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The Mission of Public Invention is to “Invent in the public, for the public."

Why we started and then froze a software effort for Ukraine

Disaster relief is different than the steady work of research, whether the disaster is natural or caused by human folly and greed. It is bursty and uncertain, urgent and unclear. When Russia invaded Ukraine, I thought the war would be over before Public Invention could possibly do anything. I was traveling to Auburn Alabama, in …

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The 2021 Public Invention Annual Awards

Public Invention generally does not pay its volunteers (there are rare exceptions.) In general, we try to maintain the policy of “no out-of-pocket expenses” (NOOPE) which is that we pay for materials, supplies, and equipment, but do not directly compensate volunteers. It is therefore essential that we recognize volunteers for their hard work. Sometimes this …

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Register your Student Public Invention Club with Us!

Public Invention, Inc., (this non-profit) encourages student groups to create clubs at their schools devoted to the ideas of Public Invention and Humanitarian Engineering. In fact, we’ve written a article explaining how and why to do this, which we would be happy for you to share. However, to use the name “Public Invention”, which is …

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Summary of PubInvCon 2021: Work to Be Done

On January 9, 2021, Public Invention hosted our virtual “year in review” conference titled PubInvCon 2021: Work To Be Done. The conference was a coming together of dedicated inventors, volunteers, scientists, students, and more interested in humanitarian inventing “in the public, for the public.” We discussed our successes of 2020 and outlined the hard work …

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Fraunhofer Institute & Public Invention

Recently, Public Invention President Robert L. Read and other volunteers assisted a project with students from Fraunhofer Institute. The Institute released a press release summarized here: In April, COVID-19 began straining healthcare systems as we saw supply-chain breakdowns leading to ventilator shortages. To help mitigate this, individuals, communities, companies, and research institutions began to design …

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Our progress and plans: An open letter about the VentMon to donors and grantors

— Robert L. Read In June and July, Public Invention applied for and received two $20,000 grants, one from the Mozilla Open Source Software (MOSS) Foundation, and one from Protocol labs, specifically to develop, make, and give away free-of-charge, the “VentMon” tester for invasive and non-invasive ventilators. The MOSS foundation grant had stronger legal language …

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