ITEC 2019

DisTec | Disruptive Technology

With the rapid speed at which technology is developing, military and civil protection training communities are striving to provide a more realistic and effective training environment.
An increasing number of game-changing solutions are coming from start-up companies and cross-sector technology transfer, providing fresh competition to the well-established primes in training and simulation. With smaller budgets to showcase their solutions, new market entrants rely on the cutting-edge tech to speak for itself.

Thanks to the further development of simulated or synthetic training capabilities, the last decade has brought about significant changes in the way personnel are trained. Barriers to the effectiveness, use and integration of these technologies still exist and while the military training establishment have been restricted to a degree in their speed to leverage available technologies, the landscape is now changing. 

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About DisTec

DisTec is a brand new show-floor experience launching at ITEC 2019, exploring new solutions shaping the future of training and simulation.  

Located on the ITEC exhibition floor, the DisTec area will invite the industry's brightest innovators and thought-leaders to challenge the current training and technology paradigms. Areas covered will include:

  • Wearable Technology
  • Augmented Reality and Simulations
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Enhancing Human Performance

The adjacent demo zone will allow visitors to inspect prototypes and product replicas first-hand, and quiz creators on their visions for the industry.

DisTec is free to attend for ITEC exhibition visitors.

Take part in DisTec

With a mixture of curated content and commercial presentation slots, DisTec provides an ideal platform for innovators to show practical and relevant applications for their technology. We are excited to announce a number of headline participants taking part in the inaugural DisTec, including our keynote speaker from the UK MOD Defence Innovation. Organisations already confirmed to participate are:

  • DASA
  • NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence
  • Area9 Lyceum
  • University College London
  • Thinke Company
  • QinetiQ
  • Gamification Nation

The agenda is almost full, but there is still room on the agenda for exceptional contributions. Click on the buttons below for details of how you and your organisation can take part.

Speaking opportunities

Speaking opportunities

The DisTec show-floor theatre programme will encompass 1.5 days on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May. 

Each presentation slot is 30 minutes, although we can be flexible for exceptional circumstances.

Those interested in speaking should contact conference producer Barney Reeves with a proposed title, up to 200 words explaining your subject, and a short biography of your proposed speaker.



The DisTec show-floor area features a number of exhibition and demo opportunities for organisations to showcase their latest and greatest innovations.

To discuss how you can secure outstanding exposure for your brand, contact event manager James Condley.

"With so many SMEs attending ITEC this year, including a record number of first-time exhibitors, we are delighted to be able to provide a platform from which they can display their most pioneering developments. DisTec will allow start-ups and other ambitious organisations to showcase their cutting edge technology in front of global, state-level procurement officials who are openly investing in new and disruptive training systems in the civilian and military sectors. This is one of a number of new features at ITEC 2019, ensuring the event’s 30th anniversary edition will be one to remember."

Tracy Bebbington, Event Director

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Event info

2020 Exhibition opening times:

Tue 28 April
Wed 29 April 
Thu 30 April 

2020 Venue info

ExCeL London
Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway
Royal Docks
E16 1XL

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