Great News! Czech Prototype Ventilator CoroVent Took 2nd Place in European Hackathon

The EUvsVirus Hackathon Jury identified the best solutions to support European and global in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

In collaboration with private and public partners from Europe and beyond, they are awarding the best teams and solutions per domain as well as a winner and two runner-ups for each of the 37 challenges.

CoroVent came to life as a collaboration between the Czech tech industry, educational institutions, government and average citizens, crowdsourcing, and organizing efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Czech team collected more than $500,000 in a crowd-funding campaign to “help save the lives of moms, dads, grandmothers, and grandfathers”.

All the winners will be invited to a Matchathon that will take place from 22 to 25 May on the new EIC COVID Platform. This online event will facilitate match-making with end-users, such as hospitals, and provide access to investors, corporates, foundations, and other funding opportunities from across the EU.

A total of over €100,000 pledged by partnering organisations will be distributed by the partners to winners of their choosing to reward hackers for their hard work and novel solutions with the greatest potential to save lives and bring life in a global pandemic closer to normal.

The group’s CoroVent ventilator is a simple design intended to be reliable while also meeting hospital standards. The designers drew inspiration from years of work on a similar project at the Czech Technical University.

The final prototype of the ventilator has been already laboratory tested. The first batch of 500 pcs for the Czech Republic was delivered by mid-April.

“We followed the situation in Italy and some things quickly became clear, with news about people lacking ventilators and doctors facing the hard choice of who to let live and who to let die,” Vojtech Rocek, one of the founders of the CoroVent project.

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