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2020 Call for Code® Global Challenge

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Running simple errands during a crisis like that of the COVID-19 pandemic can be fraught with risk. Knowing which areas of a crowded city to avoid when picking up a prescription gives us a degree of personal safety and helps limit the spread of the virus at a societal level.

This is where BlockMap comes in. The key feature of this blockchain-powered app is the “Smart Navigator,” providing a vantage point of at risk locations in the user’s area through a detailed map. The app goes even further, and leverages GPS capabilities to alert you if you’re in an area of high risk. Retailers and other organizations can utilize this feature to detect branches in high-risk areas that may need extra support to protect customers and employees.

Blockchain opens up new doors for collaboration

The BlockMap solution was developed by a team from the blockchain development lab at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). To generate insights, the BlockMap solution analyzes a huge amount of data, including thermal distribution, confirmed case tracing within the last 14 days, and more. IBM Blockchain and IBM Watson are used to establish the risk map model, including current and future predictions. By using blockchain, trust is actively maintained around what data is shared with whom, opening up the potential for more organizations to feel safe in sharing their data. More data means better predictions for users of the app. As Stella Miki from the BlockMap team points out,

“We know that the coronavirus is a global problem. Blockchain opens up the potential for every institution around the whole to come together to collaborate: to work together to solve this problem.”

Inspired? Join the fight now

BlockMap represents just one of the innovative solutions coming through Call for Code, whether that is fighting back against COVID-19 or climate change. Want to see your idea have a chance for deployment? You have until July 31, 2020 to develop your solution for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge. To kickstart the process, check out our starter kits. We have the tools. You have the talent.

IBM Developer Staff