Call for Code

Congratulations Project OWL!

Learn more about the solution that won the inaugural Call for Code Global Prize.

Thank you to the thousands of developers that have contributed time and code to save lives. Your solutions will have a major impact on future disaster preparedness and relief efforts.

Sign up for the Call for Code newsletter to learn more about the next steps for the winning solutions, and to hear about the upcoming 2019 challenge.

Commit to the cause. Push for change.

Mitigating natural disasters is one of the world’s greatest challenges. The past decade has been one of the worst periods for natural disasters and while they may be inevitable they don’t have to become catastrophic.

That’s why we’re launching Call for Code, a worldwide, multi-year initiative that inspires developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.

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.

See resources in these six technology areas.

See resources in these six disaster areas.

Hurricanes and Typhoons

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Floods and Storm Surges


Extreme Weather


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Conquer the challenge together

Our community is a powerful tool to help you. Whether you are embarking on your own or competing as a team, we’re here to help you succeed.

Tackle some of the hardest problems with help from the community, share your knowledge or learn from others on the key areas where technological solutions could make the greatest impact.

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Competition Details

Commit to the Cause Push for Change

The Call for Code Challenge for 2018 is a competition that asks you to outthink natural disasters and build the solutions that will significantly improve the current state of disaster preparedness in your community and around the world.

Learn about the challenge

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  • Prizes

    The winner of the inaugural Call for Code Global Award will receive:

  • The Call for Code Global Award presented by a jury of eminent technologists at the Call for Code Award Event.

  • A $200,000 USD cash prize.

  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation.

  • Venture capitalist introduction and pitch to turn your idea into a funded company.

  • The opportunity to deploy your solution with an IBM Corporate Service Corps team.