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The Covid-19 Code Life Ventilator Challenge Program

Deadline : March 31, 2020 .  

Participate in the Covid-19 Code Life Ventilator Challenge Program and contribute to the fight against Covid-19. In answer to the current COVID-19 crisis, and more specifically the global shortage of mechanical ventilators, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) just launched the #CodeLifeChallenge.

The ultimate goal for the competition is to design a low-cost, simple, easy to use and easy to build ventilator that can serve COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe. It should be easy to build locally, must be easy to verify its functionality, and must meet the design requirements specified here. Three finalists will be selected and their designs will be available to download for free.


  • As an award for the winners of the competition, three finalists will be selected and share a cash prize of at least $200,000.00 CAD


Participants must meet the following set criteria:

  • This Challenge is open to the large public. Participants must be of legal age.
  • All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, student card, etc.).
  • This Challenge is open to everyone. If you are related to employees of the sponsor, the affiliated institutions, or any of the judges, advisors, or experts, you MUST disclose this conflict of interest
  • This Challenge is void in countries where it is prohibited or restricted by law.

The aim of the challenge is to design ventilators that are:

  • low-cost and easy to use
  • easy to build locally
  • easy to verify its functionality
  • meet the design requirements specified

Below are the Team requirements


  1. Each team must include at least one relevant medical professional with publicized credentials (proof of right to practice) and one relevant technical/engineering professional with credentials to approve safety requirements
  2. Each team member must provide a short resume of qualifications relevant to the design (e.g. engineering degree, industry experience, other relevant experience)


  1. Each team is responsible for having at least one team representative on our communication platform to answer failure reports and end-user questions
  2. This should be maintained throughout the contest and beyond, as long as implementation of the device exists for COVID
  3. Other communication means must be provided and kept up to date for later needs (email etc.) in case of a future crisis

Capacity and costs

  1. Each team must have local capacity to produce, test, and demonstrate the performance of their design in accordance with the specifications.
  2. Costs of design and prototyping are to be covered by the contestants


To apply you must follow the following procedure and submit the required documents

  1. Registration:
    Team requirements must be met and justification provided.
  2. Submission requirements
    1. Material to submit: design, test, and use documents (please name files with concise descriptions).
      • CAD drawings, 2 options:
        • 3D files (.dwg, .stdprt, .sldasm, .ipt, .iam)
        • Fully annotated 2D drawings (.pdf) 3-D mesh files (.stl)
      • Fully annotated circuit diagrams (.pdf)
      • Functional bock diagram (.pdf)
      • Code: software/firmware. Include brief installation and user guide (.pdf)
      • Bill of materials (.pdf)
      • Clear and concise assembly instructions (.pdf)
      • Clear user guide (.pdf):
        1. How to use the device
        2. How to run a validation test and how often
      • How to maintain the device and clean the device, video demonstration of device (.mp4)
      • Test methods and test results (.pdf)
      • Endorsement letters from:
        1. ICU professional (ICU Physician or respiratory technician) (.pdf)
        2. Engineering professional attesting that safety (electrical, fire, etc.) have been met (.pdf)
    2. Submissions via
    3. Letter attesting to lack of conflict or identifying who on the contest panels is potentially at conflict of interest with a given submission

To apply, Click Here

For more information, visit Code Life Ventilator Challenge

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