QBE North America, an Australia-based global insurer with offices in Wisconsin, has opened a unique new Digital Innovation Lab in Sun Prairie.

The lab was unveiled to over 200 people on Feb. 22, as part of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Big Night Out event series. It will be a place for engineers, scientists and students to collaborate and discover new ways to apply cutting-edge technology.

“We needed to build out our capability set to understand what emerging tech will mean to use as an organization,” said Ted Stuckey, head of the Global Innovation Lab division of QBE. “Given that we’re a specialty insurance carrier, we touch every commercial entity out there.”

He listed off industries ranging from aviation and spacecraft to crops, pointing out that if QBE is going to retain its position as a worldwide leader in insurance, it needs to support and understand various emerging technologies. Read the full story here.