For the first time in nearly a decade, Austin hosted REBarCamp Texas, a real estate conference where the session schedule is created on site by attendees. The structure is based on the BarCamp model popular in the technology sector.

The Texas Young Professionals Network hosted the day-long event at the end of September. Around 100 attendees from all real estate specialties, experience levels, ages, and backgrounds created and led sessions tailored to their interests. Some even flew from out of state to participate in this nontraditional conference.

The day started with an explanation of how the event works, and those who were interested in leading a small-group discussion selected a time slot in one of four separate rooms—including a movie theater with a stage and screen. Then, keynote speaker Bill Lublin—CEO of Century 21 Advantage Gold and CEO of the Social Media Marketing Institute in Philadelphia—took the stage to talk social media trends and tips.

More than 20 simultaneous sessions lasted 30 minutes each, giving participants the ultimate flexibility in building their schedule. Sessions included:

  • Apps for living your best life
  • Independent broker challenges and opportunities
  • Leadership progression and volunteering
  • Starting a local YPN
  • Investment real estate
  • Content marketing.

After attending a session, participants could vote for the topics they most enjoyed. The day ended with a recap of those popular topics, which included real estate investing, safety, and technology.

Attendees wrapped up the day with a happy hour featuring yard games, drinks, and more opportunities to network and learn from each other.

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