WooHoo! We’re back with a live and live-streamed event and really excited about it.

The topic is eco proptech. We’ve called it Moonshot 2030 – Hey Siri, What’s the Plan?

It calls on some brilliant people to help us understand the news ways they’re measuring and tracking embodied carbon, how to financial engineer investment in technology in this notoriously tech averse industry; how to build a highly sophisticated new building at the Sydney Fish Market, turning our cities into a giant battery to stabilise the grid and more.

Call for startups in a pitchfest

On the day we’ll invite five eco proptech startups to take part in our “pitchfest” and draw out insights into future tech, before we adjourn for some networking drinks.

They’ll be judged by a panel headed by doyen of property tech start up investment, Jonathan Hannam of Taronga Ventures, who works with the biggest property companies in Australia to “shape the future of our built environment”.

Our event is on 23 November online and at a real live venue at ISPT’s Flex event space at 546 George Street. 

Huge thank you to ISPT as venue host and to our lead supporter for this event, the federal Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources. 

And of course there is an ebook well under development to capture the proceedings and feature articles around this topic AND a directory to capture some of the technology in the market now.

With this event we’re moving into a slightly different format, with more considered deep dives and intimate settings, perfect for networking and knowledge absorption. But there will also be recordings of each session available for our members, so sign up! You not only get half price tickets to our events, you will also get this recorded content free of charge.

Moonshot is in the title because so many people say we can’t keep to 1.5 degrees warming by 2030, but we know we have to try to get there or as close as possible. (Remember Jack Kennedy, 60s US president? He said we’re going to the moon, don’t know how but we’ll figure it out.)

And Siri? Well, we borrowed that meme because this is about the technology, mostly digital but also some of the analogue (human physical tech) tech drawn from human creativity and ingenuity, that will help get us as close as possible to our moonshot. 

This, despite that fact our PM has hung his entire baseball cap and our future on technology to get us where we need to be – because we know we still have to pursue tech for the real solutions it can offer – not just the fanciful ones that have yet to be been invented.

So, who’s coming?

Some amazing people doing fantastic work, sometimes in the most unexpected places. 

We’ve tapped the really exciting work using blockchain technology that will measure and map embodied carbon in our key materials group – concrete, steel, glass and aluminium. 

This was a massively popular topic for our webinar on how to slashing embodied carbon with Built last month, where we tackled this now urgent challenge from a building and engineering perspective.

Thank you NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler (again) and his office for their lead on progressing this chestnut. David has gone global to find the best tech solutions not just for quality assurance on buildings but to map and track embodied carbon.

Joining us will be lead on this project Yin Man, KPMG’s Blockchain guru Laszlo Peter and Mirvac’s chief technology officer William Payne who’s using a new project as guinea pig for this project, which will also focus strongly on how to create a quality assurance for buildings (needed!).

Craig Roussac from Buildings Alive will shape up a global tour of the best technology globally (including his own) that can turn our cities into batteries so we can stabilise and clean up our grid. Catherine Caruana-McManus of Meshed IoT will give insight into the massive pressures on local governments to do everything you can think of – manage emerging urban heat island impact, reduce energy and deal with water treatment – as they face constant escalations in demand and ever shrinking relative budgets.

Fred Holt from Danish architects 3XN is back after his popular presentation at Tomorrowland 2019 with a look at Quay Quarter to see how he’s crafting the Sydney Fish Market. We’ll see if we can get him to share some of the work his parent company is doing to design buildings for reconstruction, from day dot. 

Bill Ruh, chief executive officer for Lendlease Digital, and former CEO of General Electric Digital will also join us from his ranch in Montana to share what he’s been up to in the past couple of years in Oz. It’s no less than an end to end digital solutions for the property sector whose name you might have caught on the wire – Podium. Hugely challenging? Certainly. Disruptive and revolutionary? We’ll be finding out, with the help of Investa’s Shen Chiu who’s had a peek into what’s afoot and has a different approach to what building portfolios need.

On the big global picture we’ll have Charles Reed Anderson. From his home base these days in Singapore he has a bird’s eye view of global trends. From his role as consultant to big corporates including through McKinsey & Co, he gets to see from the inside the reality of what goes under the radar for the rest of us. Among this the sheer scope of the ballooning demand for green tech in property – where the big opportunities are and where the traps lurk for so many. His fireside chats by the way are legendary among his followers: he’s not averse to a bit of prodding and poking the bear.

And from Brisbane there will be Adam Beck of Smart Cities Council who will give us a taste of the technologies coming into our homes, our buildings and our cities. A chat with Adam is always like a shot of adrenaline. He’ll share views on the kind of tech that will help us with chores, anticipate our needs and even creative aids that prevent dangers for vulnerable people. That big data lake in the sky can even give us a happiness index. Think about the data points you create with your happy snaps or those last few fun tweets. The same data points can predict domestic violence if you know the indicators to watch for.

Then there are the investors: the essential people who will pay for the products or services we create and who find them useful – criteria number 1.

But there is so much muddy water here. The two people on our wrap session will provide some fabulous insights. Fabian Liaw from ISPT will share what his company is working on and where he sees the possibilities, with precincts, buildings, and the kind of built environment we need to face the future sustainably.

And last but definitely not least we will hear from Jonathan Hannam whose name seems to be on everyone’s lips right now. Talking to Jonathan is exciting. He’s a man with a huge background in property and property finance that seems to be reverse engineered for the job he has now. 

He’s been at Etihad Stadium as director, Mirvac as group executive, capital, Arium, part of the Blackstone Group, in Sweden, Precinct Properties in New Zealand, plus long stints in Asia in finance roles.

What’s driven his latest venture though is the intense need of the property industry for major reconstruction.

In some ways it’s the nature of the beast, he says in an article by Poppy Johnston, based on a pre-event interview we will share with you next week.

The sheer length of time needed for delivery does not augur well for fast-paced innovative thinking, he says. Buildings need to last a long long time, and the size of investment also precludes against anything of an experimental bent that might cause price blowouts or delays in delivery. 

For a fledgling startup, it’s a nightmare sector to bust in on. So you can see the problem here.

But things are changing...

Jonathan says that despite a sluggish start, innovation in the industry is now gathering pace.  

“What’s happening now is larger companies are realising it can reduce costs, that improving efficiency can lead to better performing assets.

“Now companies are looking at innovation as a differentiator.”

There are a few different prongs to the Taronga Group operation, including a venture fund backed by the big names in property, such as Dexus, CBRE, PGIM and Grosvenor Asia Pacific. In total, this amounts to a $40 billion real estate portfolio that will actually benefit from the emerging tech that these companies are financing.

“This collaborative arrangement means we are really solving problems that our partners want,” he tells us.

Now, venture capital is helping more of these new technology vendors penetrate the real estate sector. 

Here’s a sample: US-based company Carbon Cure, which has developed a technology that can inject carbon dioxide into the cement-making process where it becomes permanently embedded and reduces emissions by 20 per cent, but also becomes stronger because of the chemical reaction that’s involved.

Another company that uses 360 degree camera to record everything that happens on a building site. It produces a digital rendition of the work to be sure it’s being done correctly, which is good for building quality as well as insurance premiums. 

“So imagine with the Opal Tower and you could peel back construction like an onion and find exactly where the problem is.”

There’s more, so much more.

If you’re in property – whether as an investor builder, developer, designer or consultant you need to be here on the day, or check in remotely.

And if you’re a start up, get into touch with the managing editor, tina@thefifthestate.com.au

Our prize for the winner is a feature article on your business.

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