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May 13-14: RICS World Built Environment Forum Summit , New York

How can we harness new technology to mobilize private capital investment to meet the growing global demand for new infrastructure, real estate and the renewal of existing assets? Built environment professionals, innovators and global influencers will explore these questions May 13 and 14 in New York City at the RICS World Built Environment Forum Summit 2019.

The Summit will examine:

  • The changing nature of work and workplace.
  • The impact of algorithms and tokenization.
  • The real-world outcomes for cities and citizens.
  • New finance models for energy and transport.
  • Investment risk allocation.

Participants will build a picture of how technology is changing the landscape of investment in real assets and will outline a workable approach to building public and investor trust in these new and emerging approaches.

The Summit is $996 for RICS professionals and $1150 for non-members. Register here.

Parag Khanna, Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, will give the keynote address, “Connectivity, competition and capital: The new landscape for investors.” The session will center on three pivotal observations: the central role of cities and megacities in international commercial activity, the paramount importance of interconnectivity in driving competition and cooperation between cities and the emergence of the global supply chain as a geopolitical priority.

Other sessions include (click here to see full list):

“People, place, possibility: Impactful investment in the 21st century’s cities”

The defining demographic development of the 20th century was the 400% increase in the global population. Projections suggest that the defining demographic development of this century will be the mass migration of the world’s people to urban areas. At a macro level, how can built environment professions, in partnership with policymakers and international institutions ensure our metropolitan regions are resilient and economically vibrant?

New work, new workplaces: How technology and changing human habits are reshaping commercial real estate markets”

What makes commercial real estate investible in the 21st century? In an age of rapid, tech-driven cultural change, the traditional “bricks, mortar, walls and windows” perception of buildings is out of date. Considering shifting patterns of work and leisure, this session will assess how popular expectations of the built environment have evolved, and what this means for buildings as viable, revenue-generating assets.

“Building for the future: Modernizing the construction industry”

Global economic prosperity is heavily reliant on the construction industry, a sector that has yet to futureproof itself for the demands of the 21st century. Exploratory funding falls markedly short of levels seen in comparable industries, with estimates suggesting that less than 1% of global construction revenues are reinvested into research and development. Disruptive technology poses a stark choice to the construction industry: modernize or become obsolete. With 13% of global GDP and 7% of the world’s workforce in question, the significance of the challenge and the scale of the opportunity is great.

“Blockchain and the bottom line: Real estate transactions in the 4th industrial age”

From intelligent buildings to smart contracts, Blockchain is revolutionizing business processes for landlords and real estate professionals. Hear from leading professionals in commercial real estate and venture capital how blockchain and new technologies are changing their business, and what to expect from the future.

Some speakers and panelists include:

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director – Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD;  Jeff Flake, Former Senator for Arizona; Maureen Ehrenberg, Global Head of Digital Facility and Asset Management Services, WeWork;  Isabel Beltrán, Associate Director – Resilience Finance, 100 Resilient Cities; Catherine Pfeiffenberger, Chief Strategy Officer, Skanska Commercial Development, USA;  and Tye Neilson, Senior Vice President and Chief Appraiser, Wells Fargo.

Click here to see the full list.