MyHeartMap Challenge ends, more than 1,100 AEDs found

MyHeartMap Challenge, the competition to crowdsource automated external defibrillators (AEDs) all over Philadelphia, officially ended today, with more than 1,100 AEDs recorded by more than 350 teams and individual participants, according to a press release. Update, 10:43 am: The MyHeartMap organizers report that more than 1,300 AEDs have been recorded. Using a mobile application designed […]

MyHeartMap Challenge, the competition to crowdsource automated external defibrillators (AEDs) all over Philadelphia, officially ended today, with more than 1,100 AEDs recorded by more than 350 teams and individual participants, according to a press release.

Update, 10:43 am: The MyHeartMap organizers report that more than 1,300 AEDs have been recorded.

Using a mobile application designed by Callowhill-based GIS shop Azavea, participants could compete to find and report the most AEDs for a grand prize of $10,000. The contest, originally scheduled to end March 13, 2012, was extended by two weeks.

University of Pennsylvania researchers will compile all of these data points to build the first comprehensive database of AEDs, as Technically Philly reported when the contest launched. The data will also be used to create a public health mobile app, according to a press release.

Despite all the AEDs contest participants found, there are still likely more hiding throughout Philadelphia County, organizers say. That means that the challenge to find and report AEDs isn’t over, even if the chance to win prizes is.

The organizers say that new AEDs found in the city, the county or even anywhere in the country can still be reported at the MyHeartMap website here.

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