Fifth Gen Media and the Real Estate Board of New York Announce Virtual Tech Event Partnership to Foster Innovation in the Real Estate Industy
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REBY Proptech Challenge Connected Virtual Tech Event
The Connected Virtual Tech Event and REBNY's PropTech Challenge and Showcase Offer Two Days of Programming Focused on Leading-Edge Technology for the Real Estate Professionals

WARREN, N.J. - illiNews -- Fifth Gen Media, publisher of Connected Real Estate Magazine, has partnered with the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) to launch a joint, 2-day, virtual real estate technology event: The Connected Virtual Tech Event and REBNY's PropTech Challenge and Showcase, which will be held Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17 and address both how real estate technology will impact the way buildings are designed, built, transacted, operated and managed, and how technology and infrastructure will make new innovations possible.

Fifth Gen Media and the REBNY will use a new platform to make the show as close to a live event as possible. Attendees can see friends, clients and prospects and interact with them right away. The platform will add a game-like experience to the event and is expected to bring some excitement to attendees who may be dealing with virtual show fatigue in recent times.

"Since this is our third event in the Connected series and there are so many virtual events popping up, I felt that we needed to make a significant innovation in our platform, our partners and our content. We have chosen an interactive, gaming-based platform that allows attendees to actually interact with exhibitors, speakers and each other. Not in a chat format but in a conversational and communicative way. Even more important we have partnered with the REBNY PropTech Challenge and Showcase to be part of this event with us and fully participate with us,"  said Rich Berliner CEO and Publisher of Fifth Gen Media.

The Connected Virtual Event theme will focus on how real estate professionals create the healthiest and safest building ecosystems that empower workers to safely return to their workplaces. The event will comprise an assortment of panels, keynotes, one-on-one discussions and presentations that will address this issue. These sessions will include a keynote presentation by award-winning author, journalist, and speaker Jennifer Moss on how connectivity and technology can help people can feel safe as they return to work. Other panels will include how CBRS will enable the return to workflow, how 5G could enhance the office of the future, IoT and its impact on returning to work and more.

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"The Next Generation of Events" will be attendees' guide to all things CBRS, private LTE, IoT, public safety smart buildings and more—all on an exciting new virtual platform. Companies can work with a project manager to create their own virtual booth. Meanwhile, Connected Virtual Tech Event participants can watch and interact with exhibitors that include real estate leaders, public safety officials, wireless providers, hotel operators, municipal government officials and more.

Simultaneously, the joint virtual event will include the 4th Annual REBNY PropTech Challenge, which will feature panels, demos, exhibitor booths, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities, and highlight leading technology solutions across four categories: Building Operations & Wellness, Residential Leasing and Brokerage; Commercial Leasing and Brokerage; and Design, Construction and Development.

"We are very excited about our 4th annual PropTech Challenge, adding Showcase and Round Table elements to our expanded event with Connected Real Estate Magazine. This year's PropTech Challenge focuses on helping owners and managers get tenants back into our buildings safely and securely.  We'll be raising awareness to some exciting PropTech uncovered by the REBNY Technology Committee as we reimagine operations, leasing, and development in an ever changing world," said Sandy Jacolow PropTech Challenge Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer at Meridian Capital.

"Providing our members with opportunities to advance their own businesses and modernize the industry is part of REBNY's core mission. We're excited to continue REBNY's annual PropTech Challenge – adapting and evolving it to provide the greatest value possible to our members as the PropTech ecosystem matures," said REBNY Chief Technology Officer Christopher Beach.

The Connected Virtual Tech Event will be live from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST on November 16 and 17.  REBNY's PropTech Challenge and Showcase will be live from 10am 4pm on November 16 and 17.  To register for the virtual event and for complete list of panels and programming, visit or



Fifth Gen Media is a full-service digital media company and the publisher of Connected Real Estate Magazine which is published in print and digital formats each quarter. The company's mission is to help educate the Real Estate community about the changing technology landscape regarding wireless, Proptech, connectivity, technology, cybersecurity and much more. This is done with their magazine as well as webinars, white papers, face to face introductions, video interviews, etc. Fifth Gen Media also publishes a weekly newsletter which covers important news and information on what Real Estate leaders need to know to stay current on vital trends to their business. With billions of dollars being poured into Proptech investments by the industry, it is imperative that the industry stay current and educated. Fifth Gen Media is an important part of the ecosystem for this knowledge.  For news, updates and information, follow the event on Twitter at @ConnectedREmag.

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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City's leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1896, REBNY represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. REBNY conducts research on various civic matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes, and other city, state, and federal legislation. REBNY regularly publishes market data, policy reports, and broker surveys. In addition, REBNY provides for its members: informational, technical, and technological resources; networking and charitable service opportunities; qualifying and continuing education courses; professional education programs, seminars, and designations; career-changing awards; legal advice; and a wide range of additional member benefits.


The PropTech Challenge was born out of the inaugural REBNY Tech Hackathon, part of New York Real Estate Tech Week 2017. The REBNY Tech Hackathon was launched over a 3-day period, bringing together some of the brightest minds in real estate and technology. The objective of the hackathon was to inspire cutting edge solutions solving real world challenges faced by today's leading real estate companies. Building upon the hackathon's success, PropTech Challenge aims to remove the geographical boundaries and time constraints commonly imposed through on-site hackathons. The Challenge leverages the wealth of technology talent in New York City and beyond, aiming to be the world's leading virtual real estate hackathon series. As we cultivate partnerships around the world, the series aims to drive innovation focusing on the needs of New York City's real estate market. PropTech Challenge was conceptualized by Sandy Jacolow, Duke Long, and Ryan J. S. Baxter. Digital Marketing assistance provided by Alicia Jacolow. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the PropTech Challenge Founding Partner.

Rich Berliner

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