Plan C: Makers Combating Covid-19

Comprehensive coverage of the community response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Vent-Con 2020 To Discuss the State of Open Source Ventilators

Vent-Con 2020 To Discuss the State of Open Source Ventilators

Next Thursday, May 21st, Public Invention will be hosting Vent-Con 2020, a virtual mini-convention focused on open source ventilators and the related learnings and developments that have transpired over the past few months with the Covid-19 pandemic. The three hour online event provides an interesting program that looks at the ventilator community, its challenges, developing […]

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Plan C Live:  Maker Response To Covid-19 In Germany

Plan C Live: Maker Response To Covid-19 In Germany

Join Dale Dougherty, founder of Make: Magazine and Maker Faire and Andreas Kopp, founder of Erfindergarden in Munich to talk with some of the central activators, innovators, and organizers of the open source and maker response to COVID-19 in Germany.   Panel of Guests: Dominik Wilming  Karsten Nebe  Peter Pröpper  Nils Hitze  Tom Hansing  Daniel […]

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Plan C: The Making of the Montana Mask

Plan C: The Making of the Montana Mask

Dr. Marlin “Dusty” Richardson is a neurosurgeon in Billings, Montana. In the first week of March, the Billings Clinic, where Dusty Richardson works, sent out a memo to its staff. Shortages of masks would necessitate a change in policy — medical staff were now told to reuse masks, and the new policy was to use […]

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Plan C: The Log of the StarVent Enterprise

Plan C: The Log of the StarVent Enterprise

  I met Pat Starace last November at Maker Faire Orlando where he exhibited a toy Batmobile that he had outfitted with a jet engine. Pat is a professor at Full Sail University in Orlando with an incredible background and amazing stories. When I saw that he had developed a ventilator, I reached out to […]

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Plan C Live: “Do Something” Bay Area’s Something Labs

Plan C Live: “Do Something” Bay Area’s Something Labs

  Meet Sam, Matt, Eda and others from Something Labs, a ​distributed volunteer coalition ​based in the Bay Area ​​​that protects frontline medical workers by quickly innovating and bridging gaps between supply chains and medical systems. ​Their motto is: “​After all, we all have to do something.​”  They are working to produce face shields, intubation […]

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Plan C Live: UV-C Light Boxes and Decontamination Solutions

Plan C Live: UV-C Light Boxes and Decontamination Solutions

  Decontamination is its own practice — the removal of pathogens from rooms, equipment and PPE.  Effective decontamination also allows for re-use of PPE such as masks. There are various methods used in decontamination, many of them requiring expensive equipment.  Using UV-C lights is one method and we’ll discuss with makers some of the low-cost […]

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PLAN C: Atlanta – A Beats C

PLAN C: Atlanta – A Beats C

In Atlanta, a civic response coordinated through four area makerspaces is going up against Covid-19 and hopes to beat it. This in another story in Make’s chronicle of Plan C: A Civic Response to Covid-19. My initial experience of Decatur, GA was arriving at 6:00am on a drizzly Sunday morning in October 2015. Nothing was […]

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