The winners of MTConnect Challenge 1 have been announced.

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The MTConnect Challenge seeks to engage and stimulate development of advanced manufacturing intelligence applications that utilize the MTConnect standard. MTConnect is an open, royalty-free set of communications standards intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications. The MTConnect Challenge consists of two parts. Challenge 1, seeks ambitious yet achievable ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Challenge 2 is for software applications that address the objectives of the challenge. A wide variety of entrants is encouraged, including developers, manufacturing professionals, students, scientists, educators, and more. Team submissions are also encouraged.

MTConnect Challenge 1: open April 12-May 31, 2013

-- Winners will be announced June 21, 2013.

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

-- Challenge 2 finalists will be announced March 14, 2014, with winners named at the [MC]2 Conference, taking place in April 2014

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

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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Only U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residents are eligible to participate in any part of the Challenge.



The format for each submission is limited to five (5) single-spaced pages, not including the Title Page, with one-inch margins on 8.5x11 letter paper using Times New Roman font of 12-point font size.

All submissions shall not exceed 35MB.

All abstracts will be made public.

 Phase 1 – Ideation Submission Requirements

A.      Cover Page (1 page)
  •          Program Name: MTConnect Challenge
  •          Title of Idea:
  •          Respondent Name:
  •          Organization (if applicable):
  •          Phone Number:
  •          Email Address:
  •          Date of Proposal:
B.      Section I: Abstract (200 words maximum), Proposed Idea:
  •          Provide an abstract describing your idea for an application
C.      Section II: Proposed Idea:
  •          Provide an innovative, achievable, and inspirational goal statement that summarizes your idea
  •          Describe your proposed idea in detail
  •          Identify areas of benefit and impact that your idea would provide
D.      Section III: Technical Requirements
  •          Identify the technical requirements needed to implement your proposed idea
  •          Describe how your idea proposes to utilize the MTConnect standard
  •          Are there scientific or technical breakthroughs or milestones required in order to achieve the goal (i.e. new technology developments, enhancements to the MTConnect standard, etc.)?
E.       Section IV: Benefits
  •          Describe the anticipated benefits to manufacturing that will be realized through your proposed concept.


How to enter

To enter MTConnect Challenge 1: 

1. Visit 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, 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, 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 April 12, 2013 and 11:59:59pm EST on May 31, 2013, visit 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.

To enter MTConnect Challenge 2:



John P. Snyder, PhD

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

David Gilson

David Gilson
Chemical Engineer / US Army ARDEC-Benet Labs

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Hilena Hailu
Manufacturing Technology Project Manager / The Association For Manufacturing

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Paul Warndorf
VP / The Association For Manufacturing Technology

John Wilczynski

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

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John Turner
Director of Technology / FAC&T

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