Call for Code: Developers Unite to Mitigate Effects of Natural Disasters

The winning developer solutions for Call for Code, an IBM-led initiative to provide technical assistance to people and communities in the wake of natural disasters, have been disclosed.

The winner of the $200,000 grand prize, Project OWL, which stands for "Organization, Whereabouts, and Logistics," is a two-part hardware/software solution. It provides an offline communication infrastructure that gives first responders a simple interface for managing all aspects of a disaster. The physical "clusterduck" network is made of hubs that create a mesh network that can send speech-based communications using conversational systems to a central application. This application, the OWL software incident management system, uses predictive analytics and multiple data sources to build a dashboard for first responders.

A summary of the top five finalist solutions can be found at

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