The Software Technology Conference (STC) was founded in 1989 by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (Communications, Computers and Support Systems) SAF/AQK, Mr. Lloyd Mosemann, through the Software Technology Support Center (STSC) at Hill AFB, UT, to provide information and training on software engineering issues and technologies. Approximately 200 individuals attended that three-day conference with 15 Exhibitors.
In 1993 the conference expanded to encompass subjects of interest to all branches of the service and to provide a forum for the exchange of information between the joint services. Through the 1990's and early 2000's the conference was jointly sponsored by the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
In 2004, the conference name was changed to the Systems and Software Technology Conference (SSTC) which reflected the incorporation of a more in-depth systems engineering aspect relevant to the interests of the DoD in advancing the application of systems engineering principles to Defense systems.
Today, the conference is being refocused on software and is re-emerging as the IEEE Software Technology Conference. Software is a primary enabler as well as major cost driver for our current and emerging systems. Effectively addressing software acquisition, development, and maintenance challenges, including safety and cybersecurity, is key to system and mission success. Beginning in 2013, the IEEE Computer Society, in partnership with Utah State University, the long-term conference management team, will bring you a revitalized STC, focused on software technology issues, solutions, and lessons learned applicable to our Defense, civilian agency, and industry stakeholders.
The goals of the STC are to:
- Return attendees to their workplace more knowledgeable of emerging technologies and methodologies; more capable of solving tomorrows challenges; having met other like-minded professionals to begin the collaboration process
- Provide a forum for software and software intensive systems enterprise leaders from Government, industry, and technology research organizations to share their vision and perspective directly with practitioners, managers, engineers, and innovators