CONTACT: Christina Winn, Executive Director Prince William County Department of Economic Development Email: | Phone: 703.792.5510

Over 100 Thought Leaders in Game-based Learning, Instructional Design and Simulation Training to converge in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area on July 10-12, 2018

May 1, 2018 – Prince William County, Va. – The 10th annual Serious Play Conference will take place on July 10-12, 2018, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William County, Virginia.  This year’s conference will bring together over 100 thought leaders and innovators in game-based learning, instructional design and training simulation within federal government agencies; military; business corporations; healthcare institutions; defense and cyber technology, K-12 and higher education; finance; first response; homeland security and museums.

Metaari’s CEO and Chief Researcher, Sam S. Adkins, will highlight his new five year forecast on the global market for serious games in an evening keynote presentation on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.  Along with a high caliber roster of speakers from multi-disciplines in serious play, game-based learning and instructional design, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and brain science, which includes:  Jeffrey Levy, CaseNetwork; David Clopper, CIA; Michelle Ralston, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security; Ross Smith, Microsoft; Eduardo Babulak, National Science Foundation; Garth Jensen, Naval Surface Warfare Center; James Piechocki, Raytheon Blackbird Technologies; Jesse Schell, Schell Games; Sarah Moffat, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and Scott Martin, Virginia Serious Game Institute, to name a few.

Attendees will gain an insider’s understanding of how to push the envelope in the development and use of serious games, hear from edtech teachers who are leading a movement in K-12 education, learn about the growth and future of serious games from public and privately-held companies, access informational workshops on funding sources run by the top government SBIR unit managers, engage in the most advanced technology updates available, and more!

Who should attend? Corporate decision makers; cyber specialists; economic developers; educators,  training professionals and students; entrepreneurs and start-ups; executive branch managers; first responders; game designers, modeling and simulation professionals; government leaders – federal, state and local; healthcare professionals; homeland security personnel; industry influencers; military and warfighters; research scientists; software program developers; and other emerging industries.  To register click here.

How to sponsor and exhibit.  The 2017 conference not only posted record visitors and business numbers, but also stood out as the conference to meet with investors and purchasers.  2018 promises to exceed last year.  Companies willing to sponsor and/or exhibit can now register on the conference website here

For more information, visit: or contact Sue Bohle, Executive Director, Serious Play Conference at +1.310.721.9083 or


  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles.
  • Prince William County’s favorable blend of large land parcels, multi-use zoned sites, incentives, reliable power and ample fiber optic availability coupled with the lowest programmable computer taxes in the region, make it an ideal location for businesses seeking a location in the Mid-Atlantic region. 
  • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.5 million workers live within a 30-minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
  • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally diverse labor; 44% of the workforce has 4-year degrees.
  • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).




The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at, via phone at (703) 792-5500, or via fax at (703) 792-5502.