Having listened to the industry through new bodies like the RESI Senate, this year's RESI is the most interactive and inclusive ever. From inviting the audience to vote on the best joint venture project to participating in a Question Time-style session on the housing crisis, the sector's voice will be heard loud and clear just as Britain enters one of the most uncertain periods in its history, with the country preparing to exit the European Union just as both major political parties are tearing themselves apart.
In his opening remarks, BBC Home editor Mark Easton promised a “full bodied gym session for the mind, and a spa session for the soul” and the packed programme did not disappoint. Delegates were welcomed with a thorough overview of the market by Lucian Cook and Lawrence Bowles from Savills. Covering everything from Brexit to Build-to-Rent, the data-driven duo brought back memories of this summer's World Cup with a dream team of housing ministers, hoping that keynote speaker Kit Malthouse could be the “Harry Kane of housing ministers.”
While the rest of RESI highlighted diversity within the industry, day three was diverse in another way, with a fantastic spread of speakers on topics ranging from hostage negotiation to wildlife preservation. The day started with some much needed R&R as with a debate on the changing relationship between residential and retail. The main takeaway was that both sectors benefit when they collaborate.
#RESIcon Mission accomplished!
Thought provoking programme, #proptech #innovation in action for the hackathon, 37% women speakers, 750 delegates, great #networking. Fab @RESIevent #RESIcon 2018
"Favourite year, the focus on alternative, innovative markets and products is really valuable."
"I will be bringing a colleague along next time as it was invaluable getting to learn what new ideas were being produced first hand."
"Personally, it was my first time and it really was overwhelming how good of a networking opportunity it is."
"First class speakers, well managed events, great location."
"The conference has grown up now, and is a useful barometer on the UK housing situation and a useful ideas sharing platform. The networking opportunities are also first class."
"Extremely good speakers, highly relevant topics, good networking opportunities, good venue, fun."
#RESIcon @RESIevent - no question, the best #RESIcon yet!