Improving AED awareness and access to save lives!

In 2012, a group of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania launched the MyHeartMap Challenge — a citywide crowdsourcing initiative aimed at locating and mapping all of the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia.

With an estimated 1.5 million inhabitants and an estimated 500,000 daily workers and visitors, Philadelphia was the ideal location for the inaugural challenge. Using a free mobile app, participants photographed and geotagged AEDs they found in public places. More than 1,500 AEDs in more than 800 unique buildings were submitted over eight weeks by approximately 300 individuals and teams.

The data collected during the challenge was used to create MyHeartMap, a map of AED locations in Philadelphia. MyHeartMap is the first iteration of what the team hopes will grow to become a nationwide, crowdsourced AED registry that will put lifesaving devices in the hands of anyone, anywhere, anytime.

What now? The contest is over, but we are still accepting AED submissions. Join the effort by submitting an AED location here.