The State of Open Source Ventilator Projects as of March 21st

Diagram of various test steps for Open Source Ventilators

At this moment…

There are Few Open Projects Ready for Volunteers

The Complexity of the Problem is Underestimated

Weighing The Risk

How to Help

  1. Please see the University of Cambridge’s recommendations.
  1. Do your homework.
  2. Offer to help an existing project.
  3. Focus on testing and reliability.
  1. Do your homework.
  2. If you build something, publish the design fully with open licenses, even as you are developing it. If there is no published design, it is useless to the community.
  3. Plan to have others build your design as a test of your design documentation.
  4. Think in terms of manufacturing units on at the scale of hundreds or thousands or more. Assume that others will assist you financially in this if you publish a clear, well-tested design.
  1. Thank you! Buy equipment and supplies for teams that are open and have done their homework.
  1. Be patient with the engineers, but educate them on risks and critical performance features. Join a project and provide guidance.
  2. Help ALL of the community understand how to seriously address this crisis.

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Public Inventor. Founder of Public Invention. Co-founder of @18F. Presidential Innovation Fellow. Agilist. PhD Comp. Sci. Amateur mathematician.

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Robert L. Read

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Public Inventor. Founder of Public Invention. Co-founder of @18F. Presidential Innovation Fellow. Agilist. PhD Comp. Sci. Amateur mathematician.

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