FUTURE: PropTech Shows Gender Balance is Possible as it Announces Speakers for 2019

20th March 2019
FUTURE: PropTech Shows Gender Balance is Possible as it Announces Speakers for 2019

Setting an industry--event first for the male-dominated property sector, FUTURE: PropTech has today unveiled its roster of speakers - with the gender split being exactly 50 percent. Taking place on May 14th at the Business Design Centre in London, the event promises to be the most comprehensive PropTech conference to date, with a theme focused on ‘Open Collaboration’.

Themes that will be tackled by an expansive roster of more than 80 speakers include :
Solving the Housing Crisis – What role can innovation play?
Institutional Investors – using technology for better decision making
Innovation in Facilities Management
Case studies with major occupiers
Smart Cities & Urban Mobility

Gary Chimwa, Founder & CEO, FUTURE: PropTech commented: “While diversity and inclusion is increasingly being championed in the sector, there’s a big difference between talking about diversity and taking action. I’m thrilled that in our fifth year we have found a balance. I’m delighted to welcome industry experts such as Hendry Group CEO Emma Hendry, RBS Innovation Programme Manager, Jo Saunders, and Dara Huang, Founder of DH Liberty and Co-founder of Viva House, to join us as speakers for this event.

Chimwa continued: “This landmark for diversity is a result of our commitment to excellence and creation of the most extensive PropTech network globally. We’re extremely proud to be championing the change the best we can and we hope that other events across industries can take note of what is possible. This is a great moment for addressing gender inequality at conferences and a strong step to further improve the diversity of our speakers in the future. Many thanks to RE: Women and Women Talk Real Estate for the awesome help so far.”

Andrea Carpenter, Director, Women Talk Real Estate commented saying, “We are delighted that our industry partner Future:PropTech has shown real commitment to gender diversity with a 50/50 line-up of male/female speakers. It demonstrates that with forward planning and a thoughtful approach, the result can be an amazing array of female leaders on stage sharing their expertise.”

Across the stages, the conversations will explore the fundamental changes taking place in people’s living, working, and recreational lives. These are changes driven by global shifts such as urbanisation, demographics, and technology, and how the real estate industry should adapt to meet these challenges. With the currently uncertain investor market, FUTURE: PropTech will address where investors should allocate their capital for the highest return. The focus will also lay on occupiers, modern workplaces and the tenant experience. With such an array of topics, diversity of opinion is welcome at the conference.

Speaking on trends in the market and some of the discussions you can expect to see at the show, speaker at FUTURE: PRopTech, Orla Shields, CEO and Co-Founder of GetRentr adds: "Property Licensing is a major government lever designed to raise standards and protect tenants. We have seen the number of Additional and Selective schemes in place across the UK increase over the last few months. Simultaneously, councils are investing and ramping up their enforcement to ensure that legislation is connected to the real world and making a genuine impact. We expect this trend to continue of government taking a much larger hands on role in raising standards across the PRS and prosecuting rogue landlords and agents."

The show will be full of forward-thinking real estate executives and property industry figureheads. The event will also include two new features, the International Zone and the Residential Agent Zone, in association with Spark Energy. The packed agenda sees 30 hours of content, with a further 121 meeting opportunities through the booking app. FUTURE:PropTech has partnered with over 80 companies, of which, sponsors & exhibitors include Aberdeen Standard Investments, Asset Mapping, Arup, CBRE, Cherre, VTS, Open Box Software, Coyote Software, GetRentr, Hubhub by HB Reavis, Innogy Innovation Hub, Mishcon de Reya, Re-Leased, Stokr, Spark Energy and W-Tech.

After the event, all speakers and exhibitors are invited to a complimentary afterparty.

For more information, go to https://futureproptech.co.uk

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