Urgent COVID-19 Design Challenge


We reach out to you today with an urgent invitation to take part in the Code Life Ventilator challenge. The initiative aims at finding a solution to the current COVID-19 pandemic by designing ventilators that can serve the patients who need respiratory support.

This challenge is open to everybody.

The Code Life Ventilator Challenge is launched by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and powered by Agorize.

With potentially 70% of the population on the brink of being infected by COVID-19, our worldwide health care systems are currently being strained beyond their limits. Even now, there aren’t enough ventilators to save everyone who needs respiratory support. 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 is missing is a design.

For that reason, the goal of the Code Life Ventilator Challenge is to design a ventilator that can serve the COVID patients, in an emergency time-frame.

It should:

  • Be low-cost and easy to use
  • Be easy to build locally
  • Be easy to verify its functionality
  • Meet the design requirements specified here.

Three finalist teams will be selected and share a cash prize of at least $200,000 CAD.

Their designs will be available for free download to anyone who needs them, saving lives immediately.

The deadline to submit a project is March 31, 2020, 11:59 pm EST, we at the MakerSpace would greatly appreciate if you could share this information with all the faculty, students and your network.