Top trade shows that facilities managers can't miss

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Constant change is a key feature of facilities management, so how can FMs stay up-to-date with everything they need to know? This is an essential part of of making the most of commercial real estate (CRE). Facilities management now plays a vital role in building simple solutions that accommodate flexible and remote working, as well as implementing sustainability.

With many of the solutions based on technology and their correct applications, facilities managers (FMs) need to be agile and stay up to date with new theories, products and techniques. 

To help keep you one step ahead, we’ve pulled together some of the best trade shows and conferences for facilities management, many of which have a focus on technology based solutions for both facilities and corporate real estate management.

IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest facilities management organization. Their annual World Workplace expo continues to be the industry’s leading forum for the exploration of new ideas, best practice, products and services. 

With a host of keynote speakers and demonstrations, you can find out how to boost building efficiency through technology and how to leverage data to cut costs without compromising on sustainability or performance.

When: October 16-18, 2019
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Who is the show aimed at? Facilities managers and directors
Website: IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo 

CoreNet Global Summit

The world’s premiere platform for anyone involved in corporate real estate. This year’s professional talks cover diverse subjects such as measuring workplace engagement to understanding how new technologies like blockchain can be applied to CRE management. The summit attracts thousands of attendees and also represents the ideal opportunity to network and grow your professional contacts.

When: October 20-22, 2019
Where: Orange County, CA
Who is the show aimed at? Anyone working in corporate real estate
Website: CoreNet Global Summit

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Workplace Trends: Towards a New Era of Work and Workplace

This is a full day’s conference exploring the relationship between building facilities and employees. The approach takes a holistic view and discusses the environment and its impact on overall well-being, productivity and how it can be maximized to ensure workplaces encourage employee engagement. 

When: October 15, 2019
Where: London, England (virtual attendance is also possible)
Who is the show aimed at? HR and facilities managers, building developers and architects
Website: Workplace Trends: Towards a New Era of Work and Workplace

CREtech New York 2019

Joining the dots between commercial real estate and technology, this event focuses on driving the industry forward through innovative new tech which exhibitors will have on show. Keynote speakers will discuss several thought provoking topics including how venture capitalists are waking up to the industry as an investment opportunity.

When: October 16-17, 2019
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Who is the show aimed at? Commercial real estate teams
Website: CREtech New York 2019

Tradeline Space Strategies 2019

Explores the latest innovations and strategies in all aspects of space planning and management, including: flexible workplace floor plans; how they can be adapted to utilize space; and allowing for privacy and productivity. Also looks at how new technology can be deployed in order to improve the accuracy of data and encourage more effective reporting and monitoring of space.

When: November 7-8, 2019
Where: San Diego, CA
Who is the show aimed at? Anyone interested in space management, including facilities managers, architects and interior designers
Website: Tradeline Space Strategies 2019

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NMFT Orlando

The National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) conference is a free event focusing on educational sessions and professional networking, as well as demonstrating new products and services. Session highlights include how to optimize your building, how to achieve excellence in maintenance and what FM teams can learn from leading businesses.

When: November 13-14, 2019
Where: Orlando, FL
Who is the show aimed at? Facilities management teams
Website: NMFT Orlando

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IoT Tech Expo

An exciting and dynamic exhibition and conference showcasing the latest technology within the Internet of Things (IoT). Themes include building automation and connectivity, big data and how IoT can be applied to improve processes and increase efficiency.

When: November 13-14, 2019
Where: Silicon Valley, CA
Who is the show aimed at? Anyone interested in how cutting edge tech can help their business
Website: IoT Tech Expo

ASD Innovate

Focusing on the PropTech space, the focus of this year’s event is the ‘Future of Work and the Workplace’. The conference includes speakers and discussions about the challenges of staff retention in changing workplaces and the importance of integrating well-being into building environments. Great for managers interested in the relationship between facilities, HR and IT teams and how they can deliver effective change, together.

When: November 14-15, 2019
Where: New York City, NY
Who is the show aimed at? Property owners and CRE professionals
Website: ASD Innovate

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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

With more than 200 educational and discussion sessions, this is the largest annual event that concentrates solely on green buildings and sustainability. Topics include resilience, zero waste and a look at the financial benefits of high performing buildings. Keynote speakers include Barack Obama.

When: November 19-22, 2019
Where: Atlanta, GA
Who is the show aimed at? Professionals involved or interested in sustainable buildings
Website: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

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The Buildings Show PM Expo

Around 30,000 attendees make this the largest trade show aimed at CRE professionals in North America. New products and services to help improve operational activities and costs will be on offer. Live demonstrations and educational sessions also provide expert insight and the opportunity to discuss challenges and practical techniques to overcome them.

When: December 4-6, 2019
Where: Toronto, Canada
Who is the show aimed at? Teams working in design, architecture and construction within CRE
Website: The Buildings Show PM Expo

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Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

Aimed at teams responsible for creating the ideal building environment in order to maximize occupancy. A combination of educational sessions, keynote speakers and an exhibition of the latest products makes this a popular CRE event.

When: This year’s conference has already happened, the next is planned for June 27-30, 2020
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Who is the show aimed at? Anyone working in commercial real estate including developers, building owners, property and facilities managers
Website: Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

Critical Facilities Summit

This is a must for any top level decision makers involved in building design, construction or those managing operational activities. Packed with expert speakers, this is a chance to hear first-hand how leading professionals deal with the issues facing building and facilities services.

When: This year’s summit has already happened; the next is planned for October 2020
Where: To be announced
Who is the show aimed at? Senior managers with responsibility for facilities, IT, building design and construction
Website: Critical Facilities Summit 

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