The annual Realcomm/IBcon conference in Las Vegas bills itself as an intersection of commercial and corporate real estate, technology, automation and innovation. The conference appeared to have lived up to its name on Day One of the event on Wednesday as it offered something for everyone.
As Realcomm founder and CEO Jim Young told Connected Real Estate Magazine leading up to the show, the conference was designed in part to bring real estate technology and smart building information together in one location. To fulfill that mission, there was no barrier between the two conferences, allowing attendees to go back and forth between the two as much as they liked.
In terms of the conference itself, the first day comprised numerous keynote speeches and general breakout sessions from 8:30 a.m. until the day ended with the “Digie” Awards at 6 p.m. Some of the Realcomm topics included navigating the age of acceleration, harnessing the start-up ecosystem, how commercial real estate companies can prepare for handling data science as it becomes more advanced, opportunities for commercial real estate with blockchain and more.
The IBcon side followed a similar track on Day One, as it was filled with an array of general sessions on topics such as the importance of building lighting, NextGen workplace experiences, net zero buildings and the smart building technology skills talent gap.
“As a first year attendee and someone who spends a lot of time throughout the year at various commercial real estate events, Day One at Realcomm/IBcon was one I’ll not soon forget,” Captivate Director of Marketing and Sales Development Matt Pocock said. “The many great breakout sessions made it hard to choose just one to sit in on for each time slot, the speakers were clearly carefully hand selected to deliver both a variety and depth of knowledge and expertise, and the exhibition floor hosted a packed room of innovative solution providers from established brands to upstart tech firms. This event will quickly become a must-attend for me going forward and I’m looking forward to what Day Two has in store.”
“We couldn’t have imagined a more exciting first day to our 20th anniversary celebration,” Realcomm Managing Partner Howard Berger added. “Keynote Bob Sulentic of CBRE started things off at the General Session, and Yardi President and founder Anant Yardi followed. The room was full of applause as everyone congratulated the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award winners, along with the other leading presenters. Attendees were raving about the innovation on the exhibit floor saying it was some of the most cutting edge solutions they have ever seen. We can say with confidence that today was a huge success!”
It wasn’t just Realcomm that was signing its own praises about the conference. John Shubin, Advanced RF Technologies Manager, Business Development found this to be the ideal show in terms of gathering people from all over the real estate industry.
“This is the perfect show,” he said. “A lot of my partners in the industry go to the other shows and they’re networking with peers in the industry, but this is where the rubber meets the road. You have all of the top commercial real estate and multi-family developers and property owners here at this show.”
And as Michael Wright, Cheytec Head of Sales, mentioned, it was not just who was the show that has made it worthwhile thus far, but also the industry topics that were being discussed. One of those topics being the industry shift that’s seeing more commercial real estate owners taking more financial responsibility for in-building wireless solutions, something that once fell at the feet of wireless operators.
“What’s nice about the crowd here is there’s a level of technical understanding,” Wright said. “We see them discussing how these high functioning systems affect the return on investment in the investment strategy, and they are beginning to understand how cellular is really a requirement, an amenity that they are going to need in the future to maintain their cash flow.”