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Mapping AEDs to save lives

In 2012, the Social Media Lab launched the MyHeartMap Challenge- a citywide crowdsourcing initiative aimed at locating and mapping all of the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia.  Using a free mobile app, participants photographed and geotagged AEDs they found in public places over eight weeks.  More than 1,500 AEDs in more than 800 unique buildings were submitted.  The data collected was used to create the AED map you see above.  The contest is over, but we are still accepting AED submissions.  Help us save lives by submitting an AED location here, and learn more about the MyHeartMap effort below.

Improving AED awareness and access to save lives

Meet our interdisciplinary team of experts

A sampling of news stories about our work

Learn why AEDs are so important

Relevant articles published by members of our team

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