They traveled by foot, horse, bicycle, automobile and airplanes. Over the years, technology began to chip away at the need to go someplace to do something. Mainframes, minicomputers, distributed networks, mobile devices, the Internet and now the Internet of Things (IoT), are all poised to disrupt much of what we have come to know and that means significant changes to how we design, lease, operate, transact and use commercial and corporate space.

In addition to technology, there are at least five other major paradigm shifts taking place that are all colliding at the same time and advancing at an unprecedented pace. These major changes all combine to seriously challenge the traditional idea of getting in a car or traveling on a plane to a building to engage in a specific activity.

When considering how we are going to design, build, lease, operate, transact and use buildings in the future, all of these shifts must be taken into consideration, especially given the fact that we traditionally have thought of buildings in a 30-50-year timeframe. With things moving so fast, it would be a major mistake to ignore these changes when considering the future of buildings and how we use and operate them.

Colliding Paradigm Shifts

  • Technological
  • Financial
  • Biological
  • Climate
  • Demographics
  • Political

We believe that there is no longer any way to separate the relationship between real estate, technology, automation and innovation. It is not simply about a faster lease, better way to manage maintenance, collect rents or manage finances but rather about a much more important strategic role that technology plays in how we use and operate buildings. Questions to ask: How much space do you need? Why does utilization matter? How flexible will space need to be? What is hybrid? What does an immersive experience mean? How important is health, wellness and IAQ to occupants? What is the baseline for a smart building and how does sustainability play into all of this? And finally, how do we protect our smarter, more connected buildings from increasingly nefarious cyber-attacks?

The following are just some of the topics that we will be covering in the Realcomm | IBcon Opening Session and throughout conference that will attempt to answer some of these important questions. We have assembled some of the world’s most recognized thought leaders to discuss and debate the complex, comprehensive and challenging issues at the intersection of real estate and technology.

  • The Future of Real Estate
  • The Quiet Migration
  • Return to Work – Shift to a More Digital World
  • Health & Wellness in Buildings
  • Hybrid, Immersive Experiences
  • New Telecommunications Infrastructure, 5G and Beyond
  • The Post COVID Smart, Connected Building
  • Enterprise and Built Environment Cybersecurity
  • Climate Change, Buildings and Technology's Role

For 23 years, Realcomm and IBcon are recognized as the place where the hype is dispelled, innovators meet, business gets done and the journey of technology’s impact on real estate continues.

The evolution of technology in real estate, along with many other trending industry topics, will be discussed at Realcomm | IBcon which will be held on Nov. 2-3 (Golf Outing & Wellness Day: Oct. 31 | Precon: Nov. 1) at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. Register today!

Jim Young, Co-Founder & CEO, Realcomm
Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.

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