MIPIM 2018 is nearly upon us! Ahead of everyone finalising their plans, we wanted to flag that just a few tickets remain for our Go Dutch Dinner on Monday evening.
Our Go Dutch Dinner is attended each year by a range of our contacts, from developers and investors to property advisors and construction industry professionals.
Every year it gets bigger and better, so we look forward to welcoming you!
Please contact email@example.com to find out more and book your place.
While the UK is in the grip of winter, we can’t help but daydream of sunnier climes in Cannes. It’s an ambitious thought considering Cannes has been experiencing snowstorms and lows of -3, but we’re pleased to report that the weather forecast is looking distinctly brighter and warmer going into next weekend.
Our MIPIM packing guide often attracts a lot of readers and interest, which isn’t surprising given you probably have limited space and many scenarios to cater for.
Whether you’re opting for carry on or hold, we’ve got your back, with tips and advice on what to pack for the biggest conference in the property calendar.
- Your business cards. Do something different and go for an embossed design or luxe card material. It’s often the smallest things that provide a talking point.
- Flat shoes! We’ve seen enough shoe victims to really stress this point, as you do not want to be caught out blistered, sore and limping along the You can change into your fancy footwear once you hit your destination.
- Layers, lots of layers. As we’ve learned this week, the weather can be unpredictable so pack for rain and sun.
- And on that note, you also want to look and feel If you’re meeting with a top business target, you’ll want to exude confidence, so pack your smartest clothes.
- Sunglasses (not just for selfies) and umbrellas (not just for sunbathing)
- An assortment of medication; stock up on plasters, painkillers and medicine at the airport so you don’t get caught out with a bad headache or by dodgy mussels.
- Tech – headphones for when you’re on the move calling back home, and portable chargers for when you’re between meetings and running low on battery.
And if you can spare the time, here’s what to bring back with you:
- Check out the local pharmacies – they’re a treasure trove of delights and filled to the brim with brands cheaper than back home. We recommend Caudalie, Nuxe, and La Roche-Posay.
- Explore Marché Forville, a local food market with an array of delicious cheeses.
- Most importantly of all: lots of new contacts. Remember to note down who you met with and what you talked about. MIPIM’s only worth the investment if you do the follow up back home.
And if you do find yourself caught out at MIPIM then look out for our team who will be hand with our ‘in case of an emergency’ tins.
In just over a month, the most influential players from across the property industry will arrive en masse for an action packed four days of networking, learning, and fun.
As one of the industry’s most celebrated (and famous) events, being new to the party can be daunting. If that’s you, then fear not as we have called on our MIPIM friends who know the tips and tricks for making it through what will be one of the best weeks of your working year:
- Shoes, and plenty of them. Bring your smart shoes, fancy shoes, and summer shoes – but make sure they’re all comfy ones. Blisters aren’t a good look, especially when accompanied by tears.
- Leave room for spontaneity and chance encounters. It’s where the magic happens.
- Come rain or shine, you’ll want to be prepared. We all hope (optimistically) for wall-to-wall sunshine in Cannes, but experience has taught us better than to forget our umbrellas.
- Embrace wellness and start the day with a run or an early morning yoga session. You won’t feel so bad when you’re sipping that glass of rosé later.
- Protect yourself with lip balm and sunscreen by picking up one of our MIPIM survival tins. Lobsters are strictly for eating.
- Check out MIPIM’s dedicated ‘first timers’ There’s complimentary breakfast and lunch, concierge, networking sessions with MIPIM pioneers, and a mysterious ‘welcome gift’!
- Check out the conference programme and make the most of being there. MIPIM has organised a fantastic line-up this year centred around urban life in the future. Expect debate, trends and insights from those leading the charge worldwide.
MIPIM is a significant investment so it’s important to get involved and make the most of it. We’ll be bringing you tips and tricks of the trade over the coming weeks. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or newcomer, there’ll be something for everyone.
Thank you to our contributors for their top tips. Read the full list below and let us know if you have any others to add!
We’re only three weeks into the year but MIPIM is already firmly in our sights.
Hopefully your flights and accommodation are booked, and you can now focus on the real purpose of your visit. We’ll be sharing some tips on making the most of MIPIM in our next blog, but before that we want to draw your attention to the industry’s famous pre-Cannes warm-up, MIPIM Yes Oui Cannes.
On Wednesday 28 February, key players in the property industry will come together to network and generate new business leads before heading to Cannes. Hosted and organised by our friend Derry Long, it’s a great opportunity to brush up on your networking skills and meet some friendly faces before the main event. And if that’s not convincing enough, all proceeds raised by ticket fees will be donated to the construction industry’s charity of voice, CRASH.
Tickets are selling quickly so we recommend booking sooner rather than later.
See you there!
Walking along the Croisette in Cannes during MIPIM is one of the easiest times to see the lack of gender diversity in the property industry. As the industry gathers to do business in the sunshine, it is the men in suits that dominate the seafront restaurants and the sidewalk bars.
That vista across the streets of Cannes should bring home to female professionals that, as a smaller proportion of the experts working in the industry, it is even more important to ensure that visibility counts.
At Women Talk Real Estate, we believe that one of the best ways we can do this is to use the stage at industry events and the media to raise the profile of our female experts.
Currently, around 14% of speakers at events are female. We think this doesn’t truly showcase the expertise of female professionals, or reflect the diversity of the industry we want going forward.
As we get more female experts on stage, it will have both an individual benefit and a collective one. For the individual, being on stage and in the media gets female professionals and their expertise recognised and can lead to better business opportunities and career progression.
For the representation of women overall, the visibility challenges stereotypes about what women do in the industry and it also provides more role models for younger generations.
We know that there is a strong universe of female experts to help stage diverse events so we are working with them and event organisers to make sure the two connect. We have a database of female professionals that are keen to speak at events and this is accessed by event organisers and the media.
Our database currently has more than 300 female professionals registered and we have seen invitations extended to 65 potential speakers in our first couple of months of being up and running.
We know that we can’t change the representation of women in our industry overnight but we believe that because visibility matters, practical initiatives such as Women Talk Real Estate can make a positive contribution.
If you are a female professional in our industry, register to join our database or get in touch to find out more.
Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Women Talk Real Estate www.womentalkrealestate.org
After a successful outing at MIPIM UK, which featured everything from candy floss stalls to panel debates on regional investment, we’re ready for the main event in Cannes.
An official MIPIM 2018 trailer has already whetted our appetite for the world’s biggest property blockbuster, so what can we expect from 13-16 March at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, when the red carpet becomes the runway for property’s leading international players?
While the full agenda is yet to be announced, the emerging theme is very much focused on the future – not just the industry, but the world we live in. The big question posed is: what will urban life be like in 2030, or even 2050? In MIPIM’s Mapping World Urbanity video, figures suggest that 91% of the growth in global consumption will come from city dwellers, and 63% of people in emerging countries will live in cities.
So how will the industry develop and invest in real estate when cities start to rule the world? We’re interested to see how the conference programme shapes up with this theme in mind, and who drives the conversation in a meaningful way.
What do we know already?
MIPIM has released its ‘programme at-a-glance’ so delegates can start earmarking the events they want to attend, many of which focus on urban development. Other highlights include the MIPIM Awards, which honours the industry’s most outstanding projects, and the Startup Competition, which rewards innovation in the real estate market.
With more than 24,000 participants, including political leaders, investors, developers, and service providers, 3,000 exhibitors from 100 countries, countless conferences, panel sessions and seminars, MIPIM really is in a league of its own.
Whether you’re a first timer or old timer, we’ll be regularly blogging in the run-up to give you the latest news, insight and advice, so avoid the fear of missing MIPIM and book your pass today. You won’t regret it.