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Keynote Speakers

Dr Robin Kiera

This year’s keynote speaker is insurance and fintech thought leader Dr. Robin Kiera, founder of Digitalscouting, one of the hottest insurance consulting and marketing companies in Europe. Kiera helped mediate the lawsuit between Lemonade and European insurtech unicorn WeFox, and predicted the entry of Amazon into the insurance business.

Mr Rusty Sproat

Rusty brings to the table more than two decades of combined experience as a licensed property, casualty, and health insurance professional and a prominent residential real estate entrepreneur in the Chicago market.


Prior to making a name for himself in the insurance business, Rusty spent many of his early years in property development and management, with a portfolio of more than $100 million in assets. Rusty spearheaded his own residential real estate company, Sproat Group, Inc., where he led the charge on several suburban condominium conversions, amounting to $32 million.


After successfully selling Sproat Group, Inc., Rusty turned his focus on insurance as an owner and managing broker of three successful Allstate offices across the Chicagoland area. As a driving force within the insurance industry, he was able to identify key efficiencies that helped to streamline all facets of business management, dramatically increasing earnings and improving customer retention. As a result, he became a respected leader in evolving the technologies and practices that Allstate and a variety of agencies in his territory still use today. Rusty’s innovative approach led to invitations to share his game-changing insight at influential Allstate conferences, at the regional and national level.


Inspired by Buster, his loyal 11-year old Boston Terrier who lives with Lyme disease, and his passion for animals, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and deep understanding of the insurance industry, Rusty launched, Figo, the first web-based pet insurance company. In late 2012, Rusty sold his agencies to develop Figo as a resident of 1871, a Chicago digital-startup facility and one of nine Google Tech Hubs in North America. In March 2014, Rusty privately raised $4 million in seed money; and in March 2016, he secured $4 million from private investors in a Series A round. Launching in April 2015, Rusty has delivered on his commitment to enhance relationships between owners and pets through his innovative approach to pet insurance and technology.


Rusty attended American University in Washington, D.C. and is a distinguished graduate of St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin.

Mr Timothy Attia

Tim Attia is the co-founder and CEO of Slice Labs, an InsurTech startup and the first on-demand insurance cloud platform provider, where he leads the company’s application of intelligent design, data, and technology to filling the gaps and reducing the risks facing the growing on-demand workforce.
With more than 20 years of experience in insurance and financial technology, Attia is passionate about using that background to help Slice develop technologies that transform commerce and the marketplace. Attia is an expert in insurance technology (InsurTech) and has worked with leading global insurance companies to solve real world distribution challenges.
Since starting his career in insurance with CGI Group, Attia has held leadership positions with several technology companies working in the insurance space. After leaving CGI Group, he was co-founder and CEO of Ajengo, a startup focused on property and casualty (P&C) insurance, VP of Worldwide Sales for Exigen Insurance Solutions (now EIS Group), and EVP of Sales & Marketing for BOLT Solutions, Inc.  Attia holds a number of publication credits to his name, primarily addressing how advancing technology alters distribution models. He is a frequent guest and speaker at technology conferences within the insurance space and at events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which have a broader, more horizontal technology focus. 
Slice launched in 2015 with a mission to change, improve and redesign insurance. The company’s Insurance Cloud Services (ICS) is transforming traditional insurers into digitally-driven insurance organizations by providing a platform that enables rapid ideation, experimentation, testing and deployment of new, on-demand insurance products. 
Attia holds an Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University. 

Tim Attia Twitter Handle: @TAttia
Slice Labs Twitter Handle: @SliceLabs

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In this issue’s cover story, “we look at the “non-negotiables” that insurers are demanding from core insurance systems, and how providers are keeping up.

In "Stick vs. Carrot,” we test drive the new Carrot telematics platform, which enables U.S. and Canadian insurers to rapidly scale next-gen UBI programs to offer drivers gift cards in exchange for sharing data.  

Also in this issue, enjoy a profile of Maple Technologies on their 20th anniversary, an interview with ITA board member Larry Fortin of Millers Mutual Insurance Co., and regular columns and departments including Digital Drip and Launchpad.

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