Call for Code® 2019

Creating and deploying open source technologies to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges

Throughout this year’s challenge, we’ve seen inspiring ideas come from around the globe — including places like Bikini, Melbourne, and Cairo. These solutions are innovative in their approach to addressing natural disasters, but they also reveal the passion that so many developers have for using their talent for good.

Innovative fire solutions from the 42 School hackathon

From every event, developers have stepped up to create innovative solutions that could help save lives. At the 42 School hackathon, we saw two impressive solutions. Hackathon winner Kenji Kato built an IoT weather station called Emergency Info Guide that measures and predicts wildfire movement and sends the data to first responders to aid them in their rescue efforts. Kenji takes advantage of the IBM Cloud by implementing Node-RED and an IoT codebase onto it. Kenji describes his device as a “data spike” as a self-contained, micro weather station designed to help firefighters during wildfires.

The hackathon’s second-place solution also focused on wildfire. In developer Roy Stahl’s case, it was personal. Stahl lost his home in a wildfire in 2015. His team developed the FREE Sensor, which stands for First Responder Emissions Exposure. The hardware/software solution is a sensor that firefighters would wear that would provide real-time data on smoke exposure and inhilation. With the power of Watson and IBM Cloud, FREE analyzes that data and provides a score to each firefighter that assesses their health and output in the field.

Interesting ideas from IBM’s own internal Call for Code challenge

IBM held its own Call for Code challenge for internal teams again this year. So many great ideas have already come from this competition. We are very proud of the IBMers who stepped up to answer the call with their potentially life-saving solutions. While we can’t highlight all of them, here are few interesting ideas that our own developers came up with:

  1. Team TriaMon – An end-to-end electronic triage solution, where patients receive an IoT emergency sensor strap that actively monitors the patient’s health status. This live information will also be transferred to the cloud and visualized in the emergency control room.
  2. Personalized Disaster Assistant – A mobile application that helps people who are affected by natural disasters by recommending personalized actionable tasks before, during, and after a disaster.
  3. SmartQuake – People wearing the sensor-enabled SmartQuake vests will be located faster. In addition, this team developed an AI-powered virtual assistant, Richter, to help people prepare before an earthquake.
  4. DisasterPicUp – DisasterPicUp is designed to facilitate disaster cleanup by allowing the community to participate in the identification of individual sites that are in need of cleanup after a disaster has occurred. Cleaning up after a disaster happens is an important part of the process to ensure communities build back better and healthier.

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The Call for Code 2019 submissions are now closed, but you can still stay connected. Check out our resources on Code and Response, sign up for the community and receive updates from us.