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Public Invention receives $20,000 grant from Protocol Labs for VentMon

Public Invention has received a $20,000 grant from Protocol Labs to build the VentMon, a tester/monitor for rapidly manufactured pandemic ventilators. The pandemic demands a simple device that can be plugged into an airway to test a ventilator. In the developing world, many ventilators are broken and need to be repaired; part of the repairing …

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Public Invention speaking at LibrePlanet 2020

LibrePlanet2020 is a leading conference on ethical software; it has been virtualized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But, it is totally free! You can watch here: https://libreplanet.org/2020/live/ . Public Invention is going to be speaking at 4:20 on Sunday, (Eastern time).  We will be presenting these slides: slides, check them out.  

The Fuller Scale: A Unit of Humanitarian Invention Impact

Science is about truth; engineering is about compromise. At Public Invention, we do both, but perhaps more engineering than science. Our goal is to have a large positive impact on many people; but time and money are always in short supply.  How, then, to compromise on which projects to prioritize? In order to be able …

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The Story of a Public, Cooperative Mathathon

A hexagonal-centered toroidal 1.053-bounded regular tetrahedral simplex chain, discovered at the Mathathon by Nathan Gilbert. Two weekends ago, something rare happened. Thirteen people, sharing only a common interest in math, joined together from India, the Middle-East, England, Canada and the United States to solve real math problems. As might be expected, most of them dropped …

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