A platform for solutions to further strengthen our Air Force

Current Challenges

Space Case Study Prize Challenge

Past Challenges

Facility Redesign for Innovative Learning

Spacecraft Engagement Simulation Experiment

Library Challenge

Atmospherics Generator

Virtual Air & Space Operations Center (AOC) Design Challenge


The MGMWERX Challenge is where individuals, startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academics and research labs submit solutions to specific challenges that the Air Force launches. We are trying to build out the military/business ecosystem and so most of our challenges are open, seeking to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, participants can usually see, comment, rate and community vote on each other’s submissions. Please note there is a place on the submission page where you can upload documents that will only be viewed by the Air Force and the evaluation team, we never ask for IP, trade secrets or financial information to be disclosed publicly.

These solutions will then be reviewed by MGMWERX. Winning selections will be engaged for further discussions which is typically some form of an event or private meeting and possibly even eligible to be given a military contract.


MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force. This includes, but is not limited to: doctrine, strategies, capability needs, operational concepts, training, education, and science and technology. MGMWERX facilitates and accelerates experimentation with emerging technologies to solve real-world problems. We integrate academia, non-traditional collaborators, regional economic developers and industry with Air University’s research and processes to get innovation to the warfighter faster.

Interested in how you can be a part of our challenges? Click and complete the form for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

MGMWERX Challenge is the combination of the defense, academic, startup and small business worlds to collaborate through challenges and live events

Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, MGMWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. The ultimate aim is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force.

MGMWERX is an initiative of the Air Force to fast track solutions and enhance capabilities through deployed solutions. MGMWERX Challenge is one of many ‘products’ created by MGMWERX to drive change by bringing people together to collide and collaborate.

Ideas submitted should contain only public information. The challenge is open for anyone to view, so each team needs to protect its own IP until they get to a stage where it makes sense to sign non-disclosure agreements.

We recommend you draft your responses in a shared document so you can collaborate with your team prior to making your final submission.

Yes, the challenge is open to anyone. We would also love your feedback on the ideas being submitted.

The challenge does not guarantee nor imply any future contracts with any of the armed forces. However, for those solutions that have promise, the USAF and other branches have innovation funding that has been allocated towards exploring solutions and partnerships. Compelling solutions will be explored.

There is no monetary prize for this portion of the Challenge. The main “prize” will be the exposure your idea will get among military decision makers and investors. If your idea gets their attention, it could lead to a future contract or funding.