Developers have revolutionized the way people live and interact with virtually everyone and everything. Where most people see challenges, developers see possibilities. That’s why David Clark Cause created and launched Call for Code, and why technology giant IBM answered the call as the Founding Partner. This annual global initiative is a rallying cry to developers to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies, and to create new ones, to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world with their code.
Call for Code is the largest and most ambitious effort to create a coalition of leading Dignitaries, Celebrities, Charities, Brands, Universities, and Developers to help solve pressing social challenges with advanced technology and software solutions.
The 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge theme was Natural Disaster preparedness and relief.
With an assist from French President Macron at VivaTech in Paris, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announces IBM’s $30 million, 5-year commitment to the Call for Code Global Initiative created by David Clark Cause.
Since Call for Code was announced in May of 2018, six months later over 325 Call for Code City Challenges were hosted in locations that included: Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Kerala, Bayamón (Puerto Rico), Tel Aviv, New York and San Francisco. All of these city challenges prepared Developers for the overall Call for Code Global Challenge where the Call for Code Global Prize winner would be selected.
Referred to as “The Noble Prize for Developers,” the Call for Code Global Prize-winning team received:
Additional gravitas for the Call for Code Global Prize was provided as recipients were selected by an eminent jury that included:
After reviewing Call for Code Global Challenge submissions from over 156 nations, “Project OWL” was selected as the 2018 Call for Code Global Prize recipient.
Knowing that people suffer when communications are destroyed when natural disasters strike, Project OWL created an innovative software/hardware solution that includes an offline communication infrastructure, providing first responders with a simple experience for managing all aspects of disaster response. Civilians on the mobile ad-hoc “clusterduck” network – an offline communications infrastructure created by physical, Wi-Fi-enabled devices dispersed in clusters – can also send information about a victim’s situation, location, and needs.
The Call for Code Global Celebration live-streamed globally from The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, honored the accomplishments, contributions and the collective effort of over a hundred thousand developers from across the globe. The evening featured first responders, messages from actress Amber Heard, Chelsea Clinton, and a musical performance by Local Natives, who promoted the Call for Code Charitable Partners United Nation Human Rights and The American Red Cross.
United Nations Human Rights, which represents the 193 Member States of the UN is an ongoing charitable beneficiary of the Call for Code Global Initiative, as it seeks to safeguard Human Rights for all. The American Red Cross was also a beneficiary of the 2018 campaign.
To show support for Call for Code and its charitable partners, Celebrities and Social Advocates lent their powerful voices to support the brave efforts of humanitarians by participating in the #CallforCode Cause Flash social campaign on World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 2018.
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In just six months, since Call for Code was announced in May of 2018 and the Call for Code Global Celebration in October 2018, an unprecedented coalition of Charitable Partners, Sponsors, Universities, Affiliates, Supporters and Celebrities gathered to support it. They include: