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International Housing Summit

30 June-1 July 2020, virtual summit

About the event

New challenges need new solutions, new thinking, new ways of working. Our job at CIH is to equip you to meet the challenges of the future. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Disruptive Innovators Network to develop the International Housing Summit - the world’s first virtual housing conference.

This two-day event is packed with innovative and practical content across two main themes:
Learning from COVID-19 - services and survival
•    Senior leaders' panels exploring how they managed through the initial stages of the crisis - what worked, what didn't and what innovations have they made to change their businesses for the better
•    Financial impacts discussion, with funders, finance directors and the regulator - new funding and business models, stimulus packages to get building again
•    International differences - hear from housing providers across the world about their different responses to COVID-19 - what can we learn from what's working in different markets?
•    Wellbeing - how different organisations are managing organisational change and wellbeing
Rebooting housing - where do we go from here?
•    The new normal - housing leaders from all parts of the sector on how different the future could be - what different challenges could we be facing
•    The other emergency - keeping climate centre stage as we reboot our businesses
•    Housing's role in recovery - what governments need to do to help boost their economies

Our exciting new online platform gives you lots of opportunities to participate; to listen, question, share, learn and real-time network with speakers and fellow professionals.
We haven’t just taken a traditional conference programme and dropped this online – that wouldn’t provide the delegate experience you’ve told us you’re after. Instead we’re offering you ways of engaging and sharing ideas that have never been tried in the housing sector before.
Sessions have been selected to focus on the topics that you’ve told us that you want to hear about in the current climate; and as you’d expect from CIH and DIN, there’s a great line-up of innovative and inspiring speakers from across the sector and beyond, including big names from disruptor sectors.

You can select what sessions work for you, building an entirely personal experience and programme of learning. You can drop in and out, and no two sessions will be running simultaneously, meaning you can take in every bit of the summit you want.

We’ll also record all the sessions, so you can catch up on anything that you had to miss at a time that better suits you.

What can you expect at the virtual summit?

The event layout allows you to virtually sit with other delegates, interacting in real time, providing a very real human connection.

On arrival at the summit, you’ll enter the Networking Lounge, a virtual space with a main stage and tables of six delegates. Select a table. Here you’ll all start your summit journey; getting to know each other, starting to share ideas and knowledge. Each table uses video, audio and chat to allow you to interact naturally in real time. You can move around the tables to make new contacts or reconnect with fellow housing professional and share ideas, all the while getting the full benefit of the presentations from the main stage.
Of course we’ll have all the tried-and-tested elements such as:

•    Keynote addresses
•    Leadership panels
•    Breakout sessions

Sessions will use a range of interactive tools. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, with our ‘raise your hand’ feature whiteboards, live chat and the opportunity to ask questions and share your own thoughts as if you were in the room. But if you’d rather just listen, that’s OK as well.

Back in the Networking Lounge, we’ll be bringing you the opportunity to have discussion-led groups via table video chats. There’s even a whiteboard for you to write down your collective ideas.

It doesn't stop there

We are the home of housing professionals. We know you’ll be continuing your learning after the summit, and we want to support you with the tools to do just that. As part of the summit package you will also get a summary report listing the key outcomes from the summit.

Booking information


SPECIAL OFFER: Bulk booking – book 5 or more places and receive 25% discount*

*All bookings must be made at the same time for the discount to be applied

Standard rate* £325
CIH and DIN member rate* £225

* All rates are subjected to VAT of 20%
Please see our full terms and conditions before making your booking.

When you register you will be sent a full itinerary with links to join the individual summit sessions. We will also send you a series of diary invites – simply confirm the ones you want to attend to build your own programme.

Please do not share the links with your colleagues. Anyone who attends the summit without pre-registering will be charged the full fee for attending.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 024 7685 1722.

Please note: delegates will be able to participate throughout the summit. Please ensure that you are in a noise-free environment; we recommend using a microphone and speaker headset.

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