About Code and Response

A deployment initiative to put open source technologies in the communities where they are needed most.

As the founding partner in Call for Code, we were truly inspired by the commitment that developers took upon themselves to implement technology to address the world's most pressing issues. In 2019, more than 180K developers across 165 nations dedicated themselves to create solutions to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the first two years of Call for Code.

Through our partnerships, we've seen first-hand the devastation natural disasters leave in their wake, and we realized we could do more and launched the Code and Response initiative in 2019. Read IBM's Policy on Climate Change.

Now in its second year, this $25M effort not only continues to challenge developers to find solutions through Call for Code and the Clinton Global Initiative University, but implements actual open-source solutions. These include 2018's Call for Code winner, Project Owl; the 2018 Puerto Rico hackathon winner, DroneAid; and of course last year's Call for Code winner, Prometeo. 

How can you participate?
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Participate in Call for Code, a global coding challenge created by David Clark Cause and IBM as a Founding partner.

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College Students

Participate in CGI U, Call for Code, or one of IBM's campus challenges such as IBM BlueHack.

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Hold a Code Day as a "day of service" for developers in your organization, or sponsor Call for Code.

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IBM Volunteers is for current and retired IBMers to identify volunteering opportunites. Anyone can access enablement materials such as Activity Kits to help ideate and execute volunteering projects.

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Together with the American Red Cross, IBM developed a free, publicly available online course detailing the importance of disaster volunteering as well as opportunities to take part. Take the course here.

Code and Response Framework


Call for Code

Call for Code is a multi-year global initiative which challenges developers to use their skills and master of the latest technologies to drive positive change through the code they create. Call for Code was created by David Clark Cause, with IBM as the Founding Partner. This year, the challenge focuses on the unprecedented, interconnected areas of COVID-19 and climate change, asking developers and problem-solvers to help lessen the impact on those in need. 

Clinton Global Initiative University

CGI University was launched in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton host a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Throughout the year, CGI U works with these student commitment-makers to provide a wide range of training, mentorship, and seed funding opportunities to its growing network of young innovators and entrepreneurs.