By  Hilena Hailu, MTConnect Product Manager,


Last MTConnect Technical Advisory Group Meeting of 2015 to be held Nov. 9-10

The fourth MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2015 will be held Nov. 9-10 at National Institute of Standards and Technology 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

Save the date for the first MTConnect TAG Meeting of 2016

The first MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting of 2016 will be held Jan. 20-21 at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. The meeting will be co-hosted by ITAMCO and the University of Notre Dame.

[MC]2 Conference 2016 Call for Speakers deadline is fast approaching

The fifth annual [MC]2 Conference’s Call for Speakers seeks dynamic speakers 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 discussions on pressing issues. The regular proposal submission deadline is Nov. 16, 2015.

The conference will be held April 19-21, 2016, in Dallas, Texas.

For information about the conference and speaker proposal submission guidelines, visit

Open innovation as a means of increasing U.S. competitiveness

The White House’s updated Strategy for American Innovation discusses open innovation and public participation as a method to improve America’s economic growth and international competitiveness. One such open innovation is the MTConnect Student Challenge, a set of two competitions open to U.S. community college and university students. The Challenge seeks manufacturing intelligence ideas and applications, and it offers students a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions, as well as networking opportunities with industry professionals. Both competitions may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; and software engineering and IT-related studies. 

For the Ideation competition, students will be required to interview manufacturers to identify their challenges and describe potential solutions to those challenges in a five-page proposal. The prizes for this competition are $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and three $1,000 prizes for runners up. The submission period is currently open, and it closes on Dec. 15, 2015.

For the Application competition, students will be required to develop an application that demonstrates innovation and the use of manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. The prizes for this competition are $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place and $5,000 for third place. Submissions for this competition are due by Jan. 31, 2016.

The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

For full rules and submission details, visit and