D1CONF 2018 Recap

D1CONF 2018 was held in Prague on October 29, 2018. It was an exciting and insightful day for the whole decentralized insurance community. We thank all the participants and sponsors for being with us that day and want to share some good memories of the event.

D1CONF 2018 Speakers include

Ron Bernstein


Magdalena Ramada Sarasola

Willis Towers Watson

Casey Kuhlman


Jake Brukhman


Christoph Mussenbrock


Renat Khasanshyn


Stephan Karpischek


Matt Tyndall


Hugh Karp

Nexus Mutual

Reinis Melbardis

Nexus Mutual

Risto Rossar

Black Insurance

Thomas Bertani


Joel Martinez


Theo Freybote


Timofey Volkov


Michiel Berende


Alpen Sheth


Dmitry Savitsky


Michael Werner


Fabian Raetz


Julien Bouteloup


Igor Barinov

POA Networks

Doug von Kohorn


Jan Hendrik Scheufen


Adán Sanchez de Pedro

Witnet Foundation

Tobias Noack


Hugo Wegbrans


Nicholas Curmi

Ganado Advocates

Isabella Brom


Stefan George


Sergey Nazarov


Luis Novella

Vivat Group

David Ambrose

Vivat Group

Arnold Smeyers

Swiss Re

Jack Peterson


Eugene Dylko


Jonathan Staude


Stavros Tekes

AgroApps PC

Gregory Mygdakos

AgroApps PC




9.00 - 11.30, REPEAT 17.30 - 20.00

Workshop: Business and Legal Aspects of Launching an Insurance Product

Find out the main business aspects of bringing a new insurance product into the market and get tips and tricks that will help you avoid unnecessary bottlenecks along the way.

  • Christoph Mussenbrock


12.30 - 16.30

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

Get hands-on with developing and deploying your own blockchain-based insurance product on top of a new generic insurance platform

  • Christoph Mussenbrock

Monday, October 29, 2018
Conference day

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and morning coffee

9.00 - 9.10

Opening remarks

  • Renat Khasanshyn

  • Stephan Karpischek

9.10 - 9.35

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

9.35 - 9.50

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

9.50 - 10.05

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

10.05 - 10.20

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

10.20 - 10.35

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

10.35 - 10.45

Blockchain Use Cases for Agriculture and Agriculture Insurance

In this talk Agroapps will present their plans to utilize Blockchain technology for the Agriculture Insurance sector; as well as next steps in infusing blockchain in AgroApps agriculture Farm Management Information System (FMIS) to further improve the quality and security of its services.

  • Stavros Tekes

  • Gregory Mygdakos

10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break

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?

Everybody seems to talk about insurance for crypto assets. Some big exchanges seem to have some coverage. Let’s try to explore a better insurance model. Insured crypto wallets would encourage more users to adopt cryptocurrencies, and empower and grow ecosystems.

  • Timofey Volkov

  • Michael Werner

  • Tobias Noack

  • Hugo Wegbrans

  • Isabella Brom

  • Stefan George

  • Arnold Smeyers

12.10 - 13.10


13.10 - 13.20

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.

  • Eugene Dylko

  • Jonathan Staude

13.20 - 13.35

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

13.35 - 13.50

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

13.50 - 14.05

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

14.05 - 14.20

Coffee break

14.20 - 14.35

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

14.35 - 15.15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Hedge fund today, reinsurer tomorrow - will tokenization of risk trigger a Cambrian explosion of insurance linked securities (ILS) as an asset class?

Insurance covers the unforeseeable. What happens to risks which traditional insurance is not willing or able to take on? Could alternative sources of capital, insurance linked securities (ILS), be the way to insure the so far uninsurable risks? And at the same time provide an interesting investment opportunity for crypto holders

  • Renat Khasanshyn

  • Risto Rossar

  • Theo Freybote

  • Hugo Wegbrans

  • Nicholas Curmi

15.15 - 15.35

Coffee break and snacks

15.35 - 16.05

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

Etherisc is building generic insurance framework which can work in different environments based on Ethereum and with various currencies. xDai is a new network created by POA Network in which Dai, a stablecoin is the native currency of that chain. POA and Etherisc have joined forces to showcase how decentralized insurance DApps can be used on xDai, with the additional benefits of much faster transactions without the price volatility. Igor Barinov will present the results of this joint effort.

  • Dmitry Savitsky

  • Igor Barinov

16.05 - 16.10

The Future of Oracles and Data On The Blockchain — Why Decentralization and Incentive Design Matter

Our current lack of means to feed data into smart contracts in a trustless way is hindering the potential of these programs for transforming business and society inasmuch as they cannot have access to information from outside their containing blockchains without having to rely on the figure of an oracle or data provider, thus defeating their trustless nature. Decentralized Oracle Networks are the missing piece that will bridge the gap between smart contracts and the real world. We are presenting procedures founded upon well known game theory and mechanism design principles to incentivize decentralization of information economies built around honesty and truth.

  • Adán Sanchez de Pedro

16.10 - 16.50

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to ensure the quality of oracles in decentralized insurance

  • Ron Bernstein

  • Thomas Bertani

  • Julien Bouteloup

  • Doug von Kohorn

  • Adán Sanchez de Pedro

  • Sergey Nazarov

  • Jack Peterson

16.50 - 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 - 17.15

Working with Regulatory Bodies - Lessons Learned from the FCA Sandbox

  • Luis Novella

  • David Ambrose

17.15 - 17.30

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

17.30 - 17.45

Closing remarks

  • Renat Khasanshyn

  • Stephan Karpischek

17.45 - 21.00

Networking party


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2 Nov 2018

Thanks for inviting @monaxHQ to #D1Conf it was a real pleasure to speak and be a part of this top-class event 😎

Magdalena Ramada S


29 Oct 2018

Such an honor to be part of @d1conf this #pragueblockchainweek and discuss how #Insurance incumbents and #startups views on #Blockchain differ and to which extent they could converge. Thanks Stephan K. and @etherisc for having me!

Reinis Melbardis


29 Oct 2018

Very enjoyable experience and a what a great room of people at #D1Conf

Jake Brukhman


29 Oct 2018

Awesome to be at @d1conf, top conference interfacing the #blockchain and #insurance industries.

Blockchain Flight Delay Insurance to D1CONF 2018

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Etherisc’s Flight Delay is the first decentralized insurance app that allows you to insure your flight against delays or cancellations and guarantees immediate payouts right after the landing. First presented in September 2016 at Ethereum Devcon2 in Shanghai, Flight Delay has provided policies to attendees of Devcon3 and D1CONF 2017 in Cancun, Token Summit III in New York, Devcon4 and D1CONF 2018 in Prague. To date, it has issued more than 100 policies and made 6 payouts for delayed flights.

Julien Bouteloup


28 Oct 2018

Here we are guys 😍: I've just received *** 315.96 GBP *** 💰🚀 from my delayed flight backed by Flight delayed insurance policy from @etherisc