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The future will not be defined by technology, but by those who rise to any occasion and build. On the heels of AI, Blockchain and Cloud Native technologies becoming mainstream building blocks, developers need to become 5G & Edge Ready to face new and unprecedented events. Witness how IBM Developer leverages open source to back devs, getting them up and running on these revolutionary technologies, shaping their businesses and communities. Meet the winners from Call for Code 2019. Hear how they created viable solutions to help save lives as we announce and celebrate 3 community projects to help seize and reduce the impact of COVID-19 through the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge. Through open source, developers are building tomorrow.


Bob Lord

Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain, and Ecosystems, IBM

Bob is Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain, and Ecosystems at IBM, where he is responsible for infusing AI technology across the business. He leads IBM’s blockchain business and oversees the company’s partner ecosystems including developers, global systems integrators, and independent software vendors to help clients accelerate their journey to the cloud. He was appointed in 2016 as the company’s first Chief Digital Officer, changing how IBM innovation is delivered and consumed across the globe. He was previously the President of AOL and served as the CEO of Razorfish, a pioneering digital transformation consultancy. A board member for Williams-Sonoma and Screenvision Media, Bob graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Syracuse University before pursuing his MBA from Harvard University.

Sai Vennam

Technical Offering Manager, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software

Sai Vennam is a Developer Advocate at IBM with expertise on Kubernetes, OpenShift, and managed cloud offerings. He has a large presence on YouTube creating developer-friendly videos, but also develops samples to showcase the latest and greatest cloud technology. He’s passionate about connecting developers with technology that allows them to be successful. As a hobby, he works on his home automation using Raspberry Pis and serverless technology.

Salome Valero

Founder, Prometeo Platform SL

Ph.D in Engineering. Master in Technological Management. Certified Project Manager and Scrum Master. With experience in consulting and delivery of IT outsourcing services for Telecommunications and Banking sectors. Developer. Passionate about innovation, cloud and open source communities. Learning IoT and cognitive services. Technology for good as inspiration. Winner of 2019 Call for Code global Challenge with Prometeo to help firefighters control the cumulative effects of smoke and toxic substances. Working to make my dream come true with Code&Response initiative. Engineer with purpose and mother of two children.

Kait Szydlowski

Vice President, Morgan Stanley

A VP at Morgan Stanley, Kait Szydlowski leads Morgan Stanley’s Global Technology Philanthropy, a global program creating opportunities for employees to Give Back using their technical expertise. In addition to Call for Code, Kait also oversees Technology Change Makers, a global program that embeds teams of Morgan Stanley Technologists in local non-profits to address a technical need and Morgan Stanley Makerspace, a workshop-based program that teaches kids & teens living in shelters how to code using robotics and games. As a former private sector strategy consultant, a founder of a Beijing for-profit social enterprise bringing medical devices to China for children with disabilities, and a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Research Fellow to China, Kait is passionate about bringing technical expertise to the organizations and communities that need it the most. Kait graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2009, where she served as a Trustee from 2015-2019.

Marion Vincent

Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Marion Vincent is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in the Technology division. She is the Chief of Staff for Corporate and Funding Technology. Marion has been with Morgan Stanley Technology for 8 years. She is a strong advocate of Diversity at Morgan Stanley through its Women in Technology programs and she leads the Codeathon for Good working group within the Global Technology Philanthropy team. Marion has been managing the Call for Code partnership at Morgan Stanley since 2019. Marion moved to the United States from France in 2005 to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Management from Pace University. In her spare time, she is an endurance athlete. She has completed over 15 marathons, multiple Ironman and most recently a six-day running race in the Moroccan Sahara to raise funds for the Malala Fund.