So just where are all the AEDs - automated external defibrillators - in the city of Philadelphia? University of Pennsylvania researchers want to know. But, more important, they want you, too, to know where to find the portable devices that can diagnose and treat life-threatening heart rhythms. With a clue each day, to be published here, you can join a contest that will have you searching within the city limits to find AEDs. Check out the clues and click on the link to go to the contest page, which has project rules and explains the prize. You will be able to participate using the app or directly on the page you'll reach through the link below.
Global contest shining a spotlight on Philadelphia's defibrillators
Around the world, the hunt is on for thousands of lifesaving portable medical devices that are hanging in public places - in Philadelphia.
Why would someone in, say, Abu Dhabi care about finding devices in Philadelphia?
Because a University of Pennsylvania project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the city has mushroomed into a global "crowdsourcing" competition fueled by the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, smartphones - and the chance to win cash prizes up to $10,000.
947 - Total AED sites submitted 330 - Total teams/individuals enrolled 90 ($4,500) - Golden AEDs found 110 ($5,500)- Golden AEDs remaining $10,000 - Grand prize
A few words from the MyHeartMapChallenge team
The MyHeartMap Challenge is a social media, mobile media, crowdsourcing contest to find automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia. To help contest participants find AEDs, the MyHeartMap team has created a series of clues. The clues are meant to be fun; some are easy and some are hard.
Several of the clues contain the address of a location that has - or may have - AEDs. If you are the first person to figure out a clue and submit the associated information, you will win $50.
Other clues could help a team or individual find the most AEDs and win the $10,000 grand prize. The answers to selected clues will be posted after the contest ends. Most important, the MyHeartMap Challenge initiative is seeking to create a map and database that can be used to help victims of cardiac arrest, improve access to emergency care, and, hopefully, save lives.
Try to figure out the clues and join this important Philadelphia initiative!
Some of the AED locations in Philadelphia are in places that are locked, private, or accessible only by employees. We ask that you be respectful and contact locations before visiting to determine whether they are OK with you viewing their AED. You should disclose the purpose of your visit.
Your participation will help build a map of AEDs that not only are publicly accessible, but also accessible to employees who work at specific locations.
Anyone not expressly prohibited according to contest rules can participate in the contest. Employees of buildings may participate consistent with their company's rules.