Student Challenge To Create A Ventilator

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Are you looking to solve the world's COVID-19 crisis? Well, several higher education institutions are challenging student engineers and designers to create a ventilator as South Africa continues to fight the virus.


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As South Africa continues to receive an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, an eight-week hackathon has been announced by several higher education institutions. 

Dotty Lai Lam, Peets UJ Process spokesperson, stated that the consortium was formed in response to a request from an organisation and five higher education institutions to provide student engineers with practical skills and increase their knowledge. These students would then manufacture medical devices, namely ventilators, in the country.

Lai Lam saw this as an opportunity to receive ideas from students and host a competition where they could present their ideas, as she believes that there is so much "untapped" potential.

This competition will not only benefit the country but also provide students with the knowledge and experience that they need.

Students will be exposed to the complete product development value chain, which starts at the concept, then goes onto prototype development, manufacturing, and commercialization in the country.

On Monday 24 May, the call for entries will take place through radio campaigns and other social media sites. 

Applicants may enter the completion and present their ideas via the website. The entries will then be assessed.

If students have any question or require guidance, they may post their question in their entry form. 

All students with an active student number may enter the competition and may present ideas in any of the three categories. 

Students have until 14 June 2021 to enter.

In the end, one winner will be chosen for each category. The prizes include a gift voucher and a 3D printer.

Watch the video below for more information.


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