By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Product Manager,


MTConnect Technical Advisory Group meeting to be held Nov. 9-10, 2015

The fourth MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 will be held Nov. 9-10, 2015, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. This meeting will mainly consist of a working session and discussion of the enhancements that will be in the MTConnect standard version 1.4.0 release. NIST will provide attendees with: (1) a presentation and demonstration of the virtual side of the NIST Smart Manufacturing Systems Test Bed; and (2) a tour of the NIST Fabrication Technology Shops, which is where the physical elements of the test bed are being deployed. Additionally, Virginia Tech will facilitate a cyber-physical security workshop.

This meeting is strictly for TAG members. For membership information, visit the “Join the Institute” section of

[MC]2 Conference 2016 Call for Speakers early bird deadline is Oct. 19, 2015

The fifth annual [MC]2 Conference will be held April 19-21, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The Call for Speakers has been announced, and experts are sought to present on the following topical areas:
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Cyber-Physical Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Industrial Automation
  • Workforce and Talent Development
The Speaker Selection Committee will be especially interested in: real-world case studies or end user stories; unique presentations about solution-oriented outcomes supported by research, experience, or evaluation; and discussion on pressing issues. The early bird proposal submission deadline is Oct. 19, 2015.
For speaker proposal submission guidelines, visit

MTConnect Student Challenge roadshow

The MTConnect Student Challenge seeks ideas and applications using MTConnect. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the competition is open to all U.S. college students and is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions. The challenge may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies.

For full rules and submission details, visit and