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16 MAR 2018

MIPIM day three: skills and the urbanised future

During the third day at MIPIM, RICS continued its series of events dedicated to the impact of new technologies in the property profession.

RICS announces Tech Affiliate Programme

MIPIM day one: How technology is transforming the industry

MIPIM day two: Artificial Intelligence  what it means for the built environment

Skills and new technologies

On this occasion, a diverse roundtable of speakers discussed the skills required to meet new consumers’ need. 

Key points

  • No turning back to traditional methods: professionals need to get familiar and even become tech experts to bring added value to their business and clients. End-users will require new, better, efficient innovative services and new technologies are a fundamental tool to deliver that.
  • New skills = new mentoring: apart from a new offer at university and schools, to get a new set of skills learning from millennials is crucial. Is 'reverse mentoring' the answer?
  • The built environment sector is more diverse than any other sector and it's about where people live and work therefore is becoming highly attractive for tech professionals to bring solutions to cities, land and businesses.

The urbanised future

In the afternoon a superb female panel presented by RICS President, John Hughes FRICS and moderated by RICS CEO, Sean Tompkins enabled a great discussion on "the urbanised future  great city debate". Lisette Van Doorn, ULI Europe, Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London, Jo Davis, Head  GVA National Planning, and Tina Paillet FRICS, Chair of RICS board in Europe, examined projects and policies that solve multiple challenges at one time, such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity, offering to the cities of tomorrow social, economic and physical benefits when designing initiatives and projects in a forward looking, risk aware, inclusive and integrated way.

World Built Environment Forum

Media attending MIPIM echoed the importance of thought leaders’ collaboration to embrace the transformation of the sector with platforms such as the World Built Environment Forum.