SiGMA AGENDA | APRIL 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
09:10 - 09:20
Malta Regulatory Update
09:20 - 09:40
European Regulatory Round Table: What the legislators brought on the table?

OLGA FINKEL

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

JOSEPH BORG

Partner
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

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

SIMON PLANZER

Partners
Planzer Law

JAMES SCICLUNA

Co-Managing Partner
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

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

RICHARD HOGG

Director
BETGAMES.TV

ALBERT CLIMENT

Founder
Oneblock Technologies

FRANK HERLOD

Business Development Manager
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

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

STANISLAV SILIN

CEO
Altenar

CHRIS NIKOLOPOULOS

CCO
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

CEO
UltraPlay

GREG BENNETT

CEO
MAX Entertainment

EIRIK KRISTIANSEN

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

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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

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

JOHAN STYREN

CEO
Dilanti Media

OLIVER DE BONO

COO
Condor Gaming

PETER EKMARK

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

RICKARD VIKSTRÖM

CCO & Founder
Internet Vikings

CHARLES HERISSON

CEO
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

CCO & Founder
Internet Vikings

CLEMENCE DUJARDIN

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

JOHAN STYREN

CEO
Dilanti Media

JAMES KELLY

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

CHRISTOPHER DALLI

CEO
L&L Europe Limited

ANTTI ALATALO

Marketing Director & Co-Founder
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

CEO & Founder
86 CONNECTS
09:40 - 10:00
Online gaming in Southeast Asia: Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand
10:00 - 10:20
Affiliate Marketing in Asia: Challenges & trends

JOHAN STYREN

CEO
Dilanti Media

ANDREA BELLEZA

VP of EU and Asia Pacific Markets
KaFe Rocks
10:20 - 10:40
India's accelerating gaming sector

JOHAN STYREN

CEO
Dilanti Media

JAYDEEP CHAKRAVARTTY

Vice President Commercials
NEKTAN PLC
10:40 - 11:00
The challenges of entering the Asian market for western companies

CURTIS MATLOCK

CEO
Proto
11:00 - 13:00 Americas Workshop

Conference Chair

CRISTINA ROMERO

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

KYM SLEEZER

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

DR MICHAEL MUSCAT

Partner
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

Partner
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

Consultant
G4A

DMITRY BELIANIN

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

DANIELE ALFONSO

Head of Gaming
TransUnion (formerly iovation)

NICK FRENCH

Founder
Launchsite Capital & Monetize Agency

WILLIAM SCOTT

Executive Director
Warrenside Limited

RUSSELL WAIN

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

OLIVER DE BONO

COO
Condor Gaming

NICK FRENCH

Founder
Launchsite Capital & Monetize Agency

JOHN KAMAU KUNGU

Co-founder
Betconsult Africa

ADEKUNLE ADENIJI

Managing Director
betBonanza

JASON FOSTER

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

TAYO ATOLOYE

Country Manager Nigeria
Marathonbet

CONOR O'DONOVAN

Betting Consultant
GoAfrica Partners
14:20 - 14:40
Focus West: Patchy regulations could be West Africa's waterloo

ALESSANDRO PIZZOLOTTO

Co-Founder and CEO
Stm Gaming

SOLOMON GODWIN

Africa Continent Manager
Pragmatic Play

WILLIAM SCOTT

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

RICHARD HOGG

Director
BETGAMES.TV

MARK TIPPING

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

MONICA RANGEL

Head of PT Markets
888holdings

CHARLES HERISSON

CEO
BetAdvisor

FOYE JOHNSON

Executive Director
Western Sportbet Nigeria Limited (Westernbet)

MICHAL GLOWACKI

COO
SB Betting Software
15:20 - 15:40
Developing a friendly ecosystem for the gaming industry in Africa

JOHN BAMIDELE

Founder & CEO
Africa Sovereign Media

ILYA MACHAVARIANI

Senior partner & CEO
4H Agency
15:40 - 16:00
Europe vs Africa: How do iGaming companies achieve customer loyalty?

GALI HARTUV

Head of VIP
10bet

KRISTEN OPENSHAW

Head of Digital Media and Social
William Hill International
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

Partner
MK Fintech Partners

KEARON BURNO

Policy & Strategy Advisor
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

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

GORDON EINSTEIN

Founding Partner
CryptoLaw Partners

DIMITRIJ GEDE

Founder & CEO
Anagram Compliance
10:15 - 10:25
Risks of Regualtion of Decentralized Finance

KENNETH FARRUGIA

Chief Officer Business Development
BOV

JOSHUA ELLUL

The inaugural Chairperson
Malta Digital Innovation Authority
10:25 - 10:45
The Evolution of Token Offerings and Regulation Across Europe

CELINE MOILLE

Lawyer & Partner
The international law firm YELLAW

ANTON GOLUB

CEO & Founder
Flovtec
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

Business Development Executive and Bestselling Author

BEATRICE COLLECT

Managing Director
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

Co-Founder
Dash NEXT

SCOTT TROWBRIDGE

Fintech Blockchain Labs Manager
WeWork

ALEXANDER FAZEL

CPO
SWISSBORG

JAMES WO

Founder & Chairman,
ETC Labs

NICHOLAS LEVENSTEIN

CEO
Nicholas Levenstein & Company
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

Director
ChainStrategie

GAVIN BROWN

Associate Professor in Financial Economics
Liverpool University

KEVIN MURCKO

Founder & CEO
CoinMetro

MICHELLE CHIVUNGA

CEO
Global Policy House

MICKY WATKINS

CEO
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

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

DANIEL DOLL-STEINBERG

Co-Founder Asymmetric Project, Atari Token
Asymmetric Project, Atari Token

CHRIS THOMAS

Head of Digital Assets
Swissquote Bank

HENRIK GEBBING

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Fiona

ALEXANDER BORODICH

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

DEMELZA HAYS

Director of Research
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

Managing Partner
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

CEO
Umnaistain
15:10 - 15:30
Bringing AI Powered Robots to Life

Prof. ALEXIEI DINGLI

Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Head of the Department of AI
University of Malta
15:30 - 15:40
Underlying Frameworks of Regulations: Ethical and Societal

ANDRE XUEREB

Associate Professor
University of Malta

DYLAN SEYCHELL

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

JOSH GOODBODY

Director of European and Latin American Growth and Institutional Business
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

Head of Regional Business Development
TomoChain
16:40 - 17:00
Cybersecurity Threats Looming in 2020

TIFFANY XINGYU WANG

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

TONY EVANS

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

Workshop Room

09:00 - 11:00 Trading Workshop
09:00 - 09:10
Opening Keynote
09:10 - 09:30
Decentralized vs Centralized exchanged and P2P transactions
09:30 - 09:50
Bitcoin Halving 2020 and its consequences
09:50 - 10:10
Preventing the Crypto liquidity problems for the growing markets
10:10 - 10:30
Market predictions in the decentralized trading
10:30 - 10:50
Trading in 2021: which currencies are tend to expload?
10:50 - 11:00
TBA
11:00 - 13:00 Science
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13:00 - 15:00 Africa & Tech
15:00 - 15:10
Is Africa the next biggest mass adoption driver?
15:10 - 15:30
Crypto payment solutions in the African Region
15:30 - 15:50
How the correct regulatory framework for financial ecosystem in Africa should be built and what would be the main tool?
15:50 - 16:10
CBDC vs Stablecoins. What is tend to be African Fintech Future?
16:10 - 16:30
Why the Right Technology Stack is Essential for Growth in Africa?

JOHN GORDON

CEO
Incentive Games
16:30 - 16:50
TBA
16:50 - 17:00
TBA
15:00 - 17:00 Med-Tech
15:00 - 15:10
Opening Keynote
15:10 - 15:40
The influence of Blockchain and AI on the Healthcare industry
15:40 - 16:05
AI and Blockchain application for the medical records
16:05 - 16:30
Prescriptions verification in Pharmaceutical industry
16:30 - 16:50
Overcoming the skill-based humans mistakes by AI solutions: pros and cons
16:50 - 17:00
Robotics surgery: real cases
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

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

EARLE G. HALL

CEO
AXES.

VLASTIMIL VENCLIK

CTO
Oddin.gg
10:40 - 11:00
Player attraction & retention: Gamification and Personalisation in 2020

ALEXIS WICÉN

Co-Founder
Unibo

JOACHIM TIMMERMANS

Advisor

VLADIMIR MALAKCHI

Chief Business Development Officer
Evoplay Entertainment
11:00 - 11:20
Optimising game aggregation from multiple developers

KARL DAVIES BARRETT

WW Cloud Solution Architect
Microsoft Azure

DAVID SACHS

CEO
Tomobox

GEORGE SHAMUGIA

CEO
Singular
11:20 - 11:40
Is the omnichannel approach the method of the future?

SARUNAS LEGECKAS

CBO
Connectpay
11:40 - 12:00
Apple iOS Update: What to expect following forced-nativity
12:00 - 12:30
Does the player influence tech or does tech influence the player?
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

Managing Director
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

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

LAURENT REYSBOSCH

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

THEODOR KRISTENSEN

Head of Finance
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

10:00 - 12:00 Landbased & Live Gaming
10:00 - 10:10
The fightback of land-based after Covid-19

JJ WOODS

Director Of Operations
A.C.C
10:10 - 10:20
TBA
10:20 - 10:40
TBA
10:40 - 11:00
Live gaming, a chance for traditional land-based casinos?

ALBERT CLIMENT

Founder
Oneblock Technologies

JAKE WALLER

Managing Director
New World Gaming
11:00 - 11:20
The futue: Crossovers between land-based and online gaming

GEORG WASHINGTON

CEO
Synergy Blue
11:20 - 11:40
New Opportunities: Ukraine / Consolidation / Privatization?

PAVEL VAISERO

Head of marketing
MSL National Lottery Operator
11:40 - 12:00
Land-based vs Online: What is driving customer experience?

JJ WOODS

Director Of Operations
A.C.C

NICHOLAS CHAPMAN

Gaming Consultant

KURT QUARTIER

President
Tyche gaming international s.l.
12:00 - 13:30 HR
12:00 - 12:10
How does remote working impact productivity?

MARTIN COLLINS

Director of Business Developmentelopment
GiG
12:10 - 12:30
The intersection between HR Onboarding & Employer Branding

KRISTYNA BABULIKOVA

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

CORDELIA MORGAN - COOPER

Talent Acquisition Manager
Catena Media

ADAM WOODLEY

Global Head of Recruitment
Betsson Group

JULIAN PERIGO

Managing Director
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

Head of HR and Employment Advisory Services
CSB Group
13:30 - 15:00 The Women in iGaming (WiiG) meetup

Hosted by:

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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