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I/ITSEC 2022 Recap
With over 17,000 total attendees including multiple international attendees, industry leaders, active duty and government participants, I/ITSEC has continued to return strong in 2022. I/ITSEC opened with an unprecedented fireside chat with General David W. Allvin, USAF, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, and Major General Shawn N. Bratton, USSF, Commander, Space Training and Readiness Command, along with the industry keynote, Van Sullivan, CEO, Trideum Corporation. There were over 125 distinguished government visitors and a steady continuation of government booths on the exhibit floor. I/ITSEC continues to produce a cost-effective professional-development partnership focused on training, education, and innovation.
I/ITSEC 2022 Conference Statistics
- Exhibit Visitors: 5,700*
- Conference Attendees: 4,800*
- Exhibit Personnel: 7,000
- International Visitors: 1,900 attendees from 61 Countries
- Exhibiting Companies: 452 companies occupying 425 exhibit spaces in 188,000 net square feet
*All registration categories include access to the exhibit hall, with the number of combined exhibitor visitors at 10,500 in addition to the 7,000 exhibit personnel already present on the floor, over 17,500 visitors walked the I/ITSEC exhibit halls.
iFEST 2022 Recap
iFEST 2022 focused on the value of working together to build the DoD’s future learning ecosystem. In today’s connected world, projects that achieve enterprise-level interoperability and widespread adoption depend on building partnerships.
Over 360 participants gathered at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA from 16-18 August to learn about critical factors driving education and training modernization from policymakers, senior military officials, industry leaders, government, and academia.
TSIS 2022 RecapThe 2022 Training & Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) hosted it’s first in person event since 2019 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. In fact, this year’s symposium was the largest to date with over 950 registrants. The symposium provided attendees updated information on training and simulation procurement requirements from the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, DoD, and the Joint Medical simulation community. Additionally, the symposium hosted four industry panels that addressed challenges and opportunities faced by companies large and small. NDIA Central Florida chapter and NDIA Women in Defense Central Florida, along with NTSA, co-hosted the annual conference to facilitate transparency for the services and to indicate long-term business development and strategic directions for industry.
M&S Leadership Summit 2022 Recap“A digital synthetic world empowering interconnected people,” Bob Kleinhample opened the What is the metaverse? Panel at NTSA Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Leadership Summit. Definitions of the metaverse and new technologies vary, but industry experts agree that the metaverse is a way forward for modeling, simulation, and training.
The day was filled with insightful speakers and purposeful questions, making the Summit an event people will be talking about for many days to come. With the goal of discussing important industry issues to help reach specific action initiatives for the Congressional M&S Caucus, speakers shared varied insights and experiences on a common theme. The military metaverse is transforming, and John Cunningham of Unity shared, “I believe the use cases for the DoD are more mature and ready for the metaverse.”
MODSIM World 2022 Recap
MODSIM World 2022 concluded on Wednesday, May 11th following two and a half days of keynote events, a rich technical program, and multiple networking and community building events. The conference kicked off on Monday, May 9th with keynotes from Congressman Bobby Scott and Ingalls Shipbuilding CTO Terry Walley. Congressman Scott highlighted the need for M&S skills to support the future trajectory the country is taking and discussed how education and workforce development remain a focus for the M&S Congressional Caucus. Following Congressman Scott, Terry Walley highlighted how M&S tools have evolved over the years and support heavy manufacturing today, especially noting the need for more M&S practitioners to work closely with their industry partners. To conclude the afternoon there were two keynote panels; one focused on industry and the annual Simulation Century panel. During the industry panel, the speakers touched on the diverse ways M&S is supporting drone operations, logistics and supply chain, and heavy manufacturing.
CMSP Roundtable Recap
On November 4th, the CMSP Awareness and Demand Committee held a round table discussion about the value of professional certification and CMSP specifically. Our panel spanned a wide range of professional perspectives. Discussion was lively. Questions from attendees covered everything from the history of CMSP to the value of someone mid-career pursuing certification. More than 60 signed up for the event sending the message that there is an appetite for CMSP and all that it offers.
iFEST 2021 Recap
iFEST 2021 focused on the growing imperative for education and training innovation, including data-centric reforms needed to create a DoD-wide interoperable learning ecosystem. Over 525 participants joined the virtual discussion to learn from policymakers, senior military officials, and technology leaders from industry, government, and academia.
The iFEST conference is sponsored annually by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) in collaboration with the ADL Initiative. It has become an important venue for discussions on the modernization of DoD’s education and training enterprise. Like last year’s conference, the organizers opted to hold iFEST 2021 in a virtual format due to COVID-19, and the online venue included keynote speakers, panels sessions, technical presentations, and other activities organized around the theme Learning and Thriving in the New Normal.
STCF 2021 RecapThe Simulation Training and Community Forum (STCF) was held in Fairborn, Ohio on 11 August. The event was hosted jointly by National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) and the Simulators Division of the Agile Combat Support Directorate (ACS), United States Air Force. Industry was provided with updates from 19th Air Force, the new Chief of the Modeling and Simulation Office, and HAF A3T. Additionally, STCF held a very in depth and information panel with representative from most of the Major Commands within the Air Force. Col Lea Kirkwood, Program Executive Officer (PEO) of ACS, also gave an overview of the portfolio. Col Kurian followed the PEO with a Simulators Division update, which included information from the five Materiel Leaders within the Division.
TSIS 2021 RecapThe 2021 Training & Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) was a hybrid event with the vast majority attending in person at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. In fact, this year’s symposium was the largest to date with over 1,000 attending either in-person or via virtual platform. The symposium provided attendees updated information on training and simulation procurement requirements from the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, DoD, and the Joint Medical simulation community. Additionally, the symposium hosted three industry panels that addressed challenges and opportunities faced by companies large and small. NDIA Central Florida chapter, along with NTSA, co-hosted the annual conference to facilitate transparency for the services and to indicate long-term business development and strategic directions for industry.
NTSA Connect is growing! Have you logged in yet?Over the last several months, NTSA has been working to further enhance the user experience on NTSA Connect—and we are seeing the positive results roll in! More and more M&S and training professionals are launching and replying to engaging discussions within the NTSA Agenda, providing each other important and interesting updates and feedback related to their fields of work.
With 5,000 total platform attendees including multiple international delegations, industry leaders, active duty and government registrations, vIITSEC was a tremendous virtual success. The Service Keynote speaker was The Honorable Alan R. Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) and the Industry Keynote speaker was Ms Nazzic S. Keene, Chief Executive Officer of SAIC.
5,000 total vIITSEC platform attendees
1,525 government attendees
1,000 STEM attendees
4, 000 total visitors to exhibit hall
133 exhibiting companies
Over 9,000 networking chat messages exchanged the week of vIITSEC
Over 19,000 views of papers, tutorials and special live events the week of vIITSEC
iFEST 2020 Online Conference SummaryNTSA and the ADL Initiative successfully held the first iFEST online conference where attendees were able to view the most cutting-edge presentations and influential speakers. iFEST 2020 provided a unique opportunity for military, government, industry, and academia professionals to share the latest in distributed learning innovations.
TSIS 2020 Virtual Event RecapThe 2020 Training and Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The symposium offered attendees updated information on procurement requirements from the Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marines, as well as a better understanding of the impacts that the COVID-19 virus precautions created. Additionally, five industry panels afforded attendees insights into contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by companies large and small. The NDIA Central Florida Chapter co-hosted this annual event with NTSA through an online platform for over 700 attendees to aid in both transparency for the services and long-term business development and strategic planning efforts for industry.
M&S Leadership Summit
On Monday, February 24, NTSA hosted the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Caucus Leadership Summit, in Jacksonville, Florida. The theme of the event was "Zero Harm: Improving Patient Safety in Healthcare through M&S". Congressmen Bobby Scott, Jack Berman, and John Rutherford attended the event, and spoke of the importance of M&S for assessment, predictive analysis, training, and assessment for patient safety. Keynote speakers and panels addressed the required outcomes to support improvement and best practices that are scalable for success.
A Look at I/ITSEC 2019 on Twitter
I/ITSEC is the world's largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students.
Using Scraawl SocL, we collected 3,967 tweets mentioning #iitsec or #iitsec2019 from 29 November through 6 December 2019 to capture the entire conversation during the event.
NTSA offers Postgraduate and Undergraduate Scholarships at I/ITSEC 2020
2020 RADM Fred Lewis Postgraduate, Leonard P. Gollobin I/ITSEC Scholarship and the Barbara McDaniel Undergraduate Scholarship. Applications will be accepted through mid June 2020. Funds will be available to the student for the Fall 2020 Quarter/Semester. Click LEARN MORE for more information.
iFEST 2019 ConferenceiFEST 2019 was a huge success that provided unique opportunities for military, government, industry, and academia professionals to share the latest in distributed learning innovations.
Capitol Hill M&S Expo
On Wednesday, July 10, NTSA hosted an event at the Rayburn building on Capitol Hill, with top-notch M&S demonstrations from around the country at the 13th Annual 2019 Capitol Hill Modeling and Simulation Expo.
NTSA hosts a Lunch and Learn for Congressional Representatives and Staff
A Lunch and Learn opportunity for Congressional Representatives and Staff discussing modeling and simulation technologies was held on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
2019 TSIS Recap
The 2019 Training and Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) held in Orlando, FL offered attendees procurement requirements from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, direct interaction with command leads and access to defense related panel sessions.