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The Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge ended in July and judging is now under way where the winners will be announced on October 12. You can read about the top regional solutions from this year’s challenge and see how all of these teams incorporated cloud technologies to help victims of natural disasters. If you missed out on our hackathons and feel inspired to create tech for good, you’re in luck.

Due to the overwhelming responses we experienced with Call for Code, IBM launched Code and Response in February 2019 — a multi-year global initiative dedicated to creating and deploying open source technology solutions to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. The projects within Code and Response are selected from Call for Code, student codeathons from our partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), and more. IBM believes that when developers band together, great things can happen.

IBM’s Code and Response is proud to sponsor and support the Tech to Protect Challenge, where developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and more are challenged to create technology applications to help first responders improve the safety of communities in the US. It made perfect sense for Code and Response to lend its support, as its mission is about providing a framework for putting technology solutions for social good into production.

Hosted by the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division, this challenge is specifically targeted towards those who risk their lives to help others. The goal of this challenge is to find winning ideas that can help aid first responders so that they can operate more efficiently and safely while in the line of duty.

There are 10 different contests that you can choose from to apply your ideas for your submission:

  • 360 Degree View: A Mobile Dashboard for Your Network Security
  • No Need to Repeat: Delivering Mission Critical Communications
  • Looking Under the Hood: Using Augmented Reality to Help Save Trapped Passengers
  • Got You Covered: Mapping LTE Capabilities to Save Lives
  • Fire Safety in 3D: Incentivizing Homeowners to Create Pre-Incident Plans for Firefighters
  • Voice Commands to Assistants: Hands Free Device Control
  • Sensor Integration: Monitoring Emergency Responders’ Health
  • No Coverage: Placing Deployable Networks in Emergencies
  • Making the Case: Proactive Image Protection
  • Organizing Chaos: Calming Catastrophe by Tracking Patient Triage

Tech to Protect is coming to a city near you!

As part of this national contest, Tech to Protect will also be hosting a series of codeathons around the US where you can connect and collaborate with other developers, entrepreneurs, and experts. Each codeathon will also have prizes for winning teams.

We at IBM are all about tech for good, which is why we’re co-hosting these city codeathons near you.

The details

The first series of codeathons will all occur on September 27-29, 2019 in 5 different cities:

Make sure to visit the event links to register. Space is limited!

Some resources to help or inspire you

After registering for the codeathon nearest you, check out some of these resources that align with the 10 contest ideas to help you prepare ahead of the event: