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RespiCon: Respiratory Support Inventors' Conference

May 28th, (Friday), at 8:00 PST, 10:00 CST, 11:00 EST, 17:00 CEST

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Join us for a free, 4-hour virtual mini-conference on technology and policy of free-libre open source mechanical respiration support and oxygen support, specifically in the context of COVID-19.

The conferences will have two CONSECUTIVE (not concurrent) tracks. The first track will feature demos and technical discussions aimed at the maker, engineer, and inventors, but is sure to be interesting to policy makers.

The second track starts at 10:00am PST and features policy discussions, first-hand accounts, and panels of informed experts to help us all understand how to address the global pandemic as effectively as possible.

We believe both tracks will be interesting to most participants so we have organized them consecutively so that everyone can hear every talk if they wish.

The conference is dedicated to the long-term relief of the COVID-19 crisis in India.

In order to create a community and make connections, we will have a concurrent room implemented with software from "Social Hour" where you can chill out and get to meet the speakers after their talks. Areas will dedicated to specific topics, such as mechanical ventilation, oxygen concentration, field deployment and fundraising.

Technical Track (8:00 am PST)

Time (PST)TitleSpeaker   Notes
8:00 Orientation Victor Suturin, PhD A general orientaton to the whole conference.
8:10 PolyVent Nathaniel Bechard a free-libre open source ventilator based on 3D printable bellows and commonly available motors and valves.
8:20 OpenVent-Bristol Darren Lewis one of the earliest open and most manufacturable bag-squeezing ventilators
8:30 Respiraworks an free-libre open source bag-squeezing ventilator that has been well-tested and is close to production ready.
8:40 VentOS Rob Read the only free-libre software project designed to be universal platform for human respiration, the VentOS is highly modular and has a defined control API (PIRCS) and data API (PIRDS)
9:00 Oxygen Concentrator Ben Coombs if we had good open-source oxygen concentrators right now, we could save many lives in India. This session will describe the basic principles of pressure-swing adsorption O2 concentrators, and feature demos of:
The Ox Ben Coombs prototype oxygen concentrator by Public Invention
Project Apollo Adi Oltean prototype oxygen concentrator being developed in India now
COSMIC OxyCon Bruce Woodburn prototype oxygen concentrator
Maker Asylum Vaibhav Chhabra Leader of Maker Asylum in India

We will have a brief break before the Plenary Keynote which kicks off the Policy Track for the whole conference at 10:00 am PST.

Policy Track

Time (PST)TitleSpeakerNotes
10:00 Keynote: Freespireco Robert L. Read
10:10 Panel: Free Culture Medical Technology Jorge Contreras
Marc Jones
Joshua Sarnoff
10:35 Talk: Auditing an Existing Project for Regulatory Compliance Pierre Lonchampt, PhDPierre is a regulatory expert with
10:55Talk: Repairing Ventilators in Guatemala Joe Leier Personal experience from the field in Guatemala
11:10 Panel: The Oxygen Shortage In India Amish Chadha
Richa Shrivastava Managing Partner, Maker's Asylum India
11:40 Panel: Preparing for the Next Global Crisis Robert L. Read
Andrew Lamb Innovation Lead, Field Ready, Shuttleworth Fellow
Joshua Pearce Prof. Michigan Tech, Open Source and Appropriate Tech advocate
12:00 Call to Action Every Project has needs ...of money and skilled volunteers

Updates are Coming

We will be providing additional speaker bios and refinements to the program as the program solidifies.

Speaker Bios

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Robert L. Read

Public Invention President

Robert L. Read, PhD, founded Public Invention in 2019, 35 years after first being inspired to do so by Buckminster Fuller. He is a professional computer programmer and manager, and amateur scientist, physicist, and mathematician, mycologist and electrical engineer. He speaks Esperanto fluently. He hopes that 20 years from now you will be able to go to a party and say, “I’m a Public Inventor” and have everyone know what that means.

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Ben Coombs

Public Invention Coach, Oxygen Concentrator

Ben has a range of professional engineering experience from healthcare project management to software development. Ben holds a Master of Engineering (Honours) in mechanical engineering from The University of Auckland, New Zealand where he researched sustainable aerospace composite materials and manufacturing methods.

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Victor Suturin (PhD)

Co-Founder and Invention Coach, PolyVent

Victor is the co-founder and project leader of PolyVent. He is an entrepreneur and an inventor in the healthcare field, currently running Aliform - a medical device startup based in Aachen, Germany. He has a strong leadership and interdisciplinary science background with expertise in biomedical sciences, physiology, and medical device design.

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Joshua M. Pearce

Joshua M. Pearce is an engineering professor. His research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. He is the editor-in-chief of HardwareX, a journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware and the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs and Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects.


Pierre Lonchampt

Pierre Lonchampt grew up in France and studied engineering there before a brief passage in academia with a large engineering contractor. He then started a career in medical devices spanning 15 years and three countries. When he is not helping early-stage entrepreneurs with diapason. consulting, Pierre can be found performing with his daughter or taking a thinkpad apart with his son.


Joshua D. Sarnoff

Joshua D. Sarnoff is a Professor of Law at DePaul University, received the 2018 DePaul Spirit of Inquiry Award, and has received numerous awards for his scholarship. He is an internationally recognized expert on the intersections of intellectual property law, environmental law, health law, and constitutional, administrative, and international law.  In June 2019, he testified before the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on pending legislation to revise subject matter eligibility doctrine under Section 101 of the Patent Act (testimony here).  From January 2014 to July 2015, he served as the Thomas A. Edison Distinguished Scholar at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Richa Shrivastava

Richa drives strategic collaborations and partnerships for Maker's Asylum. She believes that the future of learning is evolving and alternative spaces will be significant in customising people's learning journeys. Maker’s Asylum is a community makerspace focussed on fostering innovation through purpose based learning focussed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The space houses various labs that are co-located in order facilitate prototyping of ideas that are interdisciplinary in nature. Nurturing the culture of innovation over the years in the areas of hardware, design and sustainability, Maker's Asylum has built a large community of makers and has been on the forefront of the maker movement in India. Richa in her previous stint worked with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in India to drive Fintech and Blockchain investments into the state and has also worked in the Indian Telecommunications industry in technology strategy that involved strategic and analytic support to the leadership at  Idea Cellular (Aditya Birla Group).