Free/libre solutions to address the shortage of ventilators

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"Over 100 teams attempted to create free/libre solutions to address the shortage of ventilators caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; we created a large spreadsheet evaluating all of them along many coordinates."

Original story by LibrePlanet 2021 and the Free Software Foundation. Published 2021-03-21, Originally published 2021-03-21.
This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.


Video Copyright LibrePlanet 2021 / Free Software Foundation. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike

Slowly, teams coalesced into a global community and began cooperating. There were many successes, failures, and learnings. The community had pioneered techniques that were re-used inconsistently to organize teams. The overall effect was mixed in terms of its success developing ventilators, but very successful in advancing the global free hardware community. We present this story from the point of view of a full-time active participant in many organizations.

"Robert Read & Marc Jones

Robert L. Read, PhD, has been a fan of free software since 1988. He has worked in director-level positions in the software industry, and was a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013. After leaving government service, he created Public Invention, a US 501c3 to create a movement to free hardware inventions. Since March, Public Invention has been working full time on the pandemic. In addition to a well-regarded analysis of free software ventilator efforts, Public Invention designed, manufactured, and gave away the VentMon, a ventilator tester. Public Invention has worked to create respiration data standards, and to forge a cooperating global community to create free-as-in-freedom ventilators.

Robert Read will be presenting with Marc Jones."

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