Vent-Con 2020 To Discuss the State of Open Source Ventilators

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Vent-Con 2020 To Discuss the State of Open Source Ventilators

Next Thursday, May 21st, Public Invention will be hosting Vent-Con 2020, a virtual mini-convention focused on open source ventilators and the related learnings and developments that have transpired over the past few months with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three hour online event provides an interesting program that looks at the ventilator community, its challenges, developing world matters, and much more. Make: is a co-host, with founder and president Dale Dougherty providing a closing address.

You can register for the conference on Eventbrite. It’s a free event.


Speakers include:

  • Dale Dougherty, Founder of Make: magazine
  • Karen M. Sandler, Executive Director of the Free Software Conservancy
  • Dr. Erich Schulz, Anesthetist (Anesthesiologist) and thought-leader
  • Tim Artz, leader of the Ventilator teams at HelpulEngineering
  • Karene Melloul of Kenya Emergency Network for Innovation (KENI)
  • Marcos Mendez of OpenVentilator (Brazil)
  • Marta Belcher, outside General Council of Protocol Labs
  • Jochai Ben-Avie, Head of International Public Policy, Mozilla Corporation
  • Deepti Sharma, Conference Organizer
  • Robert L. Read, PhD, Head Coach of Public Invention


  • Past, Present, and Future
  • Clinical Issues and making the right compromises from a physician’s view point
  • Contributing to the Modular Open Source Ventilator(s) – A Call to Action
  • Third Party Testing/Government Approvals
  • Demand Analysis and Production at Scale
  • The Pandemic in the Developing World
  • Appealing to Investors from an Investors point of view
  • Closing Address: Dale Dougherty’s Plan C and an Open Future
  • Closing and Resources available to you and next steps

Slack discussion for the show can be joined here.

See you next week.

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Mike Senese

Mike Senese is a content producer with a focus on technology, science, and engineering. He served as Executive Editor of Make: magazine for nearly a decade, and previously was a senior editor at Wired. Mike has also starred in engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with electronics, fixing cars, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. You might spot him at his local skatepark in the SF Bay Area.

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