Call For Code 2018

Winning Projects

Learn more about the five winning projects from the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge

Call for Code projects at The Linux Foundation

These five projects – the Call for Code Global Prize winner, Project OWL, as well as the four runners up – are transitioning to The Linux Foundation.

  • OWL – Organization, Whereabouts, and Logistics
  • PD3R – Post Disaster Rapid Response Retrofit
  • Lali – Wildfire Detection
  • IRIS – Intelligent Routing & Insight System
  • UAN – United Aid Net

The Linux Foundation offers:

  • A governance model tailored to the needs of each project.
  • Guidance on building a charter for the project vision, mission, and scope.
  • Trademark and intellectual property assistance.
  • Access to a large community of potential partner companies and open source contributors.
  • A model for seeking project funding from organizations and individuals.

OWL – Organization, Whereabouts, and Logistics

Inspired by the images they saw of the devastation in Puerto Rico last year following Hurricane Maria, the team behind Project Owl sought to create a mechanism for first responders to stay connected in times of disaster. Team members Bryan Knouse, Magus Pereira, Nicholas Fueur, Charlie Evans, and Taraqur Rahman created a software and hardware solution that maintains critical operations and communications when the power is cut and mobile connectivity fails.

The physical “clusterduck” network is made of hubs that can float in flooded areas if needed. Only five are needed to cover a square mile, and they create a mesh network that can send speech-based communications using conversational systems (like Alexa and Facebook Messenger) to a central application. This application, the OWL software incident management system, uses predictive analytics and multiple data sources to build a dashboard for first responders.

The solution bakes in the latest IBM Watson Studio, Watson Cloud APIs and Weather Company APIs – all built on the IBM Cloud.

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PD3R – Post Disaster Rapid Response Retrofit

Post Disaster Rapid Response Retrofit was developed by a team from the nonprofit Build Change. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, this solution uses IBM Watson visual recognition technology to assess structural damage on buildings and determine if these homes, schools and businesses can be retrofitted, rather than rebuilt completely. Once deployed, this solution could allow disaster victims to their return to their homes in days rather than months or years.

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Lali – Wildfire Detection

Lali Wildfire Detection leverages Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology to gather information from sparsely populated areas, and help firefighters accurately monitor the spread of a fire and plan how to contain it.

The small device, which is expected to cost less than $5, can record temperature, light, and other environmental factors that are triggered during a fire. Then they transmit this information using low-power networks like SigFox. All data is collected using the IBM Watson IoT Platform, on which visualizations and data prediction models can be built, showing first responders which communities are most in danger.

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IRIS – Intelligent Routing & Insight System

The Lantern, a keychain-sized device, serves as a pop-up communication hub for disaster recovery over an offline, wireless network. With customizable web apps to receive news, ask for help, and volunteer, as well as a map tool to guide users to shelters, fresh water, and fuel, the Lantern is designed to keep communities organized in pivotal moments of need.

For the Call for Code challenge, team Paper & Equator are using IBM Watson to make sense of the data collected offline and present this as a dashboard for first responders.

UAN – United Aid Net

United Aid Net (UAN) is a global emergency assistance network for uninterrupted financial services under natural disasters. It allows people to withdraw cash and use other financial services from their own accounts or relatives’ accounts by using FaceID during a disaster.

Over the past ten years, there have been more than 30 devastating earthquakes worldwide. During the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, one of the largest earthquakes in human history, Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) offered immediate aid and financial services to victims. To better understand their needs, we interviewed employees who experienced the rescue, and learned 4 pain points:

  1. Cash and cards are lost during the earthquake, unable to meet daily needs.
  2. People concern about their account security, so they want to inquire and report the loss asap.
  3. PhotoID are lost, unable to get authentication.
  4. Out of touch with relatives and can’t get financial support.