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Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, from devastating hurricanes to historic wildfires and flooding. Mitigating the impact of natural disasters is one of the world’s greatest challenges today.
The advancement of technologies like AI, blockchain, IoT and cloud can vastly improve preparedness, response time, and long-term support in hard-hit regions across the world.
Call for Code was created by David Clark Cause with IBM as the Founding Partner, and launched in partnership with the UN Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross. Call for Code is a multi-year initiative to inspire developers to solve disaster relief and other pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.
IBM’s investment of $30 million over 5 years will help fund access to developer tools, technologies, free code and technology training – bringing together developers with our partners.
For its first year, Call for Code invites developers to create new applications to help communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters. For example, developers could create an app that fuses weather data and supply chain information to alert pharmacies to increase supplies of medicine, bottled water and other items based on predicted weather-related disruption.
Or it could be a program that predicts when and where a disaster will be most severe, so emergency crews can be dispatched in time in proper numbers to help those in need.
Award winners will receive financial prizes and long-term support through open source foundations, the opportunity to present their solution to leading VCs, and IBM will support deployment of their solution through IBM’s Corporate Service Corps.
Corporate Service Corps is IBM’s pro bono global initiative deploying our top talent to partner with communities around the world on tackling social and environmental challenges. Through Corporate Service Corps and other IBM Citizenship initiatives, IBM has responded to over 70 disasters since 2001, including an ongoing $4.5m response to the 2017 earthquakes and hurricanes. We’re excited to invite developers to join us now on this important work.
Responding effectively to large-scale disasters is a team effort among governments, companies, nonprofits and individuals. At IBM, we are excited to leverage skills and insights from the tech industry to address global challenges and use new advancements to power good in the world.
Do you have an idea? Answer the Call for Code today to help communities be better prepared for the next disaster.
Jennifer Ryan Crozier is President of the IBM Foundation and Vice President of IBM Citizenship.