I hope you never need a defibrillator, the machine that jump starts a heart after a cardiac arrest. You probably go through your daily life without paying any attention to where you might find one.
Penn Medicine researchers want to increase awareness of the location of automated external defibrillators (AED’s) and they have created MyHeartMap Challenge to locate all of the AED’s in Philadelphia County. Tapping into the idea of crowdsourcing, Penn Medicine is offering $10,000 to the individual or team who reports the most AED’s in Philadelphia during the contest.
To sweeten the deal, the team at Penn is offering $50 to entrants who are the first to identify one of the “Golden Ticket” AED’s (Oompa Loompas are not eligible).
You can enter as an individual or as a team, just fill out a form at MyHeartMap, then identify any AED’s you can find in Philadelphia County. If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can download an app to make the reporting of AED’s easier. You can also submit locations of AED’s without entering the contest if you want to earn karma instead of cash.
Details of the contest can be found at the Penn Medicine website.
After the contest is finished, the Penn team will compile the information into an app that will determine a person’s location and show him the closest AED’s.
If you don’t live in Philadelphia, you still may want to visit the MyHeartMap Challenge website. The Penn team plans to expand its program to other locations. You can vote on the location for the next contest to bring the challenge to your hometown.
More information can be found in this video:
Would you like to enter this contest? Would you like this contest to come to your hometown? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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* Heart image by Seyed Mostafa Zamani
** Defibrillator image by Olaf Gradin
*** Chained Heart image by ~addicted2love