Book your flight: InsurTech events not to be missed
08/31/2017

Catching the InsurTech innovation express is going to be essential for corporate survival as artificial intelligence, IoT, and robotics force their way into mainstream insurance.

By The Integrate Team.

Whether you are a 300-year-old insurer or a feisty new startup trying to revolutionize the industry, the excitement and investment in technological disruption is creating a thirst for knowledge and insight into the opportunities InsurTech will unlock. Look for old and new to be scouring conference programs around the world this autumn for the best speakers and most innovative sessions.

InsurTech goes global

The biggest event is InsurTech Connect, which takes place in Las Vegas on October 3 and 4. With more than 3,000 participants expected from 40 countries, it is hard to imagine anything else coming near to it in scale and challenging its claim to be “the world’s largest gathering of insurance leaders and innovators.”

There is a dizzying array of C-suite speakers, from both traditional players and start-ups, and this is definitely its key appeal. There are not many opportunities to hear from the likes of Mike McGavick, CEO of XL Catlin, and Transamerica Ventures CEO Georg Schwegler in the same room as CEOs from leading InsurTech start-ups such as Coverhound’s Keith Moore, Sally Poblete from Wellthie, and Dan Preston of Metromile.

When you add to that mix the global transformation chiefs from some of the world’s largest insurers, including Axa, Generali, and MetLife, you have a potent mix of strategy and delivery.
If that isn’t enough to tempt people to pack their bags for Las Vegas then perhaps the venue might provide the final incentive—the world-famous Caesars Palace.

Showcasing InsurTech in London

London has several key events during the fall, most notably Intelligent InsurTech Europe on October 3, InsurTech Rising over three days on October 16 to 18, and Digital Insurance World on October 31.

If you want as much as possible packed into one day then Intelligent InsurTech Europe won’t disappoint.

Split into five streams, it covers everything from strategic decision-making and start-ups to data, claims, and cybersecurity. The board stream features a session entitled “Innovation & Change Management: The Art of the Possible vs. the Plausible” chaired by Milliman’s Pat Renzi.

There are also contributions from Antony Elliott, Group Head of Business Transformation at Zurich, Ken Marke, Head of Strategic Futures at Ageas UK, and Cécile Wendling, Head of Foresight at AXA Group.

InsurTech Rising has worked hard to pull in an impressive range of InsurTech innovators as speakers and panelists, including the impressive Dylan Bourguignon, CEO of So-sure, who always offers a thought-provoking mix of fresh insights and hard-hitting views.

During the three days, more than 70 handpicked start-ups will be demonstrating their offerings at what the organizers anticipate will be Europe’s largest InsurTech showcase.

Another packed one-day event is Digital Insurance World, which offers another vibrant mix of big name speakers, specialist streams, and discussion groups. Among the confirmed speakers is Robin von Hein, CEO and cofounder of one of the best capitalized European InsurTech start-ups, Simplesurance, who will talk about its global aspirations and lessons the UK could learn from the burgeoning Berlin scene as Brexit edges closer.

Chinese InsurTech titan Zhong An has also confirmed it will provide a board member as a keynote speaker for what will be the first conference at which it has presented outside of China since revealing plans for a £1.5 billion ($1.9 billion USD) Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), having sold more than 6 billion policies since launch in 2013.

InsurTech in the Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa are determined not to be left out of this huge boom in InsurTech-themed events.

The Global Reinsurance Innovation & InsurTech event in Dubai on October 2 looks to be one of the standout events in that region with a session that goes right to the heart of the wider InsurTech debate—”Collaborate or compete? The power of partnerships.”

The session will delve into contrasting viewpoints debated by speakers from different backgrounds: Michele Grosso, the founder and CEO of Democrance, an organization that aims to democratize insurance for low- and middle-income populations in the Middle East and North Africa; Françoise Lamotte, Head of Direct Distribution and Digital, EMEA, at MetLife; and self-styled financial services disruptor and digital strategist Nameer Khan.

These are just a selection of InsurTech events going on around the world between now and the end of the year.

Surely, with such a choice of events and speakers, no one will be able to complain about missing out on the InsurTech boom because of not knowing where to buy a ticket for the journey. Whether that ticket is used wisely is another matter.

InsurTech makes its mark in Singapore

And with InsurTech making its mark in the Far East too it is no surprise to find a major event taking place in Singapore at the end of September. InsurByte runs over two days on September 26 and 27.

Among the top speakers there will be Steve Tunstall, CEO of Inzsure, which offers transparent insurance solutions for businesses using Ethereum, the cutting-edge iteration of Blockchain.

There will also be an opportunity to hear from Yujun Chean, co-founder and CEO of Insbee, which focuses on motor insurance for safe drivers. They are a social car insurance platform and partner with insurers to deliver fairer car insurance to customers.

Traditional players such as MetLife and Aviva will also be presenting, as will Singapore Life’s CEO, Walter de Oude, giving attendees a chance to hear the range of perspectives from the newest start-up to some of the region’s longest-established players.

These are just a selection of InsurTech events going on around the world between now and the end of the year.

Surely, with such a choice of events and speakers, no one will be able to complain they missed out on the InsurTech boom because they didn’t know where to buy a ticket for the journey.

For further information about these events:

InsurByte, September 26-27, Lattice80, Singapore
InsurTech Connect, October 3-4, Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas
Intelligent InsurTech Europe, October 3, etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London
InsurTech Rising, October 16-18, Business Design Centre, London
Digital Insurance World, October 31, etc., venues include St Paul’s, London
Global Re Innovation & InsurTech, October 2, Four Seasons Resort, Dubai

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