If you thought that the competition for MTConnect Challenge 1 was intense, just wait. AMT, working with the Department of Defense, has begun the second part of the MTConnect Challenge. MTConnect Challenge 2, which started accepting submissions on July 1, 2013, is shaping up to be bigger than MTConnect Challenge 1 in both difficulty and reward. Unlike the first half, which asked for ambitious yet achievable ideas for utilizing data acquired via the MTConnect standard, MTConnect Challenge 2 is seeking the development of software applications that enable these manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs.
And because the challenge has moved from ideas to useable software applications, the prizes are now substantially larger. The first competition rewarded $5,000 to each of the five winners. The MTConnect Challenge 2, however, will only have three winners: First prize receives $100,000; second prize receives $75,000; and third prize receives $50,000. Compare that to the winnings of the first challenge and it's easy to see why anticipation and excitement are gripping MTConnect Challenge 2.
Submissions have already begun to emerge from many different companies. One of the earliest and most notable submissions comes from Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO), located in Plymouth, Indiana. They have implemented and released one of the ideas that they submitted for MTConnect Challenge 1: MTConnect + Google Glass. This application merges the MTConnect standard with Google's new Glass technology. Workers and managers can then quickly access manufacturing data without a computer or hand-held device.
Participation in MTConnect Challenge 1 is not a prerequisite for Challenge 2, so anyone can submit. Each submission will be judged in five distinct categories:
- Benefits to Manufacturing Intelligence
- Creativity and Innovation
- Practicality of Concept
- Impact on Industry
- Overall Quality
The submission period ends January 31, 2014, and the winners will be announced in April 2014. So if you're looking to test your software development skills or if you just want to take a shot at winning $100,000, start creating your vision of the most innovative manufacturing intelligence application.