RE BarCamp the “Unconference”

The inagural Australian RE BarCamp kicked off with a bang at the Loft Bar on Tuesday. Given the event fell the day after the AREC conference it was well received because of the relaxed and “Unconference” structure. As discussed in this post RE BarCamp coming to Australia the day is all about sharing information, discussing experiences, expressing an opinion and learning about technology in the real estate industry.

A broad range of real estate industry professionals attended the event including executives from The Professionals, Ray White, Laing & Simmons, RP Data, Fairfax, RE Uncut, real estate portals, software companies, mortgage brokers, real estate trainers and agents from across Australia and New Zealand. To help launch the event Jeff Turner a very popular real estate and social media presenters in the US and a seasoned American RE BarCamp contributor attended the event.

The day started with the attendees getting together and deciding what would be the topics for the morning’s 8 breakout groups. Moderators were then decided and 4 groups ran for 1 hour followed by the next 4 topics for another hour. After lunch the afternoon group topics were set, moderators allocated and the groups ran again for 1 hour each.

Some popular real estate topics included:

  • CRM Systems
  • Mobile phone technology
  • WordPress
  • Real estate portals
  • Sold data sharing
  • Social Media
  • Lead Generation
  • SEO
  • Online marketing

I discussed the event with numerous attendees and the feedback was amazing, most commenting the event was relaxed, informative and they couldn’t wait for the next BarCamp. At this stage the organises are thinking (but are open to any suggestions) it will be a bi-annual event and are hoping to expand it to other Australian cities later in the year. Special thanks is needed to those who put the event together and include:

What’s important about these BarCamps is that they’re not for profit and community run, meaning anyone is welcome to be involved and help with planing and running BarCamps. If you’d like to help with the next Sydney event or bring RE BarCamp to your city then feel free to contact any of the guys and get involved.

Well done to all and I look forward to the next RE BarCamp!

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Ryan has been involved in the real estate industry for a number of years. During this time he has operated web based real estate businesses along with provided consulting to the real estate software development industry. Ryan operates and is actively involved with the design and development of real estate systems, software and web sites in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

10 Responses to RE BarCamp the “Unconference”

  1. Greg Vincent May 27, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Thanks for posting this post RE BarCamp article Ryan. It was great to have you & everyone else joining in & sharing. We really appreciated the leap of faith that both the sponsors & attendees displayed by joining in, sharing openly & spending the day with us. There was some amazing content shared and lots of great take home content provided from lots of people across all different cross-sections of our industry. Loved being a part of it & can’t wait for the next one.

  2. Charlie May 27, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    What a fantastic event – well done everyone. I have heard great feedback about it; and hopefully we can do one in WA sometime …

  3. Greg Vincent May 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    We will definitely be bringing RE BarCamp over to WA Charlie. Any thoughts on when would be a good time for the Perth agents?

  4. Peter Brewer May 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Ryan, Thanks for taking the time to join us on Tuesday and Thank you for your excellent review of the event. We really appreciate your support and the support of people who gifted us a day of their time to find out about the REBarcamp experience. We’ll be back with more REBarcamp’s across Australia and possibly even NZ with sufficient intertest.
    Cheers! Peter Brewer 0417 630 962

  5. Peter Brewer May 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Here’s my thoughts on the day Ryan.

  6. Ryan O'Grady May 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Not sure if you’re rubbing Jeff’s head or framing me into that photo. But well summed up and a cracker of a day!

  7. Tatiana Mijalica May 30, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I was very proud to be part of this inspiring event – suppliers and agents from all areas working together and sharing information freely and openly. No agendas.

    Some of the issues discussed clearly showed that Industry issues are not isolated to an office or group or area, they are part of larger problems and can be solved quickly and easily when everyone works together.

    What a fantastic Industry we are all a part of!

    A big thank you to all that attended and their openness – I look forward to more of this at future BarCamps:)

  8. Peter Fletcher May 31, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    What an amazing event. To watch industry thought leaders share their time and expertise so selflessly was just special. There’s already interest for a Perth and Melbourne BarCamp. We’ll keep you posted.

  9. Glenn Twiddle May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Hey Greg,

    hope the gig went well. How were the agents? I bet the best attitudes in the game turned up !!

    Glenn Twiddle
    Free Real Estate Training

  10. Peter Brewer May 31, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Glenn, There is no greater or more credible feedback than from those that attended. Here’s some ‘First draft’ unsolicited feedback we captured on the day. Enjoy! We did!

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