Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Building an Open Source Artificial Pancreas


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Building an Open Source Artificial Pancreas

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Have you ever thought about what open source software or hardware could achieve? What if it 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. After reverse-engineering bluetooth sensors and 915 MHz insulin pumps, the system became possible. As a diabetic, Sarah Withee also built this system and saw her sugar values stabilize much more than she could ever achieve doing it manually herself. Now Sarah is working on contributing back to the projects and wants to talk about this system from a technical side as well as a personal side. Come learn about OpenAPS, the open artificial pancreas system—how it works, what problems it solves, and its safety and security concerns. Sarah will show how it's helped her and what this means for her health, now and in the future. You'll discover how we, as software developers, can change people's lives through the code we write.

Sarah Withee
Independent Consultant

Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, international public speaker, teacher and mentor, and hardware and robot tinkerer located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has had a passion for technology ever since she wrote her first computer programs in elementary school. She captivates audiences with popular and powerful technical and anecdotal talks. She gives workshops to teach programming and hardware-building to women in tech, as well as to students of all ages. She's also mentored youth robotics teams to championships, been on a Google Year in Search video, started the viral hashtag #SpeakerConfessions, and organized six conferences, including the upcoming Abstractions conference in August.