Call for Code: Global Prize Celebration

October 29

With Special Musical Guest

Call for Code: Global Prize Celebration

After a nearly four-month Call for Code Developer Challenge that resulted in over a thousand submissions from developers from 156 nations, the prestigious 2018 Call for Code Global Prize will be presented at The Call for Code Global Prize Celebration October 29th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. This event is the culmination of the largest developer engagement in history. It celebrates the coders around the world who contributed their time, talent and creativity to develop software solutions to reduce the impact of natural disasters. A surprise musical guest will be featured and will help promote the Call for Code beneficiaries: United Nations Human Rights and The American Red Cross.

Want to watch it unfold?

Follow the @IBMDeveloper handle as we’ll be livestreaming the entire event from the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Tune in, meet the finalists, learn about their solutions and find out who will get the chance to see their solution deployed to the areas of greatest need.


Call for Code Highlights

Call for Code entry: DroneAid

Call for Code’s Puerto Rico hackathon winner Pedro Cruz was inspired to answer the Call for Code after Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017. He created a visual vocabulary that could be displayed by disaster victims and read by drones using visual recognition technology. 

3-D printed mobile hotspot helps communities after natural disasters

Project Lantern is designed to keep communities organized in pivotal moments of need. For the Call for Code challenge, team at Paper & Equator are using IBM Watson to make sense of the data collected offline and present it as a dashboard for first responders.

Chatbot aids in supplying food when natural disaster strikes

Appalled by the food waste and shortage crisis caused by the Northern California wildfires, Abhijit Basu, founder of the Silicon Valley-based communications startup Smartex, decided to answer the Call for Code and find a way to mitigate these issues that occur during natural disasters.

Kait Parker: After Disaster Strikes

Meet your host for the Call for Code Global Prize Celebration, Kait Parker of the Weather Channel. In this video, Kait shares her experience from visiting sites in the aftermath of a natural disaster. 

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Call for Code: By the Numbers

100K+ Developers

Answered the Call for Code


2,500+ Apps

Created to help prepare for emergency situations


2.5 Billion People

Reached by Call for Code


40+ Celebrities

Engaged to spread the word


156 Nations

Participated in the Competition

$200K in Cash

To the team that wins the Call for Code Global Prize