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August 20, 2021

Major Hartford insurtech symposium pushed to 2022

Photo | HBJ File The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

A recent uptick in coronavirus infections has prompted organizers to push back what was supposed to be one of the first major business conferences in downtown Hartford since the pandemic began.

InsurTech Hartford (ITH), an association of local insurance professionals and industry boosters, announced Wednesday that it will move its insurance technology symposium from October to some time in the second quarter of 2022.

“While we recognize the important role that in-person events play in the insurance and insurtech communities, we prefer to err on the side of caution,” said InsurTech Hartford founder Stacey Brown. “The delta variant has caused a lot of concern across the country, and this seems to be the most prudent course of action at this time. Anecdotally we have heard from many insurers who are pushing back in-person return to work, so we have decided to follow their example.”

ITH initially planned to hold the two-day event on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Before Wednesday’s announcement, organizers had said they expected around 1,000 attendees.

InsurTech Hartford held its first insurance technology symposium in 2019 at the Hartford Marriott. A locked-down 2020 made a second gathering that year impossible, but the group had held out hope that, with the Northeast’s comparatively high vaccination rates, insurance workers from the Boston and New York City areas would feel safe enough to travel to Hartford in the fall of 2021.

So far, two major Hartford-based insurers — Travelers Cos. and The Hartford — have postponed their return-to-office plans in light of the spread of the delta variant. Travelers said it would push its early September return date out by at least one month; The Hartford is extending remote work options indefinitely and says it plans to move more workers to a hybrid schedule in the coming months.

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