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Code Life Ventilator Challenge: MADE for All

An optimization race to yield a safe, approved, sub-$1000 ventilator based on the Code Life Ventilator Challenge design finalists.
$100,000 to $300,000

Challenge Overview


Race to a sub-$1000, Health-Canada approved ventilator production package for the Code Life Ventilator Finalist Designs


We must vastly reduce manufacturing costs of the ventilators that we so critically need right now, in order to save lives worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the worldwide ventilation shortage and healthcare disparity between countries. 

Medical devices, like pharmaceuticals, must be affordable, to uphold the quality of human lives across the planet: this is a McGill Third Century Challenge. Engine is McGill’s technology and innovation hub, pushing technological innovation for the greater social good. Teaming up with Code Life Ventilator partners, Engine launches the Made for All Manufacturing Challenge to produce low-cost ventilators that can be manufactured locally around the world. 

Respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, but also Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and viral pneumonia, sometimes necessitate respiratory assistance with ventilators. Long before the pandemic hit, many lives in developing countries have been lost due to shortages of ventilators needed to treat a variety of respiratory ailments. The Code Life Ventilator Challenge catalyzed three low-cost, easy-to-build and easy-to-use ventilator designs. Now what is needed is to finalize and ready those designs for manufacture worldwide.  


How it works

The Made for All challenge will run in two phases—Team Formation, and The Sprint.

Team Formation phase—global teams of manufacturing and compliance experts get together—to include an industrial engineer, design engineer, medical device expert, technical writer, and a clinical respiratory expert. Each formed team pitches the Finalists of the Code Life Ventilator Challenge, to be selected as the Made for All Team to work on their design. At the end of this phase there will be three Made for All Teams. 

The Sprint—all three Made for All Teams race to be the first to obtain Health Canada approval for their device and make a final manufacturing package for a ventilator costing less than $1000 CAD. 


Fundraising Goal

A prize of up to $300,000 will be awarded to the first Made for All Sprint Team to cross the finish line, in exchange for the final manufacturing package and license to share worldwide with competent manufacturers. $100,000 has generously been donated by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation already, and McGill Engine, the Faculty of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship centre, seeks to raise$200,000 to support this important initiative. 

Call for Expertise. McGill Engine needs your expertise for the manufacturing and regulatory panels that will evaluate the project. If you are interested please contact us


Ventilators for the World

The Made for All Sprint contestants will join their Code Life Ventilator Challenge Finalist colleagues to grant a low-cost license to their manufacturing package so that these safe, low-cost, optimized-for-manufacturing designs can be shared worldwide with manufacturers that are committed to low-cost manufacturing for the next 18 months. 

Time is of the essence: join McGill Engine in completing the next phase of the vital and life-saving Code Life Ventilator Challenge by greatly reducing ventilator manufacturing costs. 


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Montreal General Hospital Foundation - Code Life

CODE LiFE: The Montreal General Hospital Foundation’s mission is to provide vital support for vital care. The Foundation is mandated to raise money, manage significant funds, and invest responsibly in healthcare research, training and technology at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and more broadly, within the McGill academic health network. We work in close partnership with donors and dedicated collaborators to raise awareness and foster excellence in vital care to all patients, present and future.


McGill Faculty of Engineering and McGill Engine

The Faculty of Engineering at McGill University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, software, mechanical, materials and mining engineering, as well as bioengineering. The Faculty includes the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and the School of Urban Planning. As one of the top-ranked research-intensive engineering and design schools in the world, it prides itself on the excellence of its students, professors and staff and its impact on the world through its education and research mission.

The McGill Engine, the Faculty of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, has a team of professionals providing advising and coaching to students and professors for advancing their ideas and research outcomes, in addition to funding, training, and mentorship programs, as well as liaison with industry for R&D collaborations.



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