SimGHOSTS 2018 Australia Conference June 27-29, 2018

Connecting industry leaders to the world’s largest organization of healthcare professionals utilizing simulation technologies with our 5th annual Asia Pacific event.

 

**TO REGISTER**: Registration is only currently open for previous SimGHOSTS & Sim Aust top tier sponsors, please contact support@simghosts.org to be informed when the registration is made available to lower tiers and/or public.

 

 

Exhibitor Prospectus & Sponsorship Opportunities


Save the date to join us next 27th-29th of June!  This specialized hands-on conference is a unique training meeting which allows for direct vendor engagements with the real “end-users” of simulation-based technology. Join this international technical-based professional medical simulation community to train and showcase your products/services through exhibitor hall tables and/ or direct hands-on class experiences.  


For the past seven years, SimGHOSTS has continued to expand support of the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists and healthcare simulation technology users through global annual hands-on training events and online resources. Our 2017 USA event hosted by WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning was a rousing success which brought together over two hundred simulation champions from around the world.


Now entering its eighth year, The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) 501(c)(3) organization is responding to community requests to return to Australia for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Region event. After a one year break to support Asia's growing healthcare simulation community with our Singapore event at S3 later this month, SimGHOSTS announces today that we will return to Australia in 2018 to our original host: The University of the Sunshine Coast.


In our commitment to build upon international relationships to support the global healthcare simulation community, SimGHOSTS is pleased to announce our special partners for the 2018 event! We are excited to support and collaborate with Simulation Australasia, the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), and the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia. This collaborative event will bring together simulation champions from a variety of clinical, educational, managerial and technical backgrounds enabling attendees to best network, learn, and share with one another and our specialized vendor industry partners.


SimGHOSTS have made some Board and leadership changes since their last event in Australia in 2016. The most recent change was the appointment of long-time volunteer and Board member Kirrian Steer to the position of Global Operations Manager in September 2017. Kirrian is based in Australia and will lead an increased presence for SimGHOSTS in supporting the Australian simulation community. As part of her new role, Kirrian will be the event director, with support from Dr. Patrea Andersen and her team at USC.

 

About SimGHOSTS:

Our mission is to empower the growing international community of healthcare professionals utilizing simulation technology to improve patient outcomes through our hands-on training events, online resources, courses, research, and professional development support.

 

Since starting out of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in 2011, SimGHOSTS has provided almost a dozen international annual hands-on training events around the world and supported thousands of online subscribers with digital networking and resources.


A key strategy in achieving our mission is to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals. The SImGHOSTS leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States. We are now affiliated with HIMSS, ASPiH, Simulation Australasia, SSH, INACSL, PSMF, and IPSS.

 


Why should you join us in June?


Part-time/full-time Sim Techs and other simulation staff are the primary operators or ‘end-users’ of simulation based technology and are quickly becoming the defacto program representatives regarding all future simulation-related technology purchases. While learners engage with the devices, it is the technical team that installs, setup, operates, maintains, repairs, and replaces such technologies.


85% of SimGHOSTS participants surveyed say they have “strong” or “primary” influence and/or responsibility for “technology-based equipment purchase decisions for their simulation labs”. SimGHOSTS provides an opportunity for medical simulation based vendors to directly engage with the new and experienced end-users of this emerging industry to demonstrate and/or train your products and services.


Your sponsorship directly goes to increasing the community support provided by SimGHOSTS. Our goal is not to maximize revenue but rather, after covering operations and growth costs, maximize value for both attendees and vendors. See below for the specific benefits available to your company through sponsorship of the SimGHOSTS event.


Discuss and demonstrate your products/services to an expected attendance of over 200 simulation and serious games professionals from around the world.


Provide direct hands-on training to those who are responsible for the utilization of your products/services. The primary goal of SimGHOSTS is to provide technical hands-on training in product operation, maintenance & repairs.


Gain access and engage with critical discussions the technical community is having about your products/ services. SimGHOSTS goes beyond one-on-one networking by also providing vendors opportunities to gain constructive technical feedback through sessions, attendee surveys, and online discussions.


Gain discounted access to our new Vendor Council to continue the technical conversations and online marketing of your products throughout the year.


Expand beyond the in-person meeting with HD-recorded content distributed to our global online community. Key sponsored SimGHOSTS sessions are recorded (and/or live-streamed) for the international sim champ community, providing long-term support and advertising to the community.


Build relationships with your customers by selecting a Gold or Platinum sponsorship and supporting the opening keynote & reception, competitions in technical achievement or innovation, or plenary sessions highlighting success stories.


2016 Australia & 2017 USA Exhibitors we THANK YOU and look forward to your participation in 2018!


 
Benefits & Pricing

SimGHOSTS is dedicated to expanding the technical training and networking opportunities between our international community and key industry partners. To that end, our leadership has carefully reflected on vendor feedback from previous events and online campaigns in order to continue to improve quality and efficiency. See the chart below for all the specific tier benefits and pricing opportunities.

 

What’s New for Australia 2018?

By joining forces, SimGHOSTS & the Australia-based event partners aim to provide a high quality focused event that provides ample networking, exhibit, and learning opportunities. Because we are being hosted at a simulation center and not a conference hall, the smaller space will provide high quality engagements with more opportunities to meet every attendee in our intimate vendor area.

 

With SimGHOSTS, higher tier exhibitors receive increased benefits including increased online and event marketing, exhibit space and location priority, educational courses, plenary and keynote sessions, complimentary badges, and included sponsorship activities.

This year, the sole Platinum Sponsor will gain the largest exhibit and marketing presence, along with sponsorship of the keynote address and opening reception networking event. To encourage the development of strong customer relationships and product knowledge the Platinum sponsor will be able to provide two training courses or product demonstration sessions throughout the agenda.

Two Gold Sponsorships will allow for a large exhibit presence with considerable marketing presence, as well as sponsorship of one of the two plenary general audience sessions. As well, Gold Sponsors are empowered to provide one training course or product demonstration sessions in the agenda.

Silver Sponsors will receive a sponsorship opportunity of one the following, along with increased marketing, exhibit table space, and one educational or product demo course during the agenda.

 

Silver Option 1) All event meals

Silver Option 2) All event transportation

Silver Option 3) All event lanyards

Silver Option 4) Innovative Showcase Session

Bronze sponsors continue their opportunity to engage the audience in the exhibit hall area, and are listed on the website.

We also have a special Serious Games sponsorship category. This sponsorship does not include an exhibit but provides branding in the exhibition space in the Serious Games demonstration area where finalists showcase their games to attendees. The sponsor logos will also feature on the certificates and trophies provided to the winner of each category.

Benefits & Pricing Chart (click here to download):



About the Host Location:

University of the Sunshine Coast were the host of SimGHOSTS inaugural Australian event and we are delighted to return to their campus for our 2018 event. The USC campus boasts a $37m Engineering Learning Hub with 3D CAVE2 visualisation studio (one of only four in the world); simulated nursing and paramedic labs; specialised computer, science, manufacturing and design labs; and a range of interactive digital learning spaces. The world class visualisation facility consists of two distinct spaces. The Visualisation Studio, is home to the 2D/3D Cave2 system along with a number of breakout learning spaces. The Collaboration Studio has been designed to foster learning through collaboration in a technology rich environment, capped off with a 3D enabled SAGE screen on which multiple sources (table and student laptops, tablets, phones) can be shared.

About our Event Partners:

Simulation Australasia is delighted to join the 7th annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia(SGSCA) and be a partner in the SimGHOSTS 2018.

Simulation Australasia is and has always been a member based volunteer organization that exists due to the belief of many that simulation is increasingly important and integral to employment and industry. We understand that simulation executed well gives benefits beyond anything imagined even 5 years ago. It is part of our role to improve the industry and ensure practices are professional. We are strategically placed to engage and enable innovative and interactive collaborations across industry and government, with a track record in research, collaboration and networking.   

 Our health community Australian Society of Simulation in Healthcare ASSH and Professional Development team are joining forces promote, engage and collaborate simulation education, training and research to enhance the safety and quality in healthcare. ASSH represents a cross-section of the Australasian healthcare community who share simulation as a common interest, including healthcare professionals, academics, industry groups and policy makers. ASSH via Simulation Australasia Ltd is affiliated with the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). The Professional Development team recommends strategic direction and training to enhance and promote simulation across industries.

Explore the Simulation Australasia web site here

The 7th annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia(SGSCA) will be held at SimGHOSTS 2018.

Serious Games are games that are about more than just entertainment - they impart knowledge while entertaining. Serious Games highlight issues, improve education, and help to explain or solve complex problems. Serious Games can make complex topics more easily understood and engaging. The challenge is a fantastic opportunity for national and international exposure among the simulation and IT communities and is open to serious gaming application of all technologies including; PC, Mobile, Console, VR, AR, and Wearable tech. 

The winner of the SGSCA is awarded automatic entry to present their game at the International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge held at the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida. Learn more about the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge here.

 

Logistical Information:

Due Dates for Vendors Selected sponsorship packages are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Holds will NO LONGER be available. Package selections, marketing materials, and course abstracts are due by February 1st, 2018. PAYMENTS ARE NOW DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF REGISTRATION, with late registration after June 1st 2018 due within 5 business days!

Registration:

Opportunities are extended to previous annual sponsors in order of support level. After that all opportunities are provided on a first come, first serve basis. This year vendor registration will take place online with automatic credit card or offline payment invoice creation. Vendors will be sent the registration link in-order of previous support and made aware of priority deadline opportunities.


Cancellation:

Notification of cancellation by May 15th, 2018 provides 75% refund ONLY!

No refunds on or after May 16th, 2018!


Contact:

Contact Kirrian Steer, SimGHOSTS Operations Manager for more information at: support@simghosts.org.


Tentative Exhibit Schedule:

All lunches & breaks will be served in the exhibit area with a total of 3.5 hours of dedicated break time in the 2-day program as well as tea/coffee at the start of the day for approx 30 minutes for attendees who travel by bus from the Mooloolaba hotels.

 

Higher Tier Sponsors will introduce and speak during their special sponsorship activities.


Wednesday June 27th

Pre-Conference Workshop Day

Vendor Setup for Exhibitor Tables and/or Training Courses 9:30AM - 5PM.
Registration and badge pickup. All exhibit booths must be set up by 5:00 PM.


Thursday June 28th

Conference Day 1

8AM - 5:30PM Exhibit hall open at break/meal times.

Opportunity to teach hands-on workshop recorded for website.

6.30PM - 9.30PM Platinum Sponsor Evening Opening Reception:
BBQ and Bowls at Mooloolaba Bowls Club.  


Friday June 29th

Conference Day 2

8AM - 4PM Exhibit Hall Open at morning break and lunch times.

Opportunity to teach hands-on workshop recorded for website.

Vendor tear-down: 2 PM


Complete conference schedule will be posted by February 15, 2018.

 
FAQs:

What comes with exhibitor space?

The exhibitor hall space is located on the top floor (Level 2) of the building used for most event activities (Auditorium for plenary sessions in nearby building). All meals will be served from this space, which will hold all exhibit tables and some seating. Access to electrical power will be provided to all allotted exhibitor tables, as well as a chair for every registered vendor attendee. Wifi will be available at the venue but we recommend bringing your own hotspots for backup. Please note table linens are not provided.

Where do I ship my booth materials?

Detailed shipping information and instructions will be made available after vendor registration.

Where are the official accommodations?

SimGHOSTS have negotiated a discounted rate at the Mantra and Breakfree Hotels located in Mooloolaba. There are four accommodation options available and a discount code will be provided after vendor registration.

Is there a discount for non-profit organizations to attend SimGHOSTS?

Yes, email us at: support@simghosts.org to learn more.

Vendor Specific Questions?

Contact us for more information at: support@simghosts.org.