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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and The National Center for Simulation Host Summit Exploring Digital Transformation and the Airport of the Future

8th Annual Florida Simulation Summit set for Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and The National Center for Simulation will partner to host the 8th annual Florida Simulation Summit on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

The summit will highlight the strong progress, synergy and development of the Orlando region’s multi-billion-dollar modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) industry with a focus on Digital Transformation and the Airport of the Future. The program includes four keynote speakers, two panel sessions, industry exhibitors and a tour of the new Brightline fast train. This is a ticketed event that will be held in person and includes breakfast and lunch.


Wednesday, May 10, 2023 – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Hyatt Regency —Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando, FL 32827


Simone Babb, Orange County’s Chief Innovation & Emerging Technologies Officer, will be available to members of the media upon request.


Media members who wish to attend must RSVP to by 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2023. Parking and event entry instructions will be shared once the RSVP is received.


7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast/Networking

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Summit Program & Opening Keynote

Opening Remarks:
Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor (Virtual)
George Cheros, CEO & President National Center for Simulation
Bev Seay, Southeast Regional Director, National Security Innovation Network, Department of Defense

Dr. Will Roper, Chief Executive Officer, Istari, Inc. Former Air Force Acquisition Chief

Panel #1:
Digital Transformation Technologies, and Their Uses

Simone Babb, CVP, GISP, Orange County Chief Innovation & Emerging Technologies Officer

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Morning Break/Exhibitor Time

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Panel #2:
Increasing Value through the Application of Digital Transformation

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break/Networking

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Speakers
Airport of the Future: Bradley Friel, Senior VP of Multi Modal Planning & Environmental, GOAA
Orlando’s New Brightline Fast Train: Christine Kefauver, SVP Corporate Development, Brightline

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brightline Train Tour

For the full list of programming, visit:


The Florida Simulation Summit is a collaborative partnership between Orange County Government and The National Center for Simulation. The Florida Simulation Summit highlights the strong progress, synergy and development of the Orlando region’s multi-billion-dollar modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) industry. The summit also highlights our region’s collaboration between businesses, researchers, and the military, which is one of the major reasons it is recognized as an epicenter for MS&T.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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