Etherisc Launches Blockchain-powered Flight Delay Insurance For Devcon 3 In Mexico

Devcon3 Attendees Combat Risks of Cancelled Flights with Smart Contracts

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Etherisc, a decentralized insurance platform startup, has today announced the launch of blockchain-enabled flight delay insurance for visitors traveling to the major Ethereum conference Devcon3. The insurance, underwritten by Atlas Insurance PCC Limited, will automatically reimburse travelers via smart contract when flights fall behind schedule. Exclusively offered to Devon3 attendees, travelers to Cancun will have the opportunity to become one of the first individuals ever to be covered by a licensed insurance company on the blockchain.

Etherisc Co-Founder and CEO Stephan Karpischek said:

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“The frustration of a flight delay or cancellation is a familiar feeling for many travelers. Dealing with traditional insurance after the fact often adds to the stress of interrupted travel plans. Etherisc is delighted to offer a decentralized insurance to the Ethereum community. We can think of no better audience for this innovation that addresses the common hassles previously accepted as a normal part of the traveling experience.”

Michael Gatt, CEO at Atlas Insurance PCC, said:

“With its experience both as insurer and protected cell platform, Atlas provides insurtech startups with regulatory expertise, infrastructure and economies of scale only usually found in well-developed incumbent insurers. Etherisc brings a new, fresh approach to risk transfer with real-time risk pool controls, pricing and parametrization of claims. We are looking forward to market testing this new blockchain-enabled product.”

Policies will be facilitated by an Ethereum smart contract, allowing travelers to share the risk of a delayed or canceled flight with fellow travelers. Passengers can choose their preferred premium, view their estimated payout, and make their purchase in ETH or major fiat currencies – USD, EUR, and GBP.

Unlike traditional insurance products, not only does Etherisc Flight Delay store insurance contract data on Ethereum blockchain, it acts as an autonomous risk bearing mechanism, risk pricing engine, claim administrator and a payment system.

Devcon3, the key developers conference in the Ethereum community, will be held in Cancun, Mexico from 1 to 4 November. The conference will almost double in size this year, and host the world’s leading blockchain experts, emerging industry trailblazers, and aspiring developers.

Devcon3 attendees can purchase Etherisc Flight Delay insurance up to 24 hours before their flight, and payouts are issued automatically to their Ethereum address or credit card, eliminating the need for travelers to deal with time-consuming traditional insurance claim processes.

“Etherisc’s flight delay insurance is a prime example of how blockchain technology can disrupt traditional industries and challenge established players. We believe that decentralized insurance, which offers policyholders unprecedented transparency, efficiency, and fairness, represents the future of the industry,” said Karpischek.

Etherisc is a selected upcoming project of Cofound.it, the leading platform for training the world’s most promising blockchain startups.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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