Hackathon Judges

Joel D. Niedig


Joel Neidig has a bachelor’s degree in operations management and has had 11 years of experience integrating manufacturing technology and software development. Neidig sits on the Technical Advisory Group for MTConnect, an open-source royalty-free standard that is intended to foster greater interoperability between devices and software applications. He has been an active member of MTConnect since 2009. Neidig developed the first iOS and Android-compatible MTConnect apps, and has developed over 65 manufacturing apps for the App Store and Google Play, which have been downloaded over 350,000 times. Neidig also sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, a federally-funded research and development organization, encourages factories across America to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies, so those factories can become more efficient and cost-competitive. His company was voted the 2014 Autodesk Inventor of the year by the year by the Autodesk Community. He has been named as a manufacturing "Thought Leader" by IMTS Insider.

Binil Starly

Binil Starly, Ph.D. is the Director of the DIME Lab (Data Intensive Manufacturing Environment) at North Carolina State University. His laboratory is working on technologies that merge the digital and the physical world towards advancing both discrete and continuous manufacturing processes. His specific technical expertise is in digital design and fabrication, reverse engineering, additive manufacturing and biofabrication processes. He is currently leading the development of a Digital Manufacturing Curriculum within the Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program. Courses cover Control and Automation, Digital Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical Manufacturing and Supply Chain Scheduling with new course content to be added on the Industrial Internet of Things.

David Mendez Gonzalez

David Mendez Gonzalez is a Principal Consultant at Bosch Software Innovations. He leads the development team in the Internet of Things and Services space. David joined Bosch in 2013, as part of Bosch’s transition to Industry 4.0 initially, and IoT in general later. In this time, David has worked in many projects from different angles; communications, protocols, cloud, backend, frontend, etc. His background provides a unique point of view within the industry as he’s worked in the past with many of the elements, both hardware and software, that are needed today to create a solution for a customer.

James Barkley

Jim Barkley is a director at UI LABS, working in their DigitalManufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), one of the premiere national manufacturing institutes launched under the Obama Administration. Jim works primarily on The Digital Manufacturing Commons – an open source, next generation platform for bringing together manufacturing-related data, tools, people, and projects in a cloud-hosted web platform. Prior to working at UI LABS, Jim was a Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Jim’s role at MITRE was primarily in research and development of complex software systems. While at MITRE, Jim served as the Chief Engineer for DARPA’s VehicleFORGE program, worked as Principal Investigator on several research initiatives, and released several open source software projects.Jim also worked at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Satellite Services. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2002. Jim also worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he fostered a deep interest in scientific computing and data processing. Jim completed his Masters of System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016.