September 19-20



September 19-20* 2015


BREATHE Respiratory Hackathons

Three Hackathons for Respiratory Wellbeing

This September, over one weekend, a global event will take place simultaneously across three continents:

  • MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

  • Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) in London, UK

  • Technion: Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel

Dubbed the BREATHE Respiratory Hackathons, these events will bring together designers, technicians, engineers, patients, doctors, entrepreneurs, and innovators to develop transformative tools and devices to enhance respiratory wellness and treatment. 

Teams will be given free rein to explore solutions to many of the problems respiratory sufferers face daily. That may include integrating multiple devices for nighttime and morning use, making existing equipment lighter weight, adding Bluetooth interfaces to equipment to allow control through a smartphone, or any number of ideas that push the status quo and challenge the respiratory industry to innovate around patient-centered wellness.

Prizes will be awarded to the top innovations!

These Hackathons are presented by Novartis Pharma in association with the COPD Foundation, following the highly successful COPD Crowdshaped event these two organizations ran in June 2015. 

Results from all three Hackathons will be shared with the media and 22,000+ attendees at the European Respiratory Society Conference in Amsterdam on September 27, 2015.


At Each Location:

1st Prize:  $3000
2nd Prize:  $2000
3rd Prize:  $1000

Patient's Choice:  $500
(to be awarded during the European Respiratory Society Conference)

Imperial College London

19-20 September 2015
09:00 - 19:00 BST

MIT Media Lab

19-20 September 2015
9 a - 6 p EST

IsRaEl Institute of technology

20-21 September 2015
09:00 - 19:00 IST



Imperial College London
Skempton Building
Imperial College Road
London, SW7 2AZ

Public TransPORT

Tube: South Kensington Station
Circle, District, Piccadilly Lines
Bus: 9, 10, 52, 452 to Exhibition Road stop


MIT Media Lab
 3rd Floor Atrium
75 Amherst St,
Cambridge, MA 02139


Take the Red Line to Kendall Square and walk 5 min to 75 Amherst St.


Biomedical Engineering Building
Haifa, 3200003


To be confirmed

The BREATHE Respiratory Hackathons are presented in collaboration with

Additional Sponsors:
(in alphabetical order)