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By Elizabeth Klipp October 12, 2018
Thousands of developers from more than 150 countries answered the inaugural Call for Code Developer Challenge, resulting in more than 2,500 software solutions for disaster preparedness and relief.
Now, it’s time to celebrate the culmination of the largest developer engagement in history and announce the winners. The prestigious 2018 Call for Code Global Prize will be presented October 29 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
Streamed live on Twitter, the event will feature a surprise musical guest and help promote the Call for Code beneficiaries: United Nations Human Rights and The American Red Cross.
“The Call for Code Global Prize Celebration is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the more than 100,000 developers who answered the call,” said Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Developer Technology, Open Source & Advocacy. “This has been an exciting four months, and we’ve seen some incredible apps built to address natural disasters. The October 29 event will be the perfect culmination of that effort.”
The top solution will be awarded $200,000 cash prize, along with long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation and the opportunity to deploy the solution through the IBM Corporate Service Corps. The winner will also be introduced to a venture capitalist firm and have the chance to pitch his or her idea into a funded company.
In addition, the runner up and 2nd runner up will each receive $25,000, while the 3rd and 4th runner up will be awarded $10,000 respectively. The eminent judges include Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation; Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director of National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute of Columbia University; Deborah Dugan,Chief Executive Officer, (RED); and Grace Kim, Design and Research Lead at Twitter.
David Clark Cause and IBM in May launched the Call for Code, a worldwide, multi-year initiative that inspires developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.
For the 2018 challenge, developers had four months to create applications with IBM Cloud technology that improve disaster preparedness and relief, build resilient communities and safeguard the health and well-being of individuals and institutions. The topic of the 2019 challenge will be announced in January.
“We are here to unleash IBM to empower the world together,” said Bob Lord, IBM Chief Digital Officer. “We can save lives and truly make a difference.”
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