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January 14

When Does Realism Matter? A Conversation with Jamie Hyneman

West Hall B

Join us for an awe-inspiring discussion with Jaime Hyneman, who combines “Models, Machines, Miniatures, Manufacturing, and Magic” to create innovative simulators and simulations, addressing an expansive range of possibilities.

Over a decade ago, a senior field surgeon saw Jamie Hyneman’s extremely realistic prototype for a multiple amputation trauma trainer, and stated “this is going to save a tremendous amount of lives”, addressing a crucial training need for improved combat casualty and patient care. Jamie’s invention led to a massive effort by the US Military to train every soldier to take care of each other at the point of injury. Immediate care in the field has significantly improved patient outcomes – it is saving lives. This story, along with countless others showcasing how simulation can make the impossible possible, will be shared during this engaging conversation.
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January 15

The Transformative Power of Education: My Search for a Life that Matters

“My grandfather used to say that education is like a skeleton key. If you can get that skeleton key, it can open any door." –Wes Moore

Emphasizing the great impact that educators, mentors, family and a supportive community have on empowering the next generation’s success, Wes Moore celebrates those who are making a difference and the lives that they change every day. From the translator who helped him “find his fight” in Afghanistan to young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed him the meaning of grit and resiliency, Wes Moore reveals that our truest work happens when we serve others. This moving presentation inspires audiences to find their own path, create a life that matters and play an active part in building a better world.

Wes Moore is CEO at Robin Hood, bestselling author, Rhodes Scholar, social entrepreneur and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. An Army combat veteran, Wes served on Robin Hood's Veterans Advisory Board, which brought together leaders from the military, non-profit organizations and local, state and federal government to connect veterans and their families living in poverty to housing, job training, education, counseling and health services.Read More ...

January 16

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation

With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and setbacks. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help audiences understand how to better lead their high performing teams, manage innovation and drive towards excellence.

Adam Steltzner, Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity & author. With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Adam is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA's most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals. Read More ...

January 17

The Stories Presentation

Four Stories of Making the Impossible Possible in Healthcare Simulation

This unique keynote presentation, customized for IMSH, will engage the audience in a personalized exploration of inspiring experiences and visions for the future of healthcare simulation. Join us for this interactive experience, which will include stories gathered throughout IMSH 2018, collected from you, the attendees, and developed to remind us of all that is possible in healthcare simulation.


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Sponsoring of the 8th Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Arcade and Showcase