And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the property industry is stretching out again after the traditionally relaxed summer period - which has this year been marked by a crazy period of activity in the PropTech space (over £47 million in investments in just the last 14 days!)
But, before we mourn the end of sunshine, let’s remember that this return to autumn also marks the start of conference season where, for the next few months, a huge number of events and gatherings take place, week after week, to carry us through to winter and the new year.
In celebration of this, and to try and get my own head around where I’m going and what I’ll be doing when I get there, I have compiled a comprehensive list of this season’s events, the world over. If you want a more comprehensive list of global conferences including a print out of the lists, please visit my page on Global PropTech Conferences.
Every year, the list gets longer and longer as new events are created. PropTech is a hot industry and as such there are now far too many events for any one person to get to, so, hopefully, the following breakdown of what’s-happening-when should be a useful tool in helping you gauge which events are for you...
Tech Talk Live 2017 - 15th September, London
From VCs to the major institutions, the world’s leading tech investors take the stage to reveal exactly what they’re looking for in a PropTech company and earmark the trends they are betting on. Find out this and more as we lift the mask on PropTech investment and get to the bottom of its true value proposition.
GeoVacation Showcase - 19th September, London
Join the Geovation Hub as they discuss and display their fourth showcase of promising geospatial businesses. They’ve chosen some of the best for their Autumn 2017 Showcase. You'll have a chance to hear them present and learn more about their businesses over drinks afterwards.
SPD Insights - 19th September, London
The future of how we will buy and rent residential property. Are we at the beginning of a new era of renting and will co-living become the new normal?
PropTech and Innovation Briefing - 20th September, London
PropTech is the buzzword at the minute according to PropertyEU so this is a bitesize briefing in London to discuss its impact on the sector and how your business can evolve to fight the challenges.
TLA PropTech and REVO 2017 - 19th-21st September, Liverpool
All about the retail and place making here but also an interesting PropTech and Innovation competition to be aware of. It is the UK’s largest single gathering of people and businesses that together create, deliver, operate and occupy great places for work, rest and play.
Property Investor Show 2017 - 6th/7th October, London
The event if you are looking at the the property investment, overseas property and lettings/landlord space. I have spoken here the last two years and experienced a very niche but targeted audience. There are sponsorship opportunities here - you can email Nick Clark, the organiser, about them now.
Digital Construction Week - 18th/19th October, London
If construction is your bag (consider housebuilding through to the huge industrial side of the business - combined deal value of over $10 trillion a year!), then this is one for you with a heavy agenda or tech-orientated discussion and exhibitors.
MIPIM UK - 18th/19th October, London
Shaping and connecting the UK property market is the tagline and this is pretty much what MIPIM do best. Looks like they are beginning to link the traditional market place with the new and upcoming PropTech world. One to watch.
SPD Insights - 18th October, London
Trucks, pop-ups and on demand food. Where does real estate fit into this ever changing landscape? Always an excellent evening to listen to the latest information and best guests.
PropTech Den - 30th October, London
The third in a highly successful pitch event which has seen audiences double at each event this year. An evening event I haven't yet got around to going to but I will hope to this time around.
PropTech Scotland - 4th/5th December, Edinburgh
Save the date for this one as plenty of speakers and subjects booked in and a website due to go live any minute. Due to be the first event north of the border.
**James Dearsley is a partner in PropTech Consult, digital transformation specialists for the real estate sector. To sign up to James’ Sunday PropTech Review, click here.