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iFEST 2021

August 31, 2021 - September 2, 2021

Online Conference

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Mark your calendars for 31 August – 2 September to join us virtually for iFEST 2021.

A year of dramatic shifts in online education and training have made iFEST 2021 a must-participate conference for the distributed learning community. iFEST brings together senior officials and innovators from government, industry, and academia for this three-day online conference to discuss new solutions for the new normal. If you have a role or interest in education and training modernization, you’ll want to be part of iFEST 2021.

In addition, an in-person War on the Rocks networking reception will be held in the Washington DC area on 31 August, 1800-2100. This informal networking social will be centered around a panel on learning modernization for PME that will be recorded for the popular War On The Rocks podcast.

What Can You Expect at iFEST?

Military and Government Keynotes artwork Featured panels artwork Live Activities artwork On-demand Presentations, Tutorials, and Posters artwork In-Person War On The Rocks Happy Hour artwork

Join us for a LIVE War on the Rocks podcast recording, with sips and snacks, and senior leaders.

Learning, Development, and Data…on the Rocks!
Tuesday, 31 August | 6:00–9:00 P.M. | National Capital Region

The Federal government, and in particular the Department of Defense, is prioritizing workforce, technology, and data modernization goals. Specific projects address topics like employee upskilling and reskilling, military personnel credentialing, technology-enabled training, next-generation wargaming, enterprise shared services, data interoperability, and AI-informed talent management. But these aren’t independent lines of effort. There’s a convergence of learning, development, technology, and data that’s heralding a fundamental change in how DoD educates, trains, prepares, and manages its military and civilian workforce.

The concept of an AI-informed, data-centric, hire-to-retire continuum of learning is fast becoming a reality, and with it, new questions are forming—from policy and ethics to agility and overmatch. In this panel, senior leaders will discuss the challenges, implications, and promise of modernizing learning and development in the DoD and beyond. How will these advancements contribute to readiness? How will new approaches in talent management affect the composition of the force? What might professional military education look like in an unfettered, modernized future state? What are the risks if this momentum falters, and we’re left with today’s training, education, and workforce systems?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
(R-AK), Member, Cmt. on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (Invited)

LTG James E. Rainey
LTG James E. Rainey
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training, Army (Invited)

Rear Adm. Peter Garvin
Rear Adm. Peter Garvin
Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (Invited)

Maj. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos
Maj. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos
Commander of Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base

Ryan Evans, CEO of War on the Rocks, will host a 90-minute panel as part of a live recording of the War on the Rocks podcast. The panel will include an intermission as well as the opportunity for audience members to submit questions. Before and after the panel, you’re encouraged to network and enjoy the provided food and beverages.

Registration for the conference and this live event is required. Tickets may be purchased separately for each. Conference registration is complimentary for military and civilian personnel. Registration for this live networking event is $75, including admission, food, and drink. Visit https://www.trainingsystems.org/events/2021/8/31/ifest to register.

Agenda

Tuesday, 31 August (all times in Eastern Daylight Time, GMT-4)

ALL DAY

iFEST CONFERENCE PLATFORM | Browse pre-recorded presentations, posters, exhibits, and more!

8:45–9:00 a.m.

WELCOME | Event Kickoff (Pre-recorded Welcome Video from Mr. Frank Kelley, Vice President, DAU)

9:00–9:15 a.m.

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

  • RADM James A. Robb, USN (Ret), President, National Training & Simulation Association

  • Sae Schatz, Ph.D., iFEST Senior Government Advisor, Director, ADL Initiative

9:15–10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE SESSION | Mr. Dustin Brown

  • Dustin Brown, SES, Deputy Assistant Director for Management, OMB (Invited)

  • Session moderator: Sae Schatz, Ph.D., Director, ADL Initiative

10-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

10:10–11:30 a.m.

PANEL | Learning and Thriving in the New Normal

Discussion among diverse experts on the relationship between distributed learning and thriving in the 21st century

  • Rebecca Allyn, Education to Workforce Statewide Workforce to Dev. Lead, Amazon Web Services

  • Brian Gonzalez, Global Director, Government Partnerships & Initiatives, Intel Corporation

  • Anthony Salcito, Vice-President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft (Invited)

  • Tim Quine, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Exeter

  • Sarah Toms, Executive Director, Wharton Interactive

  • Moderators: Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, and Jerry Wind, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, The Wharton School, Co-Founders of Reimagine Education Awards

60-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

12:30–2:00 p.m.

PANEL | Modernizing Learning: Legislative Perspectives

  • Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Tech, and Info. Sys. (Invited)

  • Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), Vice Chair, U.S. House Committee on Armed Services

  • Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Member, Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Tech, and Info. Sys. (Invited)

  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee (Invited)

  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chair, U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor

  • Moderator: Jason Briefel, Director of Policy and Outreach, Senior Executives Association

15-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

2:15–4:00 p.m.

PANEL | Bridging the Gap: Digital Learning Acquisitions Discussion with Government and Industry

Fishbowl conversation between Government and Industry on acquisition opportunities, questions, and challenges

  • Britaini Carroll, Human Capital Principal Director, Workforce Transformation, Accenture Federal

  • Matthew T. Cornelius, Executive Director, Alliance for Digital Innovation

  • Ben Petro, Ph.D., SES, Director, Human Systems, OSD Research & Engineering

  • John Schwartz, Head of Global Business Development, edX

  • Jason Tyszko, VP, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Moderator: JJ Walcutt, CEO, Clay Strategic Designs

BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

6:00–9:00 p.m.

About - War on the Rock's

IN-PERSON WAR ON THE ROCKS RECEPTION | Learning, Development, and Data...on the Rocks!

Live networking event in DCMA featuring a VIP panel (with podcast recording), supported by War on the Rocks

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Invited)

  • LTG James E. Rainey, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Training, Army (Invited)

  • Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (Invited)

  • Maj. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos, Commander of Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base

  • Moderator: Ryan Evans, Founder and CEO, War on the Rocks

  • Special Guest: Mackenzie Conway, Bar Manager, Beuchert's Saloon, Washington, DC (Invited)

Wednesday, 1 September (all times in Eastern Daylight Time, GMT-4)

ALL DAY

iFEST CONFERENCE PLATFORM | Browse pre-recorded presentations, posters, exhibits, and more!

8:45–9:00 a.m.

WELCOME | Event Kickoff (Pre-recorded Welcome Video from Angie Gamble, Ph.D.)

9:00–9:15 a.m.

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

  • Keith Beurskens, DM, Deputy, Directorate of Academic Affairs, Army University

9:15–10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE SESSION | MG Donn H. Hill

  • MG Donn H. Hill, Provost, Army University

  • Session moderator: Keith Beurskens, DM, Deputy, Directorate of Academic Affairs, Army University

15-MINUTE BREAK

10:15–11:45 a.m.

PANEL | Digitalizing Training for Integrated Operations

Discussion among military leaders on collaborative training and education among allies and partners

  • Mr. Spencer Boyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, DoD (Invited)

  • Fred Engle, (Acting) Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, USA

  • BG Ilmars A. Lejins, Asst. Chief of Staff Joint Force Development, NATO ACT

  • BGen Michael Nilsson, Chief of Defence Logistics, Swedish Armed Forces (Invited)

  • Zoran Sajinovic, Assistant Minister of Defense, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • MG Serhii Salkutsan, National Defense University, Ukraine (Invited)

  • Moderator: Aaron Presnall, Ph.D., President, Jefferson Institute

30-MINUTE BREAK

12:15–1:45 p.m.

PANEL | Innovation in Government Learning Systems

Discussion among government leaders on how their organizations are modernizing digital learning systems

  • Daniel Correa, Director, Day One Project, and Acting President, Federation of American Scientists

  • Bill Mansell, SES, Director, Defense Support Services Center, Dept. of Defense (Invited)

  • Amy Parker, Chief Learning Officer, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

  • Robyn Rees, Senior Advisor, Office of Human Capital, Dept. of the Interior

  • Alicia Sanchez, Ph.D., Director of Innovation, DAUx

  • Moderator: Mr. Frank Kelley, SES, Vice President, Defense Acquisition University

1:45–2:00 p.m.

CRITICS ROUNDTABLE AND WRAP-UP

Closing fishbowl discussion among the conference planning committee, thoughts on the event, plans for 2022

  • Angie Gamble, Ph.D., 2022 iFEST Program Committee Chair

  • iFEST Program Committee Members

2:00–5:00 p.m.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE | Virtual Exhibits, Posters, and Asynchronous Pre-recorded Video Sessions

Visit the exhibits and other activities in the virtual platform!

Thursday, 2 September (all times in Eastern Daylight Time, GMT-4)

ALL DAY

iFEST CONFERENCE PLATFORM | Browse pre-recorded presentations, posters, exhibits, and more!

9:00–9:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT ACTIVITY SESSIONS (Live)

  • Start Making Sense: Integrating Learning Engineering into a Team

    Dina Kurzweil, Ph.D., Director, Asst. Professor, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

  • Publish an Augmented Reality Training Module in Under an Hour Using the BUNDLAR Platform

    Mr. Matthew Wren, Chief Technology Officer, BUNDLAR, LLC

  • Deep Dive Collaboration in Maintenance Training Environment using VR/AR to Support Deployed/Remote Maintenance Operations

    Mr. Mark Lynch, P-8A Maintenance Training Lead, Boeing Defence, Australia

  • Find Your Inner Five-Year-Old: Learn How to Develop Creativity in Yourself and Others and Get Your Ideas into the World

    Mr. Josh Dittmar, Manager, Systems Leaders, Northrop Grumman

  • CaSS (or Competency) Users Group Part I

    Robby Robson, Ph.D., CEO, Eduworks

15-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

10:00–10:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT ACTIVITY SESSIONS (Live)

  • Conducting/The Anatomy of an Effective Webinar
  • Mr. Gigi Roman, ADL Coordinator, NATO School, Germany

  • From Classroom to Online to Blended: A Challenge Workshop toward Effective Blended Learning

    Bill Brantley, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland

  • TTCP­ Public Discussion–25 Emerging Trends in Learning and their Implications for Military Partners: An International Study TBD

  • CaSS (or Competency) Users Group Part II

    Robby Robson, Ph.D., CEO, Eduworks

15-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

11:00–11:45 a.m.

CONCURRENT ACTIVITY SESSIONS (Live)

  • Public Review: Draft NATO ADL Handbook, Annex on ADL in Exercises

    Aaron Presnall, Ph.D., President, Jefferson Institute

  • Mapping Your Ecosystem: Navigating the Complexities of Uniting Content and Data Across Multiple Systems

    Ms. Tammy Rutherford, Managing Director, Rustici Software

  • Transform Your Training Simulations and Learning Platforms into Streaming Event Sources for Machine-Learning-Based Human Performance Measurement

    Mr. Douglas Stein, CTO, Metacog Technologies, LLC

  • Human and AI Agent Teaming to Improve DoD Red Team Collective Skills

    Ms. Tashara Cooper, M.A., Research Psychologist, NAWCTSD

  • CaSS (or Competency) Users Group Part III

    Robby Robson, Ph.D., CEO, Eduworks

15-MINUTE BREAK | Exhibits and Virtual Platform Open

12:00–5:00 p.m.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE | Virtual Exhibits, Posters, and Asynchronous Pre-recorded Video Sessions

Visit the exhibits and other activities in the virtual platform!

View a Recap of Last Year’s iFEST:

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