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Friday, May 3 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Building an Open Source Artificial Pancreas

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What if open source software or hardware could help improve people’s lives by solving some of their health problems? After the medical tech industry kept promising a system to help automatically manage insulin for type 1 diabetic people and never delivering, some people got together to find ways to do it with the tech they already had. Over the past few years, a “closed-loop” system has been developed to algorithmically regulate people’s blood sugars. As a diabetic, the presenter built this system and saw her sugar values stabilize much more than would be possibly by managing them manually. Learn about OpenAPS (the open artificial pancreas system) and how it works, what problems it solves, and its safety and security concerns. The presenter will also share her personal experience and what OpenAPS means for her health now and in the future. Consider how we, as software developers, can change people’s lives through the code we write.

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Sarah Withee

Polyglot software engineer
Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a passion for technology, and has ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school. She captivates audiences with... Read More →


Friday May 3, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Algonquin C/D

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