Call for Code Daily: Fighting racial justice and climate change with tech
Check out the weekly recap of stories covering open source projects, and how problem solvers are answering the call.
The power of Call for Code® is in the global community that we have built around this major #TechforGood initiative. Whether it is the deployments that are underway across pivotal projects, developers leveraging the starter kits in the cloud, or ecosystem partners joining the fight, everyone has a story to tell. Call for Code Daily highlights all the amazing #TechforGood stories taking place around the world. Every day, you can count on us to share these stories with you. Check out the stories from the week of October 19th:
Join Call for Code for Racial Justice
In response to the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, Black IBMers, in their pain, frustration, and exhaustion, had a moment of clarity. They had a vision of an America without social unrest — a vision of using technology to help combat systemic racism. With a focus on Police & Judicial Reform and Accountability, Diverse Representation, and Policy & Legislation Reform, we are open sourcing projects. Read more.
Monitoring weather patterns using sensors to provide hyper-localized alerts
You can’t predict the future — but, you can prepare for it. When it comes to the force of nature, particularly climate related catastrophes like floods, fires, and hurricanes, there is no question that preparation is key to staying aware and staying alive. Unfortunately, many communities are not equipped with the technologies that provide intel on impending weather conditions. Without a monitoring system that alerts nearby civilians of the current or upcoming events coming their way, many are left exposed and vulnerable. Thankfully, in support of the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, Team High Stakes looked to bridge this gap through technology, and was announced as the North America Regional Winner. Read more.
When natural disaster hits close to home, DroneAid saves lives
Often times, there is a driving force that prompts action. Whether it is a firefighter who experienced the harmful impacts of carbon toxicity when battling fires, and subsequently built a solution to help the cause, or a team of problem solvers who developed a solution to save lives in their seismic community during earthquakes — there is an impetus that sets things in motion. Read more.
What can AI do for society? A whole lot of good.
The potential of AI is groundbreaking, especially in the opportunities it presents to make the world a better place. That’s right — a better place — for everything from health and the environment to equality and inclusion. But this potential does hinge on people putting AI to work for social good. Read more.
Fighting fire with a spark of innovation
The world’s problems aren’t going to be solved by a single solution or person. It takes the collective will of people working together to really generate innovation. Take 2019 Call for Code finalist Promoteo for example–building a wearable device that protects firefighters in action. This breakthrough was developed by a firefighter, a nurse and three IT professionals — people whose professions don’t have much crossover. Call for Code exists to bring together diverse thinkers from around the globe to put tech to work for the social good. FireMan, a 2020 finalist from Latvia, also focuses on firefighters with an AI-enhanced helmet that delivers protection and added intelligence during a fire. Read more.