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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.

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.

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COPD Crowdshaped: Don't Forget to Vote!

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COPD Crowdshaped

Wow! What a great first day we are having at COPD Crowdshaped in San Fran! The group is coming up with some fantastic ideas that they think could help to enhance the lives of all people affected by COPD. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Be sure to vote for the best ideas on the COPD Crowdshaped event page tonight at 9 p.m. EST and tomorrow morning!

Each community member is provided 10 votes. You can distribute those votes throughout the ideas as you see fit. You can allocate a minimum of 0 votes and a maximum of 5 votes for any given idea.

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Categories: Events

COPD Crowdshaped: find out how you can get involved

Posted on May 19, 2015   |   
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COPD Crowdshaped The crowd is growing as the countdown to COPD Crowdshaped continues. We’ve got some great people attending! The group includes TED speakers, bestselling authors, innovation and technology gurus, artists, educators, CEOs and more. We’ll be challenging them to work together to see if they can come up with potential ideas and solutions that can make a difference to the lives of people affected by COPD.

Don’t forget that we would love your input; specifically in ‘testing’ the ideas that come out of Day one. You will need to be a member of COPD360social to get involved, so if you have not already joined our community, please create your profile today as we want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on the COPD Crowdshaped event page on June 2nd as we will be posting the ideas for you to feedback on. We’re looking forward to sharing these with you!

COPD Crowshaped: June 2 - 3, 2015

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Categories: Events

The countdown for COPD Crowdshaped is on!

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We are really excited to announce that in four weeks’ time, the COPD Foundation and its event partner, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, will be hosting a unique, ground-breaking healthcare event in San Francisco on June 2-3, 2015. This event, COPD Crowdshaped, is being held to develop new and inventive solutions that go ‘beyond the medicine’ to enhance the lives of all people affected by COPD. During the two days, we will be welcoming the brightest minds from different disciplines and industries around the globe to collaborate on new ideas that try to make a meaningful and positive difference to the community.

We need you…!

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Categories: Events

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