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Construct//Disrupt: Proptech took place on the 19th May in London – an event hosted by BaseStone and supported by Savills to explore the future of real estate. The latest innovations disrupting property were showcased and industry thought-leaders shed light on what innovation means for the sector.

The keynote speaker was the fantastic Berlin-based architect Allison Dring, who spoke about the revolutionary “smog-eating” facade panels developed by her company, Elegant Embellishments.

Alex Siljanovski, founder of BaseStone, a construction collaboration startup and creators of the Construct//Disrupt event, spoke about the distributed nature of information in the construction industry and the need for collaboration and user-centred design.

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He stated that “The property sector is ripe for disruption and proptech has the potential to address some of the biggest challenges facing cities. Bringing the best startups and innovators to the forefront is what Construct//Disrupt is all about.”

Infographic: 8 Reasons why you should care about proptech

Nicky Wightman, Director of Savills Worldwide Occupier Services and Founding Member of Savills Tech Cities, spoke about their Tech Cities research into the drivers that make successful cities for the technology sector.

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Wightman added that “Tech Cities is part of our commitment to understanding the relationship between the technology community and our global cities. It is an evolving programme which aims to be relevant, dynamic and engaging”.

The event was held at Huckletree, London’s most creative co-working space at their latest opening in the Alphabeta Building. Jacob Loftus, Head of UK Investment at Resolution Property, the developers of the space, also spoke at the event, exploring the trends impacting the next generation of workspaces.

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A series of startups gave lightning talks showcasing the next generation of technology disrupting property. Raphael Scheps, Co-founder of Converge, spoke about the Internet of Things and concrete sensors that drastically reduce the admin burden on engineers in construction. William Newton, UK Director at WiredScore spoke about the need for connectivity and PropertyScape provided attendees with live demos of their VR technology for property developers.

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BaseStone’s Construct//Disrupt events bring together industry leaders and tech startups to showcase the future technologies in construction and engineering. Construct//Disrupt is created and powered by BaseStone with a vision to collectively move towards better collaboration between disciplines and across industry lines.

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Infographic: 8 Reasons why you should care about proptech

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BaseStone London finalists for KPMG’s Best British Mobile Startup

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BaseStone were chosen to be in the London finals of KPMG’s competition for Best British Mobile Startup and pitched for a speaking slot at the 4YFN conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The competition took place in the Cass Business School last night, organised by KPMG Tech Growth alongside UKTI.

8 startups pitched in total, including fellow Techstars company TeskaLabs and fellow Cognicity alum Pointr. The diversity of the startups in the final was incredible, disrupting sectors from finance to live sports, demonstrating that mobile technology is a strong driving force of innovation that is changing the way we live and work.

Alex Siljanovski, founder & CEO of BaseStone, spoke about the necessity and use of BaseStone on site to connect engineers in the field with project members in the design office. In Box’s 2014 study comparing collaboration practices of five industries, construction emerged on top as the industry for whom mobile technology was paramount – ahead of manufacturing, financial services and the media and entertainment industry.

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The other startups included Blocks, the first modular smartwatch which has recently been in the press for a successful $1.6m Kickstarter campaign, Pointr, the indoor mapping app that can be used in museums, shopping centres and soon to be available at Dubai’s airport and Cupris the app that allows patients and doctors to connect remotely, transforming healthcare in the developed and developing world.

The competition was being judged by an expert panel consisting of Bindi Karia, Gi Fernando and Robert Dighero who chose the 2 startups they thought would best represent the future of mobile technology at 4YFN. TeskaLabs, who provide security and protection to enterprises for mobile technology, and What3Words, a new way of precise mapping using a unique combination of words rather than numbers, were chosen to go ahead, with a special mention to BaseStone from the judges for disrupting an industry like construction.

It was a fantastic experience and we extend our thanks to the judges and organisers for a great opportunity. Looking forward to seeing the progress of the other startups in the coming months!

Cisco Start-up Hub interviews to BaseStone CEO Alex Siljanovski

In December, Cisco launched their Start-Up Hub – a community to address the various pains and gains associated with being an entrepreneur. They are creating content with hand-picked experts and industry insiders, and BaseStone’s delighted to have been asked to be a contributor.

In this short video, Cisco interviews BaseStone CEO Alex Siljanovski about his shift into the world of startups, his inspirations and his advice for budding entrepreneurs. Watch out for future clips and blog posts from BaseStone!

Read Cisco Start-Up’s post here.

BaseStone at TechCrunch Disrupt!

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BaseStone were very excited to be invited to exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt, the tech industry’s conference to showcase revolutionary startups, game-changing technologies, and discuss what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators.
Our stand was within the Capital Enterprise Pavillon. We had a fantastic experience and some interesting conversations with the startup and investor community. Read on for some of our personal highlights!

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Our highlights

Alex Depledge, CEO of Hassle, shared her experiences of building and scaling a digital company in the EU. She spoke about the importance of tenacity in difficult times, advising that “you need to do one thing and do it really well, better than the competition”! Depledge, a mentor to many women in tech, also touched on the need to equalise the maternity and paternity policy in the workplace – which becomes more acute in the startup context.

The Startup Battlefield opened the main stage to founders competing to give the best pitch for the chance to win a €30,000 prize and the Disrupt Cup. Some of rockstar pitchers included Lystable, MAXDelivery and JukeDeck – whose entire pitch was a rap to rival the likes of Biggie himself. Emotech, a fellow UCL startup, launched their voice-controlled robotic assistant Olly on stage yesterday and were also shortlisted for the Startup Battlefield.
Jenny Griffiths, CEO of Snap Fashion, was representing our IDEALondon cohort on the fashion panel speaking about the future of online shopping and using technology to balance discovery and curation.

It’s inspirational to see such disruption taking place in the tech startup scene in London. We’re very happy to be part of it!

BaseStone made it into the Top Ten for the Wild Card title – big thank you to everyone who voted for us!