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Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge

Main Project Information
Presented By Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab
Goal Raise awareness about life-saving AEDs through public art.
Task Submit a design related to AEDs to win prizes and save lives.
Where Online only
Description

The Social Media and Health Innovation Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is currently holding a contest called the Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge (www.defibdesignchallenge.com). This project is an initiative at the intersection of public health and public art and is engaging the public to submit designs to surround an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). AEDs are life-saving devices used to shock the heart back to life during cardiac arrest, yet often go unnoticed by passers-by or are misunderstood as only being able to be used by medical professionals. In fact, the devices can be used by anyone and often make the difference between life and death for the cardiac arrest victim.

The project is aiming to collect innovative, approachable, memorable, educational, creative, colorful, and bold designs to draw attention to these devices that you probably walk by every day without being fully conscious of their locations. The project website is www.defibdesignchallenge.com, where people can join the contest by 1) submitting an AED design and 2) voting for their favorites. Designers can win more than $1000. Winning designs also have the chance to be installed as a design installation around a real AED in prominent Philly locations when the contest wraps.

*Note: all participants under 18 years of age need to submit with a parent or guardian.

The first AED design installation launched the contest and is featured now in Philadelphia's iconic 30th Street Station. This design uses "Twitter furniture" spelling #AED to create a conversation space around the AED as well as a conversation space on social media. The below stories show more about the first installation.

WHYY coverage: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/64676-doctors-turn-to-designers-to-curb-cardiac-arrest-deaths
Philly Mag coverage: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2014/02/10/30th-street-stations-new-art-installation-help-save-lives/

How to Join

1) Visit the contest website.
2) Submit a creative design related to AEDs.
3) Vote for your favorites in the Gallery.
4) Win cash prizes based on creativity and points.

*Anyone under 18 years of age must submit with a parent or guardian.

Website http://www.defibdesignchallenge.com
Social Media
Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Required Gear

Computer, design software, or crayon/pencils/markers and a scanner to upload

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Tags aed, art, cardiac arrest, defibrillators, design, education, health, heart, heart health, hearts, medicine, policy, public art, public design, public health, science
Project Updated 08/07/2016