Published on 30 October 2015 by Rhi
It’s less than a week until Sigma2105 begins and apart from the educational and interesting talks and the fruitful meetings on the expo floor, I’m mainly looking forward to the myriad networking opportunities. When it comes to the business end of the online casino industry, it’s like no other in the world. Deals are made over a glass of champagne, a friend of a friend ends up in partnership after meeting over cocktails, it’s all about who you know and making sure you meet the right people.
NetentCasino is a great example of that; I spend my days researching interesting news and bonuses for our readers, and I spend my evenings meeting up with casinos to see what better offers we can give our readers and I spend conferences, like SIGMA2015, networking to meet new startup casinos to get them on site, build relationships with the big players so we can work with them to bring you more free spins and giveaways (this year alone we gave away cash prizes, iPads and more!).
SIGMA is the only conference of it’s kind in Malta, a renowned iGaming hub, so the opportunities it presents are endless and the organised networking events are not to be missed by anyone who is anyone in this industry.
Wednesday 4th November @ 19:30
It all begins at 19:30 on Wednesday 4th of November when the SIGMA2015 registration, pre drinks and optional poker tourney kick off. One of the top hotels in Malta, the InterContinental in St Julians will play host to the SIGMA2015 attendees as they collect their badges (which open up many doors throughout the duration of the conference), enjoy some icebreaking welcome drinks and take part in a Networking Poker Tournament. What better way to begin a working relationship than to win money from someone over a table!
Thursday 5th November
The conference begins on the Thursday with Gamification kicking off the event at 08:00. There will be a registration and welcome note to begin with, then a day filled with Keynote speakers, information on emerging trends, how to make gamification work for you, why it’s important and what it means. By 11:00 you’ll have a head full of new ideas and plans starting to form, so what better time to enjoy a networking coffee break hosted by Exante, to talk over these new thoughts with like minded people.
The Affiliate & SEO conference begins at 14:30 and that’s where I’ll be spending most of my time, listening to talks on improving your sites, the trends we need to look out for (to help us bring you what you want!), the importance of social media and, at 16:00 another networking coffee break, hosted by SMSwarriors to rest our weary legs and give us another chance to chat with some new faces.
At the end of the first day, BetConstruct will hold a glamorous networking drinks event at 18:00 at Tapaz where the delegates can all meet again to discuss the ideas of the day, build new relationships, strengthen existing bonds and let their hair down after a day of hard work!
Friday 6th November @ SIGMA2015
Friday 6th November at SIGMA2015 is filled with talk and information on Payments, Security, Anti-Fraud and Bitcoin in one conference and a Regulatory Update in the second. During the day there will be networking opportunities on the expo floor, but organised networking events such as the 11:30 coffee break hosted by Kount and the 16:30 coffee break hosted by the Malta Gaming Authority themselves.
Then, SIGMA2015 will finish off another inspirational day with more networking drinks at Tapaz, starting around 18:30 hosted by one of our favourites; iGame, followed by the official closing party at one of the most exclusive locations on the island.
Saturday 7th November: SIGMA2015 Farewell
Then on Saturday SIGMA will hold their final hurrah for this year with a chilled out, end of conference farewell at Paranga Beach, before visitors head to the airport. This really is a chance to kick back and finish the trip in style. Many delegates are already based in Malta so it’ll be a chance to catch up with old friends and enjoy the lovely, balmy November sun we’re used to. But many, many more attendees are flying to Malta especially so this is their chance to see the best of the little iGaming island and cement new friendships and relationships in business.