Helpful Engineering

Helpful Engineering


HelpfulEngineers is an open source group of 3,000+ members looking for solutions to COVID19

by AJ P

Participating to challenge(s): Covid19 - Treatments and Therapeutics

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How to join the project

Connect on our website:

What is the current status of the project?

See this document

Want to help?

Register as a volunteer here such that we can keep track of who has which skills and direct resources later*

Please give us a brief “hello” and mention your relevant skill-set, tools at hand, and additional resources you may have to contribute within the #introductions channel.

If you are a medical professional, please respond to this form. We are soliciting opinions from medical professionals about the best areas of response to target.

Please share this form with medical professionals you know.

Get an overview of ProjectOpenAir by reading this document

Our Mission

COVID-19 is a devastating disease with enormous speed and power.

Based on nothing more than its nature, this virus seems intent on reaching every country in the world. Based on nothing more than human goodwill, we've responded with an international effort.

We've created Helpful Engineering, a 5,000 strong volunteer organization, with engineers, scientists and doctors around the world.

Our approach is to take the best of both worlds. We rely on the resourcefulness and grit of our members, who work to organize themselves into teams to design innovative ways to fight the virus. We also enjoy the focus and speed of a dedicated executive. We set this up in 96 hours.

During this time, doctors and nurses have told us what would help them the most in this crisis. 

We've listened. We are quickly trying to design and arrange the production of pragmatic devices to move life-saving air, extend existing tools, or organize volunteers on the ground to bolster medical workers. The need is critical. Important but complex rules usually make these products 

unavailable. If unburdened, we can make them available now.

In this epidemic, we should think about the front-lines, filled with swollen rooms of patients who cannot get normal care. Beside them are medical workers, dwindling in number as they work ceaselessly to save as many as they can.

We have a utilitarian approach—how to do the most good in the quickest time. Technology can't solve every problem. But, idled by this crisis, vast amount of engineering and manufacturing resources sit by with no use. 

We can either wait and watch the suffering and terrible labors of others, or we can try to act.

See latest official messages in #announcements 

Current Status of the project

We are still getting organized. Please be patient.

Registered volunteers: over 2500 (as of 2020-03-17)

The Slack team has grown extremely quickly (9,000+) and is no longer the best place to organize. By all means, use it to discuss, self-organize and plan projects. But if you are offering your skills, please wait until we reach out to you based on your Volunteer Form submission.

Read the #announcements to get the latest information.

Check out existing channels here and join selectively.

Our Collaboration Tools


(most important - but also highest volume)

  • If you haven’t already, join here*
  • If you are new to Slack, please utilize this introduction guide
  • Roles of helpful people (you’ll see these icons next to people’s profiles)
  • Admin (team of 12)
  • Manager (team of 60+)
  • Moderator (team of 60+)
  • Click on Channels in Slack to browse all channels.
  • There is also a list with more information on them
  • Some important channels are:

·      #announcements

Get all the latest official messages here.

·      #introductions

Give us a brief “hello” and mention your relevant skillsets, tools at hand, and additional resources you may have to contribute. This is not the primary mechanism we will use to direct you.

If you need volunteers, this is a good place to snatch them.

·      #help-wanted

Anyone can request help from anyone for anything there.

For more official requests we will reach out to you directly.

·      #casual-discussion

Please try to maintain a high signal to noise ratio everywhere else

·      See project specific channels

*This Link stops working every so often. If that is the case, please come back later.

We are aware of the issue and working on a solution.

Google Docs

  • Main files and project docs are being organized here


  • Check here how it works
  • Workspace here

Our Twitter

Our Project Proposals (We have 35+ on the go)

Helpful Engineering’s initial wave of funding sought well-formed projects with quick and simple deployment. A group of 18 engineers, product designers, manufacturers, and MDs with field-experience in COVID-19 treatment started reviewing project proposals, assigning top priority projects that had the highest quality review, the lowest cost, and the shortest development period. Within our wider community, we invited our qualified members to participate in a peer review of proposals.

Proposal Ranking

Desirable traits, Average quality score and Time have been plotted, showing the top right corner of desirable projects

This objectively ranked the proposals based on raw score and timeframe alone in the above ranking table

Finally, reviewers selected “Hardware Production Capabilities Database” as the Best Software project, ranking it as a top-quality concept with minimal time/cost requirements. This proposal establishes a database of local production capabilities for ventilators. 

Our Top 5 Hardware projects selected through peer-review:

  • Project Tube Connectors
  • Low cost, high manufacturability, high quality, and very low time requirements.
  • Hardware PPE
  • Low cost, high manufacturability, low time requirements. 
  • This project had achieved the most progress at the time of the review. A simple, clear, and scalable project to deliver otherwise scarce necessities.
  • DIY Flowhood
  • High quality, low cost.
  • Offset Ventilator
  • Low cost, moderate manufacturability, and very low time requirements. 
  • This was selected as our ventilator. 
  • With a high score, simple and fast production (3D printed parts)
  • Approved by Anaesthesiologists.
  • O2 Concentrator
  • Anaesthesiologists indicated that this project, despite a longer development timeline, was of critical importance, citing the shortage of O2 pipeline supply.

Analysis of Wave 1 projects can be found here

A complete list of projects and proposals submitted during Wave 1 can be found at this link:

When is the next Wave of Review?

Second wave for Grant Application and Peer Review is open!

If you wish to submit a project to be helped by our team in a concentrated way, please use a copy of this template:

and submit this template to:

Please note, only proposals submitted through this form will be accepted.

COVID19 Group like us, but organised differently and more biological:

ps: if the slack link doesn’t work please contact us on the JOGL page and we will update with a new one. It breaks every 2000 clicks.

stepper motor specs.pdf

Flowchart & Controller.pptx



Ventilator Video.mp4

Current Status of the project.docx