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Get your tech on at this year’s MIPIM

Thousands of property professionals will descend on Cannes next month for the 30th edition of the MIPIM conference and exhibition. The main theme is Engaging the Future; the impact new technologies and human behaviours are having on the sector.

Here’s some of the tech events to watch out for when planning your diary at MIPIM next month. Please send us details of any sessions we might have missed from this list news@placetech.net


07.45–09.30 | Cheshire and Warrington: How Clean Energy is Adding Value in Real Estate |  Plage Croisette Beach, Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes

  • Christine Gaskell, chair, Cheshire + Warrington LEP
  • Ged Barlow, chair, Cheshire Energy Hub
  • Mike O’Connor, partner, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Andy Pexton, North West industrial head, Avison Young

London Pavilion hosts a whole morning on ‘Making space for innovation’ to kick off its programme. Sessions include:

10:00 | The Knowledge Economy

This session will open the London Stand conference series and take a big-picture look at London’s economy, discussing the extent to which the ‘knowledge economy’, with its focus on education, health and research, will be a key driver of the capital’s future economy.

  • Jo Negrini, CEO, Croydon
  • Catherine McGuinness, chairman of Policy & Resources Committee, City of London
  • Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills

11:00 | Innovative Financing

With the advent of Blockchain and the launch of a regulated stock exchange for Real Estate assets as well as other fintech innovators, how is the Real Estate funding landscape changing and what opportunities does this provide for investors, developers and asset owners?

  • Anthony Gahan, chairman, IPSX

11:30 | Digital Connectivity
As our dependency on technology continues to grow and the digital infrastructure needed to support this constantly changes, are we investing enough to ensure London is future proof?

  • John Gravett, head of real estate management, Cluttons
  • James Cooksey, director of central London, The Crown Estate

12:30 | International Dialogue: The Innovation Economy

On the eve of the UK’s new relationship with Europe and the rest of the world, how can London learn from other global cities in order to remain at the cutting edge on a global stage? Will the innovation economy be a main driver for growth in London and other cities?

  • Greg Clark, chairman, Business of Cities
  • Dr Philipp Bouteiller, CEO, TXL Berlin
  • Anna Gissler, acting CEO, Stockholm Business Region
  • Debbie Jackson, assistant director of regeneration

11:00-12:00 | Building Community: From Smart Cities to the Smart World | Ruby Room

Alexandre Missoffe, executive director at Greater Paris Investment Agency, will speak about the transformation of global real estate as a result of economic, societal and technological advancements. The event will consider how citizens can become involved in the development of their cities, too.

14:00-16:00 | Tech as a Driver for Growth | Salon Croisette

The two-hour event will look at how technological developments can drive growth in the real estate and property industries.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, will deliver a talk on why data-centric innovations are critical to unlocking future commercial property values.

There’ll also be a panel session on investment in tech, run by Nick Kirby, managing associate at Mishcon De Reya; and Dr. Thomas Herr, EMEA head of digital innovation at CBRE.

15:00-15:30 | Smart Glass & Internet of Things | Coral Room

Olivier Gareil, director of Europe and Middle East at SageGlass, will give delegates a first glimpse into Switzerland’s Millennium building. Set to open in Lausanne next year, it’ll be the first building to be equipped with Saint-Gobain smart glass and will be powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. The session will focus on smart building services

15:00-16:30 | Thinkers & Leaders: Driving Change | Grand Auditorium

A range of industry leaders will discuss how the real estate industry can enable economic growth, sustainable performance and community cohesion, as well as the challenges.

  • Granit Gjonbalaj, chief development officer at WeWork
  • Judy Marks, president of Otis
  • Michael Sullivan, building segments president at Schneider Electric
  • Rob Towne, Microsoft
  • Chris Marlin, Lennar International

15:00-15:45 | Smart Cities: Empowering Smart Citizens | Beige Room

Sponsored by ABB Group, this session will explore the crucial role that citizens (including communities, inhabitants, residents and businesses) play in smart cities and how to best engage them.

A panel comprised of Catalonian minister Damia Calvet i Valera, Schindler Group’s Florian Troesch and OECD project manager Debra Mountford will ask if engaging a smart citizen only happens through a digital platform; how to use technology to keep them engaged in the decision-making process; and how cities can support the development of technological skills for its citizens.

16:15-17:00 | Cities & Tech: Delivering a Sustainable Living Model | Beige Room

With the connected ecosystem rapidly expanding and impacting our lives in different ways, experts will consider the role that digital services and devices play in delivering a sustainable living model. The session will look at how technology can drive city expansion and the solutions needed to improve sustainability globally.

  • Philippe Chiambaretta, founder architect at PCA-stream
  • Nadimeh Mehra, Vice President of District 2020
  • OECD project manager Debra Mountford

17:00-17:45 | Greater Seattle: From Crane Capital to Cloud City | Coral Room

Organised by Greater Seattle Partners and Washington Realtors, this talk will provide delegates with an insight into the modernisation effort currently underway in Greater Seattle. It’ll focus on Microsoft’s headquarters campus project, spanning 131 buildings and 6.7m sq ft of workspace.


11:00-11:45 |  Global Proptech Leaders | Holland Metropole Pavilion C19.E

This registration event will bring together corporate real estate leaders to discuss their learnings about proptech, as well as profile some of the latest technologies in the sector. It’ll feature talks from Aaron Block, co-founder of MetaProp NYC, and proptech expert Angelica Krystle Donati. It’s an invitation-only event, but you can register your interest via Eventbrite. 

14:30–15:15 | Emerging Technologies: Driving New Workforces & Workplaces | Manchester Pavilion 

  • Andy Burnham, mayor, Greater Manchester
  • Will Lewis, founding director, OBI
  • Melanie Collett, head of asset mnagement, Aviva Investors
  • Tim Newns, chief executive, MIDAS
  • Ciara Keeling, chief executive, Bruntwood Works 

15:00-15:30 | Railway Spaces: Bringing Innovation to 15 Hectares in the Heart of Paris | Coral Room

Urban property developer Espaces Ferroviaires will discuss how it’s turning abandoned rail properties into high-tech neighbourhoods. In Paris, the company is working with French state-owned railway operator SNCF Immobilier to transform three sites totalling 15 hectares.

16:00-17:30 | Startup Competition | Grand Auditorium

The six finalists of the 2019 MIPIM Startup Competition will show how they’re tackling real estate challenges with technology. They are Acasa, Grid Edge, PlanRadar, Real Atom, SnapFlat and WeMaintain.

19:30-23:00 | MetaProp 3rd Annual PropTech Yacht Party | Superyacht Ylang Ylang


10:00-12:00 | PechaKucha: Engaging the Future | Grand Auditorium

The session will showcase innovative ideas about “engaging the future” through the 20 images x 20 seconds format.

  • Jorick Beijer, director of The Class of 2020
  • Emma Cariaga, head of operations at Canada Water/British Land
  • Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the US Green Building Council
  • Jacques Rougerie, architect
  • Marie Sallois, director of corporate development, brand and sustainability at the International Olympic Committee
  • Anne Skovbro, CEO of By & Havn

10:00-10:45 Workplace Technology: Improving the Experience | Coral Room

In today’s interconnected world, a productive workplace is underpinned by effective ways of working, collaboration, agility and culture. Co-sponsored by Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines, the panel will discuss how technology can be used to attract top talent; the future of work; and the solutions enabling effective working practices.

14:00-14:30 | Digital Future of Real Estate Funds | Coral Room

As the blockchain continues to gain global traction, Brickblock will explain how it’s using this technology to transform the way real estate funds are managed. The event will be hosted by Colin Nimsz, general council; Gonzalo Sanchez Slik, head of investor relations and business development; and Jeff Woodward, director.

14:30-15:00 | Future cities: smart, stylish, sustainable and resilient | Midlands UK Pavilion C16.D

What are the crucial factors in determining how our buildings, town centres and cities will evolve and to what extent can we ever future proof them to achieve a real legacy?

  • Dav Bansal, director, Glenn Howells Architects
  • John Batten, head of global cities, Arcadis
  • Lucy Blasdale, head of accelerated delivery, Midlands, Homes England
  • Phil Farrell, development director, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Anthony Gahan, chairman, IPSX Group
  • Claudia Kenyatta, director of regional delivery, Historic England

16:30-20:00 | PropTech Lab | Salon Harbour, Gare Maritime

An invitation-only event, it’ll bring together Re and Tech decision leaders to discuss the growth and opportunities of the proptech industry. Speakers include Mary Finnigan, head of real estate transaction management at WeWork, and Wouter Truffino, CEO and founder of Holland Contech & PropTech.

 18:00-21:00 | Place MIPIM closing drinks | Gray D’Albion Beach Bar

Wind down and enjoy the view as MIPIM comes to a close, at this networking event held by PlaceTech and stablemate publication, Place North West. Discuss the week with colleagues over a glass of wine at our closing drinks, the perfect way to round-off a productive few days. Register your interest in this event by emailing events@placenorthwest.co.uk. Please note, this event is for official MIPIM delegates only. This event is sponsored by Buttress, Constructing Growth, Equiem, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Taurus Security Group.

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