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Monday, January 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Registration will take place at the Marquis Ballroom on the 9th Floor of the Marriott Marquis. Arrive early, get your badge and grab a coffee with attendees prior to the event start. 

Monday January 16, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Hacker Connect

8:30am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Sarita Dua

Sarita Dua

Principal Broker, Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Sarita Dua is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been selling real estate for eleven years after fourteen years in high tech sales and marketing.  She manages a small team of buyers agents and administrative coordinators that is focused on big results.  She has an innovative approach to selling real estate that is strong with buyers, works her database for referrals, and is a unique combination of high tech and high touch. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Greg Fischer

Greg Fischer

Growth Operations, Fred Real Estate Group
Greg spent 10 years in the real estate industry, as a property manager, launching his own real estate company, joining a software startup and most recently as a product marketer for realtor.com. His current endeavor is principal real estate broker and growth operations at Fred Real Estate Group, providing advice and consultation for people interested in making Bend, Oregon their permanent home. He also consult with early stage real estate... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Hacker Connect

8:45am

DDOS Actions, Hacktivism and Civil Disobedience on the Internet

Connected home technologies have the potential to leave clients vulnerable to
harassment and attack. Get an inside look at the historical nature of technological disruptions, how cyber weapons have been used in the past and the very real implications of leaked information on the industry.


Speakers
avatar for Molly Sauter

Molly Sauter

The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, Author
Molly Sauter is a Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in at McGill University in Montreal, researching the political theory and philosophy of networked communication technologies. | She is also the author of "The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet." She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and is a former fellow and research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 8:45am - 9:15am
Hacker Connect

9:15am

API Successes to Replicate and Pitfalls to Avoid

"Build it, and they will come." Maybe. How you design, market and align your API makes all the difference. Learn what works and what doesn’t, straight from the trenches.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Goldey

Peter Goldey

Founder, WitLytic
Peter is a real estate technology veteran, having served as a co-founder and CIO of Onboard Informatics and now the founder of WitLytic, providing advisory, consulting and data science services.  As one of the industry’s foremost experts on data collection, aggregation, delivery and integration, Peter developed the data, framework and search algorithms for multiple commercial API's designed to drive consumer engagement on client web... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 9:15am - 9:35am
Hacker Connect

9:35am

Using Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Science for Designing UI/UX

Get a first-hand look at how designers are using emotional intelligence and brain signals to bring a more scientific approach to UX/UI design.


Speakers
avatar for Firat Parlak

Firat Parlak

Founder and Creative Director, Awesome
Firat Parlak is the Founder and Creative Director behind Awesome, a UI/UX agency that specializes in tech startups. Firat's vision has driven the company's growth since 2011 leading to the launch of The Loft, New York's first designer exclusive co-working space, and the Awesome Design School, a hands-on program teaching UI/UX including the first design program in prison eduction in US history at San Quentin. Some of Awesome's notable clients... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 9:35am - 9:55am
Hacker Connect

9:55am

Protecting Real Estate Data Against Phishing

Phishing and beyond. Data security issues that are plaguing the industry and how to combat them.


Speakers
avatar for Thomas Kinsella

Thomas Kinsella

Senior Manager, Threat Intelligence & Investigations, DocuSign
Thomas Kinsella is the Senior Manager for Threat Intelligence and Investigations at DocuSign, responsible for detecting and investigating attacks against DocuSign ranging from phishing to network intrusions to platform abuse. Based in Dublin, he leads the daily operations in DocuSign's Cyber Security Center of Excellence. Prior to DocuSign he was the Principal Investigator on eBay and PayPal's Investigations Team, leading e-crime... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 9:55am - 10:15am
Hacker Connect

10:15am

How Zillow is Working With the Tech Community
Speakers
avatar for Turan Tekin

Turan Tekin

Bridge Interactive, Co-Founder
Turan Tekin is the co-founder of Bridge Interactive, an Atlanta-based real estate software company. For more than eight years, Turan led the growth of Bridge Interactive until its acquisition by Zillow Group in August 2016. He continues to lead sales and marketing for Bridge Interactive and serves an expanded role as director of MLS and industry relations for Zillow Group. He is a graduate of Tulane University and lives in Atlanta with his wife... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 10:15am - 10:25am
Hacker Connect

10:25am

Blockchain and Real Estate

Blockchain/Bitcoin is poised to transform real estate in four distinct ways including: Disintermediation, Fraud prevention, Money 2.0, Smart contracts. Hear about a title and lien platform already using blockchain what to expect next.


Speakers
avatar for Ragnar Lifthrasir

Ragnar Lifthrasir

Founder, velox.re
Ragnar Lifthrasir is an early pioneer of applying Bitcoin / Blockchain to real estate. In 2013 he founded the International Blockchain Real Estate Association. In September 2016, Ragnar announced a historic pilot program between his startup velox.RE and Chicago's Cook County Recorder's Office to test blockchain for property conveyance and lien filing. Ragnar has a real estate and general contractor's license in California. He holds a MRED from... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 10:25am - 10:45am
Hacker Connect

10:45am

Facebook Marketing Automation for Real Estate

See how how dynamic advertising in Facebook works from a technical perspective and the integration requirements you need to build it.


Speakers
avatar for Tarun Sharma

Tarun Sharma

Solutions Engineer, Facebook
Tarun is a Solutions Engineer at Facebook, where he partners closely with Facebook advertisers helping their businesses succeed through technology. Over the last three years, he has worked with clients in Retail, Tech, Telco, Gaming and Real Estate, helping them successfully scale their marketing on Facebook through technical integrations and guidance on Facebook Ads Products, APIs and best practices.


Monday January 16, 2017 10:45am - 11:05am
Hacker Connect

11:05am

Next Generation Real Estate Chatbots

Take a look beyond the ChatBot and see how next generation, “cognitive” real estate apps are being developed using machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.


Speakers
avatar for Nate Joens

Nate Joens

CEO, Structurely
Nate Joens is the co-founder of Structurely, a company building artificial intelligence for real estate to help personalize interactions buyers and sellers have through messaging. Joens works with a team of 3 PhD data scientists specializing in artificial intelligence technology who love to solve the tough problems in real estate using chatbots, messaging and A.I. 
avatar for Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh

Data Scientist, Structurely
Pete is data scientist at Structurely and a PhD student studying Probability Theory and Machine Learning at Iowa State University.


Monday January 16, 2017 11:05am - 11:25am
Hacker Connect

11:25am

APIs for Humans: The Rise of Developer Experience (DX)
It’s no secret that User Experience (UX) is a top priority for consumer facing software companies. The art of simplifying complexity into meaningful end-user experiences is an increasingly important competitive advantage for technology companies. But what about when developers are your end-users? Developers are people too. They’re not machines. So why are companies still building APIs without the Developer Experience (DX) in mind?

Speakers
avatar for Freddy Rangel

Freddy Rangel

Front End Engineer, HelloSign
Freddy is a Front End Engineer at HelloSign and author of “React Under the Hood” as well as the upcoming book “Hacking the Front End Interview". He's a regular speaker at conferences and meetups around the world and an advocate of Developer Experience as well as other emerging software engineering trends. Prior to HelloSign, Freddy was a professional cat wrangler and motorcycle enthusiast, training untamed cats from all... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 11:25am - 11:35am
Hacker Connect

11:35am

Product Roadmaps: What to Expect in 2017
Get a sneak peek at some of the new product features on the horizon, from
the portals and large brokerages.  

Speakers
avatar for Sara Bonert

Sara Bonert

Vice President of Broker Services, Zillow Group
For more than 10 years Sara Bonert has held various roles in sales, broker and MLS services at Zillow Group. Today, Sara manages the operational and data side of industry relations as Vice President of Broker Services for Zillow Group. She also leads Zillow Group's Tech Connect programs, which help agents, brokers and MLSs with data connectivity needs. This includes implementing listing data feeds and setting up traffic and lead APIs... Read More →
avatar for Todd Callow

Todd Callow

Senior Director of Product, Realtor.com
Todd leads web and mobile product development teams for realtor.com and doorsteps.com.  He previously served in leadership roles across various functions for Move, including operations, financial planning and analysis and business development, and led Move’s acquisitions of the ListHub and SocialBios businesses.    Prior to his time at realtor.com, Todd served in various roles at Intuit, Arthur Andersen... Read More →
avatar for Grady Ligon

Grady Ligon

HSF Affiliates, CIO
Grady Ligon is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for HSF Affiliates, LLC. In this capacity he is responsible for all aspects of technology direction and execution. Ligon has previously served in the Chief Information Officer role for both Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services and Prudential Real Estate Services Company. Prior to joining Prudential in 2007 he served as Vice President for JP Morgan Investment Bank... Read More →
avatar for Deep Varma

Deep Varma

Vice President of Data Engineering, Trulia
Deep manages data engineering functions across the Trulia business. This includes the vital acquisition of listings and public records, the consumer search experience and API, email/push, efforts to enhance personalization, industry leading location services such as geo coding, as well as data science, data warehouse, and reporting. During his 17 years of Silicon Valley experience, Deep has focused on building large scale distributed data... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 11:35am - 11:55am
Hacker Connect

11:55am

A New 'Internet of You’ product: How I bootstrapped it into existence
Hear how this coder, inventor and owner of nine patents plans to change the future of the Internet of You.

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Meisels

Adrienne Meisels

CEO and Founder, MyPlanit
Welcome to Web 3.0! Adrienne Meisels, CEO and Founder of myPlanit, is keen on taking the digital world to the next level by building the “Internet of You,” which, with your permission, will deliver highly personalized, predictive services catered just to you. myPlanit is starting with a mobile app for private use that introduces the world’s first visual search of your life. The app connects data and functionality from your... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 11:55am - 12:05pm
Hacker Connect

12:05pm

What Technology Will VCs Fund This Year?
Speakers
avatar for Jeff Corbett

Jeff Corbett

Director, Moderne Ventures
Jeff Corbett is the Director of the Real Estate Accelerator at Moderne Ventures. Jeff joined Moderne with 14 years of operational experience in the industry including roles as a founding CEO starting and building new businesses. Prior to joining Moderne, Jeff was the Director of Industry Relations at BoomTown, a leading customer relationship management sales and marketing platform helping small businesses and sales teams across the country... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 12:05pm - 12:15pm
Hacker Connect

12:15pm

Lunch on your own
Monday January 16, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

Building Best Practices in Small Companies

The Problem: Small companies often do not have the resources or the expertise to compete on the tech front.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to the tech problems small companies face.   


Speakers
avatar for Shane Farkas

Shane Farkas

CTO, The Agency
Shane Farkas currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at The Agency. Shane has been with The Agency since its earliest days and has played an instrumental role in developing all of the company’s operational systems and processes. Under Shane’s leadership, The Agency’s technology division has developed proprietary software platforms for the company’s Residential Brokerage and New Development business... Read More →
avatar for Susannah Vila

Susannah Vila

CEO, Flip
Susannah vila is the CEO of Flip, a platform for people to create and access flexible leases. Flip provides’ leaseholders with the easiest way to either sublet or get out of their lease and renters use Flip to find a place to live or work with a short-term or flexible length.


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

Driving Adoption in Legacy Companies
The Problem: How to Make Technology a Priority in an Old School Company.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions that bring innovative practices into established businesses.  

Speakers
avatar for Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan

Alain Pinel Realtors, Vice President of Technology
Tom Flanagan is Vice President of Technology at Alain Pinel Realtors and is responsible for overall technology strategy and implementation throughout the company. With over a decade of experience in the technology industry, he brings a wide range of knowledge in technology, online platforms, and new media, with an emphasis on design and usability.


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

How to Make a Marriage of Tech Startups and Legacy Companies
The Problem: Big companies are increasingly seeing the value in tech startups but fusing the two comes with challenges.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to successfully marrying statups and legacy companies. 

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Shimkus

Glenn Shimkus

Vice President of Product, DocuSign
Glenn Shimkus is the Vice President of Product at DocuSign, where he leads the company’s Global Real Estate Solutions product team. In this role he is responsible for defining the strategy, setting the product roadmap, and leading the development and delivery of DocuSign’s product presence for the global real estate community. Previously, Shimkus was a co-founder and the CEO of Cartavi, which was formed in 2009 and acquired by... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

Integration: Life Made Easier With Portals
The Problem: Portals can make your life easier but perfecting the integration is the hard part.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to integration. 

Speakers
avatar for Todd Parmley

Todd Parmley

Director of Product, The Corcoran Group
As Director of Product for the Corcoran Group - the leading residential real estate firm in New York City ($22B in sales in 2015) - Todd oversees the company's product strategy and roadmap and has been instrumental in driving an internal technology revolution over the course of the last year and a half. Branded internally as the Agent Suite, he and his team introduced an ecosystem of intelligently integrated mobile-first web applications designed... Read More →
avatar for Juli Pleitner

Juli Pleitner

MLS Manager, MLSOK, Inc.
Juli is an executive project manager with 18 years' experience leading projects and supporting clients for diverse web applications within various IT fields.  She has a knack for easily translating technology to a non-technology crowd.  In 2004, she transitioned to a contract assignment in the industry which turned into a career in MLS governance for 13 years. As she gained experience and expertise in the field, her passion grew... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

Next Generation Buying/Selling Experience
The Problem: The transaction of buying and selling is far from seamless.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to making transactions simpler.

Speakers
avatar for Daivak Shah

Daivak Shah

dotloop, VP Engineering
Passionate software engineering leader successfully led and managed cross-functional teams. Released highly scalable, innovative and connected mobile products on technology stacks including iOS, Android, HTML 5/CSS3/Javascript, LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) and Java based systems.  | | Experience with defining the execution strategy and identifying appropriate development methodology such as agile, iterative waterfall, rapid application... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

1:30pm

Sharing Data Better
The Problem: Technology and platforms aren’t all built alike and navigating the ins and outs is a complex undertaking.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to the tech problems that come with trying to sharing data more efficiently.   

Speakers
avatar for Chris Lambrou

Chris Lambrou

CIO, Metro MLS
An award-winning software architect, a customer service activist, an IT mongrel, an accomplished musician (in his own mind), a baseball enthusiast and daddy of two (the most challenging task of all). Fascinated with real estate technology and the powerful role it plays in the everyday lives of many different people. Currently the CIO of Metro MLS. Focusing on internal/external projects that better benefit the user experience while... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

Advancing VR
The problem: VR has huge potential for the industry but integrating it into a real estate business can be challenging.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to advancing VR.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis

COO & Co-founder, Virtual Xperience
Stephanie L Davis is an innovative, trend-setting businesswoman with a sharp mind and tenacious drive that have catapulted her to success, both in the world of luxury real estate, and in the new now-dominant frontier of social & digital media marketing and advertising. Davis has cemented her reputation as a groundbreaking expert in the use of technology, art of branding, and reach of cyberspace to build business and optimize awareness since... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

Buy or Build? Who Decides and Why?

The Problem: A myriad of technology options are available, but no one-size fits all solution exisits.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to knowing when to build, when to buy and how to make the best decision for your company.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Team

Josh Team

Chief Innovation Officer, Keller Williams
As Chief Innovation Officer for the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, Josh Team leads Keller Williams' innovation labs, developing platforms, creating solutions, and forming coalitions with businesses and entrepreneurs. Josh is charged with disrupting traditional approaches to real estate - envisioning, building, and scaling next-generation tools for Keller Williams and its global associates.


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

Combating Cybercrime
The Problem: Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated and harder to keep up with.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to fight back.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Chief Technologist, Clareity Consulting
Matt Cohen is a partner in Clareity Consulting, and has been consulting for over 20 years to the top Associations, MLSs, large brokerages and franchises - as well as a wide variety of technology companies that service the real estate industry. Matt has spoken at many industry events, has been published as an author in Stefan Swanepoel’s “Trends” report and other industry publications, and was honored by Inman News as one of... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

Data Standards in Real Estate
The Problem: Business barriers, technical obstructions and a lack of data normalization are confounding and constraining innovation.

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions, share your rave or rage and drive the future of data standards and its ongoing evolution.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

Executive Director, Real Estate Standards Organization
As the Executive Director of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, Crawford sits at the helm of one of the real estate industry’s most exciting organizations responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of standards that is fueling innovation and helping to streamline the real estate transaction.  Crawford also sits on the Advisory board for xDTM, the Digital Transaction Management Standards... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

MLSs and the Future Data Providers
The Problem: It's hard to anticipate what data will look like for the MLS of the future. What sources will be key in marketing properties and communities? 

Let's roll up our sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find out what’s coming and what we can do to get ready for these data sets. 
 


Speakers
avatar for Chad Curry

Chad Curry

Managing Director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology, National Association of REALTORS
As Managing Director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology, Chad Curry investigates emerging technologies, educates members through presentations, webinars, blogs and podcasts, and manages the development of products for use by members. He’s presented to members on the national, state and local levels. Chad is also a Board Member for the Real Estate Standards Organization, where he works to streamline real estate transaction... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

2:45pm

Recruitment Made Easy

The Problem: The competition for tech talent is fierce, how do you compete?

Roll up your sleeves and work with fellow attendees to find solutions to this pressing problem.

Speakers
avatar for Reed Emmons

Reed Emmons

VP of Engineering, Adwerx
Reed Emmons is an experienced technology leader and software engineer with a focus on building scalable and responsive web applications. He spent a number of years in the publishing industry for News Corp Australia and most recently, The New York Times where he oversaw the development teams that redesigned nytimes.com. Today, Reed is the VP of Engineering at Adwerx in Durham North Carolina.
avatar for Francesca Loftus

Francesca Loftus

CEO, hOM
Francesca is CEO of hOM: A platform that delivers amenities to every building. From a 5th floor walk up to a newly developed commercial complex - Tangible value-add amenities in underutilized existing spaces. Francesca was invited onto the "problem solvers board" of Feed The Children at 11 years old after winning nationally and representing Canada in an international problem solving competition. Before hOM, she has run a 14K sqft performing... Read More →


Monday January 16, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hacker Connect

4:00pm

5:00pm

5:30pm

Networking Reception
Join your fellow Hacker Connect attendees for a final networking party at a landmark New York pub (beer pong optional).

Monday January 16, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hacker Connect