Government projects and problems are increasingly complex and need distributed and diverse participants, such as acquisition professionals, end-users, systems engineering staff, and other key stakeholders, to collaborate in order to succeed. The highest performing teams typically have participants collocated for rich interactions, which leads to shared understanding and agreement.

However, collocated participants have issues with collaboration tools, such as whiteboards, and distributed participants lack rich interaction when using webinar and collaboration tools. Above all, participants need an environment that enables rich interaction, anywhere, anytime, with access to editable shared understanding.

EdgeTable brings distributed participants into a single virtual collaborative environment, enabling them to perform system development through all phases of program execution. EdgeTable uses real-time gaming techniques to enable simultaneous rich interactions via an infinite persistent canvas, capturing artifacts (electronic media such as documents and drawings) and shared understanding of team knowledge.

Participants join and leave the canvas and work independently or jointly from conference rooms, individual offices, and mobile environments, building a shared understanding. When the team forms a shared agreement, they record a video, highlighting concepts, action items, etc., on the canvas. This video can be shared with leadership for situational awareness and decision making.

EdgeTable has evolved from hundreds of successful distributed engagements using MITRE's ACME (Agile Collaborative Mashup Environment) and CSDK (Collaborative Story Development Kit). Story development is an effective way to approach problem solving, and EdgeTable enables story development by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

To discuss licensing or collaboration activities, please contact MITRE's TTO.