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Videos and Slides from Vent-Con QA Available Now!

Thank you to all our talented speakers and teams who presented at our virtual mini-con Vent-Con QA, where we discussed pandemic ventilators in the context of quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Each presenter provided a unique and important perspective, as we heard experts from diverse fields discuss medical, risk, design, and various other aspects of …

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Public Invention Receives $20,000 Grant from Mozilla Open Source Support Foundation

We are pleased to thank the Mozilla Open Source Support Foundation for a generous grant of $20,000 specifically to make and give away the VentMon free-of-charge. The VentMon is one of our most active projects in the fight against COVID-19. The VentMon is a device for measuring pressure, flow, oxygen, temperature and humidity produced by …

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Videos from Vent-Con 2020 Available Now!

The videos from Vent-Con 2020 are available now! On May 21st, Public Invention co-hosted Vent-Con 2020–an Open Source Ventilator Conference–along with Helpful Engineering, Make.co, and Ventilators Collaboration Network. The mini-conference/webinar reviewed the impressive progress, discussed the uncertain present, and forged a path forward into the future for makers, philanthropists, investors, government officials, medical professionals, and …

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Public Invention Featured in Make: magazine

Public Invention was recently featured in an article in Make: magazine that highlights our ventilator project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article includes a video interview with President Robert L. Read and Public Invention collaborators Geoff Mulligan, Lauria Clarke, Juan E. Villacres Perez, and Avinash Baskaran, detailing our research and exploring the future …

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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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