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The leading decentralized insurance event

Decentralized Insurance Developer Conference (D1Conf) is a full-day networking event tailored exclusively for insurtech innovators who wish to redefine the entire global insurance industry.

The attendees will see live projects launched, discuss how-tos, typical bottlenecks, industry-specific challenges, and lessons learned by decentralized insurance community along the way from the experimental stage to real products.

Meet the ecosystem

2018 Speakers include

Ron Bernstein


Magdalena Ramada Sarasola

Willis Towers Watson

Casey Kuhlman


Jake Brukhman


Matt Tyndall


Hugh Karp

Nexus Mutual

Reinis Melbardis

Nexus Mutual

Risto Rossar

Black Insurance

Philipp Rosenauer


Thomas Bertani


Joel Martinez


Theo Freybote


Stephan Karpischek


Michiel Berende


Alpen Sheth


Fabian Raetz


Doug von Kohorn


Jan Hendrik Scheufen


Adán Sanchez de Pedro

Witnet Foundation

Tobias Noack


Hugo Wegbrans


Stefan George


Sergey Nazarov


Luis Novella

Vivat Group

David Ambrose

Vivat Group

Arnold Smeyers

Swiss Re

Nicholas Curmi

Ganado Advocates

Igor Barinov

POA Networks

Stavros Tekes

AgroApps PC

Jack Peterson



Sunday, October 28, 2018
Workshop day

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9.00 - 11.30, Repeat 17.30 - 20.00

Business and Legal Aspects of Launching an Insurance Product


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12.30 - 16.30

How to Develop a Blockchain-based Insurance Solution in a Few Hours

Monday, October 29, 2018
Conference day

*Agenda is being updated with new talks and schedule. Stay tuned for more talks announced.

9.10 -9.30

The incumbents view: how is the insurance industry using blockchain?

In this session Magda will discuss how insurance incumbents are looking at blockchain, the type of use cases that have been explored and why. Some specific use cases will be discussed and the overall trends will be compared to the risk transfer solutions being explored by startups and in the blockchain-native ecosystem(s).

  • Magdalena Ramada Sarasola

9.30 -9.45

Building alternative insurance value chains on blockchain

Risto has extensive experience in building online insurance broker as well developing technology for insurance industry. In this talk he will simplify insurance to very granular level – you will understand how insurance actually works and he will provide the solution how we can re-build it using blockchain and tokens.

  • Risto Rossar

9.45 -10.00

A Decentralised Mutual for the Ethereum Community

Potential bugs in Smart Contract code is a risk every member of the Ethereum community faces. Nexus Mutual allows the community to pool funds together in a decentralised way, protecting each other, without the need for an insurance company.

  • Hugh Karp

10.00 -10.05

Blockchain-native Investment Assets

To be able to compete with traditional insurance players, decentralised risk carriers need to be able to trustlessly invest capital in a way that generates interest. There are a number of exciting possibilities and proposals being created within the blockchain world that would allow an entity’s assets to earn a stable, predictable return whilst retaining enough liquidity to allow the entity to meet its liabilities. The main purpose of the talk is to explore the characteristics, risk profiles, and challenges of the nascent asset classes being built on-chain by the open financial ecosystem and assess their suitability to act as investment assets for a decentralised risk carrier.

  • Reinis Melbardis

10.05 -10.20

The opportunities of blockchain technology for inclusive insurance

Inclusive insurance is all about developing insurance solutions for those who have no or little access to insurance right now. Michiel will focus on agriculture index insurance solutions in emerging economies. He believes that blockchain technology may be the solution to help small-scale farmers to be protected against the risks they are facing nowadays.

  • Michiel Berende

10.20 -10.30

Blockchain Use Cases for Agriculture and Agriculture Insurance

Learn how Agroapps, a company dedicated to providing sustainable ICT solutions that help modern farming and agriculture, use and intend to use Blockchain technology and smart contracts, in current and under development Agricultural Farm Management Information Systems and Agricultural Insurance Information Systems.

  • Stavros Tekes

10.30 -10.45

Decentralizing Social Security

Social security systems play a central role in the economic and political development of societies. And still, there are over 4.1 billion people worldwide without access to social security systems. The blockchain technology offers the potential to establish cost-efficient and tamper-proof decentralized social security systems. To highlight the current challenges of such systems, we have implemented the German statutory pension system on the Ethereum blockchain. In this talk, we will present the results and experiences we have developed within the scope of this project. We will focus on the Thing current decentralized insurance and decentralized social security ecosytem lack, for instance about scaling. We will also provide an outlook on how the prototype will eventually scale for millions of people.

  • Fabian Raetz

11.00 -11.30

Business Process Modeling and Execution in Ethereum

In this talk, Monax’s Casey Kuhlman (CEO) and Jan H. Scheufen (CPO) will outline how Monax leveraged key features of Hyperledger Burrow to develop and deliver the very first generic business process engine written entirely in Solidity. The combination of an open source BPM engine and Hyperledger Burrow's permissioned EVM blockchain offers a vast range of possibilities for business users seeking to implement and scale out blockchain use cases. The talk will be a combination of demo and technical overview highlighting the design, rapid prototyping, and deployment of selected use cases.

  • Casey Kuhlman

  • Jan Hendrik Scheufen

11.30 -12.10

Panel Discussion: Is insurance of cryptocurrency wallets really crucial?

  • Philipp Rosenauer

  • Stephan Karpischek

  • Tobias Noack

  • Stefan George

  • Arnold Smeyers

13.00 -13.10

Decentralized Cellphone Insurance

Cellphones are naturally connected to the digital world, so it’s easy to derive why cellphone insurance is a line of business to support with a fully digital infrastructure. The protchain team shares it’s vision of digital decentral insurance that will leverage the blockchain to disrupt the high-growth market of cellphone insurance.

13.10 -13.20

TBD: Keepers and Relayers

13.20 -13.30


13.40 -13.55

Generalized Mining and the Third-Party Economy

Decentralized networks and how they incentivize third-party supply-side participants to provide services to decentralized networks in exchange for tokens.

  • Jake Brukhman

13.55 -14.10

Exploring Insurance Primitives for Blockchain

The emergence of decentralized trading protocols, token standards, and other open finance instruments are providing the foundations for a parallel financial infrastructure on Ethereum. What can the insurance space learn from this and how can we establish insurance primitives for blockchain? At ConsenSys we've been exploring this and are excited to introduce Asekuro, a protocol for facilitating the distribution of insurance products

  • Matt Tyndall

14.10 -14.25

Insurance risk tokenisation on the blockchain

Insurance provider require a balance sheet in order to write policies. A whole industry has emerged to refinance these risks, primarily in the form of re-insurance companies and capital markets tools (eg insurance linked securities and catastrophe bonds). Investors seek to increase their direct exposure to insurance risks: The lack of correlation with economic trends and recurring coupon payments make these attractive investments. In this talk, Theo will present the rationale for tokenising risks and the associated mechanics. Risk tokenisation will open up funding channels for a myriad of decentralised insurance applications, especially those based on smart contracts and novel risk categories.

  • Theo Freybote

14.25 -14.55

Panel Discussion: Relevance of insurance - ILS: Insurablility of uninsurable risks?

  • Risto Rossar

  • Theo Freybote

  • Hugo Wegbrans

  • Nicholas Curmi

15.25 -15.45

Dai Chain: Decentralized insurance and the benefits of the stable chain

Igor Barinov, the tech lead of the POA Network will be talking about Dai Chain. Dai Chain is a new network created by POA Network in which Dai, a stable token, is the native currency of that chain.By using this new sidechain, decentralized insurance DApps can overcome the short measures of Ethereum, including slow transactions and price volatility.

  • Igor Barinov

15.45 -16.15

Panel Discussion: How to ensure the quality of oracles in decentralized insurance

  • Ron Bernstein

  • Thomas Bertani

  • Doug von Kohorn

  • Adán Sanchez de Pedro

  • Sergey Nazarov

16.25 -16.40

Working with Regulatory Bodies - Lessons Learned from the FCA Sandbox

  • Luis Novella

  • David Ambrose

16.40 -16.55

DAOs as infrastructure for product lines

DAOs can provide common management functionality accross the value chain and can serve as a focal point for stakeholders including underwritters, administrators, operators and regulators. At HurricaneGuard we are exploring the Aragon stack, a popular DAO framework, in order to build supporting infrastructure for our products that includes registries as well as upgrade, arbitration and reporting schemes.
This topic is important to me because I believe DAOs provide amazing new tools that are well suited for managing insurance products in a fair, transparent and inclusive way.
I expect to meet all the wonderful people pushing the space forward.

  • Joel Martinez

  • Alpen Sheth

16.55 -17.10




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