Anticipating the unmet need for mechanical ventilation to treat infected individuals with lung infection from COVID-19 is crucial to their battle with this virus and survival. The United States has the capacity to ventilate about 170,000 patients, while 960,000 patients are projected to require mechanical ventilators. Even with the addition of a hundred thousand more mechanical ventilators, we do not have the capacity to ventilate this many patients, forcing physicians to make the impossible decision— who receives mechanical ventilation to continue to fight COVID-19 and who will not. How might we increase the capacity of hospitals to provide mechanical ventilation to those infected?
Our answer will be rapidly deployable ventilators that we can use to close the gap between those in need and our actual resources in healthcare systems around the world.
CoVent-19 Challenge is an open innovation challenge to develop rapidly deployable solutions for the COVID-19 mechanical ventilator crisis. The Challenge will consist of a 2-round design challenge that aims to finalize CAD assemblies by May 1, 2020 and functional prototypes by May 27, 2020. CoVent-19 has convened panels of medical and technical experts who will guide requirements and design processes.
The general entry round, focused on initial designs, will run for four weeks, with a panel of judges selecting up to 20 finalists. Evaluation by judges of minimum-viable ventilator designs will assess safety, reliability, and manufacturability, while minimizing cost and complex software and electronics.
Finalist teams will work with medical and technical experts through a four-week invitation-only round to develop and test functional prototypes. Stratasys application engineers will provide 3D printing consulting and services to the finalists.
To ensure our ventilator solutions reach the infected people in need, we have partnered with manufacturing and global health experts who have experience in navigating world-wide crises.
Please see the following documents for more details on the CoVent-19 Challenge Process:
1. Challenge Instructional Manual
2. CoVent Design Brief and Requirements
1. Meets system requirements
2. Manufacturing complexity
4. Likelihood of success
Requirements needed for Submission:
1. System requirements included in the Design Brief
2. Project abstract (upload by 4/15/20) – list of team members, description of your design and how it works, and project timeline
3. CAD assembly (STEP/IGES)
4. Materials and manufacturing method selection
Covent Design Overview PDF
Be sure to Check out a Webinar Talking about the CoVent Challenge with FAQ.
Be sure to download the Spec below to get all specifications and documentation on the challenge.
ENTERING THE COMPETITION:
SUBMITTING AN ENTRY
AWARDING THE WINNERS
We will release the finalists before the announcement of the winners to give the Community an opportunity to share their favorites in the comments, discuss concerns, and allow time for any testing or analysis by the Jury. The Jury will take the feedback into consideration when picking the winners.
No Entry submitted to this Challenge has been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Accordingly, the efficacy of an Entry has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These
Entries are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and are for informational
purposes only. No information presented here is meant as a substitute for, or alternative to,
information from healthcare practitioners. If you decide to implement or rely on any of these
Entries, or on any information on this website, you do so solely at your own risk.
Neither the Sponsor nor its representatives is providing any medical advice, and none should be
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$10,000 in Prizes
Stratasys to provide $6,500 in Stratasys Direct Manufacturing credit
Stratasys to provide $2,500 in Stratasys Direct Manufacturing credit
Stratasys to provide $1,000 in Stratasys Direct Manufacturing credit
Stratasys Direct prize amount expires on 12/31/2020. Orders must ship on or before 12/31/2020. Restrictions Apply.
CoVent-19 Challenge was started by anesthesiology residents at Massachusetts General Hospital who have expertise in mechanical ventilation and medical device design. We are hosting this challenge in collaboration with our sponsors, Stratasys, Ximedica, Hackers/Founders and Valispace. We have partnered with global leaders in medical device design and rapid manufacturing to ensure a clear, expedited path to regulatory approval and production of the winning ventilator design. Advisors for this project include leaders from the private and public sectors, in addition to expert panels of anesthesiology and critical care physicians and medical device industry leaders.