In the latest sign that Space Coast evolution continues to impact Central Florida’s modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) community, SpaceWERX will hold its Digital Spaceport of the Future Challenge in Orlando, Florida, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2023.


This event is intended to be a definition workshop and seeks to attract a crowd of end-users, subject matter experts and innovators from the government, academia and industry. Individuals with backgrounds in digital transformation, legacy hardware modernization, agility & capacity enhancement solutions, data management & transport layer technologies, and standardization technologies, are strongly encouraged to attend.


Experts in design thinking and collaborative facilitation will lead the workshop, which seeks to focus participants’ collaboration to generate cutting-edge ideas and state-of-the-art capabilities to benefit the U.S. Space Force’s efforts in digital transformation, hardware modernization, and spaceport operational enhancement.


According to the SpaceWERX website, insights from the workshop will inform the Digital Spaceport of the Future solicitation, and they will be posted in early 2024 on and


Dr. Neal Finkelstein, chief operating officer for the National Center for Simulation, commented at a recent NCS “Business 2 Business” event, that the space program has already influenced Central Florida’s educational and professional development for decades. Shortly after the space program’s founding, Florida Technical University – now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF) – was established to be the country’s “Space University” in 1963. Finkelstein also noted that approximately 34% of Kennedy Space Center employees are UCF graduates, and many “Knights” alumni are also employed at numerous aerospace and aviation industry firms as computer scientists and engineers.


“We work very closely with the Space Coast,” Finkelstein said. “Now that the Space Force is moving more assets for training and readiness to the Space Coast, we know that companies who are doing [MS&T development] can help government agencies with their work.”


The two-day event costs $76 per person to cover meals and refreshments, and attendance is limited to two people per company. For more information, go to


To register, go to The registration deadline is Oct. 27, 2023.


As the Space Force’s innovation arm, SpaceWERX is headquartered in the AFWERX hub in Los Angeles, California. SpaceWERX seeks to inspire and empower collaboration with innovators to accelerate capabilities and shape America’s future in space, in accordance with its mission to transition agile, affordable and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with airmen and guardian talent.

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