CBRE, the leading commercial real estate agency in the world, recently teamed up with DisruptCRE to produce a private conference for CBRE’s top employees and clients at their Downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Founded by Stephen Hopkins and Mariel Ebrahimi in 2014, DisruptCRE is a commercial real estate technology conference series hosting events around the country to educate and connect commercial real estate professionals with emerging technologies and overall industry trends. Being at the forefront of the CRE tech movement, CBRE was quick to adopt the DisruptCRE spinoff concept of “Tech and Innovation Day,” according to Ebrahimi.
Hosted inside CBRE’s “Office of the Future,” the private affair featured 13 of the CRE tech industry’s top companies. It was an afternoon filled with education, networking, and interactive tech demos. The purpose of the event was to showcase how CBRE continues to be an industry innovator in adopting new technologies into their service offerings internally and for their clients. A recent example was the local office’s decision to go paperless.
Lewis Horne, President of the Greater Los Angeles-Orange County Region for CBRE, welcomed executives and top clients with an entertaining story about the process the firm went through when building out the “Office of the Future” and how technology helped employees make a seamless transition.
Elie Finegold, CBRE’s SVP Global Innovation and Business Intelligence, was welcomed on-stage to give a thought provoking talk encompassing topics such as radical mobility, connectivity, autonomous transportation and how they are affecting the business of CRE. Finegold said, “Autonomous vehicles may create a new ‘fourth place’ where workers are nearly as comfortable and efficient as they are in a buildings.”
The event also featured a discussion panel, moderated by Horne, which included insights from Christopher Rising, President & COO of Rising Realty; Thomas Byrne, Managing Partner Real Dynamics and past President of Loopnet; and Mariel Ebrahimi, CoFounder & CEO, DisruptCRE series and CoFounder of OneStop Internet. The panelists discussed trends they are seeing in the industry now and how technology is facilitating changes in data management, ecommerce, finance and investment. They talked about the rise of internet shopping via mobile devices and how it’s transforming the retail experience for consumers, retail brands and their brick and mortar stores. Other topics included the future of enterprise systems and how new technologies will communicate with each other and why data sharing and transparency is so valuable.
Besides CBRE employees, CRE’s leading tech companies were also in attendance including Hightower and VTS who have both recently announced enterprise agreements with CBRE. Other participants included representatives from CompStak, RealtyMogul, Raisal, Breather, Real Liquidy, LCP360, Matterport, PivotDesk, Auction.com and WiredScore.
Attendees got to dive head first into the world of virtual reality with the use of the Matterport app and virtual headset combo. Across the room LCP360 showed off their cutting edge visualization tools by way of CBRE’s beautiful Liquid Galaxy display — an enormous display used to visualize data, and powered by Google. While attendees explored in virtual reality, they also had an art galleryesque experience curated by the TurningArt team, an on-demand art service for real estate professionals and tenants.