WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 400 innovators, investors and Realtors® will gather in San FranciscoAugust 29-30 for the National Association of Realtor®'s inaugural Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summit, to debate, discuss and collaborate on real estate's most pressing technology issues. During the summit, real estate technology companies, the investment community and business executives will join Realtors® to tackle key technology developments such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality.
"One of my first initiatives I outlined when I became CEO was to bring the tech firms that many consider to be disruptors under the tent as innovators, and turn them into advocates for our members. The iOi Summit will identify technology tools and future advocates that are Realtor®-friendly and help us advance our members-first mission. The future of real estate technology is rapidly changing and the iOi Summit is an opportunity to embrace, leverage and be part of the change that surrounds our industry," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg.
During the iOi Summit, Second Century Ventures, NAR's wholly owned strategic investment arm, will host a pitch battle where founders can compete to establish their companies as the most innovative startups in real estate. A select group of real estate-focused tech startups will compete with live demos in front of venture capitalists, technology innovators, brokers and real estate professionals to help define the future of real estate. This event will also feature a hackathon to bring developers from established and startup tech companies to the table.
The hackathon aims to find new and novel approaches to how artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect real estate, and how to incorporate them for the benefit of Realtors®.
Throughout the summit, Realtors® will attend sessions and hear from TaskRabbit founder, Leah Busque, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, leaders in the technology and startup industry, as well as 2018 NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, 2018 NAR Immediate Past President Bill Brown, 2018 NAR President-Elect John Smaby and NAR CEO Bob Goldberg.
Other confirmed speakers include executives from DocuSign, realtor.com®, and Google.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.