August 19 is World Humanitarian Day
United Nations World Humanitarian Day raises awareness of and celebrates the heroic first responders who provide aid – often at the risk of their own lives – immediately after disaster strikes.
Call for Code aims to help improve the lives of those communities who are most threatened by natural disasters and in turn, will help ease and improve the important role that humanitarian agencies play.
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Call for Code highlight: DroneAid by Pedro Cruz
We saw one project make the most of the visual recognition services provided by IBM at a recent hackathon in Puerto Rico — one of over 300 events we’ve held globally.
Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017, and it wasn’t until August 2018 that power had been restored to the majority of the island.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but to help prepare for the next natural disaster, Call for Code held a satellite ‘hackathon’ – a competitive coding event to help launch Call for Code projects.
The winner, Pedro Cruz, used drones and visual recognition to help mark out areas of greatest need on the island. Hear his story.