This week was an exciting week for Insurance and InsurTech around Hartford. We are really starting to see the power of the local market as people begin to collaborate and work to support the industry.
Tuesday, Nov 14 - InsurTech Hartford Cyber Security & Networking
Tuesday night we heard from great speakers and panel members talk about Cyber Security: Insurance Threat or Opportunity at InsurTech Hartford's most recent networking event. The event was attended by people from more than two dozen companies and 10 states. Here is a link to the event summary.
InsurTech Hartford ran a poll of the audience to ask their opinion - is cyber security a threat or opportunity for the insurance industry. The results are in - Cyber Security is seen as an Opportunity for the insurance industry.
On Wednesday, Hartford had the CT Insurance & Financial Services annual summit. The event was attended by many C-Level executives from more than a dozen major carriers. Guest speakers included Catharine Wade, CT Insurance Commissioner, Governor Dan Malloy, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
Plug and Play founder and CEO Saeed Amidi gave the keynote presentation and inspired many to think of what Hartford can be for insurance innovation.
Other excellent panels throughout the day included discussions on innovation, evolving culture, and sustaining legacy. There were several discussions related to talent in the industry and the opportunities, skills, and insights about the future of work in insurance.
The last panel of the day was the Hartford InsurTech Hub team. They spoke about the importance of working together as a community and keeping competitive interests aside. The focus on innovation in the industry makes bringing the Startupbootcamp accelerator to Hartford a no-brainer. InsurTech Hartford was pleased to be recognized for its contributions to the community by Michelle Cote, Head of the UCONN Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Along with the summit, the 2017 CT Insurance Market Brief was published by CT IFS and PWC. A copy of that report is available here. InsurTech Hartford is also noted for several contributions throughout the year.
Thursday, Nov 17 - Hartford InsurTech Hub Inaugural Social Event
The week wrapped-up with the first ever Hartford InsurTech Hub social event. We got to meet the crew at Startupbootcamp, including global InsurTech director Sabine VanderLinden (of rock-star fame in the InsurTech industry). The event was mostly networking, but there was also a discussion panel with members of the Hartford InsurTech Hub and Startupbootcamp alumni.
In summary, Hartford's insurance community is really starting to come together, and there is plenty more to come. Want to get involved? Register with InsurTech Hartford to stay informed on what is going on. Also follow us on your favorite social media platform.