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Public Invention Volunteer Opportunities
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"Invent in the pulbic, for the Public."
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For more information, please contact us in person, we are happy to help <read.robert@pubinv.org>
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Last updated:1/2/2021read.robert@pubinv.org
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In general, Public Invention believes volunteers are most effective if they can work at least 6 hours a week.
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We do not pay volunteers, but we support material expenses, such as 3D printer filament and microelectronic components.
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By volunteering for Public Invention, you agree that all of your contributions will be licensed under the GNU GPL (if code),
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the CERN strong reciprocal share-alike license (if hardware), and CC share-alike by attribution (if art or writing.)
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In general, every project also aims for peer-reviewed academic publication.
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Note: You can gift us an idea or start a new project! We have more than 50 projects defined already, and never have enough Invention Coaches to drive them to completion and make them real!If you want to learn more about being an Invention Coach, please contact us!
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Spreadsheet of all Projects
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Project NameProject LinkNum. Volunteers neededHelp NeededSkills NeededDifficultyImpactInvention Coach
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Moonrat - A portable incubator for bacterial water quality analysis.https://github.com/PubInv/moonrat3We need help finishing our design. We have a functioning breadboard solution and some CAD designs.CAD design, design of enclosures, Arduino programming, packaging of electronics into a nice enclosure, UX designModerateDetecting dirty water is part of providing clean drinking water worldwide.Chris Ferguson, PhD, USA
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Rapid E. Coli Detector Projecthttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2341:%20Rapid%20coliform%20presence%20detector.md3We need someone to help lead efforts to create instructional documents, website content, social media posts, emails and other forms of engaging media; Support market analyses of relevant water quality researchers and institutions; Perform scientific literature review of existing research around water quality analysis; Work as part of a team and attend weekly team project meetingsKnowledge of or interest in biological concepts as they apply to human health, particularly around water quality analysis and microbiology; Experience or interest in drafting strategic communications targeting a diverse audience through social media posts, promotional materials, websites, and email correspondence; Self-motivated to drive tasks forward and seek guidance when necessary, excellent written and verbal communication skills, current college student or recent graduate (preferred)ModerateDetecting dirty water is part of providing clean drinking water worldwide.Chris Ferguson, PhD, USA
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PIOC - The Public Invention Oxygen Concentratorhttps://github.com/PubInv/pioc3Ben Coombs is the Invention Coach for this project, and he is a versatile engineer, but could share the labor in programming, electronics design, physical design, and marketing and promotion. He has a working prototype, but would like to make a smaller (1-person) version. This project is a major pandemic response projects.Arduino programming, CAD design, mechanical engineering, market/health research, UX design and evaluation, understanding of therapeutic use of oxygen, electrical engineering, packaging.ModerateLower-resource communities don't have therapeutic oxygen capability. This can directly help deal with COVID-19; we may integrate this with a ventilator or BPAP machine. This could directly save thousands of lives.Ben Coombs, New Zealand
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VentMon: A monitor/tester for ventilatorshttps://github.com/PubInv/ventmon-ventilator-inline-test-monitor2One of our most advanced projects, 20 have been shipped and some used effectively. The goal is to build a versatile ventilator tester that is easy to use in the field. This open technology can also be integrated into ventilator designs. Most pressing need is probaly programming right now.Arduino programing of small OLED display, some algorithm work, UX design, market research, communications and technical writing (manual and usage videos)Wide range; some hard programming opportunitiesThis has helped 3 emergency teams already, but has not been as widely used as it should be. This could become an essential part of an open-source respiration ecosystem. It could also test operation of ventilators in the field, saving money and lives.Robert L. Read, PhD, USA
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Euler Notebook: A stylus-oriented notebook for mathematics and sciencehttps://github.com/pubinv/math-tabletAnyComputer ProgrammingJavaScript programming, node and TypeScript experience would be helpful, an interest in mathematicsModerate and aboveHas potential for wide use in secondary and university education.David Jeschke, USA
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