The Call for Code Global Initiative created by leading philanthropic producer David Clark, CEO of David Clark Cause and powered by multinational technology company and Founding Partner IBM, is the largest and most ambitious effort to create a coalition of leading NGOs; celebrities; brands; and startup, academic and enterprise developers to help solve pressing social challenges with advanced technology and software solutions. Since its launch, Call for Code has become the largest engagement of developers in history.
This year’s focus is supporting the well being of people and communities after natural disasters strike. To show support of the Call for Code initiative and its charitable partners, the United Nations Human Rights and the American Red Cross, celebrities, dignitaries and social advocates are once again lending their powerful voices to support people in need by participating in the #CallforCode global social campaign on UN World Health Day, April 7th.
The 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge theme was Natural Disaster preparedness and relief.
Since Call for Code was announced in May of 2018, six months later 400 Call for Code City Challenges were hosted in locations that included: Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Kerala, Bayamón (Puerto Rico), Tel Aviv, New York and San Francisco. All of these city challenges prepared Developers for the overall Call for Code Global Challenge where the Call for Code Global Prize was presented to Project Owl.
Referred to as “The Noble Prize for Developers,” the Call for Code Global Prize winning team received:
Additional gravitas for the Call for Code Global Prize was provided as recipients were selected by an eminent jury that included:
After reviewing Call for Code Global Challenge submissions from over 156 nations, “Project OWL” was selected as the 2018 Call for Code Global Prize recipient.
Knowing that people suffer when communications are destroyed when natural disasters strike, Project OWL created an innovative software/hardware solution that includes an offline communication infrastructure, providing first responders with a simple experience for managing all aspects of disaster response. Civilians on the mobile ad-hoc “clusterduck” network – an offline communications infrastructure created by physical, Wi-Fi-enabled devices dispersed in clusters – can also send information about a victim’s situation, location, and needs.
The Call for Code Global Celebration live-streamed globally from The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, honored the accomplishments, contributions and the collective effort of over a hundred thousand developers from across the globe. The evening featured first responders, messages from actress Amber Heard, Chelsea Clinton, and a musical performance by Local Natives, who promoted the Call for CodeCharitable Partners United Nation Human Rights and The American Red Cross.
United Nations Human Rights, which represents the 193 Member States of the UN is an ongoing charitable beneficiary of the Call for Code Global Initiative, as it seeks to safeguard Human Rights for all. The American Red Cross was also a beneficiary of the 2018 campaign.
At the largest Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the world, Call for Code received the 2019 CES Innovation Award for global reach and impact.