Connecting Women in Technology LIVE with IBM – How to get involved with Tech for Good initiatives


June 15, 2021 2:00 pm BST

This Call for Code session forms part of the Connecting Women in Technology Live conference running from the 14th to the 17th June


This sessionL CWT Live with IBM – How you can get involved with Tech for Good initiatives

Call For Code is a global tech for good initiative run in a partnership between IBM, the United Nations and Linux Foundation. It is an  open innovation programme that  aims to support innovative solutions that solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We’re celebrating our 4th year running Call For Code in 2021 with a focus on tackling the impacts of climate change in the world through 3 main themes:

Clean water and sanitation
Zero hunger
Responsible production and green consumption.
During this session you will:

see examples of how tech for good initiatives and open innovation can harness technology and inspire technologists to find solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges 
learn how you can get involved with Tech for Good to help make a real impact on our collective future
hear from a diverse team that took part in our Call for Code Racial Justice challenge and how you can contribute towards this open source project to help promote racial justice.



Introduction to Call for Code and Starter Kit Guided Tour with Angela Bates, Developer Programmes Manager from IBM


Innovative open source solution idea for you to contribute:
‘Take Two’  – Call for Code Racial Justice challenge 

Hear from IBM team members:

* Johanna Saladas, Software Engineer;

* Naagma Timakondu Technical Lead for AI Ethics;

* Naoki Abe Distinguished Research Staff Member

* Iain McCombe  Principle Product Manager 

Discover how Take Two  helps alleviate racial biases online.  Take Two scans written content and ensures that racial biases both glaring and subtle are caught. The API is backed by a crowdsource bank of words and phrases that are racially biased. With AI the model learns in what context these wordsTechnical Focal, AI Ethics are harmful and highlight them for the user. 

Learn how the API and AI behind this tool including Kubernetes, Python, Fast API, Docker, Cloudant, and CloudDB.

Find out why this is important and how you can get involved with the deployment of this project.


More about this conference

Connecting Women in Technology (CWT) is a cross industry network established for the joint benefit of employees from Avaya, Dell, IBM, and Intel and has been running for over 10 years. The intent of the network is to inspire all to connect, drive and develop their careers in a diverse and inclusive environment.

The theme of the event:  Reconnecting post pandemic and returning to career focus

We have all gone through change over the last year from how we work, communicate, spend time with family and socialise. With so much change many of us of had to put our career focus on the back burner. As part of the week long virtual CWT Live event, we will be running activities to reengage your mind, career and your network   

We will be offering sessions throughout the week you can pick and choose the ones that work for you and your interests.