Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, today announced that it will host the inaugural Realogy FWD Innovation Summit, on Tuesday, June 18 at Realogy’s new, state-of-the-art headquarters building in Madison, N.J. The Realogy FWD Innovation Summit is centered around a competition with a $25,000 cash prize for the company that presents the most innovative technology product or service designed for the real estate industry. The invitation-only event is designed to find and attract the best new technology products and services for Realogy’s franchise networks and company-owned residential real estate brokerages, which collectively operate approximately 13,600 offices with 238,900 independent sales associates doing business in 102 countries around the world.
“The real estate industry is gifted with many entrepreneurs creating exciting and breakthrough solutions," said Alex Perriello, president and CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group. “The intent of the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit is to provide innovators the opportunity to showcase their big ideas directly to the leaders across the Realogy family of companies, bypassing the time it typically takes them to get their ideas to the decision makers. As the largest residential real estate franchisor in the world, we are continuously looking forward and focused on ways to benefit our franchisees and sales professionals to help them be more successful while simultaneously supporting innovation, new thinking and technology-driven business solutions."
A select group of companies will be chosen from among the online applicants and invited to present their emerging technology ideas and products to an invitation-only audience of Realogy executives and franchisees. In addition to Perriello, the panel of judges will include: Marc Davison and Brian Boero, co-founders of 1000watt Consulting; leading brokers and executives from within the Realogy franchise networks; and other third-party real estate and technology experts.
The innovative real estate and technology presentations will be grouped into distinct categories such as productivity, marketing, social and consumer. From among the category winners, one company will be crowned as the 2013 Realogy FWD Innovation Champion and will receive the Realogy FWD Innovation prize of $25,000. The other category winners will be recognized as Realogy FWD Innovation Summit finalists. In addition to presenting their ideas, each of the companies selected to participate in the exclusive event will be able to tap into the vast Realogy network of real estate leaders.
Companies interested in presenting at the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit should apply online via the event website, www.realogyfwd.com. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2013.
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