Session Details

Sunday, March 15

Automation Orientation for New Participants
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Speakers: Greg Blanford and Scott Montney, Automation Committee members
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 here.

Monday, March 16

Keynote Presentation: AI and Its Impact on the Property & Casualty Industry
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Presenter: Ron Galloway, 818 Research
Ron will examine the idea that is the combination of different Big Data types, and the inferences made from them using AI, that will drive the next phase of advances in insurance.  We will look at:

  • Different modes of AI including machine learning, predictive analysis, etc. 
  • How AI has disrupted other industries (finance, healthcare), and how some of those may be transferred to insurance
  • Using predictive analysis to sharpen the focus of underwriting, policy purchasing and servicing, and market management
  • The role of AI with straight through processing in quickly processing claims/touch-less claims
  • Using machine learning to uncover fraudulent claims, and augment the role of adjusters
  • The impact of combining drones, visual data, and AI

Robotics Process Automation: Fact or Fiction?

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: Robert Wells, CFGI
During this session, Robert Wells of CFGI will share insights on Robotic Process Automation. The hype is growing around this technology to automate processes to reduce time and improve quality. Find out what is fact and what is fiction with the deployment of bots and RPA. Key topics to be discusses will include: 
  • Why has RPA become the new shiny toy for IT and finance leaders?
  • Does RPA make sense for my business?
  • Where do brokers, MGAs and insurance companies start?
  • What processes are typically automated?

Innovation and Data in London
10:55 - 11:55 a.m.
Speakers: Craig Civil, Lloyd's Data Lab, Lindsey Davies, Lloyd's and Sarah Thacker, Lloyd's
Lloyd's Lab, the global insurance market's new innovation accelerator, recently opened. Hear how Lloyd's is collaborating with start-ups in the new innovation lab and using data and smart analytics to innovate.
The London market continues to modernize; hear about the changes taking place as it moves towards straight through processing, and the data journey for MGAs.

Automation Lounge
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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

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 preregistration is required to participate.

Trade Show
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Each year, the world's foremost insurance automation and technical companies exhibit at the conference. 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.
Speakers: Scott Good and Marie Reed, Automation Committee Members
Please join the 2019 WSIA Automation Committee for Monday evening's Welcome Reception. 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 17

Automation Lounge
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

Trade Show
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 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.

Agile Intro Session
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Speaker: Zach Frederick, Scott Montney, and Sam Pless, Automation Committee Members
What is agile? Are you curious about how your peers have used agile methods in their IT project work? Join us for an introduction to agile methodology and a peer lead discussion on how methods such as Scrum have been implemented. After this panel discussion, please join us for a deeper dive to gain a sneak-peak into how Scrum functions on a day-to-day basis.

Agile Deep Dive
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Speaker: Zach Frederick, Scott Montney, and Sam Pless, Automation Committee Members
In this deep dive, we take a closer look at implementing a project using Scrum. This session picks up where the agile project planning session leaves off and will provide additional details on the mechanics of how a scrum team accomplishes their goals. Equal parts workshop and theater production, this session will provide pragmatic examples of how to get started using agile methods such as Scrum.

Blockchain Intro Session
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Speaker: Paul Evans, Definitive InsureTech
Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Bitcoin have been heavily publicized but the differences between them is not commonly understood. This session will provide a simple explanation and offer some rationale into why this technology has received so much hype (both good and bad). 

Blockchain - Proof of Concept + Deep Dive
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Speakers: Paul Evans, Definitive InsureTech
Following the blockchain session, the relevance of this technology to the insurance market will become apparent following a demonstration of an application which uses Blockchain DLT to enable the wholesale and specialty market to fully automate their payment process between the insured, retailer, MGA and carrier – eliminating the need for bordereaux and manual reconciliation of monies. Finally, this session will touch upon the potential future use of blockchain to source new markets and customers using automated underwriting and pricing based upon definitive data sourced from multiple corporate, public or personal blockchains.

Vendor Showcases
1:30 - 5:15 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. Preregistration is not required to attend the Showcase Presentations.

Vendor Appreciation Reception
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
You are encouraged to join the 2019 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 here.

Wednesday, March 18

Increasing Cyber Exposure/Cyber Security
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Speaker: John F. Finston, DrinkerBiddle
John Finston, a partner in the San Francisco office of DrinkerBiddle, will present recent developments in state regulatory activity related to cybersecurity/data requirements specifically directed to the insurance industry. The focus of the overview will be on the New York state cybersecurity regulations that started to come into effect in August 2017, along with details on the recently adopted NAIC Cybersecurity Data Model Act and the states that are on or are attempting to implement that model. Finston will provide valuable observations and comments developed from his work with industry clients on their implementation of programs to comply with these new requirements. He will briefly touch on the EU's recent data security laws as well and take questions and discussions points from the audience.

External Data: Is more better?
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Speakers: Scott Good and Joe Gianzanti, Automation Committee members; Trevor Keyes, MapRisk
Join us for a discussion with two executives from leading data providers in the insurance space. We'll engage in a dialog about the value of external data to help you make decisions about using new data sources to make your firm more competitive. You have seen thousands of headlines about BIG DATA...but what does this really mean? There are many new sources of information emerging every day in addition to all of the data that you already have. This session will give you some practical insights on how information is changing the way we underwrite. Learn how these strategies work so that you can make better decisions about using the data that you already have and supplementing it with new sources.

Prep for the Seamless User Experience
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Brad Hurajt, Concorde General
Discussion on how the underwriter will utilize outside data sources seamlessly on their desktop and how that can also lead to real-time seamless exchange of data between underwriters and companies.

TED Talk: Autonomous Vehicles
10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Speakers: Justin Esch, Turo
The incredible pace of technological advancement in human transportation has evolved seemingly overnight from assisted parking and self-braking systems to complete environment sensing and self-navigation capabilities without human input. Made possible by the convergence of technologies such as radar, laser light, GPS, odometry, and computer vision, the insurance marketplace is watching closely to understand the impact to our business. Add trends such as ridesharing and carsharing, and insurers are having to completely reimagine their role in this ecosystem. Come hear an insider's view on this incredible industry transformation and learn how these trends are likely to play out in the near and long term as it relates not only to our industry, but to our lives in general. 

TED Talk: Internet of Things
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.
Speakers: Mike Gulla, Hippo Insurance

  • Smart Home Overview - The transition of smart home technology into the home insurance market
  • Regulation Requirements - How to work with regulators to file and approve smart home integration info filings
  • Discounts & Rating - How to integrate IoT into the home to provide discounts and new rating structures for customers 
  • Underwriting - How to use IoT to expand UW requirements and allow more risk while reducing potential lossProactive Relationships - How does IoT build upon a proactive relationship with a customer
Town Hall
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 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 better meet your needs.

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