BREATHE Respiratory Hackathons

3 cities, 3 events, countless possibilities

United States
September 19-20, 2015
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

United Kingdom
September 19-20, 2015
Imperial College of Science and Technology
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

September 20-21, 2015
Israel Institute of Technology
Exact location to be determined

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In September 2015, the COPD Foundation in association with Novartis Pharma, will host three 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.

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 in the hopes of integrating different solutions under a common platform and ultimately offering better health outcomes and improved quality of life for patients.

Each location will field ten teams experienced in assorted disciplines, each examining and working with similar equipment. Teams will be given free rein to explore solutions to many of the problems respiratory sufferers face daily including attempting to integrate multiple devices for nighttime and daytime use, lightening existing medical equipment or even adding Bluetooth interfaces to equipment so users can control their equipment through their smartphones.

Results of these efforts will be presented at the European Respiratory Society Annual Meeting taking place in Amsterdam September 27, 2015.

To register for any of these events visit:

For general questions regarding the hackathons, please contact William Clark at

For frequently asked questions and a backgrounder on the hackathons, please download the pdfs.

Breathe Respiratory Hackathon Backgrounder

Breathe Respiratory Hackathon FAQ

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