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Detailed Agenda / Program 2018

31 MAY 2018

Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (Vienna Local Time)

9:30 – 10:30

Regulatory Round Up – Austria (panel discussion)

The panel discussion about the Austrian gambling market will review the latest insights that can and will shape the online and land based sectors.

Confirmed speakers are: Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. (General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling - OVWG, Mag. Claus Retschitzegger (President of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling - OVWG) and Head of Legal and Public Relations at bet-at-home.com AG.), Helmut Kafka (President at Automatenverband), Dr. Mag. Klaus Christian Vögl (Vienna Chamber of Commerce - WKW)

Raffaela Zillner
Claus Retschitzegger
Helmut Kafka
SONY DSC

10:30 – 11:15

Business opportunities in regulated markets (Malta, Italy, Romania) (panel discussion)

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities which regulated markets are offering for companies. The main focus of the panel is bring insights from the Maltese and Romanian licensing procedures and also to explore the opportunities of the newly regulated Italian market.

Confirmed speakers are: Iosif Galea (Expert Gambling Consultant in Malta), Quirino Mancini (Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners), Dan Iliovici (Romanian National Office for Gambling)

Iosif Galea
Quirino Mancini
Dan Iliovici

11:15 – 11:45

Customer acquisition, improving conversion and retention rates (keynote)
Miklos Handa

11:45 – 12:15

Networking Break

12:15 – 13:00

Risk Management, Fraud Detection and Match Fixing (panel discussion)

The rise of pooled resources and automation have been good in many ways, but this is not true of Risk Management. The experts of the panel will explain how Risk Management and Fraud Detection works in the online gambling industry

Confirmed speakers are: Matt Howard (Director of Sportsbook Solutions), Jens Bader (Co-founder of MIR Limited - MuchBetter)

Jens Bader
Matt Howard

13:00 – 14:00

Complimentary Lunch Break

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14:00 – 15:00

eSports – growth opportunity for European operators (panel discussion)

eSports is a rapidly expanding industry with widespread popularity across the globe. In fact, according to a recent study by Super Data Research, based in the US, the market scraped in a value of $892 million (around £717.6m) in 2016. They believe that this year this figure will soar to over $1 billion.

As eSports gambling is an emerging betting market many countries have been slow to arrange regulation for eSports bets. Most of the difficulty surrounds the use of the word ‘sport’ to describe video gaming, something that has long been considered a fun pastime.

While this is a concern in the wider countries in Europe – only the UK, Malta, Spain, Italy and Denmark have defined gambling in eSports and have successfully regulated it – it should not be a problem for those who wish to bet on legitimate sites. All UK based eSports gambling sites fall under the jurisdiction of the UK Gambling Commission, who in August 2016 took the first steps in making eSports betting in UK safer for gamblers. Their decision was made in part due to recent controversies surrounding ‘skin gambling’, a process where players can use their in-game items in place of cash to make bets on eSports games.

The panelist will discuss and highlight the main opportunities for eSports in Europe.

Confirmed speakers are: Daniel Sherlock (Founder of Game Mentorz), Manuel Haselberger (Head of Communications and PR at Austria’s national eSport Federation “eSport Verband Österreich - ESVÖ”), Niklas Timmermann (Vice President of the German eSports Association - ESBD), Tom Lemke (General Manager at Unikrn Germany)

Daniel Sherlock
Manuel Haselberger
Niklas Timmermann

15:00 – 15:45

Daily Fantasy Sports and Big Data (panel discussion)

Since betting on sporting events has been increasingly evident since the turn of the century and has become a global professional sports sector in itself, it makes sense to explore how it can merge together with DFS. Are they complementary products or is DFS a dangerous substitution product for sports betting?

The answer can be found in the impact that big data will have, in the mid to long term, on these two industries (and more specifically on sports betting). In the short term, the development of big data seems to be beneficial for sports betting as clients’ demand for more statistics is growing quickly, since they rightfully think that it increases their odds of making money. However, there is no doubt that clients will eventually realise that big data is actually helping bookmakers to optimize the offered odds. Simply put: if big data allows bookmakers to predict sports events’ outcomes, clients will start loosing interest.

Confirmed speakers: Valery Bollier (Co-founder and CEO of Oulala.com), Joakim Renman (Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group),  Signe Yama (Regional Director, Central Europe at DraftKings)

Moderated by: Matt Howard (Director of Sportsbook Solutions)

Valery Bollier
Joakim Renman
Matt Howard

15:45 – 16:00

Networking Break

16:00 – 16:30

Use of Artificial Intelligence in the gambling industry (keynote)

16:30 – 17:00

Augmented(AR) and Virtual Really(VR) (keynote)
Anna Solovyova

17:00 – 17:45

Future money (Cryptocurrency) and Blockchain (panel discussion)

Money has been a part of human history for some 3000 years now. Initially bartering existed which then evolved into transacting with coins and notes and with the advent of computers, it has become possible to transact electronically. In fact, most money today is in electronic form. The bank isn’t holding everyone’s cash. The money in your accounts consists of a whole lot of zeros and ones (digital data) and we are now on the brink of the fourth technological revolution which is disrupting almost every industry at an exponential pace. Some examples of these financial technologies include the following: Bitcoin, Crowdfunding, Micro-lending or Sensor-Fusion.

The panel will explore the possibilities of cryptocurrencies to become the future money and also demonstrate the benefits of using Blockchain.

Confirmed speakers: Tomas Draksas (Co-founder of Edgeless.io)

Tomas Draksas

17:45 – 18:00

Closing remarks and networking

21:00 – Late night

Official Networking Party

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