Call for Code: $200k and a chance to save lives

September 18, 2018 01:05 PM

Computer programmers across the world are trying to make a difference with Call for Code.

It is a global challenge where participants compete to make an app that would be able to help in emergencies.

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On Tuesday, News10NBC heard from participants at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where roughly 90 students competed.

IBM is sponsoring this hackathon to give developers a chance to improve preparedness for natural disasters.This is especially important as the death toll rises from Hurricane Florence and wildfires continue to wipe out parts of the west coast. 

One team of students created an app to help first responders identify which buildings are safe as shelters and which need to be evacuated.

For developers, they say technology like this can save lives.

"You can save lives by preparedness, as well as response, and there's lots of technology there that can provide new solutions where the traditional solutions no longer help or they can't keep up with all the disasters that are happening," stated Daniel Krooks, IBM.

Participant and sophomore at RPI Matthew Brown added, "With the timing of this, with the hurricane down south and stuff like that, it really just puts it all in perspective." 

Similar events are happening for the next several weeks all across the globe.

Campus winners take home $750 while the global winner will get $200,000 and the chance to save lives with their app.


Kaci Jones

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