AGENDA | 2021

8:00

DELEGATES FLY TO MALTA

08:00 - 18:00
10:00

SiGMA Football Cup Tournament by All in Translations

10:00 - 15:00 | Luxol Sports Ground Astro-turf
A competitive kick-about before business dealings and networking begin. For further info or submit your team contact md@allintranslations.com.
18:00

SiGMA & AIBC Pre-Registration & Drinks Reception

18:00 - 22:00 | Hilton, St Julians - Quarterdeck
Pre-register for your badge during the networking reception, beating Tuesday-morning queues.
19:00

SiGMA Malta Gaming Awards

19:00 - 23:00 | Hilton Business Center, St Julian's
This evening will celebrate the best of the industry in a record-breaking awards night with a premium guest list.
19:00

Networking Poker tournament

19:00 - 00:00 | Portomaso Casino, St Julian's
Following the networking reception, an ice-breaking poker tournament will be held in the evening.
9:00

Exhibition

09:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali
Explore the expo floor and discover new business opportunities.
9:00

Conference

09:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali

Conference Room

09:00 - 13:00 Regulation

Conference Chair

JAMES SCICLUNA

Co-Managing Partner
WH Partners

Hosted by:

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09:00 - 09:10
Opening Keynote

HON. CLAYTON BARTOLO

Government of Malta
09:10 - 09:20
Malta Regulatory Update

HEALTHCLIFF FARRUGIA

Malta Gaming Authority
09:20 - 09:40
European Regulatory Round Table: What the legislators brought on the table?

OLGA FINKEL

WH Partners
09:40 - 10:00
AML Compliance on a rescue mission

JOSEPH BORG

WH Partners
10:00 - 10:20
Africa - 54 hurdles of opportunity?
10:20 - 10:40
Keeping up with Taxation - Are they having the reverse effect?
10:40 - 11:00
Advertising pains - The impact on bans in the Italian & Spanish markets

REUBEN PORTANIER

Afilexion
11:00 - 11:30
Enforce responsible Gambling - The Big Debate

SIMON PLANZER

Planzer Law

JAMES SCICLUNA

WH Partners
11:30 - 12:00
IMGL Masterclass - The 3 regions that experienced the most change in 2020
12:00 - 12:30
Watch me while I level up - M&A Appetite
12:30 - 12:40
Gambling in a time of crisis

JESPER KÄRRBRINK

Green Jade Games
12:40 - 13:00
Winds of change: market transitioning in unprecedented times

RICHARD HOGG

BETGAMES.TV

DMITRIY PALIANTS

TVBET

ALBERT CLIMENT

Oneblock Technologies

FRANK HERLOD

Emirat
13:00 - 16:00 SportsBook
13:00 - 13:10
Sports Betting Tracker - The COVID-Impact
13:10 - 13:40
Operators review - Player receptiveness to virtual sports
13:40 - 14:10
Suppliers sound-off - Virtual Sports vs Live Sports

DINOS STRANOMITIS

Altenar
14:10 - 14:30
Stepping into the unknown - Casinos go digital with sportsbooks

STANISLAV SILIN

Altenar

CHRIS NIKOLOPOULOS

BETBEY
14:30 - 14:40
TBA
14:40 - 15:00
The rise of esports
15:00 - 15:30
Player influx - will esports grow or consolidate?

MARIO OVCHAROV

UltraPlay

GREG BENNETT

MAX Entertainment

EIRIK KRISTIANSEN

Pixel Digital
15:30 - 16:00
Immersive tech - is 2021 the breakthrough year?
16:00 - 18:00 Affiliate Grand Slam

Hosted by:

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16:00 - 16:05
Business outlook and investment opportunities
16:05 - 16:25
Technology in Marketing
Overview of the technologies in marketing, how to increase your traffic through technology.

JOHAN STYREN

Dilanti Media

DMITRIY PALIANTS

TVBET
16:25 - 16:45
Europe vs Asia: horizons to embrace, pitfalls to avoid
Implemeting marketing techniques that are remembered.

JOHAN STYREN

Dilanti Media

OLIVER DE BONO

Condor Gaming

PETER EKMARK

Internet Vikings
16:45 - 17:05
What marketing medium blindspots are being overlooked?
New to Market: Affiliate Offerings of the Future.

RICKARD VIKSTRÖM

Internet Vikings

CHARLES HERISSON

BetAdvisor
17:05 - 17:20
Re-building the link between Operators, Affiliates, and Players
Many major operators rely on affiliates for sometimes up to 50% of their online traffic. However, issues such as M&A activity, data compliance, responsible gambling and operator/affiliate relations play a big role in the future of this sector. How can we as an industry work together to ensure thus sector continues to grow.

RICKARD VIKSTRÖM

Internet Vikings

CLEMENCE DUJARDIN

MyAffiliates
17:20 - 17:40
Identifying Marketing Trends: Content, SEO & Streaming
SEO Secrets for Instant Content & Streaming Rankings.

JOHAN STYREN

Dilanti Media

JAMES KELLY

Blueclaw Media Ltd.
17:40 - 18:00
The Big Debate: Regulating the Affiliate market

CHRISTOPHER DALLI

L&L Europe Limited

ANTTI ALATALO

Cashcow ltd

Workshop Room

09:00 - 11:00 Asia Workshop
09:00 - 09:20
How to react to 2020 changes in Chinese policies
09:20 - 09:40
Macau gaming capital of the world

ANNIE SIARA

86 CONNECTS
09:40 - 10:00
Online gaming in Southeast Asia: Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand
10:00 - 10:20
Who will win the North Asian IR bottle, Japan or Korea?
10:20 - 10:40
India's accelerating gaming sector

JOHAN STYREN

Dilanti Media

JAYDEEP CHAKRAVARTTY

NEKTAN PLC
10:40 - 11:00
The Asian supply chain for iGaming companies
11:00 - 13:00 Americas Workshop

Conference Chair

CRISTINA ROMERO

PARTNER
LOYRA
11:00 - 11:10
LaTAM, between challenges and opportunities

KYM SLEEZER

Triple Ripple Group
11:10 - 11:40
Regulatory update: What to expect?

DR MICHAEL MUSCAT

11:40 - 12:00
Cracking the iGaming LatAm market: dealing with the diversity of the LatAm landscape
12:00 - 12:20
Marketing, Affiliation and Junket Traffic: Regional pitfalls to avoid
12:20 - 12:40
Player profile Analysis:Tailoring your product for LaTAM

INGRID ALVARADO LOPEZ

iGamingColombia.com
12:40 - 13:00
Payment: Addressing one of the gaming’s primary challenges of LaTAM
13:00 - 16:00 Africa Workshop
13:00 - 13:20
Is Africa the next big iGaming market?

MARK TIPPING

G4A

DMITRY BELIANIN

Parimatch International
13:20 - 13:40
Optimizing Payment Processing in the African Market

DANIELE ALFONSO

TransUnion (formerly iovation)

NICK FRENCH

Launchsite Capital & Monetize Agency

WILLIAM SCOTT

Warrenside Limited

RUSSELL WAIN

Tola mobile Ltd
13:40 - 14:00
Tailoring your product for Africa: Understand the complexity of the African Market

OLIVER DE BONO

Condor Gaming

NICK FRENCH

Launchsite Capital & Monetize Agency

JOHN KAMAU KUNGU

Betconsult Africa

ADEKUNLE ADENIJI

betBonanza

JASON FOSTER

Chalkline Sports
14:00 - 14:20
Focus East: Focus East: After Kenya, where's next?

TAYO ATOLOYE

Marathonbet
14:20 - 14:40
Focus West: Patchy regulations could be West Africa's waterloo

ALESSANDRO PIZZOLOTTO

Stm Gaming

SOLOMON GODWIN

Pragmatic Play

WILLIAM SCOTT

Warrenside Limited
14:40 - 15:00
Focus South Africa: How will they reclaim the top spot?

MARK TIPPING

G4A
15:00 - 15:20
Online vs Retail in Africa: Where to invest?

CHARLES HERISSON

BetAdvisor

FOYE JOHNSON

Western Sportbet Nigeria Limited (Westernbet)
15:20 - 15:40
Developing a friendly ecosystem for the gaming industry in Africa

JOHN BAMIDELE

Africa Sovereign Media
18:00

Networking Drinks

18:00 - 20:00 | Hilton, St Julians - Quarterdeck
Enjoy a drink and exchange business cards.
19:00

iGathering Dinner

19:00 - 23:00 | Nori, Balluta Bay
Several exclusive dinners will happen during the evening to facilitate networking among delegates. Would you like to be invited by the sponsor or get any more information please contact events@sigma.con.mt.
19:00

Private Reception

19:00 - 22:00 | The Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julians - Ballroom
Only by Invite depending on the sponsor. Would you like to be invited by the sponsor or get any more information please contact events@sigma.con.mt.
19:00

AIBC Awards

19:00 - 23:00 | Hilton Business Center, St Julian's
This evening will celebrate the best of the Emerging Tech industry in a record-breaking awards night with a premium guest list.
9:00

Exhibition

09:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali
09:00

Conference

09:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali

Conference Room

09:00 - 11:00 Regulation
09:00 - 09:05
Regulatory Update
09:05 - 09:25
Moulding the Future Digital Economy

JUSTINE SCERRI HERRERA

MK Fintech Partners

KEARON BURNO

Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services and Digital Economy & Chairman of the Digital Economy Think Tank
09:25 - 09:45
Private vs Public Stakeholders

RICO PANG

SANCTUM
09:45 - 10:15
Regulatory and Legal Issues with Blockchain: Cross Boarders

GORDON EINSTEIN

CryptoLaw Partners
10:15 - 10:25
Risks of Regualtion of Decentralized Finance

KENNETH FARRUGIA

BOV
10:25 - 10:45
The Evolution of Token Offerings and Regulation Across Europe

CELINE MOILLE

The international law firm YELLAW

ANTON GOLUB

Flovtec
10:40 - 11:00
The Asian supply chain for iGaming companies
11:00 - 13:00 Fintech

Conference Chair

MONTY MUNFORD

Co-Founder
BlockSpeak
11:00 - 11:20
Cryptocurrency Concepts & Challenges : Onboarding Process
As 2020 comes to an end, what are some of the common challenges with cryptocurrency concepts? Slow transaction times? Onboarding for newcomers? How can these be adjusted?

STEVE GOOD

BEATRICE COLLECT

Chiliz
11:20 - 11:40
Reinventing the banking wheel with DeFi
Can DeFi banks restructure the financial world? From morgage to bank loans, how will the future look?

FELIX MAGO

Dash NEXT

SCOTT TROWBRIDGE

WeWork

ALEXANDER FAZEL

SWISSBORG

JAMES WO

ETC Labs
11:40 - 12:00
The 3-way Fight for the Future of Money
The battle is on for decentralised cryptocurrencies, corporate issued non-sovereign currencies and CBDC's?

STEVE TENDON

ChainStrategie

GAVIN BROWN

Liverpool University

KEVIN MURCKO

CoinMetro

MICHELLE CHIVUNGA

Global Policy House

MICKY WATKINS

World Mobile Chain
12:00 - 12:20
Is the Race Over? Government Issued Digital Currencies in China vs the U.S
As China rolls out test of it's own government backed digital currency, is it poised to beat the US dollar?

DAVE PULIS

ZBX
12:20 - 12:40
Digital Assets: Evaluating 2020 Progress across Europe

DANIEL DOLL-STEINBERG

Asymmetric Project, Atari Token

CHRIS THOMAS

Swissquote Bank

HENRIK GEBBING

Fiona

ALEXANDER BORODICH

Universa
12:40 - 13:00
How are Digital Currencies Transforming Local Economies?

DEMELZA HAYS

Cointelegraph
13:00 - 14:30 Emerging Tech Startup Pitch
10 startups focused on Emerging Tech pitching on stage in a Dragons Den environment in front of the audience and savvy investors.
14:30 - 18:00 A.I.
14:30 - 14:50
AI Global Growing Pains for Large Scale Deployment
Smaller companies are known to be more agile, but with larger scale deployment of AI adoption, what are some of the challenges that come with cross-boarder large scale intergration.

DAVID ORBAN

Network Society Ventures
14:50 - 15:10
AI, New Data & Big Data
Disrupting the industry, how AI, new data and big data are rattiling the changes of business processes?

ANGELO DALLI

Umnai
15:10 - 15:30
Bringing AI Powered Robots to Life

Prof. ALEXIEI DINGLI

University of Malta
15:30 - 15:40
Underlying Frameworks of Regulations: Ethical and Societal

ANDRE XUEREB

University of Malta

DYLAN SEYCHELL

University of Malta
15:40 - 16:00
Global Expansion in the Thriving Market

JOSH GOODBODY

Binance
16:00 - 16:20
How 5g will Impact the New Gerneration of Emerging Tech
16:20 - 16:40
Investing in Blockchain & DeFi

PHAM DINH NGOC THUY

TomoChain
16:40 - 17:00
Cybersecurity Threats Looming in 2020

TIFFANY XINGYU WANG

Tribe accelerator
17:00 - 17:20
M&A appetite in the global emerging tech sphere

TONY EVANS

FGC Group
17:20 - 17:40
TBA
17:40 - 18:00
TBA

Workshop Room

09:00 - 11:00 Trading Workshop
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11:00 - 13:00 Science
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13:00 - 15:00 Africa & Tech
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15:00 - 18:00 Med-Tech
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18:00

Networking Drinks

18:00 - 20:00 | Hilton, St Julians - Quarterdeck
Enjoy a drink and exchange business cards.
19:00

AFFILIATE CRUISE

19:00 - 23:00 | Portomaso, St Julian's
Networking as you sail out at sea.
19:00

iGathering Dinner

19:00 - 23:00 | Blue Elephant, Portomso, St Julian's
Several exclusive dinners will happen during the evening to facilitate networking among delegates.
21:00

SiGMA & AIBC Official Party

21:00 - 04:00 | Hilton, St Julians - GrandMasters Suite
Let off some steam after hard days of business deals.
10:00

Exhibition

10:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali
10:00

Conference

10:00 - 18:00 | MFCC, Ta' Qali

Conference Room

10:00 - 12:30 SiGMA Deep Tech
10:00 - 10:20
Data in iGaming: managing data effectively & securely

JASON FARRUGIA

Malta Gaming Authority
10:20 - 10:40
Real-time Data: life cycle engagement and customer management challenges

VLASTIMIL VENCLIK

Oddin.gg
10:40 - 11:00
Player profiling & Gamification

ALEXIS WICÉN

Unibo

JOACHIM TIMMERMANS

11:00 - 11:20
How the omnichannel approach is eclisping other methods

KARL DAVIES BARRETT

Microsoft Azure

DAVID SACHS

Tomobox

GEORGE SHAMUGIA

Singular
11:20 - 11:40
Optimising game aggregation from multiple developers
11:40 - 12:00
Why is the iGaming industry lagging behind when it comes to using cutting edge technologies?
12:00 - 12:30
How will the average player change as tech evolves?
12:30 - 14:00 SiGMA Startup Pitch
10 startups focus on Gaming pitching on stage in a Dragons Den environment pitching in front of the audience and savvy investors.
14:00 - 18:00 Data in Payment

Conference Chair

Jaime Debono

Managing Director
iGaming Academy

Hosted by:

 

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14:00 - 14:10
Opening

JAIME DEBONO

iFinance Academy & IGA
14:10 - 14:30
Industry set backs: Wirecard scandal
14:30 - 15:50
CHALLENGE AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR PAYMENT PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIER

RENAUD BAUDRY

HiPay
15:50 - 16:10
Legal & Creative solutions to bypass the reduction of bonuses for new players

LAURENT REYSBOSCH

Checkout.com
16:10 - 16:30
FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING: AUTOMATION AS A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS IN THE NEXT NORMAL

THEODOR KRISTENSEN

Betpoint Group Ltd
16:30 - 16:50
DEVELOPING A ROADMAP TO BEST PRACTICE FINANCE: LEARNINGS FOR IGAMING FROM BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

DENIS MCQUADE

Aurum Solutions Scotland
16:50 - 17:10
TBA
17:10 - 17:30
TBA
17:30 - 18:00
BANKING ON TOMORROW: TRENDS AND TECH WHICH ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS

Workshop Room

09:00 - 12:00 Landbased & Live Gaming
09:00 - 09:10
The fightback of land-based after Covid

JJ WOODS

A.C.C
09:10 - 09:30
The future of land based casinos in Europe – How has covid19 affected the casino and what can be done to help recovery?
09:30 - 09:50
Covid19 and how it will accelerate the need for technology (including AI, IoT, Big Data) whilst addressing issues like Responsible Gaming and AML (eg Cashless payments)

KURT QUARTIER

Tyche gaming international s.l.
09:50 - 10:10
Live gaming, a chance for traditional land-based casinos?

ALBERT CLIMENT

Oneblock Technologies

JAKE WALLER

New World Gaming
10:10 - 10:30
New Opportunities: Ukraine / Consolidation / Privatization?

PAVEL VAISERO

MSL National Lottery Operator
10:30 - 10:50
How did land-based casinos in various European countries deal with the corona pandemic lockdowns?

NICHOLAS CHAPMAN

10:50 - 11:00
Crossover between Land Based and On Line gaming, the future?

GEORG WASHINGTON

Synergy Blue
11:00 - 11:20
What is driving customer experience Land-based vs Online

JJ WOODS

A.C.C

NICHOLAS CHAPMAN

11:20 - 11:40
TBA
11:40 - 12:00
TBA
12:00 - 13:30 HR
12:00 - 12:10
How does remote working impact productivity?

MARTIN COLLINS

GiG
12:10 - 12:30
The intersection between HR Onboarding & Employer Branding

KRISTYNA BABULIKOVA

Endorphina
12:30 - 12:50
The Future of Remote Hiring

CORDELIA MORGAN - COOPER

Catena Media

ADAM WOODLEY

Betsson Group

JULIAN PERIGO

Boston Link
12:50 - 13:10
Emerging trends in talent acquisition: what's the next big thing?
Let's take a look at today's emerging trends and the changing landscape we find ourselves in as we approach the next decade.
13:10 - 13:30
Addressing the shortfall in human resources
Human resources are scarce and turnovers high. It's time to come up with a plan of action.

Dr. ELAINE DUTTON

CSB Group
13:30 - 15:00 The Women in iGaming (WiiG) meetup

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15:00 - 18:00 Slots Games
15:00 - 15:20
How online slots are helping the gambling industry hit new heights
15:20 - 15:45
Innovation in slots: Developer & operator's perspective
How can slots developers & operators remain competitive and creative despite the threat of copycat games? How do they differentiate themselves? What are the barriers that developer & operators are facing today? How can they overcome them?
15:45 - 16:05
The future of online slots
What are some of the most prominent games on the market and how should operators prepare for the incoming generational shift?
16:05 - 16:25
Do slots require unique marketing methods?
How to promote your slots online and beyond. Should marketing startegies change?
16:25 - 16:50
Mobile slots: A new paradigm
16:50 - 17:00
Mastering slots management
17:00 - 17:20
Optimising the lifetime value of players
How to hold onto players and maximize their value?
17:20 - 17:40
Understanding the impotance of RTP
What is RTP? Does RTP impact slots & winning?
17:40 - 18:00
Striking a balance with gamification
18:00

Networking Drinks

18:00 - 20:00 | Hilton, St Julians - Quarterdeck
Enjoy a drink and exchange business cards.
19:00

iGathering Standing Reception

19:00 - 23:00 | TBC
Several exclusive dinners will happen during the evening to faciliate networking among delegates