This one-day deep dive provides for practical and comprehensive insights in the most important applications and developments for all players in the real estate sector.


Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 10.00 – 16.30
Fees: £ 595 ex VAT

Including: Lunch, refreshments and networking drinks reception


The Bartlett Real Estate institute
University College London Here East 
Campus Elizabeth Olympic Parc
(Easy to get to by public transport – with options including tube, train and bus – or by bicycle)


09:30 – 10.00
Registration & Coffee

10.00 – 10.20
Opening keynote

Professor Andrew Edkins

Professor Andrew Edkins

Director, Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI)
The Bartlett has again been ranked as Europe’s top institution for architecture/built environment (and second globally) in the renowned latest QS World Rankings.The focus is on the development and deployment of research that relates to the current and future world of real estate, Prop Tech, Real Estate Fintech and PropRegTech. 
“How to harness these moving sectors which are having a radical impact on what has been a slow moving, traditional and conservative industry”
The consortium will design protocols for ‘structured data’, ‘tokenisation’ and ‘DataNet; as an infrastructure level using blockchain and DLT technologies which will support data analytics by AI Machine Learning and due diligence through ‘KYA’  [Know Your Asset].

10.20 – 10.55
Blockchain will do for data what the Internet did for communication: identity, privacy, security, trust, sharing, permissioned access

A number of major projects in construction are underway to develop blockchain as a global data infrastructure with the aim of supporting digital marketplaces for audit, legal services, regulation, etc.


10.20<br>Kyle McFadden

Kyle McFadden

Director of Business Operations, Greystar Real Estate Partners
With over 525,000 units and beds under management globally, $36.1 billion assets under management and over $8.0 billion of developments in the pipeline across the globe. Greystar is the global leader in rental housing.
“Change management is a critical part of implementing new technologies. Moving from old way of doing things to something new is a seismic shift for organizations. Without proper investment in change management it is difficult to understand the value of exponential technologies and get top to bottom buy in from the organisation.”
This is usually down to lack of knowledge in the emergence of new technologies. Most professionals don’t realise that we are in a profound industrial (data) revolution, rather than a mere incremental IT development. It is a data ‘tsunami’.
10.25<br>Professor Philip Treleaven 

Professor Philip Treleaven 

Director, UK Centre for Financial Computing and Business Analytics; Professor of Computing at UCL 
The UK Centre is a collaboration of UCL, London School of Economics, Imperial College London and the major financial institutions, regulators, retailers and commercial organisations. The Centre undertakes analytics research in finance, retail, healthcare, services and sport.
“Introducing DataNet as a global blockchain infrastructure running on top of the Internet” 
Datanet will automate an increasing number of audit and compliance functions. This automation should give the Boardroom unprecedented access to data and in real-time. 
10.30<br>Professor Jeremy Bartnett 

Professor Jeremy Bartnett 

Founder, Resilience Partners; Visiting Professor, Bartlett Real Estate Institute
Resilience Partners Ltd is a blockchain consultancy that specialises in Tokenisation of the Construction Sector. In February 2019, he was appointed Visiting Professor of Algorithmic Regulation and Dispute Resolution at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL. 
“How Blockchain will provide faster results of investigations into disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire”
Blockchain technology with its combination of inherently high intrinsic data security and ability to be easily transmitted and distributed, will allow the emergence of entire new fields of activity such as disaster inquiries. 

Concluding panel session

(moderator Prof Philip Treleaven)

10.55 – 11.40
Data is an essential component of tomorrow’s real estate business foundation, so expect a battle against access to data

Benefiting from data will require settling the question of who controls the data. Digitization means integration and networking. Issues, tasks, and business models become more intertwined, requiring specific know-how and skills: 


10.55<br>Nick Wright

Nick Wright

Senior Director, Strategic Consulting, CBRE
CBRE Group is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2018 revenues of $21.3 billion and more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE offers a range of integrated real estate services globally.   
“What is really going to change the industry are the opportunities that technology will bring to data, and eventually, how people view their own data”
Some of the more common difficulties real estate businesses face is their struggle to get real-time data on the properties they own, often due to critical data being stored in disparate silos.
11.00<br>Jen Hartley

Jen Hartley

Director, Invest Newcastle 
Newcastle Helix is a test bed for new technologies being the home to the National Innovation Centre for Data and the Urban Observatory. The Urban Observatory hosts the largest set of publicly available real time urban data in the UK, with the data being used to inform decision making and improve outcomes for people in the city. 
“Our smart, sustainable and digital technologies are making Newcastle an attractive place to live, work and invest in”
Newcastle Helix runs unique experiments, at scale, that can’t be found anywhere else – from best-in-class building monitoring to testing pioneering integrated solutions for water infrastructure. 
11.05<br>Paul Ruyssevelt

Paul Ruyssevelt

Director of Enterprise for the UCL Energy Institute, Chair of Energy & Building Performance
Paul is an architect with 30 years experience in the field of low energy and sustainable buildings.  In 1984 he designed a group of super-insulated houses which he went on to help build, live in and monitor for 3 years.  Paul has run an energy monitoring company, managed the energy team at a major engineering consultancy, was UK MD at Energy for Sustainable Development Ltd and later on the Strategic Projects Director for ESD’s parent Camco, an international company working across all sectors in the fields of carbon, climate change, sustainable energy and sustainability. Paul joined the UCL Energy Institute in January 2012 to take up the chair in Energy and Building Performance and lead the institutes’s activities in the field of non-domestic buildings.
How the Building Stock Lab builds digital models of cities from existing public and commercial data sets to analyse energy use and help develop low carbon solutions”
The UCL Energy Institute is involved in two data projects: the development of Carbon Buzz (an on-line database which collects anonymous building energy consumption data to highlight the performance gap between design predictions and actual energy and environmental performance in use) and the Metricity project to develop a platform which will recruit, manage and report energy data from buildings for cities.
11.10<br>Kevin O'Grady

Kevin O'Grady

Associate Director, ARUP Group
Arup is a multinational professional services firm which provides engineering, architecture, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. Headquartered in London with 90 offices in 35 countries. 
“Heathrow and Schiphol show how technology is being used to optimise airport design and construction process”
Currently, it is estimated that the typical large project across all asset types overruns its schedule by an average of 20% and exceeds its budget by 80%. The application of digital technologies has been shown to reduce cost and schedule overruns by an average of 10-15%, and by even more on complex projects.

 Concluding panel session

(moderator Nick Wright) 

11.40 – 12.40
lunch break

12.40 – 13.35
Maximum transparency at a fraction of the cost; Know Your Asset and the transactional infrastructure

Industry players now realise that blockchain-based smart contracts can play a much larger role in commercial real estate, potentially transforming core operations such as property transactions (purchase, sale, financing, leasing, and management). The real estate industry can take advantage of its inherent benefits and meets the prerequisites for using the technology.


12.40<br>Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Head of Insights and EU engagement, British Property Federation
BPF is the membership organisation for, and the voice of, the UK real estate industry. Representing and promoting the interests of all those with a stake in real estate in the UK – owners, developers, funders (equity and debt), agents and advisers. Its focus is on the commercial real estate element, which has a market value of £1,662 billion in the UK. 
“The culture around data has been about protecting rather than sharing and that does need to change”
If we’re going to drive change we need to understand where we’re starting from, because we need better data exchange and common data standards. Customers understand buildings better than we do. So we have to identify the barriers to sharing and using data at the industry level.
12.45<br>Jack Sibley

Jack Sibley

Technology & Innovation Strategist Real Estate, Nuveen Real Estate
Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America), is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $1 trillion in assets under management – managing a broad array of assets across diverse asset classes, geographies, and investment styles.
“Leveraging emerging technologies is essential to drive asset selection, asset management and portfolio resilience”
The focus on technological innovation, change and disruption should include analysis and solutions for how technology is changing what end-users want from real estate, proactive engagement with PropTech start-ups and disruptors.
12.50<br>Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight

International Data Standards Director, RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) 
RCIS Data Standards support the capture, verification, and sharing of data in a standard format, enabling property professionals to use and communicate trusted data for analytics, benchmarking, and decision-making around investment opportunities. 
“Embracing data standards will accelerate the property technology revolution in real estate”
It is key to understand that data governance procedures and policies protect not only sensitive data from unauthorised access, but also provide clear direction on what data can be shared and with whom. Data must be trusted and protected to provide an efficient due diligence framework.
12.55<br>Ami Ben-David

Ami Ben-David

Co-Founder and CEO, Ownera
Ownera is a global base-layer Proof of Ownership protocol on which the market can compete to manage all regulated asset ownership and trade. KYA (Know Your Asset) is the core basic building block of ownership, common to all asset classes. Based on Hyperledger Fabric and aimed at institutional financial entities, assets and investors.
“Introducing the Internet of Ownership”
Verification by trusted underwriters and trusted distribution of verified assets is the key to massive adoption. Within 10 years, digital securities will be the standard for the institutional multi-trillion dollar ecosystem where the vast majority of global capital flows. 
13.00<br>Martin Kassing

Martin Kassing

Founder and CEO, Upvest
Upvest empowers digital investment platforms to use the blockchain to issue, distribute and store real estate investments faster and cheaper on a global scale..
Real estate investments, accessible to everyone
Traditional banking rails are slow, local, and expensive. Upvest replaces the traditional banking rails with the blockchain.

The issuance, distribution, and storage of securities is now fast, global, and affordable.
With Upvest you can easily offer digital securities to retail investors. Save up to 80% in issuance and custody costs, compared to traditional banking.

Introductions concluded with panel session

(Moderator Andrew Knight)

13.35 – 14.45
‘Recent property deals in Europe show that digital financial instruments will also significantly gain in importance in the real estate sector in the future’

The realised transactions in Europe in 2019 may have an icebreaker function for the sector in terms of its volume and institutional character. The invited speakers will offering the latest comprehensive insights on the entire process of tokenizing a real estate asset and on ways to create, issue, store, trade and invest.


13.35<br>Ed Protheroe

Ed Protheroe

Strategy Consultant, Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) (tbc)
AREF is the body tat represents the interests of its fund managers, those from those that advise and support them and the end investors. The membership includes over sixty-five funds with a collective net asset value of over £72bn. With more than fifty Affiliate members, a number of Associate members and hundreds of Investor members.
“Tokenization opens up a range of business model opportunities not as easily achieved with conventional financing techniques” 
Tokenizing (issuing a blockchain token that digitally represents a real tradable asset) will provide investment professionals to successfully implement tokenization as part of their business, project, investment or fund strategy. 
13.40<br>Daniel Coheur

Daniel Coheur

Chief Strategy Officer, Tokeny Solutions
Tokeny Solutions provides the real estate industry with the modular and user-friendly technology required for firms to create digital representation so called tokens of real estate related financial products, and as such enforce global compliance obligations, enable automation, drive efficiency and increase liquidity.
“Utilizing Blockchain to drive efficiency in real estate”
How to turn the challenges that are currently faced in this inefficient industry (localized and stagnant assets, low liquidity, complex portfolio management, siloed data, and IT systems handled by service providers) into opportunities: (global distribution, improved liquidity, connected marketplace).
13.45<br>Yael Tamar

Yael Tamar

CMO & Partner, SolidBlock
SolidBlock transforms real estate into a financial product that can be traded, using blockchain to establish the asset’s financial history, increase its liquidity and ensure optimal growth of the base asset via our data-driven platform. 
The next generation of venture funding: powered by the blockchain
SolidBlock’s mission is to create a real estate market that’s global, inclusive, transparent and efficient. No borders, no limits, no unnecessary complexities. A market where capital is both accessible and protected.  Last year Solidblock tokenized the 1st commercial property in the world in Aspen, Colorado, enabling a raise of $18M for the prestigious St. Regis Resort, a Marriott brand. We are now collaborating with real estate developers, sponsors and investors to streamline property transactions and make fantastic real estate projects a reality.
13.50<br>Nils Veenstra

Nils Veenstra

Chief Executive Officer, New Alchemy
New Alchemy is a Seattle-based blockchain development company with a primary focus on developing a global institutional-grade digital asset infrastructure, and building a decentralized protocol for the Built Environment as well as specific other industries. Over the last 3 years New Alchemy has developed and audited blockchain-based initiatives for clients such as Microsoft, Bittrex and Deloitte as well as run over 80 digital asset projects through its proprietary platform, raising well over 3 billion USD.
“Bringing revolutionary new technology to existing markets; what is needed before digital assets can solve pain points in the real estate and investment industries”
By merely creating digital copies which represent ownership in (parts of) buildings or funds, real estate as an asset class will not necessarily transform from an illiquid asset class to a liquid one. Let’s have a good luck at what is needed before new technology is truly adopted, and can really start making a difference in the way we finance and invest in real estate assets.

Introductions concluded with panel session

(Moderator Ed Protheroe)

14.20 – 14.50

14.50 – 15.25
‘How to foster rapid innovation in the UK real estate and construction industries?’

It’s all about building bridges between the young PropTech sector and the established players. Decision-makers and tech companies have to be connected to increase awareness and encourage mutual understanding. PropTech companies should be supported in their three main challenges: access to established players, to investors and to talent. 


14.50<br>Riam Kanso

Riam Kanso

Chief Executive Officer, Conception X
Initially launched in University College London Faculty of Engineering, and now supported by Barclays Eagle Labs, Conception X is open to current students from all universities. Conception X is a 9-month programme designed to train PhD students in technology entrepreneurship and to support them in building ventures based on their original research during their degree.
“Our programmes de-risk very exciting technologies which have enormous potential to change the world for the better”
Conception X is a venture builder that creates investable deep tech startups from the UK’s leading research labs and PhD programmes. In our model, the university is the incubator, and we empower students to explore entrepreneurship as a viable and exciting career choice, in tandem with their degree.
14.55<br>Isobel Wilson

Isobel Wilson

Head of Marketing, Pi Labs
Pi Labs is the first venture capital firm in Europe to exclusively support proptech companies. They believe technology will make our world a fairer and better place and they want to support exceptional talent in achieving great things.
“Property innovation requires us to think deeply about the developments that will shape the way that people everywhere will live and work in the future”
The process of constructing new buildings and infrastructure has remained largely unchanged for the past century. Now, however, the industry is on the cusp of a digital revolution — and this is prompting a drastic reassessment of operations across the sector.
15.00<br>Benedetta Maisano

Benedetta Maisano

Investment Analyst, Concrete VC 
A flood of technology trends is moving into the $217 trillion asset class that is Global Real Estate. Residential, Commercial, Retail, Hospitality, Industrial meet Blockchain, Mobile Apps, Big Data, VR, and many more. Concrete VC makes Seed & Series A investments in property technology.
“Quality startups with solid technology and real estate credentials will head start property innovation”
We work with our Braintrust, global leaders across the RE spectrum, to find and meet only the quality startups in the sea of ventures seeking partnerships in all RE segments.

Introductions concluded with panel session

(Moderator Riam Kanso)

15.25 – 16.00

Challenges and Open Mic.

Prof Jeremy Bartnett 

Prof Jeremy Bartnett 

‘Introducing: DigitalDisruption@BREI’
A unique consortium of academics, real estate asset managers, developers, managers, funding institutions, lawyers and other professionals and representative trade bodies, which will drive adoption of both inventive and innovative ‘deep tech’ in the global real estate market.
‘Open Mic’
The audience is invited to contribute on stage.

16.00 – 17.00
Closing and networking drinks reception


For whom this day is not to be missed

Anyone who wants to find out more about the fast innovative and disruptive developments within real estate. Intended for investors, fund managers, lead partners, asset managers, property managers, estate agents, property developers, financial experts, local governments, builders, prop tech suppliers. Technical skills or background is not required. The objective of the course is to ensure a clear and practical approach. 

What to expect from this day

This is an ideal intensive day to help professionals understand to successfully implement blockchain technology or a new blockchain initiative as part of their business, project, investment or fund strategy. You will gain insights on what it takes to bring your business or project to the next level and how to apply some of the best practices.

Pilot programmes, demos and use cases

Use cases, demos and pilot programmes will form a practical part of the programme to show some of the best practices. 


Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 10.00 – 16.30
Fees: £ 595 ex VAT

Including: Lunch, refreshments and networking drinks reception


The Bartlett Real Estate institute
University College London Here East 
Campus Elizabeth Olympic Parc
(Easy to get to by public transport – with options including tube, train and bus – or by bicycle)