‘Ventilator challenge’ to equip NHS for Covid lost £143m of public money

This is one of the reasons that you have to be very, very careful with “open innovation” approaches and mass hackathons. The opportunities for waste and inefficiency is huge. In areas such as health you really do need to know what you’re doing and understand the environment and context in which you are innovating.


Problems with the ventilator challenge began early last year, with complaints from some companies that their expertise was not used, while others with no relevant experience attempted to build devices.