Updated May 21, 2020

CoVent-19 Challenge  

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.

About CoVent-19 Challenge

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.