APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 31ST 2020
To design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve the COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe.
With potentially 70% of the population on the brink of being infected by COVID-19, our worldwide health care systems will be strained beyond their limits. Even now, there aren’t enough ventilators to save everyone who needs respiratory support, and doctors are having to make agonizing decisions about who to save. Our modern world provides the means to produce these life-saving ventilators thanks to widespread rapid manufacturing tools—3D printers, CNC machines— combined with low-cost computers (i.e. smartphones, Arduinos, etc.), but what we’re missing is a design.
We need YOU to design a simple, maintainable, easy-to-manufacture ventilator to provide life support to COVID patients anywhere in the world.
The top three designs will be available for free download to anyone who needs them, saving lives immediately.
Start now, we have no time to lose!
To design a low-cost, simple, easy to use and easy to build ventilator that can serve COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe. It should be easy to build locally, must be easy to verify its functionality, and must meet the design requirements specified here. Three finalists will be selected and their designs will be available to download for free.
To motivate participation from local manufacturers, we encourage participants to submit provisional patents prior to the announcement of final designs, while granting license to local builders to manufacture their designs during the COVID crisis.
- Each team must include at least one relevant medical professional with publicized credentials (proof of right to practice) and one relevant technical/engineering professional with credentials to approve safety requirements
- Each team member must provide a short resume of qualifications relevant to the design (e.g. engineering degree, industry experience, other relevant experience)
- Each team is responsible for having at least one team representative on our communication platform to answer failure reports and end-user questions
- This should be maintained throughout the contest and beyond, as long as implementation of the device exists for COVID
- Other communication means must be provided and kept up to date for later needs (email etc.) in case of a future crisis
Capacity and costs
- Each team must have local capacity to produce, test, and demonstrate the performance of their design in accordance with the specifications.
- Costs of design and prototyping are to be covered by the contestants
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