This week I attended NMHC OpTech 2016 in Dallas, TX. This was our third consecutive year attending this event, so we were excited to be there again. The event began with the opening session on Monday afternoon and a reception in the exhibit hall right after. While it’s a short day, it is a nice way to get things started. Get everyone revved up for the next day and follow that with cocktails and networking (a.k.a. hanging out with industry colleagues).
Tuesday and Wednesday started bright and early with a nice continental breakfast and an opportunity to chit-chat with with peers and industry professionals. They got things going right away with Breakfast Briefings designed to be short updates related to various topics including fair housing compliance, cyber security, and music licensing. These were about 30 minutes with enough variety to be inclusive of both attendees and vendors. There were a number of very insightful concurrent sessions which were a challenge to choose from because the popularity of the topics like integrated sustainability, Internet of things, tech and telecom, scalable BI, and many others. There were also 15 minute Snap Sessions that were a bit more informal and presented in the exhibit hall with presentations that included branding buildings, smart lighting, recouping utility costs, and more. Roundtable discussions about packages, technology, and marketing were included exclusively for owners and operators, but the feedback seemed well enough to suggest that these conversations were fruitful. All of the general sessions I was about to attend were interesting, but my favorite definitely goes to Fit for the Future with Polly LeBarre as the speaker. This session was geared toward creating adaptable, innovative, and inspiring organizations, and she presented incredibly well. She just got a new fan in me and I would suspect the same for many others who attended this session.
Overall, this conference continues to be my favorite multifamily technology conference and I would recommend it to any in the industry looking for new ideas and technologies to streamline operations. It’s well organized, most are pretty open and engaging, and lots of opportunity for both owner/operators and vendors. I was able to capture a bit of my experience in this video, so you have a bit of a taste for what this event is about.
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