I can barely believe that this week marked the halfway point in the inaugural Call for Code challenge. Your response and desire to Answer the Call has been better than we ever dared to imagine. I always knew Call for Code could inspire teams from around the world to use the technologies that are transforming their businesses to tackle one of the toughest global issues we face as a society today – the devastating human impact of natural disasters. But I couldn’t imagine that in two short months, an idea that started with creator David Clark Cause and IBM as the founding partner would grow into such a large, global movement.

From those early origins, we were quickly joined by the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) – who became the official Venture Capital Partner to the cause. Today, over 30 organizations have joined us as official program partners or affiliates, alongside more than 20 IBM clients, who have all engaged their in-house developer teams to build solutions that’ll help strengthen communities and potentially save lives.

This hasn’t come without effort. We’ve held Call for Code days across 13 IBM Development Labs in eight different countries and in excess of 200 events in 50 cities around the world. This weekend we’re running our 60-hour virtual event boasting thousands of participants. We also benefited greatly from the enthusiasm of our generous celebrity supporters and eminent content partners – taking the message further than we ever could alone.

Of the many things I’m proud of with Call for Code, having universities like Cornell reach out wanting their students to get involved – even over the summer, has put a huge smile on my face. As we began to explore how to engage students, I had the opportunity to meet many of the developers building Call for Code solutions.

One message came through loud and clear: building software to save lives requires precision, and precision requires time.

So, today I am pleased to announce that we are extending the submission deadline to September 28. This will give more time for returning students to work with their professors, and attend one of the many Call for Code days we’ll be running – it’ll give the thousands of developers ample time to test, and most importantly, it’ll allow the maximum amount of potentially life-saving solutions to be submitted.

In recognition of the extended date, I’m delighted to tell you that we will be adding extra cash prizes on top of the original top 3 finalists. There will now be a $10,000 cash award to the teams that finish 4th and 5th. With both of those teams also being invited to attend the Call for Code Award Celebration being held at the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco on October 29th. Here they’ll demo and have their solution presented to the judges, led by Linus Torvalds the creator of Linux and Git. The award event will be available for everyone to watch on Livestream.

I’ve been overwhelmed by your participation, and am sure your efforts will inspire all of us here. Ultimately, as IBM Chief Digital Officer Bob Lord said last month, the real measure of your success will be the impact Call for Code has on some of the most at-risk communities around the globe and the lives that are saved and improved. And now, with this extended date, I know we will see just how Call for Code can make a difference – now’s your time to sign up and answer the call.

About Call for Code

Announced on May 24 by IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty, IBM is investing $30 million over five years as well as technology and resources with the goal of developing technology solutions that significantly improve disaster preparedness, provide relief from devastation caused by fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, and benefit Call for Code’s charitable partners — the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross.

Call for Code Supporters and Sponsors

Since launching with the David Clark Cause and the Linux Foundation, in support of the work done by charitable partners, the American Red Cross and the United Nations Human Rights Office, the Call for Code Global Initiative has added over 30 Supporters & Sponsors:

AngelHack, Engine4, CNCF, Linux Foundation, Smart Bridge, CIO Office of Puerto Rico, EduBlock, Persistent Systems, Vaisala Inc, Powered Labs,  NASSCOM, Obsidis Consortia, Lightbend, PrepBiz, Free Code Camp-China, National Center for Disaster Preparedness,  International Data Engineering and Science Association (IDEAS), CSDN, New Zealand Earthquake Commission, NEA, Node.js Foundation, JS Foundation, AI4GOOD , Cloud Foundry Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Silicon Valley Code Camp, and Cornell University

Call for Code Content Partners

We secured eight eminent Call for Code Content Partners across a variety of domains (Cloud, Data, AI, Blockchain Technologists, etc.)

19 comments on"Call for Code is growing – We want you to be part of it"

  1. Carla Gentry – Data/analytics influencer | 2.5 million blog subscribers on LinkedIn. I’m surprised MORE of Data Analytics (Development and Algorithms) wasn’t higher on the list. I’m also on IBM’s BOINC or World Community Grid for some time. You have to realize that many companies are not to IoT or Analytics. I’m in Austin, Texas near the IBM Innovation Center.

  2. As in previous comment, companies are just not up the Analytics or IoT hill yet. They are still struggling with ‘dated apps’ etc. that they just keep on using. This is why I got involved because somebody needs to ‘shake there trees’. The issue is they don’t want to spend the $$. And yet there is much Open Source out there. Confused by this. Too many companies are actually confused by all the Open Source that is there.

  3. Oyekola Suliat Tunmise July 30, 2018

    I am so happy to be a part of this.

  4. David (Blockchain&Hashgraph Consultant) July 30, 2018

    We’ve already developed a crypto asset specifically tailored for natural disasters & is built on the most secure & fastest blockchain.

  5. A combination of AI, predictive analytics and simulation algo technologies. We could get a more precise warnings, better distribution of relif goods and efficient evacuation plan.

  6. nikithajoseph@in.ibm.com July 31, 2018

    Well this very good Platform for all coders to experiment on different technologies with their coding and develop a new solution for noble cause

  7. Great News that more and more people joining hands for such a novel cause. Thanks for extending the date and scope of prize 🙂

  8. Noor Ahamed August 02, 2018

    Yes, i am interested to Join the Discussion

  9. Call for Code berkembang than me wanna become insider ! can i joint ….

  10. Great platform for code

  11. I’ve been involved in disaster relief for a number of years. I’ve also been involved in some dark web counter-criminal activities related to this topic. I am very concerned about these awards because of unintended consequences of automation and improving “whatever.” Every improvement seems to provide criminals both inside and outside organizations supposedly providing relief- or in the government organizations of the affected countries. It is an unintended consequence that the criminals and swamp creatures are helped more than the relief workers. The major crimes are interception of relief supplies or holding supplies until bribes are paid or power is relinquished to the criminals AND human trafficking, using relief supplies and help as bribes or blackmail. This happened even in Puerto Rico. For example, put in a logistic system that supposedly improve delivery of relief supplies to victims and sooner or later… sooner most often, the swamp creatures and criminals get control of the system and it improves THEIR efficiency. Even if it is a system to improve the delivery of health care, if it handles supplies, guess where the supplies end up! If it is delivering medical care through remote hookups, guess where that help is focused! From my point of view, the best applications already exist: cyber warfare to monitor whatever software is being used, both overtly and covertly, to detect abuse. And an enforcement methodology. (Can that be made corruption-proof?) What is needed is training and careful control of those that do it.

    • Interesting thoughts, Aninkling! If you have any published posts or articles around this topic, would you be willing to share?


  12. Sangat penting dalam era digital like zaman now !

  13. With this development, I think I can now participate.

  14. I have registered with IBM for call for code contest. please how do i upload and test my app contest with IBM Cloud. I am new to IBM Cloud. my app uses php, nodejs and mysql as database.

    Both php and nodejs are accessing the same database. please help. Thank you

    • Hey Codebomber, did you get a Slack invite from AngelHack after you registered? If you have any questions, please hit up the team on that Slack channel!


  15. ErichPerkins August 14, 2018

    I just received a 2 yr degree in EM, very few 4yr degrees are offered. Educating EM manager’s and the public would be a nice start. Who has a “go” bag at home and in a car? Motivating people to take action on the basics would be a wonderful beginning.

  16. Chikku Jacob August 17, 2018

    Lets come up with a bunch of brilliant solutions to help the ones who are in need. This is a great platform to built an application which can save lives.

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