Launching the Ventilator Crowd Project

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

I guess that you are here because you want to do something practical and worthwhile to support people who are unwell as a result of the Corona Virus. In that case, welcome, and thank you for your interest.

The idea for this website – and the community it promotes, was born out of an odd coincidence. Like many others I listened to the BBC Radio News saying that the UK government had put out a request to manufacturing companies to build the ventilators that are badly needed and in such short supply. As a Systems Engineer who works often in Lean and process improvement it immediately occurred to me that this was going to be a very big ask. Modern factories can be highly efficient and have incredible technical capabilities – but they normally can’t be easily adapted at a moment’s notice.

From my work in Agile and Design Thinking I knew that we could create a more rapid, if interim, solution by mobilising a crowd. Specifically, the idea was to draw on the amazing skills, knowledge and resources of the many engineers, inventors, model-makers others to rapidly crowd-source a solution.

The coincidence was that as I logged on to my computer to share this idea with others, I saw an e-mail from my brother Mark (also a Systems Engineer) making exactly the same suggestion. At that point I knew that this was the right thing to be doing.

Since then we have had hundreds of responses to our postings on social-media and have already assembled a growing team of people to work on the technical aspects of the project.

This website is the ‘public facing’ part of the project – letting you know about what we are doing and helping to mobilise the crowd.

We also have a ‘collaboration website’ – where engineers, scientists, makers, manufacturers, crafts-people, model makers, medical professional and designers can get together to share ideas around our evolving solution.

If you have skills, knowledge, or resources that could be useful – then please do send us your contact details and we will send you an invitation to the collaboration site. If you just want to be kept informed of progress .. then please check back here. Remember to share the link to this website on your social media.

And if you are an engineer, scientist, maker, manufacturer, crafts-person, model maker, medical professional or designer – then please join us. Simply submit your details and join our collaboration website to be part of our crowd.

Take Part – Make a part

Rob Collins

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