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CALL FOR CODE® 2019

Over 100,000 developers from 156 nations competed in the Call for Code 2018 Challenge and built over 2,500 applications to reduce the impact of natural disasters through technology. Over 60 organizations also lent their expertise and amplified the Call as supporters last year.

The winner of the first Call for Code Global Award received $200,000, open source project support from The Linux Foundation, an introduction to a venture capital firm, and piloted their solution in Puerto Rico through the IBM Code and Response™ initiative. This year, it’s your turn.

Will you answer the Call in 2019? Enter the competition or spread the word.

2018 winners used cloud, data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain solutions to reduce the impact of natural disasters

Commit to the Cause. Push for Change. Answer the Call.

Developers have revolutionized the way people live and interact with virtually everyone and everything. Where most people see challenges, developers see possibilities. That’s why David Clark Cause launched Call for Code in 2018 alongside Founding Partner IBM. 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. The second annual Call for Code Challenge theme is natural disaster preparedness and relief in the context of community health and well-being.

Accept the Challenge   Amplify the Call

Aiming for the largest mobilization of developers in the world

Building on the success of the 2018 competition, the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge again asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. We call on developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have both an immediate and lasting impact.

The initiative has the support from an ecosystem comprised of a cross-section of experts, humanitarian and international organizations, including the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross who will benefit from the second annual Call for Code Global Prize Event & Concert in October when judging is complete.

natural disasters

are among the world’s
greatest challenges


2.5 billion people

directly
affected since 2000


$1.5 trillion

economic impact
since 2003


240% increase

over the past 30 years

Technology and those who wield it, can fundamentally change the world

How would
23 million DEVELOPERS ANSWER THE CALL
TO SOLVE SOME OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CHALLENGES?

Creator

David Clark Cause is a global leader in creating Cause Brands and purpose-driven initiatives that both inspire and endure. For over two decades, founder David Clark has leveraged the iconic stature and cultural currency of world-renowned individuals and organizations to build successful Cause Brands that have raised millions of dollars and unprecedented awareness for some of the greatest causes of our time.

Founding Partner

IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. With Watson, the AI platform for business, powered by data, we are building industry-based solutions to real-world problems.

Charitable Partners

The UN Human Rights Office represents the world’s commitment to the promotion, protection and realization of the full range of human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through the voice and the work of the High Commissioner and a staff of 1,200 in over 60 countries, the Office aims to make human rights a reality in the lives of people everywhere. More information can be found at www.ohchr.org and www.standup4humanrights.org.

American Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services –from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. More information can be found at www.redcross.org. The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by The American National Red Cross.