Team Marvel win the Field Ready Ventilator Challenge
A team of three young engineers from Ghana have won the Field Ready Ventilator Challenge. Students and alumni from Field Ready’s employability programmes in Mozambique and Ghana competed to design a simple, practical and scalable ventilator as a positive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the competition started there were just 34 ventilators in Mozambique and 75 in Ghana.
16 teams comprising 56 male and female engineers took up the challenge with 5 teams based in Mozambique and 9 from Ghana. With competitors at home under pandemic restrictions, Field Ready saw the opportunity to leverage the talents of current and past students to do something amazing. Whilst all had an engineering background, none had previous experience of designing ventilators.
Field Ready engaged 25 leading engineering and scientific experts from around the world as team mentors and judges, with the final judging taking place on April 29th. The expert panel was made up of leading figures from government, industry and academia from eight countries and included ventilator design project teams from M.I.T E-Vent, Virgin Orbit, Texas A&M and University of California Irvine Bridge Ventilator, Cranfield University and Georgia Tech Bag Valve Mask (BVM) ventilator, EPCM Holding’s ventilator, Kahanu ventilator and SEAT’s OxyGEN ventilator.
The judges were looking for designs that balanced engineering excellence with medical applicability and manufacturing practicality. The expert panel were amazed by the quality and ingenuity of the designs and debate to find the top performing teams was fierce. The winning project was designed Team Marvel, a team comprising Ms Patience Nortey, Ms Nelly Appertey and Mr Ishmael Asare. Their design uses a stepper motor to control a retractor belt to compress an Ambu bag.
Field Ready have engaged Siemens as a partner to work with the winning team in refining the design and to manufacture a prototype. The top three designs will receive cash prizes and will also present their designs to Ministers in Ghana and Mozambique. Field Ready have also applied for grants to finance the development, medical testing and local manufacture of the winning design*.
* Marvel Team design inspired by a design by Rajat Thakor on the forum GrabCAD
Competition Winners – Team Marvel
Team Marvel – The Winning Design
“We saw an opportunity where we could contribute our engineering skills to help solve a real need in our world today. Winning the competition is a testament to our hard work, collaboration and diligence, it is absolutely the best feeling ever!”