Join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

You have the skills to alter the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has on our lives. From scouring news sources to find real-time information to share via a voice app to building a virtual marketplace for your neighborhood, learn the power of open development in the cloud. Through these on-demand sessions, you will understand how you can rapidly turn your idea into a Call for Code application that could be deployed as early as May.

On-demand session schedule

Get hands-on experience in this free event, whether that's using React for building user interfaces or Watson Assistant for infusing voice into your apps. Learn the value of being open by design to accelerate innovation with open source components. Sign up for a free IBM Cloud account to make the most of this conference. 

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Day 1: April 14, 2020

  • Speakers: Daniel Krook

    See how you can use open source technology in the cloud to develop solutions that improve crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this session, you’ll get an overview of the 2020 Call for Code Challenge, the largest tech-for-good challenge of its kind, and deep dives into three COVID-19 starter kits that will help you submit your solution by April 27.

  • Speakers: Pooja Mistry

    In times of crisis, chatbots can help people quickly find answers they need to critical questions. See how to create a crisis communication chatbot using IBM® Watson™ Assistant, a tool that enables you to build conversational interfaces into any application, device, or channel.

  • Speakers: John Walicki

    Get an overview of the crisis communication starter kit to understand how to create chatbots that can help people cope with a pandemic like COVID-19. Jump-start your own chatbot solutions with tools and resources from our experts so you can submit by the April 27 Call for Code accelerated deadline.

  • Speakers: Mofizur Rahman

    Now that you’ve created your Watson Assistant-enabled chatbot, you can connect it to data sources. Learn how to add webhooks to Watson Assistant to query dynamic data using Watson Discovery and COVID-19 APIs. Your chatbot will be able to reply to questions you ask it with up-to-date statistics and serve up relevant coronavirus news articles.

  • Speakers: Pooja Mistry

    In the case of a pandemic like COVID-19, people might be searching for information about the virus’s progression or where to get tested. See how to integrate a crisis communication chatbot with Slack to make it faster for users to get answers to their COVID-19 related questions.

  • Speakers: John Walicki

    Learn how to create a voice-enabled chatbot using Node-RED and the IBM Watson Assistant, Watson Speech to Text, and Watson Text to Speech services.

  • Speakers: Upkar Lidder

    Now that you know how to build a chatbot using Watson Assistant, see how to embed it on a website on IBM Cloud so users can interact with the chatbot. In this session, learn how to build a simple Node.js application that is connected to a COVID-19 chatbot using the Watson Assistant APIs.

  • Speakers: Derek Teay

    With students at home because of COVID-19 school closures, parents and educators recognize the vital need to keep them engaged and up to date with their education. See how a set of open source tools, backed by IBM Cloud and Watson Services, can enable educators to more easily make content available for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get an overview of the remote education starter kit, which includes resources you can build on to enhance online learning during times of social distancing. 

  • Speakers: Spencer Krum

    As learning and collaboration moves online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors need to be able to assess their students’ understanding of course material. See how to build a simple quiz app to assess learner understanding.

  • Speakers: Dan CunningtonPedro Cruz

    In an at-home learning environment, many students will gravitate to video lessons. Video can be an excellent way to learn, but instructors sometimes need to provide notes or assign readings to students who either need alternative ways of learning, or who do not have access to the original video. Learn how to create a Python app that can extract text from instructional videos using Watson Speech to Text, and translate text using Watson Language Translator and store the resulting transcript using IBM Cloud Object Storage. 

  • Speakers: Derek Teay

    To enable instructors to more easily connect with students for remote education, and to respond to the urgent need brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, IBM is providing free access to your very own instance of the IBM Developer Skills Network. See how to build a highly configurable, robust virtual classroom environment for instructors that enables course development, virtual assistant help, live classrooms, and more.

  • Speakers: Henry NashJody BurksVa Barbosa

    With the COVID-19 crisis, communities face shortages of local food, medical equipment, and other supplies. Learn how to build a solution that empowers communities to easily connect and provide the information to each other.

  • Speakers: John WalickiVa Barbosa

    A new disease tracker API aggregates COVID-19 data from trusted primary sources and tracks where the coronavirus is spreading over time. See how you can use this API to create solutions to inform local, state, and county officials on safe re-opening plans.

  • Speakers: Jonathan LeviPorter Stowell

    See how you can use MiPasa — a scalable, verifiable open data hub that makes it easy to process and analyze COVID-19-related information at scale — in your Call for Code solution. MiPasa can help you build models that can process or predict resource availability, social distancing statistics, point-of-contact data, or cross-organizational notification mechanisms through synchronized data flows. Follow along with the tutorial.

  • Speakers: Hendrik HamannJonathan CoutureSusan Malaika

    See how to analyze select data sets to extract knowledge and insights related to climate change and COVID-19. Get an introduction to the data available in the Anthem Digital Data Sandbox and IBM PAIRS and how it can be used in your Call for Code solution.

  • Speakers: Andrea BobickPedro CruzRambod Kermanizadeh

    Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, and it's not just for games. See how to build AI-powered simulations with Unity and IBM Watson, and learn how to bring your Call for Code solution to life. 

  • Speakers: Daniel Krook

    Now that you have the tools to start building your Call for Code solution, get tips on how to make your submission stand out from the crowd. Your goal is to have a sustainable open source project that can be deployed quickly and scaled around the world. Be ready to submit by July 31, 2020, for a chance to win $200,000 USD.  

Meet the speakers

We've assembled the best technical leaders across IBM to share their expertise and creativity so you can understand the scope of the problem and start building your Call for Code COVID-19 solution quickly.

  • Andrea Bobick

    Solutions Engineer, Unity Technologies

  • Dan Cunnington

    IBM Developer Advocate

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  • Daniel Krook

    CTO Call for Code

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  • Derek Teay

    IBM Developer Advocate

  • Henry Nash

    IBM Developer Advocate

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  • Hendrik Hamann

    Chief Scientist for Geoinformatics at IBM

  • Jody Burks

    IBM Developer Advocate

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  • John Walicki

    IBM Developer Advocate

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  • Jonathan Couture

    Anthem Digital Data Sandbox

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About Call for Code

Find out how your code could actually see deployment in the communities that need it the most. The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks you, the developer or problem solver, to fight back against COVID-19 or climate change with the solution you build.

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