Applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs

The MTConnect Challenge seeks to engage and stimulate development of a broader base of advanced manufacturing intelligence software applications that acquire data utilizing the MTConnect standard. The intent is to enable a more efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing infrastructure for parts and assemblies for the defense enterprise. Additionally, the objective of this Challenge is to create valuable low cost software tools and applications that can be easily adopted by manufacturing enterprises, especially the mid and lower tier producers which represent a significant portion of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, to enhance their manufacturing capabilities to produce parts and assemblies.

This, the second phase of the Challenge (Challenge 2), is seeking the development of software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs that could benefit the DoD and their industrial manufacturing supply chain.  Three prizes totaling $225,000 will be awarded to the winning submittals in Challenge 2.

 

MTConnect Challenge 2: open July 1, 2013-January 31, 2014

There will be three rounds of judging:

Round 1 will select the ten (10) semi-finalists by February 21st, 2014. The semi-finalists will be announced here, on the MTConnect2.Challenge.gov website, as well as notification via email to the participants.

Round 2 will select the five (5) finalists by March 14th, 2014. The finalists will be announced here as well as notification via email.

Round 3 will take place at the [MC]2 Conference (April 2014) where the winners will be selected and announced.

The MTConnect Challenge is a U.S. Department of Defense - Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) ManTech sponsored competition.

For details, please refer to the "Rules" tab.

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Eligibility

Participation in MTConnect Challenge is open to everyone meeting the criteria for Eligibility as defined in Section 6 of the Challenge Rules. Only submissions from U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residents will be considered for award.

Participation in MTConnect Challenge 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in MTConnect Challenge 2.

The MTConnect Challenge encourages submissions from a wide variety of diverse perspectives – students and professionals, scientist, laypersons, and organizations including manufacturing entities.

Requirements

  1. Visit http://mtconnect2.challenge.gov and click “Sign Up” to create a ChallengePost account, or click “Log In” and log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. Register your interest in participating by clicking “Accept this Challenge” on the Challenge website in order to receive important Challenge updates.  Registration is free; no purchase necessary.
  3. After you sign up on Challenge.gov, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided.  Use the confirmation email to verify your email address.  As a registered contestant, you will then be able to enter the Challenge by submitting an application that conforms to the requirements set forth herein.
  4. Explore the MTConnect information and other resources available at www.MTConnect.org, under the Getting Started menu.
  5. A letter of intent is requested for the purpose of gauging the number of  potential participants. We request this letter to be submitted by October 1, 2013.  However, this letter is not required in order to participate in the Challenge and is not binding. Please send this letter via an email with the subject line "MTConnect Challenge 2 Letter of Intent" to John Wilczynski (NCDMM) at John.Wilczynski@ncdmm.org. Details of the application to be developed are not necessary as part of this letter.
  6. Complete your final submission package by January 31, 2014.  This application must make use of the MTConnect standard.

Submissions will be accepted between 12am EST on July 1, 2013 and 11:00:00pm EST on January 31, 2014.  Visit http://mtconnect2.challenge.gov/submissions/new and confirm that you have read and agree to the Official Rules, and submit your application by including the items listed in the requirements section.

The Administrator’s computer, within the ARMY's ARDEC-Benet Labs, is the official time-keeping device for this Challenge.

Judges

 John Turner

John Turner
Director of Technology / FAC&T

John Wilczynski

John Wilczynski
Program Manager / National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining

Paul Warndorf

Paul Warndorf
VP / The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Hilena Hailu

Hilena Hailu
Manufacturing Technology Project Manager / The Association For Manufacturing

Dave Gilson

Dave Gilson
Engineer / US ARMY ARDEC - Benet Labs

John P. Snyder, PhD

John P. Snyder, PhD
Senior Mechanical Engineer / US Army ARDEC-Benet Labs

James W. Poindexter

James W. Poindexter
Senior Engineer / US Air Force

Fred Proctor

Fred Proctor
Group Leader - National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Networked Control Systems Group

Judging Criteria

  • Benefit to Manufacturing Intelligence
    Potential to create achievable and measurable benefit to manufacturing intelligence
  • Creativity and Innovation
    Advance a breakthrough concept and/or methodology
  • Practicality of Concept
    Viability, ability to be effectively implemented and deployed in a manufacturing setting
  • Impact on Industry
    Creation of manufacturing intelligence from differing manufacturing processes, facilities, and types of equipment and devices
  • Overall Quality
    Adherence to all requirements set forth by the MTConnect Challenge

How to enter

Participation in the MTConnect Challenge 1 is not a prerequisite for participation in the MTConnect Challenge 2.

 1. To Enter the Challenge or get additional detials about submtting entries to the Challenge, you must have a ChallengePost account. To create a ChallengePost account, select "Sign UP" at the top of this page. If you have an existing ChallengePost account, select "Log In' to enter the MTConnect Challenge 2 Website.

 2. Once you enter the MTConnect Challenge 2 website, register your interest in participating in order to receive important Challenge updates. Registration is free; no purchase necessary.

 3. After you sign up on Challenge.gov, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided. Use the confirmation email to verify your email address. As a registered contestant, you will then be able to enter the Challenge by submitting an application that conforms to the requirements set forth herein.

 4. Explore the MTConnect information and other resources available at www.MTConnect.org, under the Getting Started menu.

 5. Submit your innovative idea.  This idea must make use of the MTConnect standard.

Submissions will be accepted between 12am EST on July 1, 2013 and 11:59:59pm EST on January 31, 2014, visit http://mtconnect2.challenge.gov/submissions/new. This page also includes detialed requirements for entering a submission. Once you enter your submission, you have to read and agree to the Official Rules located at the bottom of that page.