The Call for Code Global Initiative rallies developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.
Building on the success of the 2018 competition, the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge again asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit.
This year’s challenge introduces an emphasis on individual health and community wellbeing. This includes solutions that can reduce the risk of disease, improve access to data and the availability of resources, and address the mental health needs of those impacted before, during, and after disasters.
One team will win the second annual Call for Code Global Prize, supported by the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross.
The winner and runners up will also earn several other awards that foster adoption of their application as an open source project through the The Linux Foundation to scale its impact and accelerate its deployment in areas of greatest need.
In addition, the grand prize winner will have an opportunity to meet mentors and investors to discuss potential funding for the idea and they will receive deployment consultation through the IBM Corporate Service Corps.
Create an application that improves individual health and community wellbeing through better natural disaster preparedness, accelerated response, and/or a greater capacity to recover.
Call for Code Charitable Partners have identified priorities and goals for reducing the impact on human life resulting from natural disasters. The following strategies, frameworks, and expert videos highlight the areas where improvements should be made and can be accelerated by technology.
- UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
- UNDP 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- Red Cross Strategy 2020
- American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center
- Call for Code ideas from UN Human Rights and American Red Cross representatives
- Tech talks and interviews with subject matter experts
- US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources
This scope includes reducing vulnerability by preparing populations for disaster risk over the long run, forecasting impending threats to improve precautionary measures in the short term, responding to medical needs during the disaster, and improving the overall resiliency of communities to rebuild health services in the wake of major disruptions.
The team that wins the 2019 Call for Code Global Award will have built a creative application that can be deployed effectively and easily around the world. Some potential solutions include, but are not limited to:
- Alerting pharmacies to increase their stocks of antibiotics, insulin, bottled water, and vaccines based on predicted weather-related disruptions.
- Employing analytics to predict the impact of disasters and educate communities on how to prepare for impending threats.
- Using visual recognition to assess the impact of a disaster and accelerate response, reducing time to build back better.
- Improving the efficiency, accountability, and resiliency of supply chains through blockchain technology.
- Identifying and aiding people with reduced or restricted mobility who require special assistance (disabled, hospitalized, elderly, confined).
Illustration Photo: Kenya has been hit by severe floods in April 2018. Overflowing dams and rivers have left 300,000 people displaced. The EU released €1.5 million (more than KES 175 million) to provide temporary shelter, safe water and health care in the 7 hardest hit counties, through the Kenyan Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. (copyright:2018 European Union (photographer: Anouk Delafortrie) / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))