Program Information

Despite the shock of COVID-19, $23.8 billion in venture capital was invested into property technology in 2020.  From smart cities and the internet of things; to big data, automation, and artificial intelligence; to carbon neutrality and public health, technology is rapidly transforming how we interact with the built environment.
We will explore the biggest challenges facing property technology, how they are being addressed, and how technology is reshaping the built environment and enabling new possibilities that were never before feasible.  We will also examine risks and concerns related to the increasing prevalence of property technology in our daily lives.

Join us on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 for this FREE ONLINE EVENT.

This program will be moderated by Mark Weeks, Group Product Manager, ServiceTitan.


  • Mike Wald, Partner & CEO, Oniracom
  • Bassem Hamdy, Founder & CEO, Briq
  • Karen Feeney, Business Development Manager, Allen Construction
  • Adam Grosshans, Process Director, AB design studio, inc.

About the Speakers

MIKE WALD, Partner & CMO, Oniracom

Mike Wald is Oniracom’s Chief Marketing Officer with over 20 years of experience developing campaigns and launching products for a wide breadth of verticals. He is both a futurist and technologist, with expertise and affection in ecological anthropology. This combination brings an innovative and thoughtful blend of science-tech-sociology to Oniracom’s work.

Mike’s background in driving successful conversions across mixed media ensures effective solutions through a wide array of industries and platforms for nimble, first-mover companies, mass-focused businesses, and international governments. Mike’s work can be seen everywhere from Disney movie campaigns, all the way to government infrastructure dashboards in Australia.

Since 2018, Mike has worked on over 50 projects in the built environment. His work has ranged from studying gentrification patterns, to hospitality mobility studies, and deep dives into social listening indicators, sustainability goal measurement, and the effect of sharing economies on urban and suburban landscapes.


BASSEM HAMDY, Founder & CEO, Briq

Bassem is a thought leader in the construction technology space with 20+ years of experience. Bassem first joined CMiC in the 1990s and was successful in helping construction companies migrate their systems from paper to software.

In 2015, Bassem was appointed EVP Marketing and Enterprise Strategy at Procore. In 2018, he founded Briq, an analytics platform that allows Contractors and Subcontractors to make better decisions before, during and after construction.



KAREN FEENEY, Business Development Manager, Allen Construction

Karen is the Business Development Manager at Allen Construction, a general contractor focusing on custom residential projects, both new homes and remodels. In this role, Karen is the initial contact for many of the leads coming into the company. She is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with community partners and clients. Karen sits on the Board of the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2019, Karen was made an honorary member of AIASB due to the support she has given the organization over the years. Karen is a LEED AP and is responsible for managing Allen Construction’s sustainable building program and green business operations.

Prior to joining Allen Construction, Karen worked at the Community Environmental Council managing its pollution prevention programs and, before that, as a Planner for the County of Santa Barbara; jobs that brought skills and connections to her work at Allen Construction.

When not at work, Karen enjoys being out of doors, whether that is hiking, cycling, stand-up paddling, golfing or traveling with family and friends.

ADAM GROSSHANS, Process Director, AB design studio, inc.

Adam Grosshans, a licensed architect originally from the New York Tri-State Area. He developed his design sense at Davis Brody Bond for 7.25 years in their NYC and Washington DC offices before moving to Santa Barbara with his wife. At DBB he worked on large institutional projects, such as the WTC Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

In Santa Barbara, Adam worked for AB design studio for 1.75 years learning the ins and outs of the City of Santa Barbara and the City of Goleta’s planning and permitting processes. There he worked on medium to small commercial projects for clients such as Sonos, UCSB, and Rusty’s Pizza.

2015 GRaM Design was founded as a collaborative design practice with the goal of creating opportunities to work with the network of architects, designers, craftsmen, and artisans he has met over the years. He has worked with Gregory D. Christman Architects, Carawan Architects, The Warner Group, Cotterpin Design, SBT Design, Jeffrey Berkus, Anacapa Architecture, and donates his services to Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

In 2019 Adam accepted a position to rejoin AB design studio as Process Director, managing the way work is produced and the tools utilized.


MARK WEEKS, Group Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Boundless curiosity has lead Mark to acquire a wide range of professional and personal interests including product development and sustainability. Mark joined ServiceTitan in 2019 to lead product initiatives targeting growth opportunities in new markets. Prior to joining ServiceTitan, Mark developed products at Procore and served in various roles at several large engineering design and construction firms where he specialized in renewable energy.

Mark holds a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also affiliated with other Central Coast educational institutions, having graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta and studied at Santa Barbara City College.


Event & Ticket Information

Event Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: ONLINE EVENT – Zoom


    • 6:00 – 7:00PM Panel Discussion
    • 7:00 – 7:30 Q&A
    • 7:30 – 8:00 Networking on Preciate Social

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Following the event, we will then meet for a half-hour networking social on Preciate.
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MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We strive to put together programs that not only educate but encourage and motivate our community to continue growing successfully in their entrepreneurial journeys.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support as you join us from your homes.

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