What Happened @ IBS 2020: Education

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With nearly 170 sessions in seven different tracks, it’s no wonder education was a top draw for home building professionals at the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). IBS is known for its original programming, and this year, nearly 80% of the education sessions were new. Of the 267 industry-leading speakers, more than 35% of the speakers presented at IBS for the first time.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s show.

Education kicked off the weekend before the show with Pre-show Education when 16 NAHB Education Courses and six Master Workshops were offered. The NAHB Education Courses were one- and two-day courses that gave participants the ability to increase their skill sets by delving deep into industry topics and earning NAHB CEUs. The advanced three-hour Master Workshops featured some of the industry’s most well-known and respected experts on hot topics affecting the building community.

The Building Knowledge Sessions are the foundation of IBS education. At IBS 2020, a total of 123 60-minute sessions were available in seven tracks, including Business Management; Custom Building & Remodeling; Design & Community Planning; Industry Trends & Emerging Issues; Multifamily Housing; Sales & Marketing; and a newcomer, Project Management.

Game Changers were keynote presentations that featured thought leaders who are transforming their companies in fascinating ways. There were five sessions offered during IBS, and each forced us to think about the issues the industry is facing in a new light.

Spotlight Sessions are most highly anticipated educational offerings that featured high-profile speakers and highlight some of the latest industry trends. Topics included housing’s economic outlook, design trends, sales training and more.

Tech Bytes received a fun, innovative upgrade for 2020. As in previous years, these 30-minute sessions offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover the latest products, application and tech platforms. New for IBS 2020, however, was a second stage for presentations where the audio was delivered via a headset worn by attendees. With a flick of a switch, participants could control which presentation they listened to.

Missed a session (or a few)? With so many great sessions available, it was often difficult to choose which one to see. If you didn’t have a full registration to IBS 2020, you can purchase the whole streaming subscription to Education On Demand.

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