The goal of this article is to reach out to developers and align them to develop a solution to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. Call for Code, which media refer as “The Noble Prize for Developers” was founded by David Clark Cause alongside Founding Partner IBM.
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What is #CallForCode?
Call for Code is a multi-year initiative with commitment from IBM for the association of 5 years. It is a rallying cry to the developers to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies to create long-lasting change across the world. In this second annual Call for Code Challenge, the theme is natural disaster preparedness and relief in the context of community health and well-being. To quote from the official website :
In 2018, IBM hosted the Code City Challenges in the locations including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Kerala, Bayamón, Tel Aviv, New York and San Francisco. A similar arrangement is expected this year too.
Why developers should participate?
Work for natural disasters preparedness is a chance to serve mankind. It becomes of greater satisfaction when the winner project will be deployed with the help from the organizers, like the project of 2018 utilizing LoRa deployed Project OWL in real life. Their floating rubber ducks with hardware inside made a networked cluster to cover a large geographical area. Call for Code is a great chance for the developers to connect within themselves, test own ideas and increase experience. Some potential ideas are written on the official website for this year:
- 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).
Norms and Deadline
29th July 2019 is the last date and this is the webpage for registration. Teams are needed to be created at the discretion of individual participants with no more than five individuals. Options to find other team members are available through the IBM Coder community. To enter the 2019 Call for Code competition the team leader requires the following information to submit their solution:
- The name for the solution or team in five words or less (submission name)
- Description of the team’s solution in 10 words or less (short description)
- Description the solution in more detail of what one going to build, what problem will it solve, and why it matters in less than 500 words (long description)
- How mature is the submission and where does the developer intend to take it from here (solution roadmap)
- Link to GitHub or another source code repository such as GitLab.
- The team can provide additional description and diagrams
- A three-minute demo video of your project on YouTube or Vimeo
- List of IBM Cloud Services or IBM Systems used in the solution- Join the Challenge Communityto get an IBM Cloud account
- Email addresses of up to four additional team members. Each will need to accept the Participation Agreement. An individual can only be part of one team of up to 5 members, and one team can only submit one application.
- Submitted projects need to be under Apache 2 License (Free Software license)
The team leader who will submit the solution will receive an email confirming the submission details.
IBM technologies which can help in building solutions (from our website)
In the recent past, we have published multiple guides to demonstrate the usage of IBM Watson IoT with ESP32. Our GitHub project can be looked for example codes to connect ESP32 with IBM Watson IoT. ESP32 SoC consumes less energy on deep sleep. Developers can look at previous year’s winner, runner-up projects and ideas on IBM developer website:
Call for Code is a global initiative with a humane clause which definitely needs appreciation and the initiative in 2018 actually caught serious attention in social media. We wanted to keep our readers and developers updated providing basic information and link to official websites as our website in recent past discussed some of the technologies required for the projects.