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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SECOND ANNUAL MARINE CORPS MOBILE APPLICATION CHALLENGE//
REF/A/MSGID: MARADMIN 110-17/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4/YMD: 20170306//
NARR/REF A IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SECOND ANNUAL COMMANDANTS INNOVATION CHALLENGE.//
POC/MARTIN MERRICK/CIV/HQMC (C4)/TEL: (571) 256-9089/EMAIL: MARTIN.MERRICK@USMC.MIL//
POC/NEIL CLEMENT/TECHNOLOGY PROJECT OFFICER /TECHNOLOGY SERVICES ORGANIZATION/TEL: (317) 200-3501 /EMAIL: NEIL.CLEMENT@MCW.USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Background: The Marine Corps continues to make strategic information technology (IT) investments to ensure the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN), enterprise applications, and mission systems support forward-deployed warfighting needs and the needs of Marines in garrison. IT investments extend from the fighting hole to the flag pole and encompass server virtualization, advanced network technologies, cloud-capable platforms, and innovative software applications. To encourage innovative use of these IT investments, the Marine Corps will host the second annual Marine Corps Mobile Application Challenge (MCMAC), which is sponsored by the Director of Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4).
2. Mission: MCMAC is intended to build USMC competency in mobile applications and cloud technologies. MCMAC provides an opportunity for Marines to submit innovative applications that perform a useful function in any of three categories: (a) manpower, (b) logistics, and (c) warfighting. Submissions must be capable of running on either an Android or Apple device. Application categories include the following:
2.a. Manpower. This category consists of applications that contribute to recruitment, retirement, workforce development, military occupational specialty (MOS) progression, military or civilian pay, manpower readiness, staffing, family readiness, or other applications that support the workforce of active duty, reserve, retired, or civilian members of the Marine Corps. For example, an application could contribute to the rapid access of administrative information and can include publications, technical manuals, orders, policy documents, or memorandums.
2.b. Logistics. This category includes applications that address USMC logistics functions, implementing commercial logistics solutions, and solving logistics/installations problems in the USMC. For example, an application that replaces the current paper trip tickets completed by Marines when using government vehicles and streamlines the information-capture process. Other examples may include a convoy-planning application or a movement logbook application that tracks current and/or historical missions.
2.c. Warfighting. This category of applications contributes to warfighting functions, situational awareness, content presentation, communications, coordination, collaboration, or control in expeditionary environments. Applications in this category should consider whether the concept of employment aligns with the Tactical Service-Oriented Architecture (TSOA) framework. If so, the application can be constructed using the TSOA framework and the associated software development kits (SDKs). Information regarding the TSOA framework can be found at https:(slash,slash)software.forge.mil/sf/projects/magtf_c2.
3.a. Interested Marines must submit a letter indicating their intent to participate in this event. A letter of intent (LOI) template is available at the MCMAC website (see para 6.h). LOIs are due by 2359 EST on 14 July 2017 and can be submitted via the MCMAC website, by email at MCMAC@usmc.mil or by postal mail at the address listed in para 6.a below.
3.b. Submissions are due by 2359 EST on 14 October 2017. Marines must develop their applications and submit their source codes, sample data, instructions to compile their applications, and a one-minute video describing how the application functions via the MCMAC website. Additional information and technical instructions can be found on the MCMAC website. See paragraph 5 for additional information.
3.c. Submitted source code will be compiled, tested, and installed on the appropriate Android or Apple handheld device using the compilation instructions provided in paragraph 3b. A list of devices used by the MCMAC team is provided at the MCMAC website at https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.a-spx. Marines may also request this list by emailing MCMAC@usmc.mil.
3.d. A Marine Corps judging team will evaluate applications beginning 16 October 2017. The best application in each category will be selected and announced NLT 13 November 2017. Winners will be offered the opportunity to attend and be recognized at the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Government and Industry Partnership Conference in Charleston, S.C., 6-8 December 2017. HQMC C4 will fully fund temporary additional duty (TAD) orders for up to four members of each winning team. Orders must be approved by the command of the winner, contingent on the effect on the unit mission.
4. Eligibility Requirements. The MCMAC is open to all active and reserve component Marines. Teams may consist of civilians but at least 50 percent of the team members must be active or reserve Marines.
5. Submission Requirements: In order to qualify for the Mobile Application Challenge, participants are required to submit the following:
5.a. NLT 2359 EST, 14 July 2017: submit a completed LOI to MCMAC@usmc.mil. A LOI template is available at: https:(slash,slash) mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx
5.b. NLT 2359 EST, 14 October 2017: submit:
5.b.1. The complete source code and executable for the submitted application in zip file format.
5.b.2. Instructions for compiling the submitted application.
5.b.3. Sample data file, if application uses data (see paragraph 6 for data restrictions).
5.b.4. A one-minute video describing the application functionality. Videos must be provided in either AVI or MPEG format.
5.b.5. A completed letter of certification. The letter of certification template is available at https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx or can be requested by emailing MCMAC@usmc.mil.
6. Coordinating Instructions:
6.a. LOIs can be submitted by registering via the MCMAC website https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx, by email to: MCMAC@usmc.mil or by postal mail at: COMMANDING OFFICER, ATTN (Kevin Charlow, 01B50), SSC LANT, P.O. BOX 190022, NORTH CHARLESTON SC 29419-9022.
6.b. Additional information, to include details on code submission requirements, guidelines, and software development questions, is available at: https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx or by emailing MCMAC@usmc.mil.
6.c. Submissions containing inappropriate material, sexual, violent, abusive, harassing, offensive, or insulting content will be disqualified.
6.d. Software must compile and run on either an Android device or an Apple iPhone. Specific models/software versions that will be used by the judging team are available at https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx or by emailing MCMAC@usmc.mil.
6.e. Use of personally identifiable information (PII), sensitive, restricted, or classified data is not authorized for this challenge.
6.f. For additional information about the MCMAC, software development guidelines, rules, and other event details, please refer to the MCMAC website at https:(slash,slash)mceits.usmc.mil/sites/MCMAC/default.aspx or send an email request to MCMAC@usmc.mil. The MCMAC website can be accessed through government computers or personal computers with a USB smart card reader (Common Access Card (CAC)), which may be available through your local command Information System Coordinators (ISCs).
7. Administration and Logistics:
7.a. All products submitted for the MCMAC become the property of the USMC.
7.b. Marines are directed to review the MCMAC website for technical instructions, frequently asked questions, “how to” documents, discussion board, and software development information.
8. Command and Control. Commanders are encouraged to support participation of all Marines that desire to participate in this event.
9. Release authorized by BGen D.A. Crall, Director, C4/Department of the Navy (DON) Deputy Chief Information Officer (Marine Corps).//