Proptech Insights: In Conversation with Jack Fitzgerald

Addressing the toughest questions around proptech with a simple conversation

Join us for our upcoming session of “Proptech Insights”!

This episode features Jack Fitzgerald, Director, Smart Cities and Real Estate Tech with Hitachi. Jack is a self-professed proptech enthusiast with extensive experience in both the property management and technology side of the industry.

– What does the future of Proptech look like?
– What’s holding the real estate industry back from digitisation?
– Can proptech become a consumer-driven trend?
– And where do the greatest opportunities lie?

Join us in a virtual conversation to be challenged (and equally entertained)!

Date: 5 July 2022, 10:00AM-10:30AM (SGT/HKT)

To register for the event, please click here.


Bernie Devine
Senior Regional Director

Jack Fitzgerald
Director, Smart Cities and Real Estate Tech


  • Session 1: In Conversation with Paul Chen (18th August 2021)

    How do real estate leaders pick proptech winners? Don’t start with technology, start with business strategy, advised Radiant Property Technologies Managing Director Paul Chen in the first instalment of Yardi’s Proptech Insights webinar. 

    The property technology universe, once studded with a handful of stars, is now strewn with countless constellations.

    Technologies from artificial intelligence to augmented reality, driverless cars to big data, blockchain to smart buildings, are transforming the real estate value chain. But in a market with what can seem like millions of choices, how do savvy real estate players set their priorities?

    This is a big question – one that Yardi’s Bernie Devine posed to Paul in the first of a new online insight series.

    Read full event recap here

  • Session 2: In Conversation with Lendlease (8th September 2021)

    Every single person in Lendlease’s 11,000-strong team has their sights set on net zero emissions by 2025. It’s a huge undertaking – one which will be impossible without the help of technology and data.

    This puts Richard Kuppusamy and Helen Lam – two of Lendlease’s digital leaders – in the driver’s seat as they help steer their company towards Mission Zero.

    Bernie Devine, Yardi’s Regional Manager, recently caught up with the pair as part of the latest instalment of Yardi’s Proptech Insights series.

    Read full event recap here

  • Session 3: In Conversation with Cromwell (6th October 2021)

    What’s the best way for a real estate company to flex its innovation muscle? Robust evaluation.

    That’s the key takeaway straight from two property technology specialists, Cromwell Property Group’s Sean Rowe-Hagans and Yardi Systems’ Bernie Devine.

    Bernie, Yardi’s Regional Director, caught up with Sean in the latest instalment of Yardi Proptech Insights. It’s a series that Bernie like to call the “proptech duck dive” because it “gets beneath the surface of property technology”.

    Read full event recap here

  • Session 4: In Conversation with RQAM (10th November 2021)

    How will transparent data revolutionise real estate?

    This was the underlying question for Ben Robinson, CEO of Raffles Quay Asset Management in Singapore, when he sat down with Yardi’s Bernie Devine recently for the latest instalment of Yardi Proptech Insights.

    Ben oversees the largest integrated mixed-use development at Singapore’s Marina Bay. In real estate terms, One Raffles Quay and Marina Bay Financial Centre constitute 4.5 million square feet of prime Grade A office and 179,000 square feet retail space. In human terms, the precinct is usually the workplace of 26,000 people.

    Read full event recap here

  • Session 5: In Conversation with Brian Sutherland (8th December 2021)

    The real estate sector is busy repositioning portfolios, pivoting into new sectors and pouring money into proptech. But will it be enough to meet the elevated demands of building customers in the post-pandemic world?

    This was the big question behind Bernie Devine’s latest Yardi Proptech Insights webinar.

    In the fifth instalment of the series for 2021, Yardi’s Vice President Brian Sutherland joined Bernie, Yardi’s Regional Director, for a chat.

    Read full event recap here

  • Session 1: In Conversation with Chris Brooke (9th February 2022)

    In less than two years, the value equation in commercial real estate has evolved. Four walls and functioning systems were once enough for tenants to sign long leases. Now experience is everything.

    Bricks-and-mortar is only as valuable as the experience it can deliver. This was one of the clear takeaways from the latest Yardi Proptech Insights webinar, hosted by Yardi’s Regional Director Bernie Devine. In this first instalment for 2022, Bernie sat down with Chris Brooke for a chat.

  • Session 2: In Conversation with Smart Cities (9th March 2022)

    What are the biggest, boldest questions that everyone in real estate needs to answer?

    Last year, guests on Yardi’s Proptech Insights program shared their secrets to navigating the complex proptech ecosystem. Bernie Devine, Yardi’s Senior Regional Director, asked a lot of questions – and our guests offered many insightful answers.

    But to kick off 2022, Bernie and guest Adam Beck turned the tables by posing four provocative questions for the region’s property leaders to ponder over the year ahead.

  • Session 3: In Conversation with JLL (20th April 2022)

    Should we be snapping up land in the metaverse? Splashing out on virtual real estate? Should we jump onto the next big thing for fear of missing out? Or should the real estate sector be more sceptical about technology?

    These were some of the questions Yardi’s Bernie Devine and JLL’s Jordan Kostelac explored in the latest instalment of the Yardi Proptech Insights series. As JLL’s director for proptech in the Asia Pacific, Jordan is focused on turning one of the world’s biggest real estate agencies into a technology company that specialises in real estate.

  • Session 4: In Conversation with Proptech Association Australia (8th June 2022)

    Three things are holding back the world’s commercial real estate sector, says Kylie Davis, president of Proptech Association Australia.

    “Our commitment to Excel spreadsheets and filing cabinets and whiteboards,” are roadblocks to a real estate revolution. And this “very inefficient and expensive” commitment is holding real estate companies back from squeezing more value from assets and creating better experiences for customers.

    Kylie, a serial entrepreneur and futurist who advises several proptech start-ups, recently sat down with Yardi’s Senior Regional Director Bernie Devine for a chat.