The workshop was hosted by Robert Pratten, founder and CEO of the company Transmedia Storyteller, which launched the scenario-based training platform, TeamXP. The crisis scenario presented was based on the recent Salisbury poisoning scandal. The audience, present at the ‘crime scene’, could choose a team to be part of – police or hospital staff.
The simulation started with a news item on the screen, followed by text messages, Twitter and Facebook updates, sent out on the audience’s personal smartphones. They had only six minutes to decide how to react and what operations to run in their department (shut down traffic to the whole city or the street, ask advice from their superiors).
The crisis simulation was followed by a hotwash, the immediate 'after-action' discussion, where Robert explained what had happened and discussed reactions. Guests were also taken ‘behind the scenes’ of the transmedia story making and were introduced to the technology behind the simulation.