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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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Code Life Designs

The 3 finalists from the Code Life Ventilator Challenge each have a unique ventilator design. 

Here you can find information about their designs, and determine which team(s) to pitch to:

click their team name for link to video


Designed in Montreal, Canada, the Haply Rideau MkII is a quick-response ventilator. In fact, it uses the leading modern-day open-source hardware, 3D printers. That is to say, it has the potential to be the fastest prototype to market around the world. Not only is this ventilator easy to design and source by, and built from proven materials, it also provides functionality on par with far more expensive systems. Behind this prototype is a robotics company, Haply. In order to design this ventilator, the team collaborated with physicists and engineers from Montreal, London (Ontario), and Kingwood (Texas).  Please find detailed information here.


IFPR Brazil

A team from Paraná, Brazil designed the IFPR ventilator. Overall, this prototype uses modern engineering techniques and sophisticated mechanical and electronic components. More specifically, this simple and efficient design works with an electromagnetic flow valve to measure and control air flow to and from the patient. Also, the device integrates a graphic display, allowing users to check all the parameters controlled and measured by the device on the analysis screen. Please find detailed information here


Lung Carburetor

Behind the Lung Carburetor ventilator is a team of experienced medical device designers from Montreal and Charlevoix, Canada. This prototype is low-cost, portable and easy to manufacture. All in all, the goal was to create the most flexible and modular system possible. For instance, the device can be equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, an external 15-inch monitor, or be controlled from a cellphone or tablet. Many DIY ventilators lack reliable and robust control functions, i.e. the control loop. But to the Lung Carburetor team, reliability is critical. This device functions with different brushless motors and pumps, displays, or power sources. Still, at the heart of the platform, the control loop remains. As a result, the device can perform in a variety of settings : it can function autonomously (“in the wild”), or operate as a fully supervised machine (in a hospital or clinical setting).  Please find detailed information here.