PropTech Challenge and Yacht Party

Chelsea Piers, Manhattan
Wednesday, November 29th
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Carbon management technology

$5,000 cash prize for the winner

Networking party on a yacht

Be part of this exciting event where the most forward thinking companies will present their solutions to property experts and vie for cash prizes. The PropTech Challenge leverages the abundant tech talent from New York City and beyond, focusing on addressing the Big Apple’s distinctive carbon reduction requirements while fostering global partnerships.

This year’s challenge will focus on carbon measurement and reduction in the commercial and multifamily real estate sector. The objective is to help building owners achieve net-zero emissions. To do this, we aim to identify solutions that can accurately quantify a building’s carbon footprint, suggest effective ways to lower emissions, and track the results using reliable metrics.

The challenge culminates in a live event during New York Real Estate Tech Week, featuring judges, participants, and speakers from influential property organizations. Following the event, attendees can enjoy a unique sunset cruise and networking party on the Hudson River, complete with a full bar and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.


This special event brings together top experts and judges from leading commercial property organizations, ready to share valuable insights in an engaging and accessible way.

Ryan Baxter

Carbon Strategist for professional energy advisory services firm 5

Dana Robbins Schneider

SVP, Director of Energy, Sustainability & ESG at Empire State Realty Trust

David Rose

Best-selling author, angel investor, and Founder & CEO of Gust

Hrisa Gatzoulis

VP, Director of Sustainability at Rudin Management Company

Sandy Jacolow

SVP, Chief Technology Officer at Empire State Realty Trust

Akanksha Sharma

Senior Manager in PwC’s Real Estate & Sustainability Practice

Heather Widman

Partner at Building Ventures

Zach Aarons

Best-selling author, angel investor, and Co-Founder of MetaProp

Jeanne Casey

Global Head of Proptech and Innovation at Nuveen

Michael Reed

Program Manager- Advanced Efficiency Solutions at NYSERDA

Who Should Attend

If you’re a commercial property stakeholder, sustainability professional, or venture capitalist with a sustainability focus, this event is tailored for you. Attend to gain insights and seize opportunities in the carbon management technology sector.

Commercial Property Owners and Managers

  • Discover how carbon management technology can make your properties more sustainable and attractive to environmentally conscious tenants.
  • Learn about strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of your properties, potentially leading to cost savings and improved marketability.

Corporate Tenants and Occupiers

  • Explore how carbon management technology aligns with your sustainability goals and how it can reduce your company’s emissions.
  • Discover opportunities to lease spaces in properties that incorporate carbon management technology for a more environmentally friendly workspace.

Real Estate Developers

  • Gain insights into integrating carbon management technology into your commercial real estate projects to enhance sustainability and marketability.
  • Learn about innovative approaches to sustainable development that can set your projects apart in the market.

Sustainability Consultants and Advisors

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest carbon management technologies to better advise your clients on reducing carbon emissions and achieving sustainability targets.
  • Enhance your expertise in sustainability consulting by understanding how carbon management technology can be applied in commercial real estate.

Commercial Real Estate Investors

  • Identify properties and projects that incorporate carbon management technology to enhance the long-term sustainability and value of your real estate portfolio.
  • Explore investment opportunities that align with sustainability goals, potentially leading to more attractive returns over time.

Venture Capitalists

  • Discover cutting edge startups in the rapidly evolving sustainability and carbon management technology sector.
  • Network with industry experts and entrepreneurs to explore collaboration and funding opportunities in the green technology space.


We’re proud to partner with prominent companies that recognize the significance of fostering and incentivizing innovations within the commercial real estate sector.


We are currently finalizing the specifics, but the event will feature keynote speeches and panel discussions centered around decarbonizing solutions for commercial real estate, followed by a one-of-a-kind networking party aboard a yacht.

PropTech Challenge

VC Perspective: Tech's Role in Decarbonizing Our Buildings

Innovation is crucial to successfully decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels and that innovation needs to be supported with investment. A panel of sustainable technology investors will explore which technologies are already being deployed and which ones are showing promise for the future.

  1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

PropTech Challenge

Sustainable Profitability: Overcoming Challenges to Decarbonization

The property industry is being pushed to be more sustainable but it will only be able to decarbonize if it can find a way to do so profitably. Join an expert panel as they talk about sustainable trends in real estate and how decarbonizing buildings can be a winning business strategy.

  2:15 PM - 3:30 PM


Yacht Party

Following the PropTech Challenge, join us for a unique sunset cruise and networking party on the Hudson River, complete with a full bar and sunset views of the Manhattan skyline. You'll engage with other commercial real estate professionals and create valuable new business connections. (Add-on ticket required)

  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Contest

It’s that time again! The PropTech Challenge is on and we are calling for submissions from the most innovative tech companies to compete for the prestigious award and a $5,000 cash prize! This year we are looking for the best technology for carbon management and reduction in buildings. Companies large and small are invited to apply. 

Get Your Tickets

If you have any trouble with the checkout form, please visit eventbrite to complete your purchase.

Chelsea Piers


To learn more about joining the PropTech Challenge contest, please visit the website:

Certainly! Your admission to the PropTech Challenge includes hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, a full bar is provided with your Yacht Party ticket.

The PropTech Challenge and Yacht Party require separate tickets. You can purchase either a single ticket for one event or a combo ticket for access to both. Since the Yacht Party is expected to sell out before the PropTech Challenge, it's advisable to secure your ticket early to ensure you don't miss out!

If your company would like to support the PropTech Challenge and make valuable connections in the commercial property sector, please email

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