ANSI to Host Standards Competition During World Standards Week

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will hold an international standards competition October 24 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC, as part of the World Standards Week (WSW) series of meetings and celebrations. WSW is hosted annually by ANSI, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system.

The standards competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, will bring together university teams – each made up of up to five students and one professor – representing stakeholders in the development of an international standard. While the development of an actual voluntary consensus standard may take months and multiple meetings, this simulation is intended to condense the effort into an informative and fun afternoon of strategy and negotiation.

The simulation will focus on the development of a new, fictional performance standard related to industrial communication systems. Each team will negotiate for different objectives – some will want to see the standard advanced and adopted immediately, and others will have to present arguments that reflect different stakeholder positions, including security, interoperability, and market access requirements.

Judges from ANSI’s Committee on Education will observe each team’s strategies, tactics, and interactions, and recommend scores based on how well each team meets its objectives in developing the final standard. The full judging panel will determine a first-place team, and each member of the winning team will receive a personal technology device.

A limited number of observers may also participate in the session, and can sign up for this and other World Standards Week events on the registration page.

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