An urban revitalization specialist, a venture capitalist and an innovation expert are three of the latest additions to the lineup of Hanley Wood’s third annual HIVE Conference. Steven Johnson, Clara Brenner and Majora Carter will serve as the keynote speakers at the conference, which will take place in Austin, Texas on November 28 and 29. With the theme of “Reignite the Dream,” the 2018 HIVE Conference will focus on addressing the structural and technological factors that have led to the current affordability crisis in the nation’s housing market.

“Our keynote speakers represent exactly the type of disruptive and interdisciplinary thinking we need to apply to accelerate innovation in the entire housing community,” said Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood. “Housing in this country needs to incorporate insights and innovations from other industries in order to reach the next level; these experts will offer inspiration, motivation and concrete examples of paths forward in the ever-evolving world where technology intersects with housing.”

Johnson, author of Wonderland and How We Got to Now and a host at PBS, is a leading light of today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Steven was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future, and The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.”

Brenner is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.

Carter, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and urban revitalization strategist, has first-hand experience pioneering sustainable economic development in one of America's most storied low-status communities: the South Bronx. Her focus harnesses the tremendous capital flows resulting from widespread re-urbanization among all ages, races, and income levels, to help entrench wealth building opportunities across demographics that are increasingly left out of this historic financial tide change, and produce long term fiscal benefits to all sectors of government as well as leading private real estate developments.

The 2018 HIVE Conference will be held on November 28 and 29 at the JW Marriott Austin. The conference has a two day lineup with keynote addresses and educational content presented by innovative thought leaders, including CEOs, architects, authors, economists, and educators. Content and discussions will be driven by five transformative forces: Building Technology, Capital, Design, Strategy and Intel.

HIVE attendees include academics, architects, builders, community planners, dealers and distributors, developers, manufacturers, policy makers, as well as leaders in technology, finance and government affairs. Bringing together the brightest minds and talents to address the challenges in housing, HIVE is the incubator for innovation and disruption in the ever changing housing landscape. Before, during, and after the conference, the HIVE community offers in-depth, insightful, and important research to anyone in the housing realm to build the foundation for new initiatives and strategies on their path to success. The community is available at and through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn discussion pages.

HIVE is supported by title and underwriting sponsor, Ply Gem Building Products, and founding sponsors DuPont, Electrolux and Samsung. To register or for more information about the conference, visit