This Forum looks at technological innovations that may make a material contribution to property funds and the wider real estate industry. Click the links below for further information about this group.


Technology & Innovation News

24 Nov 2023

UK Fund Tokenisation

28 Feb 2023

Putting Real Estate on the Front Foot with Data Ethics - Blog post by RED Foundation

20 Feb 2023

Technology & Innovations Forum - Update

09 Feb 2023

Watch the Recording: PropTech Event: How data can drive performance

03 Aug 2022

IA Report - Investing for the Future: Three Potential Paths for a Tech-Powered UK Fund Industry

01 Jun 2022

Post-event materials: The role of Climate Tech in delivering Real Estate's Net Zero - Tuesday 17th May 2022

25 May 2022

The Investment Association Engine - Current projects

14 Jun 2021

Post-event materials - Webinar: How to Tokenise an Asset - Monday 14th June 2021

07 Jun 2021

Engine and AREF join forces in new Proptech Partnership


The Technology & Innovation Forum

The Forum meets 3 or 4 times a year to hear from experts in the field of technology and data initiatives in the real estate sector. Its members advise AREF on its technology and data themed events. It works closely with IA Engine to highlight the work of PropTechs and FinTechs and the RED Foundation in encouraging improvements in data standards within the real estate industry.

If there are any issues members would like the Technology & Innovations Forum to consider, please e-mail us at:

Engine - the IA's FinTech Hub

AREF are proud to work in collaboration with Engine, the Investment Association's FinTech hub and accelerator for the buy-side.

They work with over 150 FinTech firms that have solutions applicable across the value chain and help them to promote their offerings to the investment management industry. PropTech is a growing area of focus for the hub and Engine are now actively working with multiple PropTech providers.

Current Engine Projects

View current Engine projects which are of interest to AREF Members

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The directory below is hosted by Engine and allows you to filter through a wide range of solution providers.

If you would like to find out more about Engine’s work then please contact



AREF is proud to support The RED Foundation

The RED Foundation is an initiative set up to ensure the real estate sector benefits from an increased use of data, avoids some of the risks that this presents and is better placed to serve society.

They do this in two primary ways:

  1. Connecting people, projects and initiatives around the topic of data in the built environment

  2. ​Raising the sectors engagement with the ethical challenges that the use of data can present

​The Red Foundation aim to act impartially, objectively and openly. We are focused on the application of data across the whole real estate sector and built environment and strive to avoid reinventing wheels.

For more information, visit the Red Foundation website by clicking here.  We also encourage anyone with an active interest in data to join the RED Foundation LinkedIn Group, to share your thoughts, observations and activity on this subject.

Previous events the Committee have hosted: 

ESG in Your Portfolio - Can Climate Tech Save Real Estate?

This is a unique opportunity to sponsor our first in a series of three events throughout 2022 on technological innovation in Real Estate. This seminar, being held in May, will explore how climate technology can bring Real Estate into the future.

The event will include a line of up real estate tech-expert speakers, an interactive panel session as well as two minute power pitches from three innovative FinTech firms.

This event will be held in person at Osborne Clarkes offices on London Wall. In the event of another lockdown we will aim to host this event virtually.

Based on previous Tech events we have hosted, we anticipate this being a highly popular event.

Cost: £3000 + VAT

What's included in the package?

  • AREF will display your company name/logo on all promotional material and correspondence about the event (including email campaigns, invitations, articles on our website, in our monthly newsletter (all regularly sent to the entire AREF database of circ. 3000 contacts).
  • AREF will mention and tag your company in all tweets and posts on Twitter and LinkedIn about this event (pre, during and post event).
  • AREF will mention your company name/logo in all post-event marketing about this event.
  • Your company logo will be included on the opening slides.

If in-person:

  • An opportunity to speak/give a short welcome at the start of the event.
  • Tea/coffee and continental breakfast available for all attendees.
  • An opportunity to display a pop-up stand and give out any merchandise/freebies at each session*.

If virtual:

  • An opportunity to give a short welcome at the beginning of the virtual event.


If you are interested in taking this package, or discussing in more detail, please email Clare on


Webinar: How to Tokenise an Asset - Monday 14th June 2021

This event looked at how tokenisation can be implemented within the Real Estate industry. Click here for more information including a recording of this event.

Event: The democratisation of real estate? Tokenisation and other solutions - Wednesday 5th February 2020

This event was on the topical issue of fractionising real estate - tokenisation/digital assets. Speakers outlined the emerging landscape and likely development of fractionising, followed by an interactive panel discussion with delegates of the practical applications for digital assets more generally.

Click here for more information including slides and articles refered to during the event.

Event: AREF PropTech Evolution event – Tuesday 10th September 2019

This seminar showcased 'PropTech' and how innovative solutions are improving the operation of our industry. The panel discuss the importance of data processing, how to accomplish the aims of your business by using data more effectively in the future and the challenges that new technology creates for the real estate industry. The event also included a 'Tech Exhibit' where PropTech providers exhibited and demonstrating their software and services.

Click to view a summary of this event, including slides and a Q&A.