The Central Florida Tech Grove is launching the Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Interoperability Prize Challenge. Applicants will develop prototypes that address the challenges often associated with distributed mission training (DMT) events, such as interoperability and configuration management. Submissions are open now until 21 April, with cash prizes totaling $100,000.

The purpose of this prize challenge is to develop, and eventually demonstrate an interoperability configuration tool that supports automatic querying of training system configurations and network enabling components to verify approved initial configuration settings are set correctly to facilitate DMT events. The initial focus will primarily be on High Level Architecture standards and verifying configuration settings can be queried and reported in a manner that facilitates review by event coordinators to either confirm settings are correct or assisting in identifying the issue for expeditious resolution. There is additional interest in seeing if the interoperability configuration tool could support other simulation protocols such as Distributed Interactive Simulation.

The challenge is supported by the Office of Naval Research and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Winners of the challenge will receive cash prizes as well as gain exposure for their solution to Central Florida Tech Grove defense customers, including the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force.