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It’s a personal story that ignites inspiration

Call for Code founder David Clark shares his experiences

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Jul 13, 2020 · 2 min read
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Technology can serve any purpose, including the greater good. That inspired entrepreneur David Clark to start an annual competition, the Call for Code Global Challenge.

“The basic idea was to create this ‘Justice League’ for good,” he says, “where we would encourage developers around the world to solve social challenges with tech solutions and really create what would be akin to the Nobel Prize for developers.”

Co-founded with IBM and in partnership with the UN, the contest offers cash prizes and helps bring promising ideas to market. It issues a different challenge each year.

Last year’s competition focused on preparing for natural disasters, which are becoming more common as climate change causes more extreme weather.

“The innovations that came out of it quite frankly were amazing and are actually being deployed right now,” Clark says.

For example, the winning team was led by a firefighter who lost a friend to smoke inhalation. He created a wearable device that monitors air quality and firefighters’ vital signs.

This year, Call for Code is seeking solutions for two of the world’s most pressing problems: COVID-19 and climate change.

So soon, the world may see other winning ideas moving to the front lines.

This story originally appeared in Yale Climate Connections

What will you build? The deadline to submit your solution to the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge is July 31!

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Perspectives from the Call for Code community addressing COVID-19 and climate change. Call for Code was founded by David Clark Cause with partner IBM.

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This multi-year global initiative asks developers and problem solvers to take on COVID-19 and climate change

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Perspectives from the Call for Code community addressing COVID-19 and climate change. Call for Code was founded by David Clark Cause with partner IBM.

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