Lessons Learned from Rapid Development of CPAP Ventilator Vent-I during Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia


  • Syarif Hidayat School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132,
  • Jam'ah Halid Rumah Amal Salman, YPM Salman ITB, Jalan Ganesha 7, Bandung 40132
  • Tatacipta Dirgantara Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132
  • Mipi Ananta Kusuma Staff of the Board of Trustees, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Dipati Ukur 4, Bandung 40132,
  • Hari Utomo Rumah Amal Salman, YPM Salman ITB, Jalan Ganesha 7, Bandung 40132
  • Reza Widianto Sudjud Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jalan Raya Bandung Sumedang KM 21, Jatinangor 45363, Sumedang,
  • Ike Sri Rejeki Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jalan Raya Bandung Sumedang KM 21, Jatinangor 45363, Sumedang,
  • Sandro Mihradi Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132
  • Sri Raharno Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132
  • Dadang Rukanta Rumah Amal Salman, YPM Salman ITB, Jalan Ganesha 7, Bandung 40132
  • Hari Tjahjono SESAMA, Technology Development and Concern for Community, Bandung,




, CPAP ventilator, COVID-19, noble values, regulatory sandbox, Vent-I


Here, lessons learned during the development of the CPAP ventilator 'Vent-I', aimed to help COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulties, are presented. Within only weeks, the Vent-I was developed, complying with functionality, safety and reliability requirements and passing the clinical trial. It was then distributed to hospitals all over Indonesia. Two billion rupiahs were raised through crowdfunding within one week. When the project was officially closed, more than one thousand Vent-I devices had been distributed and more than twelve and a half billion rupiahs had been raised. Currently, commercialization and mass production of the device have been started. From this project several lessons can be learned. First and foremost, the spirit of gotong royong"? sincere collaboration within the community to help each other "? is still firmly rooted within the people and the society of Indonesia. Noble values, i.e. sincerity, sensitivity and concern about the needs of the community, willingness to serve voluntarily and public trust, made the team dare to try and face failure. The spirit of social entrepreneurship, willingness to listen to the user and collaboration with the relevant authority can accelerate development process. The availability of knowledge and skills that constitute an innovation ecosystem in Bandung, supported by business, social institutions and government, was also a key success factor.



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