Inspiring collaboration between our industry and the innovative tech community to actively address real life challenges around future retail and placemaking.
As part of the UK’s most dynamic and inclusive retail property and placemaking event, leading businesses in our industry will be engaging with young technologists, start-ups and SMEs in a new and live innovation initiative - DiscoTech™
DiscoTech is an opportunity for businesses to discover new technologies, ideas and potential solutions to challenges that they face. It is designed to facilitate interaction between business and the unique skills and expertise available in the SMEs and start-up community - aiming to address challenges, particularly where existing solution paths are not readily identifiable. Ultimately, the activity provides the opportunity to build business collaborations with the potential for continuation beyond the DiscoTech itself.
DiscoTech @ Revo Liverpool 2017 will represent the needs of diverse sectors and explore the ways technology can grow, improve and sustain the UK’s physical retail industry.
By bringing together key members of our community with prop and retail tech innovators to work on finding solutions to specific challenges which are, as yet, an unsolved issue in their business, buildings, or destinations.
DiscoTech seeks to offer solutions to issues that manifest throughout a range of property activities, including: investing, designing, constructing, developing, managing, leasing and selling.
The DiscoTech will happen live on the Revo Liverpool 2017 show floor, where the brightest tech companies (the ‘innovators’) will address the challenges set by our community of property developers, investors, manager, advisors and retailers (the ‘challengers’) in response to our call for challenges to take up one of our exclusive DiscoTech places.
Great ideas require great interaction - so the DiscoTech space on the main floor is open to all visitors throughout the event.
On Thursday 21 September, each Innovator will pitch their solutions to their chosen challenge in an open forum for all to see and hear in the Digital Showcase space.
Our challengers and their challenges are:
- British Land: effectively aggregate and present information to customers to enable them to tailor their visitor experience. Find out more
- Grosvenor: ways to engage visitors with Grosvenor sustainability credentials, promoting the activity in a credible, accessible and non-flippant way, using Liverpool ONE as a case study. Find out more
- Leslie Jones Architecture: demonstrate how creative technologies can create company value-add and tangible benefits to the design process. Find out more
- Queensberry: ideas to retain existing customers and attract new customers to a shopping centre during extensive renovations, using the Metquarter Liverpool as a real example. Find out more
- Debenhams: how can immersive technology benefit Debenhams, from customer engagement, store development and redesign to facilities management. Find out more
Freeformers’ mission is to create the future workforce now. They help companies prepare and react to the changing world of work and accelerate digital adoption for employees and customers to drive business growth.
Freeformers believe in developing the standard for people’s mindset, skills and behaviours in the modern workforce, so they can exploit digital opportunities, technology investments and drive customer adoption of digital products and services. It’s a digitally-led growth mindset that gives people the attitude and confidence to want to try new things and to carry on learning, every single day. Freeformers achieve this by bringing together the business strategy and digital leads, HR and learning teams, along with marketing and communications, to develop a company-wide framework that accelerates the transformation.
They are a profit and purpose business. Every participant Freeformers train and programme they deliver fuels the digital training of young people.
Freeformers are addressing the British Land Challenge
Future proofing physical retail and leisure.
Omnifi is a digital innovation agency specialising in retail and leisure. Founded in 2014 by Simon Liss, Andy Burgess, and Nick Holroyd-Doveton and currently supported by a team of 12 digital specialists. The company’s focus is on bridging the digital and physical divide, helping retailers and leisure business connect with their customers across mobile devices, in-store screens, IoT and Wi-Fi.
To achieve this, Omnifi develops its own innovative products and integrates third party technologies through a design, development and deployment process that is both human centred and commercially pragmatic.
This insight and value-driven approach has enabled the agency to develop long-term relationships with clients such as The Restaurant Group, Rank Group and TUI Group. Its latest product, the Omnibeacon, has won Innovate UK funding and is currently being tested with a number of retail and leisure partners.
Omnifi are addressing the British Land Challenge
Drawing changes present a major challenge to every project: drawings get updated and issued during the construction phase of projects with little or no review process, with no visibility into the content, and often not even under instruction.
ShapeDo’s Drawing Comparison Software is designed to enable control over construction drawing changes. Fully review all engineering changes in realistic time-frames, and leverage visual communications and easy project controls to control every aspect of a project. This allows you to communicate visually through comparing drawings, create order and protect your bottom line.
ShapeDo are addressing the Leslie Jones Architecture Challenge
Cityscape Digital is a multi-disciplinary creative studio based in the heart of London’s Shoreditch. Since 2001 Cityscape Digital have been setting the benchmark for CG production in the property industry.
The company started out providing traditional CGI services in property for planning applications and marketing. Over the last 8 years, they have been researching and innovating this traditional process, building a new value proposition based on VR/Real-time technology. Through CityscapeVR, they are building the future of Cityscape around long term, service based, client engagements using immersive visualisation technologies.
Cityscape Digital are addressing the Debenhams challenge
Filtered.Live bring real estate to life with live music programmes designed by experts and curated specifically for client needs.
Their expert team of music-junkie journalists have worked with leading media organisations such as NME, BBC Music and Gramophone. By offering cutting-edge tech and innovation, Filtered.Live can offer a one stop shop for designing live music programmes including beaming in via hologram, data gathering and measuring impact.
Filtered.Live are addressing the Queensberry challenge
Infabode connects its community of users with industry information from the Real Estate sector on one customisable online platform. Solving the problem of information being spread across the web and the time constraints in accessing it. Currently, if you wanted to know about investment into the London Office Market for example, then you would search on Google. This is time consuming and relies on you clicking into a number of company websites, with a large about of information and data potentially being missed.
So Infabode created a free platform, which allows this important disparate information, data and views to be held in one place. To date over 350 companies share their insights, blogs, news and market analysis, with Infabode’s global network of members.
This includes the likes of KPMG, Blackstone, Grosvenor, TH Real Estate, Savills, Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield, JLL and Deutsche Bank. The mission is to partner with every global real estate company to become the 'go to' place for all global industry research and information, enabling users to customise and access this data with greater ease, while also increasing business opportunities through a connected member only platform.
Infabode are addressing the Grosvenor challenge
LOAF - The Creative Campaigns Agency.
Loaf believe creativity can transform businesses. And that great ideas can solve the kind of challenges that are faced by retail, every day. This is a sector in constant, fast-moving change. A sector that needs a partner who can deliver attention-demanding, action-inspiring campaigns to keep brands relevant today, and ready for tomorrow. Loaf work with ambitious clients who want strategic, creative and tech solutions for real time business problems, and have produced ideas and worked as partners alongside some of the most effective and established retail property brands including Liverpool ONE, Allied London, Spinningfields Manchester and The Avenue Manchester. Their company ethos, culture and what they work with all our clients to do is… go beyond.
Loaf Creative are addressing the Grosvenor challenge
Our excellent network of PropTech and RetailTech companies have worked tirelessly to recruit the Innovators and promote DiscoTech. Special thanks go to:
- Mat Colmer – Built Environment Specialist and TLA PropTech
- Jo Tasker - Tasker Consulting and TLA PropTech
- Thomas Gere - Realities Centre and TLA VR/AR
- Gary Chimwa - FUTURE : PropTech
- Daniel Moraite – Capital Pilot and TLA PropTech
- Tech London Advocates, particularly:
- Marc Duke - TLA CreativeTech
- Simon Liss - TLA Retail Tech