The fourth edition of MIPIM PropTech New York welcomed 1,500+ property and technology professionals from 50 counties to the Metropolitan Pavilion.
MIPIM PropTech director Nicolas Kozubek launched the two-day event, in partnership with specialist VC firm MetaProp, by revealing plans to move it to New York’s Javits Center, expecting three times the amount of delegates in 2020.
America’s friendly next-door neighbour Canada is a market to watch out for, with a bunch of emerging tech companies and talent appearing at the show, as well as exciting talks surround Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto project.
During a VC perspectives panel, Andrea Jang of JLL Spark, urged companies to look towards Canada, her home time, due to the good tech talent available, government support, access to the British Commonwealth and with French being a requirement, an easier route into France.
Quotes to takeaway
This year’s star headliners included Lisa Picard of Blackstone-owned EQ Office, Andrea Chegut of MIT, Scott Rechler of RXR Realty, Ryan Anderson of Herman Miller and Josh Sirefman of Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs.
‘Every worker needs access to the 4Cs, concentration, collaboration, convenience and community’ – Lisa Picard on EQ Office’s priorities for success at work
‘Culture is the organisation’s software, it needs great hardware’ – Lisa Picard
‘We live in an era of mobile tech distributed work, so we’re right in the midst of a re-evaluation of how space should be conceived’ – Ryan Anderson of Herman Miller
‘Creating a sense of community and engaging with people outside of a nine-to-five setting is critical to forming a connected, hospitable and successful workplace’ – Scott Rechler of RXR Realty
Startups to watch
MIPIM PropTech also held the regional heat of its global startup competition, producing four winners for the grand final at MIPIM in Cannes in March 2020; Toronto-based SWTCH, electric vehicle charging and energy management designed specifically for multi-tenant buildings, Geopipe which produces virtual models of the real world automatically, Enertiv, data collection on building operations and digital twin creation, and Foyr, an interior design software which creates photorealistic renders within minutes.
There is another MIPIM PropTech this year, taking place on 27-28 November as part of MIPIM Asia.