MIPIM Proptech New York: The army of suits is a good thing

At last year’s MIPIM Proptech New York there was hardly a suit in sight. A sea of jeans, untucked shirts and the occasional blazer made the 2017 event feel very “tech” – mainly because it was. And therein lay the problem.

Tech events that just attract swathes of tech types are echo chambers. It’s a shame, really, because there is something brilliant and borderline utopian about a sector where doing business can be casual, relaxed and laid back.

But when it comes to real estate, that’s just not realistic. Not yet, anyway. Maybe not ever. And that