Bhubanswar: IBM, Xavier University and Odisha government jointly hosted the Call for Code global challenge in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The day long hackathon was organized to bring together software developers and build innovative solutions that can alleviate the effects of natural disasters. In the aftermath of Cyclone Fani hitting the state of Odisha last month, IBM along with Xavier University and Govt of Odisha will utilize the power of open technologies like Cloud, AI, IoT and Blockchain in building better solutions for the future. IBM is also organizing similar hackathons on the same day across Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore with over 100 participants expected at each location.
Call for Code is a five-year global initiative that is the largest and most ambitious effort bringing together start-up, academic and enterprise developers to solve the most pressing societal issues. In 2019, the focus is on preventing, responding to and recovering from natural disasters with an emphasis on individual health and community well-being. The Odisha state government was highly successful in minimizing loss of life and damages during Cyclone Fani. IBM hopes that the solutions developed during the hackathon will further contribute to the state’s disaster management preparedness.
In India, over 15 Call for Code Developer Days were organized across major cities including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon and Chennai this year. During the hackathon, developers will have access to resources, codes, tools and technology from IBM, across areas like Blockchain, AI, Weather Prediction and Machine Learning to build their solutions. There will be an enablement session organized for the developer teams, which will orient them to adopt a creative problem-solving approach. All entries for the Call for Code Odisha edition will be considered for the global competition.