We need your innovative solutions!
MOTAR, or Maintenance Operations and Training Augmented Reality is a new idea that could revolutionize aircraft maintenance using augmented reality to reduce human error and increase training speed.
We are looking to collaborate with solution partners to develop and refine prototype solutions. The ultimate goal of this process will be to award contracts to deploy the new AR/VR Maintenance, Operations, and Training AR/VR solutions that will be used by all airmen.
What existing solutions, evolving solutions, or solution creation capabilities do you have utilizing augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), or mixed reality (MR) to improve US Air Force aircrew maintenance, operations, and training?
See Powell’s 2018 Spark Tank pitch to better understand the vision for this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZt7HsQK5BQ
What’s in it for you?
A chance to secure funding for prototype and experimentation
A Chance to secure a government contract
A chance to promote your work with the USAF as a collaborator and/or customer
Official recognition for your company or idea
You will be helping the USAF and improving the lives of the people that keep us safe
Who are we looking for with this challenge?
Individual programmers, software developers, academics, researchers, hobbyists, students, and engineers
Large corporate enterprises
2 and 4-year academic institutions and technical or research programs, colleges, universities, technical schools
Research and R&D labs
Human factors specialists
Who makes or has expertise in:
AR/VR content and application development
AR/VR production process and management
Software platform development
When presenting a solution, what are some of the component parts that are being looked for?
Concepts & Ideas
Methods & Practices
IT Security Tools & Talent
Content Development Specialists
What are some of the specific problem areas that a solution must address?
No central platform for AR/VR Content Delivery
Limited in-house creation expertise & capabilities
Not capitalizing on evolving technology
Not evolving training methodologies
What else might a solution solve for?
Robust, secure platform for distribution and delivery of AR/VR products
Production workflow functions
Interface with maintenance data collection systems
Interface with training management systems
Standardized user interface for all content
System/hardware agnostic delivery
What are the other factors to consider?
Who will be using it?
What will airmen say about it?
“It really speeds up training of new airmen and teaches them in a way that really speaks to them,”, Dewey, FTD instructor (20 years experience)
“I love being able to see my tech data right in front of me and having my hands free to actually work”, Bobby, crew chief (10 years experience)
“I really prefer this over the heavy laptops we used to use”, Kenny, AFIN technician (18 years experience)
How long is the challenge, what is the challenge process, and what’s next?
Posting a Solution: Solutions can be submitted between the start and end dates published below. Late solutions will not be allowed and only solutions submitted on the challenge submission site are eligible for USAF funding via this process. Submissions are visible or “open” to any registered user of the submission platform. No intellectual property (IP), confidential, or proprietary information is made public unless posted in a public field on the submission form by the solution submitter. However, submissions posted via a desktop browser may attach files/documents which will only be visible to USAF reviewers.
Solutions Phase Start: 10/3/2018 @ 12:00 PM CDT
Solutions Phase End: 11/30/2018 @ 11:59 PM CST
Gathering Support: The submission platform uses “likes” (a social media thumbs up icon) to indicate support for a submission. Any registered user on the platform may “like” a submission. Submissions must reach ten (10) likes to qualify for USAF evaluation and to proceed in the process.
Community Voting: Immediately after the solutions phase has ended. A community voting phase will begin. Each registered user on the platform will be given 30 “Pairwise” votes. A pairwise vote is where two (2) randomly selected solutions are presented and the participant picks or “votes” for one of the solutions.
Community Voting Phase Start: 11/30/2018 @ 11:59PM CST
Community Voting Phase End: 12/14/2018 @ 11:59PM CST
USAF Review, Selection, and Invitation: During this phase, USAF experts will review solution proposals. The top solutions meeting the needs and requirements of the selection team will be invited to participate in a design and prototype phase beginning in early 2019.
Selection Phase Start: 12/1/2018
Selection Phase End: 12/31/2018
Some government contracting terms and conditions
Announcement of AFWERX events that are considered to have high potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719, may be made at the http://www.afwerxchallenge.com and/or https://afwerx.spigit.com.
All announcements made at the http://www.afwerxchallenge.com and/or https://afwerx.spigit.com website(s) are considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2).
All FAR based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.