Who is eligible to submit proposals?
To be eligible to win a prize in this competition, all submissions must comply with the stated eligibility criteria.
What are the requirements for preparing and submitting a proposal?
Please follow the submission package guidelines.
What prizes can I get for winning the competition?
Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each of the three topic categories. Review the prizes here.
What are the topics for the competition?
The competition has three topic categories.
What are the criteria for judging proposals?
There are four primary areas in which submissions will be scored. A total of fifty points is possible across all four areas.
What is the timeline for submitting, reviewing, and judging proposals?
The competition launched April 26th, and all submissions are due by June 1, 2016. Midway through the submission window, judging will begin on the submission packages already received. Judging will continue for an additional 10 days, with the Competition winners announced on June 15, 2016. Review the Timeline.
What other rules govern this competition?
Please review the Competition Rules.
How do I know if my innovation is eligible for submission to the MForesight Competition?
We are seeking innovations in manufacturing that are not paper ideas, but that are tangible. This means the innovation can range from a vertical slice, to functional prototype, to breadboard/brassboard, or in a pre-commercial state. It may not be a commercial product. We are open to a broad range of innovations, as long as the innovation can viably support low-volume manufacturing within 3-5 years. It is important that the written document describe the path to successful deployment. See the Judging Criteria.
The instructions indicate that 'existing commercial solutions' are not eligible. Can you clarify?
The MForesight competition has two themes. First, we want to highlight innovations that are in the development stage, and second, the innovation should be capable of producing lot sizes of hundreds within 3-5 years. We recognize that few items are developed completely from scratch, and that existing commercial items may be the foundation for a new, more capable system.
A good guideline is this: “Is my innovation currently in use by a customer for low-volume manufacturing?” If so, then we do not recommend a submission. However, if the innovation is under development for low-volume production, and if the path to this production can be described, then we would welcome a submission.