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 the 24 million developers around the world to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies, to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world with their code.
Call for Code is backed by a powerful ecosystem of partners, sponsors and supporters representing the world’s top organizations and leaders. 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.
At the core of The Call for Code Global Initiative is the Call for Code Global Challenge, a 4-month long global competition where teams comprised of developers, human rights experts and other specialists develop solutions to solve for pressing world issues. The Call for Code Global Challenge focus for 2018 and 2019 centered around creating solutions to help people and communities recover when natural disasters strike.
In just its second year, Call for Code hosted 625 Call for Code City Challenges around the world 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.
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:
The 2019 Call for Code Global Prize was presented to Team Prometeo at the United Nations headquarters in NYC on October 12. The team, which includes a nurse, a firefighter, and software developers, was awarded the Call for Code grand prize of USD $200,000. Prometeo’s solution aims to better protect the health of firefighters with individual wearable devices that straps to the firefighter’s arm and is about the size of a smartphone. The devices have multiple sensors that measure key variables including temperature, humidity, and smoke concentration. This information is collected and transmitted to IBM’s Cloud IoT platform. A Node-RED workflow then sends the data to the IBM Watson-based machine learning model, which distills the information into a simple color-coded status for fire command centers to monitor the health of each deployed firefighter in real-time.
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.
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.
At the largest Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the world, Call for Code received the 2019 CES Innovation Award for global reach and impact.