IBM To Use AI, Blockchain, IoT To Fight Natural Disasters

This multi-year 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

IBM To Use AI, Blockchain, IoT To Fight Natural Disasters

IBM wants to use Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: preventing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

The tech giant is committing $3o million over five years in the annual Call for Code Global Initiative.

Its goal is to unite the world’s developers and tap into data and AI, blockchain, cloud and IoT technologies to address social challenges.

Call for Code Challenge for 2018

The cash will, in part, be used to fund the Call for Code Challenge for 2018.

IBM is partnering with Red Cross, the United Nations’ Human Rights Office, and the Linux Foundation, on the effort.

The Call for Code Challenge for 2018 asks developers to outthink natural disasters and build the solutions that will significantly improve the current state of disaster preparedness in their community and around the world.

This multi-year 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. For example, developers may create an app that uses weather data and supply chain information to alert pharmacies to increase supplies of medicine, bottled water and other items based on predicted weather-related disruption. Or it could be an app that predicts when and where the disaster will be most severe, so emergency crews can be dispatched ahead of time in proper numbers to treat those in need.

IOT business man hand working and internet of things (IoT) word diagram as concept

IOT business man hand working and internet of things (IoT) word diagram as concept (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

The winning team will receive a financial prize, yet, perhaps more rewarding, they will have access to long-term support to help move their idea from prototype to real-world application. This includes ongoing developer support through IBM’s partnership with the Linux Foundation.

“Winning submissions need a strong ecosystem to ensure that they will flourish and continue to be deployed across the globe long after the competition ends. That’s where The Linux Foundation is proud to step in and help equip open-source projects with the tools they need to accelerate adoption,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

How to Join the Call for Code

  • Developers can register today at Callforcode.org.
  • Projects can be submitted by individuals –or teams of up to five people –between June 18, 2018 and August 31, 2018.
  • Thirty semi-finalists will be selected in September. A prominent jury, including some of the most iconic technologists in the world, will choose the winning solution from three finalists.
  • The winner will be announced in October 2018 during a live-streamed concert and award event coordinated by David Clark Cause.
  • Additional details, a full schedule of in-person and virtual events, and training and enablement for Call for Code are available at http://www.developer.ibm.com/callforcode.

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