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

2019 Special Events

I/ITSEC Special Events

Air Force Simulators Pitch Day

Thursday, 5 December
0830 - 1200  |  Room S320GH

Featured Speaker: Dr. Will Roper, SES, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Moderator: Col Philip Carpenter, Senior Materiel Leader, Simulators Program Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

In conjunction with the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the Simulators Program Office solicited proposals from small businesses to inject innovative technologies into operational training systems. The program office has asked small businesses to “pitch” how they can help the Air Force in certain areas or topics including but not limited to the following: 

  • High end Weather effects within Simulator Gaming Environments 
  • Deployable, austere environment high-fidelity simulator 
  • Visual acuity and fidelity of objects at long ranges within the simulator environment 
  • Interoperability among networked simulators 
  • Simulator interoperability considering releasability of capabilities 
  • Cloud-Based Simulators 
  • Performance Based Training, Data Collection and Analysis 
  • Artificial Intelligence aided instruction in Simulator 
  • Shortening the timeline for maintenance training 

The objective was not to ask small businesses to go out and invent something new, but rather to creatively repurpose existing technologies that could be leveraged to satisfy Air Force training needs. Ultimately the idea is to connect with industry which will help us move into the latest technological space faster. 
The first phase of this effort, held in July 2019, resulted in a number of Phase I SBIR awards. In October, select Phase I awardees were given the opportunity to submit proposals for a Phase II award that would build on what was learned and demonstrated in their Phase I efforts. These companies were then invited to privately present their Phase II proposals to an Air Force panel at the Simulators Pitch Day event during I/ITSEC. 
Regardless of whether the Phase II proposal resulted in an award or not, the selected companies are now given the opportunity to pitch their initiatives to the I/ITSEC community as a whole, during the “Media Day” event on 5 December. It is expected that attendees at this event will include major prime defense industry executives, venture capitalists and other service acquisition executives. 

Industry Questions about this event can be directed to: Margaret Merkle (Margaret.merkle.1@us.af.mil) or Patrick J. Kawonczyk (patrick.kawonczyk@us.af.mil)

Iron Dev at I/ITSEC 2019 

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 4 developers and a senior mentor or producer.  Equipment (Ingredients) will be provided as well as some equipment will be identified for teams to bring. Teams will have 3 full days to develop their system and then demonstrate them on the 4th day of the competition in front of a fun and engaging panel of judges. Awards will be given to the best overall training solution and to the boldest solution. Contact Brian Vogt at brian.d.vogt@gmail.com with any questions. 

Launch Pad 2019

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Special event designed to provide a venue for demonstration of innovative and disruptive technologies to I/ITSEC 2019 attendees. Team Orlando, an inter-service military partnership in Central Florida, has taken the lead to create a forum where industry, academia and government participants can display their latest and greatest technologies to conference attendees, to include key government acquisition stakeholders, with focused presentations during I/ITSEC 2019. The objective is to showcase innovative and disruptive initiatives that may be included in future acquisition efforts.