We recently caught up with first-time Inman Connect New York attendee and Hamilton, Ontario, native Tony Iacoviello, the self-proclaimed “Geeky Agent,” to hear about his experiences of being in the room at Hacker Connect and to find out what he found most valuable during the week.

What was your favorite session, and why?

I could list a bunch of sessions as my favorite (Simon Sinek, “The Eleventh Hour: How to Successfully Roll Out a New Product”), but the one that was most surprising and had its greatest impact on me was Dr. Kate Stone’s “Internet of Things: What Is Next?” session during Hacker Connect.

While technology itself and the benefits any given technology makes available to the end user/consumer are important, Dr. Stone’s focus specifically on the that moment of first contact, the interface between the technology and end user, ignited a bit of a firestorm in my mind as I started to consider the possibility of applying those principles to my own business.

How do I “make the future more magical,” to paraphrase Dr. Stone, “more like Harry Potter … than Minority Report” for my end users?

How do I make the real estate process — from prospecting to the close of a transaction and beyond — more like magic?

I’m glad I stayed for the rest of the conference, but honestly, I could have gone home after that and felt that I received what I needed from my trip.

How did this Connect compare to previous events or other real estate conferences you’ve been to?

This was my first ICNY and Hacker Connect and definitely one of the best conferences I have had the opportunity to attend.

The breadth of topics, the quality of speakers/presenters, the hunger for knowledge and success were far beyond most of the conferences I’ve been able to attend.

Everyone I had the pleasure to meet was in attendance with a purpose, a goal to get something from ICNY that they could take home with them to make their business, team, brokerage or personal lives better. It’s amazing to be surrounded with people of that calibre — and the conference rose to the occasion.

What was the most meaningful thing you took away from your time at Connect?

Overall, the most meaningful thing I took away from ICNY was the sense that the entrepreneurial spirit isn’t just alive but on fire — specifically in relation to the real estate industry — and that awesomely innovative and amazing days lie ahead.

Which session surprised you the most?

There were many but I would say “The Eleventh Hour: How to Successfully Roll Out a New Product.”

It went in a different and much better direction than I originally thought. The speakers focused the discussion on building a culture of co-operation, support, ownership and fun that facilitates successful product roll out.

Additionally, the idea that the space for innovation exists not with the property listing itself, but in the space around the listing (community information, amenities, the story of the neighborhood, etc.) is where the true opportunity to shine resides.

What was your favorite experience outside of the speakers and sessions?

Meeting the innovative start-up companies in attendance was definitely a highlight, and the ability to network with such a diverse group of professionals both in and outside of the sessions was fantastic.

Want to connect with Tony Iacoviello? You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Email Matthew Shadbolt

Show Comments Hide Comments

Comments

Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
Success!
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Inman Connect starts tomorrow! Get your ticket for $99 before prices go up tonight.GET YOUR TICKET×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription