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Goal Create map of defibrillators to help save lives.
Task Spot, record AEDs; aid research on vertification/motivations.
Where Philadelphia, PA USA

325,000 Americans die each year of sudden cardiac arrest. Some of these deaths could be prevented through the timely use of a defibrillator. The inability to locate AEDs in such emergency situations greatly reduces their intended life-saving impact. You can help by reporting locations of AEDs throughout Philadelphia.

We are a group of scientists from MIT, UCSD, Masdar Institute, and University of Southampton participating in the MyHeartMap challenge organized by UPenn to create a complete and up-to-date map of AEDs in Philadelphia. In the process, we are researching validation methods and incentives and will share our findings with practitioners and with you, right here on SciStarter!

There are 3 ways you can contribute as part of our team:

1. report locations of unlisted AEDs in Philadelphia

2. invite others to participate

3. verify questionable AED locations

If our team finds the most AEDs, the prize money of $10,000 will be split among the participants in proportion to their contribution. Any leftover amount will be donated to charity (we are not keeping any money).

How to Join

You can sign up at and report an AED whenever you see one at your workplace, in a theater, or on your way home. AEDs may be located at office buildings, gyms, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, schools and universities, medical offices, community centers, and other public places. You can report an AED at or through an app for your Android phone.

You will be awarded points for each report and for inviting your friends. The points will be converted into cash if our team wins the competition. You are free to keep the money or donate to charity!

Social Media
Required Gear

Android App:

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In snow or rain, On a walk, run, At school
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags AED, AED map, cardiac arrest, defibrillator, map of AEDs, smart phone
Project Updated 04/21/2017