Next month we’ll be heading back to Las Vegas for the 3rd year in a row to attend InsureTech Connect 2019, the world’s largest gathering of insurance leaders and innovators. In recent years we have come away from the conference with a deeper perspective not only on what the industry has been up to, but on where it is headed, in the years and decades to come.
This year’s conference will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September and will feature speakers from in and outside of the insurance industry. These are the sessions we are most looking forward to:
Presentation by Kara Swisher
- When: September 24: 11:30am-12:00pm
Kara Swisher, one of the most long-standing and deeply respected tech journalists in Silicon Valley, contributor to the New York Times, former Co-executive Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital, and Co-founder of the tech-conference-turned news website Re/Code has been called Silicon Valley’s “most feared and well-liked Journalist.” Known and feared by the likes of history’s most famous entrepreneurs, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey, she recently played herself in an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Swisher will be one of the first sessions on Day 1 of the conference and, with her well-known acerbity and sharp intelligence will surely set a high bar for what is to come in the following two days of the conference. A chance to see Swisher present live is not to be missed.
Soaring Valuations and the Possible Insurtech Hangover
- When: September 24: 9:00-2:30 pm
In the wake of the disappointment of the year’s most anticipated IPOs- Uber and Lyft - and Lemonade’s recent IPO filing, there continues to be a lot of uncertainty around valuations of platforms, especially given the turbulent stock market and imminent recession warnings. We’re interested to hear from both those within the industry and the VCs outside of it about how these trends are affecting insurtech investment and innovation and insurance companies’ appetite for risk. Without any true insurtech success stories to point to, what turn will insurtech take in these uncertain times?
The Future of Mobility
- When: September 24: 3:55-4:30pm
The industry has been talking about autonomous vehicles for years. And now, as autonomous vehicles get closer and closer to becoming a reality in the market, threatening to completely upend car insurance as we know it, we are interested to hear industry experts go beyond the question they have been asking for years, “will we insure the driver, the car, or the software?”to grapple with the encroaching reality in deeper and more concrete ways.
The New World of Product Market Fit
- When: September 24: 3:55-4:30pm
When it comes to new product innovation in insurance, we’ve noticed a lot of insurance carriers tend to focus on their ability to assess risk - on advancing upon the strength and accuracy of their underwriting capabilities. While underwriting is important, the tunnel-vision focus upon it is representative of a larger industry tendency to look inward rather than outward toward the customer when innovating new products. We are hoping this session will address the later- how to start with real life customer needs as opposed to the risks carriers are underwriting when developing and innovating new products.
Wellcare: Exploring the Silver Lining of Aging
- When: September 25: 10:30-11:05am
While there is no shortage of conversations about wellness in the insurance industry, it’s a topic that is typically discussed in regards to Millennials. But what does wellness look like for people advancing in years? As consumers become more thoughtful about preparing for their wellbeing as they age, beyond just financial and healthcare, we are looking forward to hearing how the insurance industry is thinking about how they can facilitate and help define wellness for both aging Baby Boomers and Millennials.
D2C Outside of P&C: Spotlight on Accident and Health
- When: September 25: 2:00-2:50pm
Since Geico first started selling insurance online in, becoming the first insurance company to offer the ability to purchase an insurance policy via iPhone and Android in 2010, P&C business lines have remained dominated the D2C game in insurance. In this session, we are looking forward to hearing about other recent D2C success stories outside of P&C and to learn who is on the cutting edge, poised to become the next Geico in Accident and Health.
If you will be attending InsureTech Connect, we’d love to connect–and if you haven’t yet registered, you can do so here using Cake & Arrow’s partner registration link to receive $200 off your ticket price.