Real Estate Weekend @ Harvard

Thank you for joining us for the
Real Estate Weekend @ Harvard (Apr 9 - 10)!


"RE:Thinking" real estate . . .

Despite being one of the oldest industries, real estate is constantly being re-examined and re-considered in light of global, demographic, and technological shifts. Themed “RE:THINK,” the conference will bring together those shaping and re-thinking the industry – industry leaders, professionals, interested students, and entrepreneurs. Conference programming includes panels, certified Argus training *, a number of cross-school mixers, and more.

* Argus training requires an additional ticket on Eventbrite
(price is partially subsidized by the conference organizers)


Pitch your startup . . .

“Real Estate Venture Competition” (REVC) challenges participants to "RE:Think" the possibilities within the real estate and built environment space and will spotlight top real estate start-ups across the globe with the potential to materially impact the industry through innovative business strategy and creative execution. Teams will compete in a two-day pitch competition judged by thought leaders and key influencers from the worlds of real estate and investing. Top finalists will present in front of the full audience and main judging panel at the end of “RE:Think” conference programming.



schedule Subject to change

Re:Model Argus Training & Re:Imagine Development Workshop are full (indicated by the lightened text). We apologize if we were unable to accommodate your first choice. We welcome you to join us for the Development Workshop final presentations from 5-6pm at Aldrich hall 010 on the Harvard Business School campus!

Saturday (Additional Programming) Sunday

18th Annual LatAm Conference

The LatAm Conference is a separate, partner conference. We are pleased to offer you 30% off your LatAm Conference tickets: "RealEstateWeekend"

Real estate-related speakers include:

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM
Investing in Latin America
Featuring Eugenio Garza y Garza, CEO of Grupo Javer, one of the largest residential developers in Mexico.

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Keynote Speaker: Jaime Gilinski (HBS '80)
Successful entrepreneur and investor currently leading the $700 MM development of Panama Pacifico with London and Regional Properties.
9:00 AM (TBC)
Licensed Argus
Enterprise Training

(Sold out! Check our FB to see if anyone is selling their ticket.)
9:00 AM
Development Workshop
& Site Visit

(Registration has ended)
8:00 AM
Check-In Begins
(Breakfast served)
Spangler Hall

8:00 AM
Blackstone Info Session
(Hot Breakfast Buffet)
Aldrich Hall 011

9:00 AM
Re:ally Big Projects!
Complexities of Urban Megaproject Development
Spangler Hall
10:00 AM
US Trends in Equity & Credit Investing
Spangler Hall
11:00 AM
Innovation Districts & the New
Economic Geography of Cities
Spangler Hall
Lunch Lunch
(On your own)
11:45 AM
Keynote: A Conversation with Dan Gilbert
Lunch provided
Spangler Hall
PM re:Model
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1:15 PM
Trends in Hospitality Real Estate
Ownership and Managements
Spangler Hall
2:00 PM
re:Emerging Markets
Exploring Opportunities in Global Markets
Spangler Hall
3:15 PM
Real Estate Venture Competition (REVC)
Final Venture Pitches
Spangler Hall
5:00 PM
Final Presentations
With light snacks
Aldrich Hall 010
4:00 PM
Closing Keynote: Ed Glaeser
Spangler Hall
6:00 PM
Drinks at PARK at Harvard Square
59 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138
5:00 PM
Closing Reception
With hors d'oeuvres
Spangler Hall

re:Model (Licensed Argus Enterprise Training)

We are pleased to offer partially subsidized Argus training by a licensed Argus professional. Participants must bring their own laptops. Training manuals will be provided. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon completion of training. We will email you with more details regarding software downloads, trial periods, as information is made available. Note: Argus training requires an additional ticket.



re:Imagine (Development Workshop)

** Registration has ended. **
Please note: waitlist is over 50+ names long.

The re:Imagine Development Workshop will be held on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The workshop is a one-day program in which students and young professionals will be placed in interdisciplinary teams and led by a coach to pitch a development proposal to a panel of judges. Note: the Development Workshop requires you to sign-up by April 4.

As a participant, you will:

  • Go behind the scenes and tour the federally-owned Volpe site, for which a real-life RFP is currently live and being pursued by developers such as Related Companies, Boston Properties, and others. (Learn more: Boston Globe Article)
  • Gain exposure on the pre-development and RFP process that developers, architects, and consultants must go through to qualify to exciting large-scale, public, or complex projects. The workshop will simulate a real-life developer RFP response process.
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network and work closely with students and young professionals working in real estate development and design. Each team will be led by a “coach,” who is a young professional currently working at development firm in the US.
  • The Workshop will be judged by industry leaders involved in the planning, design and development process for large-scale projects.

2016 "RE:THINK" Sponsors

This conference would not have been
Possible without their generous support



Sponsored in part by a generous gift from J. W. Kaempfer, Jr. MBA ’71. Mr. Kaempfer made a joint gift to the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard Business School (HBS) with intention to realize the benefits of “breakthrough communications between the design field and the world of commerce."  The fund is used for joint GSD-HBS entrepreneurial activities.  This gift has also supported the HarvardxDesign Conference.


Platinum Sponsor






Special thanks


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