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Disruptive Technology


2024 Theme: Enabling operational advantage through non-traditional training technologies

The video gaming industry has experienced significant increases in military interest. With an estimated value of $250 billion in 2023, and an unending demand for greater realism in simulated experiences, this market is constantly investing in R&D. The potential benefits to Defence training simulation users range from true-to-life urban environment mapping and realistic civilian behavioural protocols, to complex weather coding.

The Disruptive Technology (DisTec) Theatre provides an exciting showcase of training technologies from outside the traditional defence industry, and is free to attend for all exhibition visitors. This is an opportunity to explore developments in markets such as commercial gaming and first responders, and discuss their potential applications for defence.

Interested in participating next year? Contact Evie Bullivant with your suggestions.

Why is DisTec a vital part of IT²EC?

The development of simulated or synthetic training capabilities in the last decade has brought about significant changes in the way military personnel are trained. However, there are still barriers to the effective use and integration of these technologies. Although military training establishments have been restricted to a certain degree in their speed to leverage available technologies, the landscape is now changing and we aim to support and boost this transition through our DisTec.

A stepping stone for small businesses:

As an increasing number of game-changing solutions come from start-up companies and cross-sector technology transfer, they provide fresh competition to well-established companies in training and simulation. With a limited budget to showcase their solutions, DisTec helps to pave the way for new market entrants who can extensively benefit from using our platform to share their knowledge with the wider community.