Breathe Hackathon: Where Respiration Meets Innovation

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In September 2015, the COPD Foundation in association with Novartis Pharma, will host three hackathon events globally which will bring together designers, technicians, engineers, patients, physicians and entrepreneurs to investigate solutions to many of the problems COPD patients face daily.

So what is a hackathon and how can it help the COPD community, you ask? A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

Breathe Hackathon Over two days in Boston, London, and Tel Aviv, innovators from around the world will meet to “hack” into medical equipment for respiratory use such as CPAP devices, oxygen concentrators, and sleep monitors. They will explore unique solutions to many of the problems respiratory sufferers face daily. The innovators may look into multiple device integration for nighttime and morning use, making existing equipment lighter weight, or adding Bluetooth interfaces to equipment to allow control through a smartphone -- the possibilities are endless.

Each location will field ten teams experienced in assorted disciplines, each examining and working with similar equipment. Results of these efforts will be presented at the European Respiratory Society Annual Meeting taking place in Amsterdam September 27, 2015.

Visit the Breathe Hackathon Breathe Hackathon website and COPD360social for updates!

United States
September 19-20, 2015
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Tal Achituv
Email: tal@media.mit.edu

United Kingdom
September 19-20, 2015
Imperial College of Science and Technology
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Mac Tuncer
Email: mac@tuncer.co.uk

Israel
September 20-21, 2015
Technion
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Vitaly Sirota
Email: vsirota@beecardia.com

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  • What a great way to improve the quality of life for individuals with COPD. Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas and we will pass them on in all these venues where innovation is happening today!
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  • I understand and fully support this broad-spectrum event and its potential for so much good. I do, however, have to throw in a slightly irreverent comment since that is part of the magic that is me: A "Hack"-a-Thon seems to be a particularly appropriate name for something involving COPD. No desire to offend. Hope I gave someone a chuckle.
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  • One of the slogans for the event is :We hack so you don't have to"
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