Dr. Tarek Loubani | "Reclaiming high technology: Fighting for the hardware commons"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 18:00to19:30
Arts Building W-215, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CA

Dr. Tarek Loubani is a Palestinian-Canadian physician who works in London, Ont. an in the Gaza Strip. As the head of the Glia Project, Dr. Loubani designs and provides high quality free/open source medical equipment to impoverished areas in need. His recently developed 3D printed stethoscope, which matches the performance of the market leading model at a fraction of the cost, is helping to alleviate the shortage of basic medical supplies in Gaza caused by the eight-year blockade.

Dr. Loubani is also behind Empower GAZA, a crowdfunded project that brings solar power to hospitals in Gaza facing unpredictable power cuts. Dr. Loubani continues to develop inexpensive and non-proprietary alternatives to inaccessble medical devices, now building a 3D printed pulse oximeter, a machine that measures the oxygen levels in blood, and an electrocardiogram.

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