Code Life Ventilator Challenge

To design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve the COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe.


Product Requirements


Medical Device Compliance Requirements


Material Guidelines


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



  1. Registration:
    Team requirements must be met and justification provided. Teams must agree to rules.

  2. Submission requirements
    1. Deadline: March 31st.
    2. 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 block 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)
    3. Submissions via
    4. Letter attesting to lack of conflict or identifying who on the contest panels is potentially at conflict of interest with a given submission


  1. The finalists will be chosen by our panel of judges
  2. Three designs will be endorsed on April 15th following validation by our panel of experts.
  3. The three designs will then be available for download, and we will track number of verified implementations and feedback on the designs, and determine the most impactful design as the winner, the second as 2nd prize, and so on.
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