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Beyond Defence: Growing SimTecT

What began as a Defence simulation conference is now the world’s most diverse simulation forum. It brings together academia, industry and government in an event encompassing many industries and uses of simulation. Growing an emerging industry presents unique challenges, as you navigate several “dialects” and build understandings about simulation capability from the ground up. SimTecT began in 1995, and has its roots in defence, an industry whose simulation use is diverse, both in terms of application and maturity. Since accepting the Convenor role in 2009, The Simulation Agency’s Deanna Hutchinson has been a key figure in leading the SimTecT conference through a significant change program, broadening the attendance demographic beyond defence, to include mining, transport, education, construction and emergency management. Deanna has also led the reshaping of the conference program to include innovation and decision support as well as the traditional training focus.

Along the way, our performance has been reinforced by excellent feedback, such as this comment from a senior US military delegate in 2012 “this is better than ITEC” (reference to the coveted European event), and several industry insiders offering congratulations for delivering a great buzz and “the right audience”. In 2016, after a two-year break, Deanna moved into the Congress Executive role, overseeing the integration of SimTecT, SimHealth and a one-year partnership with ISAGA (www.simulationcongress.com.au)

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