In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been talking a lot about Call for Code here at IBM! Whether that’s the homepage, our awesome IBM Coder Program, or any of the various technical hubs on the site. It’s a global developer challenge to help save lives and we couldn’t be more proud of the effort all of you are putting in from around the world.
We’ve hosted more than 300 events in India, China, the US, and all across the planet! We’ve met developers who are using Blockchain, Visual Recognition, Weather Data, Watson Speech-to-text on IBM Cloud to build incredible solutions to help save lives.
We saw one project make the most of the visual recognition services at a recent hackathon in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and it wasn’t until this month that power had been restored to the majority of the island. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but to help prepare for the next natural disaster, the winner developed an application using drones and visual recognition to help mark out hotspots on the island.
Check out Pedro’s story here.
This Sunday, August 19, we will be tying Call for Code with The UN’s World Humanitarian Day. This will be represented by a massive social “Cause Flash” led by more than 30 celebrities with over 600 million social reach. This is a great chance to amplify the global conversation around Call for Code and we’d love for you to lend your voice.
The United Nations World Humanitarian Day raises awareness, and celebrates the heroic first responders who provide aid, potentially at the risk of their own lives, immediately after disaster strikes. Call for Code aims to help improve the lives of those communities who are most threatened by natural disasters and in turn, will help ease and improve the important role that humanitarian agencies play.
We’re incredibly proud to have our two partners in the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross with us throughout Call for Code. Their keen insight into the needs of those on the ground, as well as their extensive understanding of where gaps in technology currently lie, have been invaluable to helping guide the thousands of developers who have signed up. From secure, resilient, and traceable supply chains and networks, to using machine learning to process huge amounts of visual data.
If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram this weekend, look out for the hashtag #WorldHumanitarianDay or #CallforCode. Retweet, Like, Share — and be a part of a global social movement. Then, don’t forget to head over to Call for Code and register too.