Automation 2018 Session Details


Sunday, March 4

Automation Orientation for New Participants

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Speakers: Scott Montney, Chris Stratton, Ian Whitehead
Join us for the conference introductory session led by committee representatives from both the technical and business sides of our industry. We will cover terms and concepts that will be addressed throughout the conference and share highlights for each session, laying the groundwork to make you an informed conference attendee. You will also learn how to leverage the WSIA mobile app.

Whether this is your first Automation Conference, or you are a seasoned veteran, attending this introductory session will ensure you take complete advantage of what this event has to offer.

Opening Reception
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
This annual reception allows friends and business colleagues to visit in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Following the reception, dinner will be on your own. We invite you to sample the many outstanding restaurants within the area. Find area restaurants.

Monday, March 5

Keynote Presentation: The Blockchain Transformation of Wholesale and Specialty Insurance

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Presenter: Jack Shaw

Over the next several years, the wholesale and specialty insurance ecosystem will change more than it has in the past generation. Emerging technologies, including Internet of Things, Cognitive Systems (AI), and perhaps most importantly, Blockchain, will drive a complete redesign not only of internal systems, processes, and business models, but of relationships and roles in the wholesale and specialty insurance market.

Jack Shaw, Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council, and Technology Futurist for the last 30 years will share his unique perspective on how and why these changes will take place. And, he’ll share recommendations for what you and your business can do now, and in the future to plan for these changes and stay ahead of the curve as they accelerate.

Playing the Odds - Gambling on Risk Yesterday and Today
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: David Schwartz
Come hear David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV talk about the history of risk and gambling, odds, counting cards, casino risk management, casino technology, and how to play the casino games. Attend this session for a chance to win a signed copy of his latest book - "Roll the Bones - The History of Gambling".

Disruptors - An Inside Look
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Tim Attia, Jeff Goldberg, Harish Neelamana, Robert Reville
InsureTech startups now number in the thousands and are venture funded by some of the largest technology, financial and insurance companies in the world. Machine learning, simplified processing, blockchain and applied data analytics are just some of the cutting-edge technologies these startups are using in a bid to disrupt traditional insurance practices. Join us to learn more about InsureTech disruption in the marketplace and how  your company and customers can benefit from embracing these trends.

Vendor Tours
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Interested in an effective way to visit exhibitors? Sign up for the Vendor Tours. Tour groups will be guided by an Automation Committee member to vendors specializing in your area of interest. This year's tours will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to meet at the Trade Show entrance on Monday at 1:00 p.m. for exclusive access to this year's vendors. No pre-registration is required to participate.

Trade & Vendor Show
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Each year, the world's foremost insurance automation and technical companies exhibit at the conference. This year is no exception. See what's new and talk with the experts on the latest products and services available to improve operational qualitative efficiencies.

Welcome Reception
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please join the 2018 WSIA Automation Committee for Monday evening's Welcome Reception. Automation Committee leads, Bob Michalski and Eddie Robinson, will brief you on the goals and objectives for the coming year, in addition to this year's accomplishments. Following the reception, dinner will be on your own. We invite you to a sample the many outstanding restaurants within the area. Find area restaurants here

Tuesday, March 6

Workforce Dynamics: Professional Development

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Speakers: Karen Evers, Lisa Van Leuvan
Professional Development is a key component for employee morale, a growth mindset, and gaining internal credibility. Become that tech leader that has the winning combo of solid tech skills, leadership skills and also a credible understanding of the business. In this session, you will take away ideas and resources to help facilitate development beyond the technology!

The Agile Mindset
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Speaker: Jim Schiel
Join us for a high level exploration of the Agile Mindset. Learn how your organization; no matter the size of your IT shop and/or if you utilize outside vendors to support your automation needs, can be Agile! Our guest speaker and Agile Coach, Jim Schiel, CEO, Artisan software Consulting, will highlight the benefits of Agile and outline ways you can get started. Jim will establish the Agile groundwork which can be applied in or Agile Mindset Campfire Session! Agile is not a thing that you do. Agile is what you become!

Cloud Migrations
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Speaker: Ultan Kinahan
The power of cloud computing platforms has grown exponentially over the last few years. Organizations that have effectively leveraged the cloud have realized significant benefits including resilience, cost savings, speed to market, elasticity, manageability, and better support of agile development environments. Understanding how to migrate your own infrastructure or certain components of your environment while maintaining all the necessary security and controls can seem to be a daunting task. Additionally, migration plans, potential gains, and a risk analysis must be put into a language that your business leaders and decision makers understand in order to gain their support. Led by a Microsoft Azure Black Belt and cloud computing expert, this session is designed to help you begin or expand this journey, so that your company can fully realize the capabilities and potential of an effective cloud deployment.

Cyber Security as it Relates to Employee Training
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Speakers: Erik Kron
Ensuring your employees know how to protect your systems, data, intellectual property is a critical component of all human resources and technology teams across all organizations. Come find out how new cyber issues may impact your training processes.

Automation Lounge
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This year’s Automation Lounge will be available for meetings with attendees, vendors, or to hang out and check email. 

Vendor Showcase Presentations
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
One of the unique features of the WSIA Automation Conference is the opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their products and services in an environment conducive to free-flowing discussions, while providing answers to your questions. Each participating exhibitor will have an opportunity to provide an overview of their product, discuss current issues and trends, and tailor additional discussions to the specific interests and concerns of you, the audience. Pre-registration is not required to attend the Showcase Presentations.

Campfire Sessions
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand. Campfire Sessions will be held for 80 minutes and will be a peer group discussion around the topics of agile and cloud. Pre-registration is not required.

Trade & Vendor Show
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

See what’s new and talk with the experts, our exhibitors, about the latest products and services available to improve operational and qualitative efficiencies.

Vendor Appreciation Reception
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
You are encouraged to join the 2018 Automation Committee as we show your support of WSIA Automation Conference vendors. This reception will be a valuable networking tool that you can’t afford to miss. Following the reception, dinner will be on your own. We invite you to sample the many outstanding restaurants within the area. Find area restaurants.

Wednesday, March 7

Mobile Apps

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: Alex Otanez, CJ Przybyl 
We all use Mobil Apps on our phones and tablets - but how and where do we start to create an App for our own business? Our Mobile Apps session intends to cover how you need to think differently and change your mind-set when considering Mobile Apps, what works and what doesn't, how design differs between Mobile and Desktop apps, and more. Attend this session and learn from those who have already succeeded!

TED Talks
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Speakers: Dan Burke (Cybersecurity) and Jim Schulenberg (Blockchain)
Like TED Talks? Participate in TED talks WSIA style and learn more 'thoughts worth sharing'.
Topics include Cybersecurity/PEN Testing and Blockchain.

Cybersecurity / PEN Testing: Cyber attacks are occuring with increasing frequency and devastating results. While data breaches at Equifax and Uber have dominated the headlines, many more companies have reported security incidents that don't generate the same headlines. This talk will focus on the emerging risks presented by an increased reliance on technology to foster automation, as well as the latest trends in attacks, losses and best risk management practices as seen from a leading cyber insurance carrier.

The London Market and Automation Opportunities
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Speakers: Dominique Largeron and Susan Andrew
An opportunity to hear updates from London on their initiatives to make it easier for MGAs and Lloyd's coverholders including agreed standards for reporting to London, a new glossary tool and central services for managing data.

Emerging Trends
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Speakers: Scott Good, Joe Gianzanti, Scott Montney
Join us for a discussion on some of the latest emerging trends that are impacting the E&S insurance space today.  The presenters will be speaking about their experiences as Technologists in the MGA space.   This joint presentation will focus on three key topics:

•             Can you make Innovation a key part of your day job?
•             How can the E&S space be disrupted (improved) from within?
•             What are the Benefits and Pain Points of being in the model (as the role of a wholesaler who sits between the Markets and Retail Agents).

Town Hall Session
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Interested in further exploring a session topic? Looking for something new at next year’s WSIA Automation Conference? Join your peers for a lively discussion during this moderated open forum. Bring your questions and comments and be prepared for candid dialog on how the conference can further meet your needs.

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