U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta views Global Insurance Symposium Smart Home during Waukee Apex Visit
April 4, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

United States Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta received a firsthand look at the Global Insurance Symposium (GIS) “smart home” during a visit to Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) on Wednesday, April 4. Secretary Acosta joined Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen at the local high school to learn about the program’s talent cultivation and workforce development program.

As part of his facility tour, Secretary Acosta observed the smart home exhibit the APEX building and trades students have constructed for the 2018 GIS in late April. It will be on display throughout the event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The interactive smart home exhibit will showcase Internet of Things technology for smart houses, designed to make residences safer and more efficient with an end goal of positively impacting consumers, businesses, and insurers. The structure will offer attendees a close-up look at how these technologies work and how they impact the insurance industry.

“Secretary Acosta’s visit was a wonderful opportunity to showcase not only the students’ hard work, but also a real look at the changing landscape of insurance and technology,” said Laura Beebe, GIS co-chair. “The ongoing collaboration with Waukee APEX has been very rewarding for GIS, and we are thrilled to have these students gain direct, professional experience through working with our event.”

The GIS has partnered with the Waukee APEX for the past several years. Students have helped in coordinating event efforts, marketing, and data evaluation. This year, the building and construction experience has been a new addition to the APEX students’ involvement.

The 2018 GIS will be held from April 24-26, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the event, visit https://globalinsurancesymposium.com/.

About the Global Insurance Symposium

Established in 2014, the Global Insurance Symposium is the premier symposium for insurance professionals and regulatory authorities to hear from the world’s most renowned insurance experts and to interact with fellow insurance industry colleagues from around the world. The Global Insurance Symposium is presented by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Global Insurance Accelerator, Insurance Thought Leadership, and the Iowa Insurance Division. For more information, visit www.GlobalInsuranceSymposium.com.

Global Insurance Symposium Update: {3/20/2020 10:00 a.m. CDT} Due to state and federal guidelines on large gatherings, the 2020 Global Insurance Symposium has been cancelled. The symposium will be back next year on April 26-28, 2021. For those attendees who were looking forward to seeing the final presentations of this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) cohort, please note that the GIA is going to host a virtual pitch event on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm CST. More information can be found at www.globalinsuranceaccelerator.com.