Frequently Asked Questions

Top 10 Answers

  • Register via the project mobile app or webpage. Be sure to fill out the required login details in order to be eligible to win prizes.
  • Find and submit eligible AEDs using your smartphone or computer. Be sure to include all required information (see below).
  • On the app- Remember to turn location services "on".
  • Remember, eligible AEDs are in fixed locations (installed, moored, wall-mounted) or assigned to a fixed location (e.g. drawer, shelf, cabinet, closet). Mobile devices (those in police cars, on airplanes, etc.) and devices in your home are NOT eligible.
  • If there are multiple AEDs in one building, use the "cloning" feature. This feature will pre-populate location information, so you only have to update the picture and any other information which is different.
  • Share your AEDs. After submitting an AED you can choose to email this information to another team or individual, post it on your Facebook page, or Tweet about it.
  • Communicate with other participants via the project message board.
  • Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get clues to possible AED locations.
  • Bragging rights: check out the competition via the leader board.
  • We will verify submissions and then notify winners. If you submit a "golden AED", you will be notified within 7-10 business days. The grand prize winner will be notified within 6 months of the contest end.


What is the MyHeartMap Challenge?
The My HeartMap Challenge is a community improvement initiative and research study being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. Data collected for the contest will be used to evaluate how AEDs can be located and to create a database and map of AED locations.

When will the contest start?
The contest will launch January 2012. The date will be posted at

How do I register for the contest?
You can register as an individual or team via the project mobile app or webpage. Links will be available on closer to the launch date. Note that if you register via the app, you will have to go to the project webpage and fill out the required user details before submitting any entries in order to be eligible to win a prize. We will send 2 AED location clues to participants that fill out the user survey as a thank you.

When does the contest end?
The "Contest Term" has been extended to eight weeks. The contest now runs from Tuesday, January 31, 2012 through Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7pm.

Who is eligible to participate?
The challenge is open to individuals 18 years of age or older of any residency or nationality. Employees, and their immediate family members, of the University working in or with the Center for Resuscitation Science are ineligible to participate. Employees and contractors (and their immediate family members) of the Contest sponsors or partners listed below also are ineligible to participate.
  • Cardiac Science
  • Physio-Control
  • Philips Medical
  • Zoll Medical
  • Azavea
Residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are ineligible to participate. The Contest is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by law. The University reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the Contest at any time for any lawful reason.

What AEDs are eligible for a prize?
Eligible AEDs are those that are in fixed locations (installed, moored, wall-mounted) or assigned to a fixed location (e.g. drawer, shelf, cabinet, closet). For example, AEDs in police cars or on airplanes would not count for contest submission. Further eligible AEDs are those in public locations (i.e. not a personal residence like your home).

How will AEDs be verified and confirmed?
We will verify entries in the following way. We already know the locations of many AEDs in the region. For the individual or team that finds the most AEDs, we will personally check a random sample of their submitted AEDs from those not on our list by actually visiting the locations and verifying all the information. If more than a small percentage are identified as false/inaccurate, the team is eliminated. We will then proceed to the team with the second-most AEDs and follow a similar validation procedure, continuing until we have a winner. False or inaccurate AEDs are those not at the location identified, placed after the challenge begins for the purpose of contest submission, and/or a fake/counterfeit/replica devices.

What's a golden AED?
Golden AEDs are unmarked and unknown except by the MyHeartMap Challenge leadership team. Participants won't necessarily know an AED is golden when they photograph it. The University shall be the sole arbiter of which participant is first to identify each "Golden" AED, as well as the validity of all such identifications.

When will the winners be notified?
Individuals/teams that identify Golden AEDs will be notified no later than one month after the contest has ended. The grand prize winner will be notified within 6 months after the contest end.

How do I unlock the $10,000 prize?
To unlock this prize, at least one individual or team must enter 500 unique AEDs or collectively all contest participants must enter 750 unique AEDs. Once the grand prize is unlocked by either approach above, this will be posted on the website.

What are the boundaries of the eligible area for contest prizes?
Philadelphia County, including the Philadelphia International Airport

What if I find an AED outside the boundaries of Philadelphia County?
AEDs outside of the boundaries of Philadelphia County (except the Philadelphia International Airport) will not be eligible for prizes. However, we welcome these submissions to add to our database.

What does the MyHeartMap Team plan to do with all the data collected?
Data collected for the contest will be used for a research study evaluating AED mapping and crowdsourcing. Our intention is to provide AED data to emergency medical services (EMS) and make this data available for use in real time by the public via a mobile map.

What if I cheat?
Cheating is anti-social, don't do it. We are aiming to collect this information to save someone's life that may need an AED. Please keep that in mind when competing.

Can I get disqualified?
The MyHeartMap Challenge team reserves the right to disqualify an individual/team whose actions are deemed to violate the spirit of competition for any reason including but not limited to, the violation of laws or regulations in the course of participation.

Data entry

What information is required for an AED submission to be eligible for a prize?
Data that must be submitted about the AED for the submission to be eligible for a prize:
  • Building address of the AED (street number, street, city, state, zip code)
  • Building floor
  • Building name and type
  • Photo of the AED taken from a mobile phone (zoomed out to show surrounding location) [note that photos requiring additional clarity may be flagged and participant(s) will then be asked to resubmit a better quality photograph]
  • AED location description (e.g. 2nd floor near the bathroom)
  • Device functionality (Does the device appear to need service/maintenance now or soon?) (The choices are: yes, no, I don't know).
    For example, some AEDs will display a red light or "x" if service is needed. Other models may chirp or beep if there is a problem. You may just notice that the device or battery has a date that has expired. Use your judgment here; if something seems to wrong with the AED, let us know. If you're not sure, that's fine, too.
What information can I submit that is optional and not required to be eligible for a prize?
  • AED manufacturer name
  • Contact name and email of the person or organization responsible for device use
  • Prior use information (description of if the AED has been used before)
  • Is the device in a public location or private location?
    Use your judgment, this may not always been clear. For example: a public AED is easily accessible to anyone. A private AED may require something additional in order to access it (e.g. keys, ID).

Why should I turn location services "on" for data submission?
This will allow us to better pinpoint device location. We kindly ask that you turn this feature on when taking pictures of AEDs.

Where can I find examples of AEDs so I can better identify the manufacturer?
On the app there are several pictures of AEDs from manufacturers. This will also be on the website.

What is cloning?
Cloning is a feature on the app that allows you to submit information about multiple AEDs in the same building. If you submit information about an AED in a building and then want to submit information about another AED in the same building, you can "clone" the location so that the location information is pre-populated on your device and you only have to update the picture and any other information which is different (e.g. the description, functionality).

Can I save information about a device and come back to it later?
Yes, information can be entered about a device and saved. This will appear as a "partially completed" entry in your list of "My AEDs." You can then add information later. Once you click "submit" the entry will appear in your submitted list.

Can I share AEDs I find with others?
Yes, after submitting an AED you can choose to send an email to another team or individual or post it on your Facebook page or Tweet about it or report it on Google +

What should I do if I find a place that should have an AED but doesn't?
You can send us the address of places that you think or know don't have an AED. These may be places that you wish had an AED. This information will help us with our map but won't count for a contest prize. Thanks in advance for these entries!

Will the MyHeartMap Team place AEDs at the locations I indicate that I wish had AEDs?
No, this information may be posted on our website and/or used to build a map.

What if I see that a building is posted as not having an AED and I know it has one?
You can indicate this via the website

Team formation

How do I create a team?
You can register as a team and invite your friends to join. Call them, email them, ping them. You can use Facebook, Twitter, or other venues to disseminate information and find others who may want to join you.
Team participants must provide a team name and identify the team leader. The University in its sole discretion may change any inappropriate, publicly displayed team data, including the team name. The participant's registration acts as consent to be bound by these rules for both the team leader and every member of the team.

Can I submit data as an individual and then share this with a team?
Yes- you can submit an AED as an individual---this AED may be Golden and if you were the first to submit it, you would win a prize. You can then submit the same AED on behalf of your team or another team to count towards the grand prize.

How can I share information about this contest with my friends?
  • Social Sharing
    Let your Facebook friends and twitter followers know that you're competing in the MyHeartMap Challenge! The "share" button on the contest app allows you to do this with just one click.

  • Message Board
    Use the message board to communicate with other contest participants: discuss strategies, form teams, ask questions. Anything flagged as inappropriate will be removed.

  • Leader Board
    Use the leader board to see where you stand among your competitors in pursuit of the grand prize. The board is updated daily.


When will the app be available for download?
We will announce this via our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. Check back to for details.

On what devices is the app available?
The app will be available on the iOS and Android devices.

How do I download the app?
The app will be available via the iphone and android stores online

How does the app work?
  1. Enter the AED address or find the location on the map
  2. Add AED details (for example type of building, location, etc)
  3. Upload a zoomed out picture of the AED Add additional AED data if you can (for example: manufacturer, maintenance issues)
  4. Complete the info at any time, AEDs will be saved in your partially completed "list"
  5. Submit the AED
  6. My AEDs allows you to view details about the AEDs you found
  7. You can always go to "Check current" to view the fields for submitting AED data
  8. "Cloning:" For AEDs in the same building, use the clone button. Just change the picture and location.
  9. Team spirit! You can always share the info you collect with others via email and social networking sites

Cardiac Arrest

What is sudden cardiac arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest is an emergency situation in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating normally.

Who can have a sudden cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest can strike people of any age, race or gender.

How many people experience sudden cardiac arrest each year?
Every year, approximately 500,000 people in the US suffer from cardiac arrest. This includes cardiac arrests both inside and outside hospitals.

Where can I receive training about CPR and/or AEDs?
We have a link for training sites on our website

About AEDs

What's an AED?
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small emergency devices that can shock and restart the heart of some arrest victims. AEDs can also provide life-saving audible instructions for CPR.

What locations may have AEDs?
Lots of places! Sports arenas, offices, gyms, grocery stores, and more….

Next steps

Will the contest take place in other areas?
We hope to launch the contest in other cities. If you have a suggestion, send us an email at


Are there any tips on how to find AEDs?
Ask friends, neighbors, relatives, and people who work in Philadelphia County to help you collect information about AEDs at their workplace or places they frequent. Organize a scavenger hunt or geocache event.

Do I get any clues about where I can find AEDs?
During the contest, the MyHeartMap team will post 1 or 2 clues on our website, Facebook, and/or twitter every day. These clues might be general trivia, Sudoku puzzles, pictograms, etc. Sometimes a clue will contain an address once you solve it. Other clues won't, but if you solve these you will receive an email from with a possible AED location. So be sure to follow us @myheartmap on twitter!