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Bring back unstructured real estate BarCamps

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Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

REBarCamp is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year on Nov. 7 in San Francisco in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors' annual meeting. NAR is sponsoring the event and providing space for it. BarCamps are sometimes called “unconferences” because they are unlike structured conferences. The agenda and topics are determined by attendees at the event -- in this case, real estate professionals. I loved the very first real estate BarCamp that was held in San Francisco right before an Inman Connect conference in 2008. It was an amazing event and it started a movement that swept the nation. It wasn’t held in a posh hotel and the acoustics and lighting were not perfect, but we were able to sit in circles and talk technology, social media and real estate. We shared our experiences and shared ideas. Social media was five years newer than it is today and the iPhone was new, too. There was no iPad, and several of the products that real estate agents use tod...