The company at the VivaTech Conference in Paris announced Call for Code, a global initiative that calls on developers to create technology that can be used for natural disaster preparedness and relief.
The main component of the initiative is a contest, where the creators of a prototype – like an app that predicts when and where the disaster will be most severe – will win $200,000, support from IBM to make the prototype a reality, and introduction to venture capitalists.
IBM has pledged $30 million over five years to the program. The money will go toward developer tools, technologies, free code and training with experts. Developers can already access IBM resources about data and AI, blockchain, cloud and IoT technologies.
“At IBM, we harness the power of technologies like AI, blockchain, IoT and cloud to address some of the biggest opportunities and challenges in business,” Bob Lord, IBM chief digital officer, said in a statement. “Now, with Call for Code, we are calling on all developers to join us and use these same leading edge technologies to help people, their communities and society.”