MyHeartMap Overview
January 31, 2012 | Philadelphia County

To view Penn Medicine's announcement of the winners, click here.

The MyHeartMap Challenge is a month-long contest slated to take place beginning in mid January, which will send thousands of Philadelphians to the streets and to social media sites to locate as many automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as they can. The contest is just a first step in what the Penn team hopes will grow to become a nationwide, crowd-sourced AED registry project that will put the lifesaving devices in the hands of anyone, anywhere, anytime.

This challenge is administered through a free app installed onmobile phones. Contest participants will snap pictures of the lifesaving devices -- which are used to restore cardiac arrest victims' hearts to their normal rhythm – wherever they find them in public places around the city. Participants will use the app to geotag the photos with their location and details about the device like its manufacturer. Then, they'll send them to the research team via the app itself or the project's web site. The data collected will be used to create an updated app linking locations of all public AEDs in the city with a person's GPS coordinates to help them locate the nearest AED during an emergency.

The person or team who finds the most AEDs during the contest will win $10,000, and the fruits of their efforts could save lives in the critical minutes following cardiac arrest. Participants who find various pre-located “golden ticket” AEDs around the city will also win $50 for identifying each of those devices.”

For more information and to download the application, please click here.