Wargaming - assessing the utility of new tools and techniques, 7 November, Coventry

Posted on: 16/10/2019

Join Dstl to explore how emerging technologies could improve future wargames – opportunities are available for exhibiting and pitching

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), alongside KTN, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and a range of trade bodies are hosting a wargaming show and tell event on 7 November and are encouraging SMEs to register to help develop innovative wargaming tools, techniques, technologies and analysis .


Wargames can be used to explore tactical, operational and strategic issues across the business, security, emergency services, humanitarian and military sectors. Wargames encourage players to think innovatively and creatively in a safe to fail environment, identify emerging issues, test hypotheses, assess alternate options and highlight the potential consequences of choices.


Under its Searchlight initiative, Dstl is looking for industry partners, especially SMEs, to take part in the event. Companies need not have any experience in the defence sector. Opportunities exist across all aspects of wargame design and analysis, especially in the field of data capture, analysis and visualisation.


Dstl will also offer the opportunity to access its expertise and peer review of the potential utility of innovative approaches and subsequently to test the best of these live in Dstl’s Defence Wargaming Centre.


The event will outline Dstl’s aims and give participants the chance to network with potential new collaborators. The dual focus will be on closed pitches from SMEs to the Dstl team of specific offers that may improve wargaming outcomes and on an open event where there will be the chance to present ‘Lightning Briefs’ to a broader audience and network informally with other participants and exhibitors.


The event is being hosted by The Manufacturing Technology Centre and supported by KTN, ADS, The Federation of Small Businesses; Team Defence Information and techUK. Dstl will also provide more information on its role in encouraging SME innovation and growth as partners in Venturefest South.


The event will give delegates the opportunity to build networks, identify new opportunities and collaborations, share ideas and tour the MTC facilities.


If you would like to attend, please download and complete the registration form here and return to: searchlight@dstl.gov.uk


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