GamCrowd Tech Week. Meet our Start Up Sponsors.

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GamCrowd is proud to introduce our sponsors for our tech week who without there support we would not be able hold this event. We asked them to answer a few questions so you can get to know them.

 

Why are you sponsoring GamCrowd Tech Week?
We are looking to redefine how people perceive the processes involved in developing and distributing interactive casino content. We are bringing a level of efficiency and stability that doesn’t currently in the industry. GamCrowd’s Tech Week is closely aligned to that ethos – challenging the way we think and have done things for so many years with a view on exploring new methods and protocols. There are a lot of synergies between Black Cow’s corporate vision and what Tech Week is looking to achieve. We’re proud to be a sponsor.
 
Please tell us something about your company and what you do.

Black Cow Technology is a private company founded in 2014  Max Francis (an industry veteran with over 14 years’ experience at OpenBet) to develop a best-of-breed game server software framework. Our first product is the Open Gaming Architecture (‘OGA’) which uses open-source software to provide a platform for game developers to efficiently and rapidly build and distribute any type of interactive casino content. OGA also offers a fully featured Game Development Kit (GDK) which enables any number of 3rd party developers to build games remotely and directly onto the platform. Essentially OGA is a next-generation game server that encourages innovation and efficiency in building casino games.  
 
What tech trends to you think will be adopted in the next few years and what for?
Assuming you are referencing egaming?? We see the coming-to-fruition of what has been discussed and explored for so many years finally happening. Key to that is actual personalisation of players’ experiences including the messages they see and how they interact with operators’ sites. Further we see operators finally taking control of their environments and releasing their dependence on 3rd parties, albeit bit by bit over time. OGA, as an internal game server for an operator for example, puts the operator in direct control of the games they want built, the timelines for deploying them and their design – they no longer need to rely on 3rd parties to deliver content which they don’t have input into anyway. Owning your own technical enviroments will be the key trend we feel.

 

Why are you sponsoring GamCrowd Tech Week?
Tech is at our core, we are Geektastic after all. Having personally worked in the gambling industry since 2002 and been part of the Mfuse team that lead the mobile revolution I can remember all too well the conversations with operators, trying to educate them that mobile was the next big thing (I can still remember being laughed at when we suggested it would be 50% of revenues before they knew it). Sure it look longer than expected, these things often do. We love what GamCrowd are doing, leading the march again trying to educate and share knowledge across the industry with the latest trends in tech ensuring nobody gets left behind.
 
Please tell us something about your company and what you do.
Geektastic was born out of frustration. The co-founders have scaled engineering teams at both large corporates and small start-ups and were continually frustrated by the lack of quality assurance provided by recruiters who were unable to properly evaluate candidate's technical skills up front leaving it to the often overstretched hiring team to find time in their busy schedule to asses their skills (or lack thereof). We have created a unique, peer review technical evaluation platform supported by a fast growing global community of software engineers who create and review code challenges for our clients. We also provide access to the pre-qualified community for our clients to source talent.
 
How is your company preparing for the next tech revolution?
It's funny that we have actually based our business around human peer reviews when the rest of the world is using technology to solve their problems. We are however helping our clients find the best, most suitable tech talent to help them be prepared for the tech revolution. More and more companies are bringing their tech in house and with the limited supply it's not an easy process; we aim to make it as pain free as possible.
 
What tech trends to you think will be adopted in the next few years and what for?
The general consensus is AI, VR,AR,MR is going to change the world. There is no question it's going to have an impact, the question is how quickly and how deeply. In the gambling space AI will clearly have an impact on sports betting, particularly with trading teams, AR/VR/MR will clearly have in impact on Casino and Games, it really depends on device manufacturers as to how quickly it is adopted by consumers.
 
What you like to achieve from GamCrowd Tech Week?
Having been out of the industry for the past two years this is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest trends shaping the industry, both from a tech and product perspective. I am also keen to see what the new, agile and nimble start ups are doing, trying to disrupt the bigger players (before they get acquired by Playtech:)). OOOPS - saw you only said 3!!!

 

Please tell us something about your company and what you do.
ZignSec is a cloud based verification service provider enabling its customers to in real-time identify their users to comply with KYC and AML-regulation. Customer are mainly found in the areas of financial services where regulations demands strong authentication carried out in compliance with Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Funding laws to be conducted.  All features in ZignSec’s services works in real-time and seamlessly in the background enabling customers to make decisions faster, more accurately, and more secure.

How is your company preparing for the next tech revolution?
Zignsec is creating its entire offering around the next tech revolution in the area os user identification, KYC and AML. We are deeply involved in the eIDAS initiative to take advantage of the new eID-solutions popping up across Europe. We are also directly involved in the PSD2-initiative to utilize the open banking api's for user verificaiton.

What tech trends to you think will be adopted in the next few years and what for?
We see that due to tighter regulation (like the PSD2) the industry is moving away from the risk-based verification approach that has been the norm for many years to a more rigid toll-gate approach requiring strong authentication to enter.  It is the countries in the Nordics with established eID-solutions that are leading this technology shift demonstrating that good security does not mean poor user-experience.

Please tell us something about your company and what you do.
SQS was founded on one core idea: to sustainably optimise our customers’ business processes through quality assurance software and IT systems.
Today, over 30 years later, this tenet still holds true. However, in the current climate of digital transformation and rapid change, to optimise an organisation often means our ISTQB® certified specialist consultants helping it to adapt and change in order to remain competitive. Within our Gaming Domain vertical we bring over a decade of Quality Assurance and Certification experience from working across the industry with Operators, Platform Providers, Content Providers and key Regulatory commissions.
 
How is your company preparing for the next tech revolution?
We work in partnership with our clients in three main areas: digital change management consultancy, quality management and technical software testing.
Our single focus that ‘quality underpins everything you do as a business’ has made us the world’s leading independent quality partner for your digital demands. We’re working with companies as they develop their single view of a customer programmes, bringing together Land Based and Digital offerings into seamless customer experiences.
We understand organisations challenges of:
Delivering better cost efficiency and speed to market in technology-led transformations

  • Driving digitalisation and innovation
  • Demonstrating timely regulatory compliance
  • Identifying and mitigating business risk in IT-led change
  • Keeping customer outcomes front and centre of change programmes
  • Over the last 30 years, we have seen companies struggle to achieve these, so we are perfectly placed to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls and ultimately deliver faster.

What tech trends to you think will be adopted in the next few years and what for?
The new EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that becomes effective from 25th May 2018 introduces extended rights and a new worldwide reach for the protection EU citizens data. This is backed up with dissuasive levels of potential fines (up to €20M or 4% of worldwide revenue whichever is greater).
At the same time there is an ever increasing public awareness of cybercrime and personal data breach due to highly publicized corporate failures, and on top of this, and to mark 1 year to go to GDPR, the EU Commission has announced that within the year they will be launching an EU-wide campaign to raise awareness so that Europeans are conscious of the rights.
As such any new tech trends people are thinking about are going to have to ensure that whatever the initiative, that (and to quote the ICO here) “good data protection is a cornerstone of your business policy and practices”.