Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Recall: Serious Games Disseminated Within DoD

Will Wright: Keynote Address @ The Upcoming GameTech 2010


The Defense GameTech Users' Conference is focused on the use of (Serious) Games and Virtual World (VW) technologies for training within the Department of Defense. The conference is the premier venue to discuss policy and technical challenges associated with the use of consumer gaming technologies and VW in military training applications.

Defense GameTech User's Conference main goals are:

•Promote the use of game technology within the Department of Defense

•Provide a forum for DoD game technology users to exchange ideas and information Defense GameTech Users' Conference Objectives

•Provide tutorials for DoD personnel that maximize their ability to use game technology fielded within DoD

•Provide DoD personnel an update on industry/academia gaming and virtual world trends

•Provide community at large an update on DoD gaming and virtual world projects 

The 2010 Defense GameTech Users' Conference will be held March 29-31 at the Orlando Hilton in Orlando, Florida. 

The conference program is final and includes experts from Government, Academia, and Industry that will discuss the current state of gaming and virtual world technologies.

The keynote speakers are leading authorities in military training and commercial game development:

- General John Mattis, Commander of Joint Forces Command

- Mr. Will Wright, Creator of The Sims, SimCity, and Spore

- Major General (Sel) Melvin Spiese, Commander of USMC Training and Education Command

- Dr. Lawrence Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium

The conference program is action packed and includes eight introductory tutorials, eighteen presentations, twenty tutorials, and five panel presentations. 

Industry leaders in the gaming and virtual world field will also be exhibiting at conference. Confirmed exhibitors are Alelo, Inc., HP, Calytrix Technologies, Camber Corp, Bohemia Interactive Australia, Lockheed Martin, Alion Science & Technology, Engineering & Computer Simulation, TerraSim Inc., IDS International, Vcom 3D, Di-Guy Boston Dynamics, Scalable Display Technologies, Adayana Government Group, Three Wire Systems, Advanced Brain Monitoring, and Laser Shot, Inc.

This year’s conference will include the announcement of winners of the Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory sponsored 'Innovations in DoD Gaming' competition, and The U.S. Army Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) sponsored Federal Virtual World Challenge. 

Located on Destination Parkway at the crossroads of I-4, the Beach Line and International Drive, the conference hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city just minutes from famous attractions such as Sea World, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. While enjoying the conference see your Hilton Orlando Concierge Desk for more details on Theme Park tickets and Excursions to explore our “city beautiful”! 

Stay updated with all GameTech news including post conference documents and surveys, plus info for next year’s conference with Twitter (@DefenseGameTech) and Facebook (GameTech Conference) accounts.

GameTech is hosted by Team Orlando, which includes the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, the U.S. Navy Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, the U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems, the U.S. Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, the U.S. Army Simulation & Training Technology Center, and the Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory.