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IBM Leads 'Call for Code' to Use Cloud, AI for Natural Disaster Relief


Logo of the Call For Code Global Initiative.

The new Call for Code Global Initiative is aimed at helping the IT world respond more efficiently to natural disasters using a variety of computer-based technologies.

Credit: CallforCode.org

IBM, the United Nations, the Red Cross, and other organizations recently launched the Call for Code Global Initiative to help the IT world respond more efficiently to natural disasters using a variety of computer-based technologies.

The project is the largest and most ambitious effort to date to assemble startup, academic, and enterprise developers to address natural disaster prevention, response, and recovery, according to IBM.

IBM's Ginni Rometty committed IBM technology and $30 million over five years to the initiative.

Call for Code invites developers to write new applications to aid communities and people in handling natural disasters. IBM's investment will pay for access to expert training, developer tools, technologies, and free code.

The winning app-building team will receive a financial prize and support to transform its idea into a real-world application.

Projects can be submitted for consideration between June 18 and August 31, with a winning application to be named in October.

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