RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – IBM is calling on the global public and private sectors, including the United Nations and the Linux Foundation, to unite in finding ways of using advanced technology as a means of combating natural disasters as well as humanitarian issues.

Ginni Rometty, the chair and CEO of IBM, pledged $30 million over five years to support the effort through the Call for Code Global Initiative, which includes companies from startups to large as well as academic institutions. She announced the commitment at a technology conference in Paris the day after she disclosed IBM would be adding some 1,800 jobs in France that will focus on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and Internet of Things.

Since the initiative announcement was global in nature, no specific applications or efforts were disclosed that would impact IBM operations in RTP, a company spokesperson said. The Triangle campus is a site where IBM does conduct considerable Artificial Intelligence work through its Watson program.

“At IBM, we harness the power of technologies like AI, blockchain, IoT and cloud to address some of the biggest opportunities and challenges in business,” said Bob Lord, IBM chief digital officer, in the Call for Code announcement. “Now, with Call for Code, we are calling on all developers to join us and use these same leading edge technologies to help people, their communities and society.”