It was a beautiful Fall afternoon on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 when approximately 100 inquisitive people gathered at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Ill. What was unusual was that they chose to invest an afternoon of their time to attend the first statewide Real Estate Bar Camp (REBC), hosted by the Illinois Young Professionals Network. An event that did not have a predefined agenda.
As they passed thru registration, cards were completed where preferences for topics were jotted down. Based on the attendees wishes, sessions were scheduled and facilitators were slotted. We ended up with sessions covering Technology, Social Media, Professionalism, Future of the Business. IPads and applications as well as Paperless Agent and Blogging were also subjects. Individual platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook were discussed. Additional topics like Broker’s Role, and Android vs IPhone were added as the day evolved. In short, it was truly a user built conference. Oh, and it was followed by a great networking event complete with some fantastic door prizes.
From this person’s perspective it was all I expected and more. People were engaged with each other, learning from each other both in-session and out of session. Comments that I heard were positive – except for the volume level because two of our spaces were too close together.
If you attended and have some feedback feel free to add a comment below. Suggestions for next year’s event (hopefully it will happen)? Comment below. And thanks from the organizers for investing your time and making REBarCamp Illinois 2012 a success!
Check out the gallery below of images from the event.