How to Build Solutions that Fight Back

April 20, 2020 12:30 pm AST

In a very short period of time, COVID-19 has brought modern life to a screeching halt, disrupting our healthcare, education and economic systems. But we can fight back – with technology.

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge has expanded to take on COVID-19 in addition to climate change. Come learn how open source technology can help combat the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, from improving crisis communications to fostering remote learning and community cooperation.

Some developers may know what they want to build for Call for Code, but for those who don’t, there are starter kits. In this webinar we will be presenting the Crisis Communication starter kit to help you understand the scope of the problem and start building applications tied to easy-to-understand use cases in a matter of minutes using services on the IBM Cloud.

Learning Outcomes :

– Learn about why you should participate in Call for Code 2020
– Learn more about how you can create a Crisis Communication bot to help people cope with a pandemic like COVID-19.
– Learn from experts on how to use technology such as IBM Watson Assistant, IBM Watson Discovery , Serverless Cloud functions on IBM Cloud

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Speakers : 

John Walicki (@johnwalicki) the CTO for Edge/IoT Advocacy in the Developer Ecosystem Group of IBM Cognitive Applications Group. As an IBM Developer Advocate with deep expertise in IoT, he inspires developers to build solutions with the powerful Watson IoT capabilities, Watson Cognitive APIs and IBM Cloud. He helps developers create custom IoT and embedded Linux solutions for their industrial and educational use cases. He previously held roles as the IBM I/T Workplace of the Future Strategist, where he led the internal IBM Open Computing strategy, and as the IBM I/T Client Platform Architect, where he was responsible for the IBM internal strategy for Windows, Linux, and Mac. In addition to over 29 years of IBM experience, John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Pooja Mistry (@poojamakes) is a developer advocate for IBM Cloud. She works on expanding the reach of IBM’s technology to New York City’s developer community. Her area of interest includes prototyping with NodeRED and working with AI services to build fun and interesting things! Prior to living in NYC, Pooja lived in Boston, MA where she was working as an API automation engineer in the healthcare tech industry. She mainly works in Javascript and Java, however she tinkers with Python. She is currently passionate about Node-RED and building IoT applications using Node-RED services. She is a strong believer in helping new technologist get up and running with technology and feel confident in their abilities to make!

Daniel Krook (@DanielKrook) is the Chief Technology Officer of Call for Code, a multiyear competition that inspires developers to create sustainable software solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He ensures that those ideas are delivered where they can make the greatest impact as CTO of the IBM Code and Response Initiative.


Want to put your tech skills to good use during this time of Quarantine? Participate in “Call for Code” Global Hackathon and get a chance to win up to $200,000 to bring your idea to life by helping us solve the most challenging problems of society right now: COVID and Climate Change.

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Check out the resources & starter kits to kick-off your solution: