What do language skills and field medic skills have in common? Both are critical to know, especially in an emergency. Both require intensive education and practice to master. And both now have an app to make the training journey more engaging and enjoyable—a transformative benefit for soldiers and practitioners alike.
Here’s the story of a winning idea. In late 2022, a Booz Allen team designed a field medic app for Iron Dev, an annual competition held at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) challenging teams to develop training solutions to improve warfighter readiness.
Iron Dev is a team competition similar to a competitive cooking show, where teams are given a challenge and “secret ingredient” to develop a training solution to improve warfighter readiness over the course of 3 days. All teams consist of diverse members with skills in augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) development, simulation networking and distribution, graphic design, simulation development, and training development.
Concluding the challenging 3-day marathon-style event, judges named Booz Allen’s application as the Best Overall Solution. “We used apps like Duolingo as our inspiration—with badging, daily reward systems, and gamification,” says J’aime Davies. He led a team from Booz Allen’s Immersive Studio in Fayetteville, North Carolina: 3D hard surface and character artists John Carter and Ryan Powell, along with gameplay programmers Chase Henderson and Dewayne Hicks.