In December, thousands of high tech professionals – ranging from program managers to scientists, engineers, educators and government decision-makers – will flock to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), a conference organized in Orlando by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
As the world’s largest event for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T), I/ITSEC offers a week full of exhibits, events, technical papers, workshops and tutorials that are carefully designed to provide attendees with meaningful takeaways and a sneak peek at the future of MS&T.
Year after year, I/ITSEC has seen growth in attendance. In 2019, registration has boomed by 19% in comparison to 2018, which drew over 1,800 attendees from 50 countries across the globe. Given its close ties to NDIA, the conference’s theme of national security comes as no surprise; however, attendees can expect to find a broad spectrum of innovative, nontraditional applications of MS&T technologies around every corner of the trade show floor.
I/ITSEC lays its roots in Central Florida for good reason. The Corridor region is recognized nationally as a center of excellence for this booming sector, and Central Florida is known as a veritable hub where the communities of government, academia and industry converge to enhance national security, improve health care, provide entertainment and more.
As Brian Holmes, vice president of business development at Quantum3D and conference chair at I/ITSEC testifies, NTSA’s goal is to move beyond the boundaries of the region and illustrate the wide variety of opportunities awaiting other key sectors to adopt MS&T to advance their growth.
“There are other industries out there that have not heard our gospel and haven’t understood the message,” said Holmes. “We’re trying to reach out to these industries and help them understand how these tools and technologies can make a difference in either competitive advantage, military or cyber domains.”
I/ITSEC provides a space for people of all different types, interests, careers and walks of life. From students exploring the potential of a high tech career to seasoned military professionals, the conference offers access to high-level government and industry decision-makers, a rich opportunity to learn from government and industry personnel, and a collaborative environment primed for the accomplishment of multidisciplinary business objectives. This year’s event kicks off Dec. 2, so in preparation of what’s to come, we’ve compiled a guide of “can’t-miss” experiences for I/ITSEC 2019: