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.

11 comments on"Introducing the Call for Code Cause Flash: Join the movement"

  1. 👍 =Thumbs up! Thank you IBM for acknowledging this important day.

  2. seguracaDev August 18, 2018

    Hi ! We are here, at IBM Argentina, waiting for #CallforCode !

  3. Save lives by participating in the Call for Code

  4. Is this program connected to clubhouse? Congratulations on call for code. STEM.

  5. Congratulations to call for code

  6. Keep the momentum going! #CallforCode !!

  7. funshyluv79.201807191339 August 26, 2018

    I love this and I am strongly interested in this program

  8. Hello, was reading this great news and involved for the code, i dont know so much about the code but i would like to help, has some way to i can help even i dont know well about the developers in just only bloger i know how to made


  9. We have to fight the good cause for a better living

  10. Saya sangat menghargai dengan adanya program seperti ini yang berpikir dan lelah berproses dengan tautan yang panjang dalam menyiasati dan mencari solusi tentang mencari jalan keluar yang terbaik terhadap menghadapi bencana.
    Di Negara kami, Indonesia. Tepatnya di Sumbawa Island pada Minggu terakhir masih diguncang dengan bencana Gempa yang berkepanjangan sehingga sudah terlalu banyak korban baik harta,materiil maupun nyawa.
    Solusi yang ada adalah tergantungnya masyarakat terhadap Pemerintah daerah maupun Pemerintah Pusat (Dalam Hal Ini Goverment), akan tetapi secara umum bencana alam yang terjadi adalah hal yang harus ditangani berbagai pihak yang pasti membutuhkan tehnologi, Pendanaan dan kekuatan moral yang sangat utama.
    Jadi sudah seharusnya saya sebagai pengembang dan Pembela masyarakat Miskin di Internet akan turut aktif untuk menyumbangkan kemampuan saya yang ada dalam hal ini saya akan bergabung dan memiliki team yang solid dalam mengembangkan sesuatu urusan di program kategori “CALL FOR CODE”.

  11. October 11, 2018

    After challenge, all these technologies will be available to us, with some considerations of costs to start projects any project?.

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