Clear your diary (Part 1): The top insurance events not to be missed in 2018
06/25/2018

There is a full calendar of insurance events to choose from in 2018, as experts come together from around the globe to cover all matter of subjects including insurtech, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

By The Integrate Team.

Insurance lessons from around the globe 

The Insurance AI and Analytics USA Summit (June 27-28) from Insurance Nexus promises to help delegates accelerate their underwriting, fast-track claims, and boost customer experience.

Most of the speakers are drawn from major U.S. and global insurers, and all sessions come with panel discussions so there will be an opportunity to draw on the experience of those who have already been there.

The program is refreshingly transparent with session titles including, “Become an AI-Centric Insurance Company: How AI Can Be More Data-Centric and Predictive, Impacting More Than Actuarial Processes and Pricing,” with Paul Travers, Senior Vice President of Finance Technology, Data and Process at MetLife.

Microsoft Inspire (July 15-19) is where Microsoft partners, personnel, and industry experts from around the globe come together for a week of frantic networking and learning.

“The Commons” aspect is a big feature and offers networking opportunities in the community hub, area lounges, or the expo hall.

There are wide-ranging sessions that feature “corenote” speakers from across Microsoft, including CEO Satya Nadella and Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President for One Commercial Partner at Microsoft.

Life insurance focus

The SOA Valuation Actuary Symposium (August 27-28) appeals to professionals working on financial reporting and valuation topics related to U.S. statutory, U.S. GAAP, U.S. tax, or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as applied to life insurance, annuities, or health insurance.

With more than 600 actuaries in attendance, this Society of Actuaries (SOA) symposium allows plenty of time for networking and making important professional connections.

But it’s more than a talking shop. The thoughtful two-day agenda includes 60-plus bread and butter break-out sessions on subjects such as “ERM For Smaller Insurance Companies” or “Statutory Life and Annuity Issues.”

More insights are suggested by sessions such as “Data Swamp Thing: Managing Your Organization’s Most Valuable Asset” and “Health Risks, Losses, and Insolvencies Oh My!!”

Now in its third year, the annual Internet of Insurance meeting has both a UK and a U.S. version. The London-located Internet of Insurance UK event (September 4-5) has an impressive speaker roster, with London market and global insurers well represented.

They’ll be sharing insights on how the Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging technologies can help insurers streamline processes and capture market share, for example.

The annual Internet of Insurance U.S. (September 26-27) held in Houston claims to be North America’s leading forum, exploring “How IoT, AI, and blockchain technologies are enabling insurance carriers, reinsurers, and brokers to enhance customer engagement and minimize risk and loss ratios.”

Like its London cousin, it boasts carrier-led case studies and interactive discussions for the 300-plus attendees.

Sparking innovation

The Business Innovation Factory is a “not-for-profit” organization that works in healthcare, education, and public services.

The #BIF2018 summit (September 13-14) will have an audience of 500 people, coming together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation.

There will be 32 people from different industries and sectors explaining their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future.

It’s proved to be a winning formula and the event has gained cult status among innovation junkies everywhere.

This year’s inspirational storytellers come from fields as far apart as music, aquaculture, clinical psychology, and advocacy.

It’s an idiosyncratic conference cum happening, but the fact that TED founder Richard Saul Wurman is a big fan speaks volumes about its unique appeal.

InsurTech Conference Europe (September 21) is a brand-new event on the digital calendar and looks promising.

The agenda has not yet been finalized but the organizer boasts that it will be the first insurtech conference to crowd-source its agenda from participants and attendees.

That constituency includes everyday practitioners from within the market, insurtech entrepreneurs, and investors.

The program literature gives some clues about likely topics, including: insurtech and specialty insurance; the rise of the tech-enabled Managing General Agent (MGA); cross-industry collaboration; the reality of blockchain; and how AI is changing the workforce.

The on-trend location—Shoreditch Town Hall—is perfect for denizens of the EC3 insurance district—or visitors via London City Airport.

InsurTech Connect, (October 2-3) takes place in Las Vegas and it is hard to imagine anything else coming near to it in scale. With more than 3,000 participants expected from 40 countries, it promotes itself as ‘The world’s largest gathering of insurance leaders and innovators’.

More highlights of InsurTech Connect to come in Part 2 of this series, along with a roundup of additional insurtech events not to be missed this year.

Thought-leading agenda

The 18th Forbes Global CEO conference, (October 30-31), taking place this year in Bangkok, is an annual event that corrals 400 global CEOs, entrepreneurs, up-and-comers, capitalists, and thought leaders to thrash out the ever-changing challenges encountered at the highest levels of management.

Attendance is by invitation only (at a cost of $10,000 not including accommodation). Although the schedule and speaker lineup was not available at the time of writing, expect digital disruption to be high up on the industry thought leaders’ agenda.

For further information about these events:

Insurance and Analytics USA, June 27-28, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

Microsoft Inspire 2018, July 15-19, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas

SOA Valuation Actuary Symposium, August 27-28, Washington Marriott Marquis, D.C.

Internet of Insurance UK, September 4-5, Pullman St Pancras, London

Internet of Insurance US, September 25-27, The Westin Houston, Houston

#BIF2018, September 13-14, The Business Innovation Factory, Providence

InsurTech Conference Europe, September 21, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Forbes Global CEO Conference, October 30-31, The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok

InsurTech Connect, October 2-3, MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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