Masked For Work's Partnership with OSMS-BC

Melissa Chungfat

The term “open source” originated from open-source software where code is freely shared, allowing the public to engage and contribute. This allows for a free flow of ideas creating an environment where good ideas rise to implementation benefiting both the users and developers.

The non-profit organization, Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) has taken this philosophy to heart. Born at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSMS has worked to open and create networks in innovation and medical supply chains, relieving bottle necks, and creating solutions to problems caused by COVID-19. 

Now, OSMS is taking open-source to the next level. The British Columbia, Canada branch OSMS-BC, is hosting a series of upcoming pitch events called OSMS-SPARK! OSMS-SPARK provides a base for ideas from the community to come to life and connect with the resources and network that OSMS has built.

This is an opportunity for members of the community to bring out the entrepreneur in themselves and create and see through a technical project that addresses a medical, societal, economical, or environmental problem caused by COVID-19 with a focus on Canada. COVID-19 has impacted society in many convergent and divergent areas of life and the possibilities for technical solutions in restructuring, rebuilding, and benefiting Canada in light of COVID-19 are many and far reaching.

Possible areas of impact include COVID-19 treatment, COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccine distribution, medical supplies, sustainability, education, misinformation, mental health, disabilities, social or economic inequity, food distribution, poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction. We are excited to see what you come up with!

The participants of OSMS-SPARK will present their ideas before a panel of judges including Angela Forgues, Head of OSMS and Program Manager in Research and Analysis at Aurora WDC, Leigh Christie, a Vancouver-based engineer and entrepreneur, and Trevor Penner, a BC engineer and founder of an engineering consulting firm. 

In addition to the access to OSMS-BC's network, mentorship, technical expertise and review, volunteers, and marketing resources, the winners will receive a minimum of $1000 in funding to carry out their project.

The application for the first round of pitch events is due on May 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm. You can apply online at https://www.osmsbc.ca/osms-spark. Come join the open source medical network. We are also accepting donations on Charitable Impact. Help us help BC!