ConX attended the Construction Tech Summit hosted by Aconex in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday last week. It was a chance for construction software companies and startups to meet up and network, as well at attend some excellent forum discussions on topics ranging from software development, sales, and investment. Here a few things we learnt over the course of the summit.
A small but energetic community
Almost 20 different businesses were in attendance at Day 2 of the exhibition, showcasing a variety of different services for construction SME's. A big focus amongst a lot of the businesses were in the time saving category, with cutting out paperwork involved around payment and verification of licenses a recurring theme. Service like Assignar, Sign on Site and progressclaim.com all looking to take the manual work out of every day tradie life.
No one stop shop solution
The different array of businesses on show highlighted that there be no one solution for business owners looking to run their construction company. There are some great tools out there to help with time management, accounting, producitivity and payments. Speaking to Clinton from tradie training organisation Tradiepad, there are hundreds of solutions out there, and every business owner has different needs, the chances are that if you are having difficulty with an aspect of running your business, someone else has experienced it too, so check out the different tools out there, or alternatively speak to Clinton at Tradiepad.
We saw some great business ideas over the weekend, with Propeller using drones to monitor offshore sites, and Acuite which use data analytics to give businesses insights on how to reduce time and effort on building projects. But we're for the construction SME's and found the most relevant were the guys at Tradiepad, who offer training for tradies who are looking to use online tools to run their business better. Hit them up for a consultation if that sounds like you!