Blog December 10, 2018

The International Users Conference, London: Our largest-ever UK event

By Jack Harrison

What a fantastic day it was at the Royal Lancaster London – 5 December, as our flagship MRI International Users Conference came to the UK for the first time.

Some 600 attendees joined us for what was MRI’s biggest event in the region to date – and the largest-ever, single-vendor proptech exhibition to be hosted in the UK.

It gave us the chance to show our appreciation to our valued clients – and hear from many of you about the challenges you face and how we can help to tackle them. Bringing together delegates from across the MRI solution suite, it was a packed day of product updates, industry content, Partner sessions and networking opportunity.

Here are some of the highlights:

The MRI company update

To begin the conference, CEO Patrick J. Ghilani and Executive Managing Director for Europe Dermot Briody welcomed attendees and discussed a momentous year for the organisation in EMEA. It’s not been without its challenges, but the message was clear; not only is MRI now one of the biggest real estate technology providers in the region, but we are steadfast in our commitment to be the best.

It was also revealed, live on stage, that MRI has acquired Thesaurus Technology – news that was shared to the wider market via press release shortly after the conclusion of the general session.

Keynote address

It was an absolute pleasure to hear from two UK sporting heroes, two truly inspirational women and two genuinely likeable and engaging characters. Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, stars from Team GB’s gold-medal-winning hockey team at the 2016 Olympics, delivered the perfect keynote address – sharing the wonderful story of their achievement, while offering lessons in goal-setting, collaboration and dedication that anyone, anywhere could learn from. Absolutely superb, and we know that many of you said exactly the same thing.

Your product, in depth

While there’s a range of content offered by the IUC, the main focus is sharing the latest developments and functionality within your MRI product or products – and that’s exactly what we offered in two dedicated sessions either side of lunch. Users got to see the latest features and benefits within their solution and take away actionable insight from a range of best-practice hints and tips. There are a number of exciting changes and enhancements happening across all areas, and it was a pleasure to be able to share these with you.

Meeting our Partners

As noted throughout the plenary presentation, MRI is committed to providing an open platform that allows our users to incorporate the benefits of multiple software and service providers. We are truly open for business, and we had more Partners in our ecosystem that we’ve ever had before for a UK event – and we know that next year will be even bigger and better. Thank you to our sponsors for their efforts.

A well-earned drink

After all of this and much more, it was fantastic to relax and enjoy a drink and a chat with many of you during our closing reception. Without our clients and delegates, quite simply, the event would not happen – and we thank you all for joining us and for your continued support. We’ll look forward to doing it all again in 2019…

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