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ANSI and NIST Announce University Winners of International Standards Competition during World Standards Week


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) jointly held an international standards simulation competition on Monday, October 24, 2016. The competition brought university teams together to develop a new, fictional globally relevant voluntary standard related to industrial communication systems during a simulated session, which tested each participant’s strategy and negotiation skills.

Each team included up to five students and one professor who together engaged in the development of the fictional performance standard - a process that may typically take several months and meetings.

The teams negotiated for different objectives – while some participants represented stakeholders who standard advanced and adopted immediately, others presented arguments that reflected different stakeholder positions, including security, interoperability, and market access requirements.

First place was awarded to the team from Purdue University. The University of Maryland won the second place prize. The other participating teams included the City College of New York (CCNY) and George Washington University. See all images from the event in ANSI's Flickr album

First-place winners received HP tablets provided by ANSI and Comport Technology Solutions. The second-place team was awarded portable jolt chargers.

Judges included stakeholders and members of ANSI's Committee on Education (CoE), who evaluated each team's strategies, tactics, and interactions, and will make recommendations for scores based on how well each team has met its objectives in the development of the final standard. Together, the full judging panel determined winning teams who most effectively met their objectives.

The event was part of the World Standards Week (WSW) series of meetings and celebrations hosted annually by ANSI, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system.

World Standards Week

World Standards Week, held this year from October 24-28, is an annual event where members of the standards and conformity assessment community come together in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. For more information, including registration for other WSW events and details on all meetings and conferences, visit

Follow the World Standards Week conversation on ANSI’s Twitter @ansidotorg or via #standardsweek.

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