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Call For Code IBM Invites AI IoT Solutions To Natural Disaster Problems

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Tech giantIBM has announced its Call For Code initiative, inviting startups and developers to solve problems related to natural disasters using cloud, AI, IoT, and blockchain platforms.

Globally, the year 2017 was one of the worst on record for catastrophic natural disasters, costing millions of lives and billions of dollars of damage, Kumar said. Over 2.5 Bn people have been directly affected by natural disasters since 2000, with 2017 being one of the worst years on record for fires, floods, earthquakes, and storms. We aim to bring down the impact by using the latest technologies blockchain, AI, ML, Cloud and IoT, she added.

While the projects by the participating teams or individuals can be submitted till August 31, 2018, 30 semi-finalists will be selected in September and a prominent jury including some of the most iconic technologists in the world will choose the winning solution from the three finalists.

While IoT, ML and AI have already been proven technology solutions for weather forecasting in such scenarios, blockchain-based transactions are now being widely used in disaster relief efforts. For instance, blockchain startup Bitnation ishelping distribute aidto refugees by issuing blockchain relief IDs and visa cards.

Calling on 22 Mn developers and startups globally, IBM will hold a series of events across  50 cities around the world, including San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Austin, Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Mumbai, Dubai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.

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IBM is also expecting other corporates to join the initiative.

Call for Code participants will use IBM Cloud, Watson, Blockchain, and IoT technologies, along with open-source IBM Code Patterns curated reusable packages of documentation, architecture diagrams, process flows, and access to the underlying code on GitHub to innovate and build their submissions.

In India, where there have been complaints regarding the transparency and efficacy of aid distribution by the government, blockchain-based solutions can easily tackle such complaints.

Speaking toInc42, Seema Kumar, country leader, Developers Ecosystems Group, IBM India,said that the Call for Code is a global initiative launched byDavid Clark Cause (DCC) andIBM in association with the United Nations, American Red Cross, and the Linux Foundation. The Call For Code is a multi-year challenge, and this years theme is solving issues pertaining to the natural disasters, how to be better prepared under such circumstances, said Kumar.

The winner will be announced in October 2018 during a live-streamed, all-star benefit concert coordinated by the David Clark Cause.

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What we hope is that Call for Code will galvanise international participation from the open source community to address one of the worlds most complex social problems, said Kumar.

In addition to the development support, the winning team can join one of IBMs Corporate Service Corps (CSC) teams to apply their idea to a community in need.

According to the details shared by Kumar withInc42, both individual developers or teams consisting of a maximum of five individuals canapplyand participate in the Call for Code challenge.

Call For Code was launched on May 24 byIBM chairman, president, and CEO Ginni Romettyduring a keynote address at Viva Technology in Paris. The software giant has also committed to investing $30 Mn in the initiative in the next five years.

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