Welcome to TechTalk Radio, a weekly podcast brought to you by real estate intelligence provider EG. Each week TechTalk Radio hosts Emily Wright and Samantha McClary bring you interviews with the brightest brains in all things technology, data and innovation in the world of real estate. Listen in for everything from the impact of AI on human jobs to how tech will enable us to build better, cleaner and more useful environments for generations to come, with a little light entertainment thrown in.
The rise of the data centre: Knight Frank's data centre head on investors "chasing the cloud", data hotspots in Europe and green agenda tensions
On this episode of Tech Talk Radio, EG tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson attempts a drum roll and outlines why you can't miss this year's list of EG Rising Stars.
In fact, tap here for a link to the piece so you can read all about it. But before you get to know this year's talented bunch, listen to Alderson sit down with Knight Frank head of EMEA and APAC data centres Stephen Beard to discuss all things data centres, following the agent's report on how investment into the sector has boomed over H1 this year.
Beard outlines why investment into data centres is on the rise, where the hotspots are in Europe, and why he thinks that despite the asset class' energy guzzling reputation, data centres could actually be a "beacon" for sustainability.
What is the future of investment post-covid-19? Evaluate|Locate on mapping the economic health of over 2,800 locations in the UK
It's another Tech Talk Radio, and EG tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson starts by outlining the biggest property and tech headlines since last week's episode, including the biggest tech blooper of the week.
Alderson then sits down with JPES Partners head of property Duncan Lamb to talk about the launch of Evaluate|Locate, a new platform that tracks the economic health of more than 2,800 locations across the UK to help investors and developers make investment decisions.
Over 4,000 lines of code and two years later, Lamb talks about the arduous process of putting Evaluate|Locate together, and gives some data-backed insights into investment trends around the regions during the covid-19 crisis. Could we see investment shift away from cities to satellite towns and regions? Alderson finds out.
How covid-19 has put the spotlight on social impact, and how tech can drive accelerate change
There have been some major proptech news that has broken since last week’s episode of Tech Talk Radio, so EG tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson recaps on the juiciest stories from the past week, including: EG’s talk with EDGE chief executive and founder Coen van Oostrom about his plans to take EDGE global; Fifth Wall’s first European proptech fund launch; and tech unicorn Octopus Energy making Manchester the location for its UK tech hub as it launches an expansion programme.
Alderson also sits down with Guy Battle, founder and chief executive of proptech start-up Social Value Portal, and Beringea investment director Maria Wagner, to talk about Social Value’s latest fundraise.
Beringea has invested £3m into the start-up, and the trio discuss how covid-19 has put the spotlight on the importance of the property industry’s social impact work, as well as the global venture capitalist investment landscape and what sectors are whetting VC appetites.
How sipping on £1 pints in a Liverpool bar led to YourParkingSpace: co-founder Harrison Woods on his path to building an online car park space booking platform empire
On this week’s episode of Tech Talk Radio, tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson asks the hard and pressing question: does anyone else feel Christmassy now that summer is over?
She also sits down with YourParkingSpace co-founder and chief executive Harrison Woods to discuss the start-up’s latest fundraising round, which saw Pelican Capital back the business with £5m.
With money in his pocket to burn, Alderson asks Woods what his plans are for growing the business and tips he can share with listeners for securing funding during a tougher investment climate.
Woods also digs into the data, and shares some fascinating insights about how motorists’ movements have changed during the pandemic. How will these movements change in a post-pandemic future – and how can property owners use this information to drive footfall to their assets?
“What we offer can be likened to Steve Jobs’ first iPhone”: Triadic Labs on launching its off-plan virtual viewings platform
Another week, another Tech Talk Radio episode hosted by tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson, who sits down (virtually) with Triadic Labs founder and director James Spooner and commercial director Alex Tozzi to talk about the launch of the start-up’s virtual viewings platform for off-plan properties.
Triadic Dash allows people to view properties which haven’t been built yet, and Alderson asks how the platform has been received in the market at a time when appetite for physical viewings has fallen during the pandemic.
The duo also talk about the power of data, how to boost the housing market during the pandemic, going global, and why Spooner thinks Triadic Dash is the virtual viewings market equivalent to the first iPhone.
What do MediaCityUK and Hudson Yards have in common? MediaCityUK's property director lifts the lid on how to create one of the most connected schemes in the world
It's the first Tech Talk Radio since EG's Tech Awards, and tech and global reporter Lucy Alderson outlines just how much you missed out on if you couldn't join the virtual extravaganza last week. But don't fret: you can catch up on the list of winners and highlights from the night on https://www.egi.co.uk/halo/
MediaCityUK property director Chris Reay is this week's Tech Talk Radio guest to talk what it takes to become one of the most connected schemes in the world. In April, the development became a Wired Certified Neighbourhood by WiredScore, the only scheme to have been awarded this rating aside from New York’s sprawling 28-acre Hudson Yards.
Reay also talks about how connectivity could be key in helping the return to work movement gain momentum, and Manchester's tech boom.