Special Events

Each year I/ITSEC hosts a series of special events that reflect topical areas in the world of Modeling, Simulation and Training. From looking into the future of medical simulation to seeing what Hollywood's most cutting edge effects wizards can bring to the industry, I/ITSEC's Special Events are always innovative and informative.

The I/ITSEC Special Events are divided into four general categories:

  • Signature Events: Must-see "Flag Level" type events such as the Congressional Panel, General/Flag Officers Panel
  • Focus Events: High interest panels and speakers
  • Community of Interest: Smaller audience, tightly focused
  • Program Briefs: Briefs from the Services for ongoing programs 

Click here for full details on all 2021 Special Events.

2021 Special Events

Cyber Pavilion

Sponsorship Flyer: click here for details.

NTSA Cyber Pavilion is the inaugural event at I/ITSEC where Cyber, Electromagnetic, and Information Warfare leaders collaborate to:

  • Educate the community on current programs/projects (e.g. Persistent Cyber Training Environment, Electronic Warfare Planning Management Tool (EWPMT), and others)
  • Communicate opportunities – (e.g. Electronic Warfare and Cyber at the Tactical Level, integration of capabilities into staffs, EW/Cyber/SIGINT Integration, Understanding Mis/Dis Information Campaigns, etc.)
  • Provide current operational unit requirements (US Army Cyber Command, Cyber Center of Excellence, 16th AF IW Command, Navy and Marines)
  • Capture the Flag Event – demonstration of skills

As the capabilities in these different fields continues to grow in each service, this pavilion will be a platform to help communicate and cooperate on finding solutions to this every changing environment for the not only the U.S. Government and Department of Defense, but other countries and commercial organizations. Senior leaders from many organizations will speak at the pavilion, get a better understanding of current capabilities, and assist in communicating the needs of their organizations and services – all part of the pavilion objectives.

Next Big Thing 2021

Sponsorship Flyer: click here for details.

I/ITSEC, in coordination with NTSA, has a new forum to help organizations (Government, Industry, and Academia) position to realize high value from rapidly evolving technology. “The Next Big Thing” looks at both a near term and a long term (3 – 5 year) horizon. For this year, the near term horizon is Extended Realities and how we accelerate its adoption. To collaborate on this, there is a special event with impactful and recognize speakers presenting and discussing novel perspectives on XR. To explore the long term horizon, we have a special event consisting of future thought leaders with interesting, unbounded perspectives on what the future will present for our community to factor in strategic positioning. We call this event “Innovation Megatrends.”

View the Special Events Program for complete information about the XR Acceleration TalX, XR Technical TalX, and the Innovation Megatrends event.

Following the XR Acceleration Event will be a social networking event with hors d'oeuvres and beverages to network with speakers and others interested in XR. You must attend event to be invited to the reception.

All events will be held at the OCCC, in an exciting modern room, setting the tone for the future!

Iron Dev

I/ITSEC is now accepting nominations for its second annual Iron Dev competition at I/ITSEC 2021, 29 November –  3 December 2021. Submit here no later than 28 October 2021.

If you are an organization with developers in the training and simulation industry, we are looking for your involvement in this competition to both showcase your team’s skills as well as improve your training system development skills. Iron Dev is a team competition similar to competitive cooking shows, where teams will be given a challenge and 'secret ingredient' to develop a training solution to improve warfighter readiness. Teams will consist of diverse members with skills in AR/VR development, simulation networking/distribution, graphic design, simulation development, and training development. Teams will have from 1 November 2021 to 2 December 2021 to develop their system. On 2 December 2021 the teams will demonstrate their solution in front of a fun and engaging panel of judges in a virtual/online show. The teams will be given a ‘secret ingredient’ on 29 November 2021, the first day of I/ITSEC, for integration into their solution for the final show. Then the teams will be invited to present their solutions live or virtually at I/ITSEC on 2 December 2021 to the judges to determine the Best Overall Solution, Most Innovative Solution, and People’s Choice Solution – one team can win all three categories!

Review complete details via the Iron Dev Information and the Special Events Program. Sponsorships are available, contact Shannon Burch at sburch@NTSA.org for details.