Call For Code

IBM Call for Code Initiative to Explore Developer’s Talent

IBM has launched a new global initiative; encouraging developers Worldwide to build a solution that will support one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: preventing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty committed a full measure of IBM technology and $30 million over a five-year period to the initiative. Ideally, the goal is to unite the world’s developers and use data and AI, blockchain, cloud and IoT technologies to solve social challenges.


How developers can change the world?

            Developers have immense power in their hands. They can use their power to solve the bigger problem of the Globe out of which natural disaster is one of those. With the advent of IoT (internet of things) even things can get connected like watches, tablets, and many more. Developers can change the way world work. Low cost special robots can be developed who can help people in difficult situation. They can make things to see, sense and even hear. Data gathered through these digital senses can be a gateway to solving real challenges—but only if the data can be effectively captured, analyzed and turned into actionable outcomes.  In case of Disaster these kinds of technology can help the people in difficult situations.

Call for Code is an excellent opportunity to explore how technology can play a role in addressing the needs of disaster victims.

IBM Call For Code
Call for Code

Call for Code inviting developers to create new applications aimed at:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Build resilient communities
  • Safeguard the health and well-being of individuals and institutions

Call for Code is an initiative open to anyone who is 18+ age, can code and has a unique technological solutions could make the greatest impact.

Call for Code also integrates the American Red Cross’ focus on new ways to bring support to disaster victims – especially important with 2017 ranked as one of the worst years on record globally, affecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

To raise awareness and interest in Call for Code, IBM is coordinating interactive educational events, hackathons and community support for developers around the world in more than 50 cities, including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, London, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.

Call for Code Global Prize – Grand Prize / Cash Prize

The winner of the inaugural Call for Code Global Award will receive:

  • $200,000 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Prize Event
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation
  • Venture capitalist introduction and pitch to turn your idea into a funded company
  • Opportunity to deploy the solution with IBM Corporate Service Corps team

First and second runner-up will receive:

  • $25,000 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Prize Event
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation

IBM Call For Code

How to Join the Call for Code:

  • Developers can register at
  • All submissions must be deployed and run on the IBM Cloud
  • Teams of up to five contributors are allowed
  • A participant may not be part of multiple teams
  • Projects can be submitted between June 18, 2018 and August 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT
  • Thirty Semi-finalists will be judged by leaders in September. A prominent jury including some of the most iconic technologists in the world will choose the winning solution from three finalists


Call for Code Global Prize Event

Winners will be announced at the Call for Code Global Prize Event and Concert, which will benefit UN Human Rights and the American Red Cross, and be held on October 13th, the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Scope / Challenge of call for code

The scope includes reducing vulnerability by preparing human 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 Call for Code Global Award will have built a creative application that can be deployed effectively and easily around the world.


Technology that can be used for call for code

You can use any technology to build your applications. You may use IBM Code Patterns for inspiration to kick start your solutions or build your idea upon other services provided by the IBM Cloud (many based on open source technologies). There are code patterns for all the six suggested areas.

Major Technology includes:

  • Financial networks built on blockchain technology can improve the distribution of aid before and after a major disaster
  • Tools that can translate and convert speech to text and vice versa can improve how fast people are warned and assisted
  • Understanding the healthcare needs of populations in advance can improve their resistance to threats to their health
  • Understanding weather and traffic conditions can reduce the number of people affected by mobilizing them effectively
  • Sensor data can be used to predict potential threats from a natural disaster and prompt communities to take action
  • Visual recognition technology can be used to assess an area for risk before building or otherwise modifying the environment
IBM Call For Code
Call for code