Call for Code – IBM’s $200,000 Software Competition for Disaster Relief!

Back in 2010, a colleague and I started working on a project that would later become a startup called Geoloqi, a low power GPS solution that focused on privacy and control over your data. GPS wasn’t even available on iOS or Android devices yet, so we used Boost Mobile phones and Palm devices.

When we built our API, we realized that the best way to test it would be to take it on the road – so we did. We brought our API to hackathon after hackathon. We thought that if we could use our technology to build solutions good enough to win hackathon prizes, then we might have something that we could scale. It was during the hackathon process that we learned the most. Even if we didn’t take home a prize, we practiced working together in better ways, and we came up with ideas we wouldn’t have if we didn’t rise to the challenge of time-constrained work.


Our favorite hackathons were in the disaster relief space. Open Government, emergency preparedness and civic responsibility organizations were an incredible way of bringing data to life with location. A year later, we were a larger, seed-funded company, and in 2012, we were acquired by mapping giant Esri, a company known for providing governments and citizens with crucial mapping for disaster planning.

This is why I was so excited to hear about the Call for Code initiative. This is the kind of hackathon we dreamt of when we worked on our startup. And the prize is $200,000 USD! That would’ve been enough seed funding for a year of our startup (we raised 175K for our first product).

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2017 was one of the worst years on record for #naturaldisasters. There a many ways to use technology to better handle response, translation, prediction and management of #weather events to reduce risk, loss, and damage when they happen.

The Call for Code Global Initiative is the largest and most ambitious effort to bring startup, academic, and enterprise developers together and inspiring them to solve one of the most pressing societal issues of our time: Preventing, responding to, and recovering from the chaos caused by natural disasters.


Who and how can you participate in Call for Code?

All developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18 can participate. Developers can register as individuals and submit an application later as part of a team of up to five members. Projects can be entered between June 18, 2018 and August 31, 2018.

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Thirty semi-finalists will be selected in September. A prominent jury including some of the most iconic technologists in the world will choose the winning solution from three finalists.

The winner will be announced in October 2018 during a live-streamed, all-star benefit concert coordinated by the David Clark Cause.Call for Code participants can use IBM Cloud, Watson, Blockchain and IoT technologies, along with open source IBM Code Patterns – curated reusable packages of documentation, architecture diagrams, process flows, and access to underlying code on GitHub – to innovate and build submissions.

Click here for more information and register your participation, and contact Anders Quitzau for any further questions!

MapCamp Portland Hackathon! 6pm Friday, Jan 10, 2014 through 6:30pm Sun, Jan 12, 2013 at ISITE Design

Register for MapCamp Portland 2014!

WhereCamp PDX 2013

What is MapCamp?

Announcing MapCamp! A 2-day hackathon event for mapping enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon. Whether you love data visualization, working on mobile apps or with GIS, all are welcome! New to maps? Come see presentations from people doing amazing things with maps here in Portland!


MapCamp will bring a two-day hackathon and pre-party networking event to ISITE Design that rewards teams and individuals that make the best use of Portland city data. We’ll be providing food, drink, entertainment and some other surprises.

Have a dataset, tool or app to demo? Let us know and we’ll include you in Saturday morning’s lightning talk lineup!

We’ll have a panel of local judges to present to at the end, and some fun prizes.


Friday, Jan 10, 2014: 6-9PM:

  • Happy hour, planning and team storming.
  • Pitches and post-its (30 sec – 1 min per person)
  • Drinks and snacks

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014: 9am-10pm

  • 9-11AM developer tool presos, 7m each
  • Terraformer – @jsievert
  • Geotrigger SDKs (formerly Geoloqi) – Amber Case
  • Esri Geocoding service
  • Globesherpa presentation
  • Car2go data and data visualization – Aaron Parecki
  • Leaflet & Esri Leaflet
  • You! Contact Amber Case if you’d like to present!

11Am hacking starts

  • Noon-1:30Pm Catered Lunch
  • 6-9Pm Dinner on your own
  • 10Pm End day one

Sunday, Jan 12, 2014: 10am-6:30pm

  • 10Am catered brunch
  • 4Pm Presos, 2m each, beer & snacks
  • 5:30-6 Judging and prizes!
  • 6:30 End of MapCamp!

MapCamp Hackathon 2014!

ISITE Design, Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM (PDT), Portland, OR

Register! (free!)

Come to the Vibrant Data PDX Hackathon! Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:30am–8pm

Vibrant Data Project - PDX HackathonImagine a world in which data becomes a personal asset that works on behalf of our personal interests and communities. Everyday, apps like yours could control how to send their data out into the world to circulate and bring back value to users. Certainly this would require a change in the way the world views data today, and in the infrastructure that enables it to flow freely while protected. This event is a first step in building that infrastructure for the benefit of all.

Consider the prospect of Facebook, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn and other data silos bidding against each other for what data you might provide. What kinds of data might be the most interesting? How could that value be enhanced? How could you collect it with minimal effort? How would your privacy be protected? What could you get in return?

At this event you’ll pick a particular type of personal data and build an app to show how its value as a personal asset can be enhanced. The app can be mobile, desktop, web or something else.


Thetus Corporation
34 NW 1st Ave
Portland, Oregon, United States (map)


Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:30am–8pm.
Calagator Link.

Register (Free!)

Let us know you’re coming on Eventbrite!

About Vibrant Data

Inspired by the Arab Spring popular uprisings’ use of Facebook and Twitter, The Vibrant Data Project is trying to understand the development landscape that is giving rise to the Gutenburg press of our era: disruptive communication and commerce vehicles that have the potential to overthrow corrupt regimes, spread new ideas, broaden economic opportunity, improve health and well being and aid in the fight for social justice and human rights.

Geoloqi Open Data Hackathon at Upstart Labs Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 – Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011!

Come hack on open gov datasets and Geoloqi! We moved into an new office space! We’re sharing it with Upstart Labs, a great new company from the founders of StepChange group (recently acquired by Dachis Group).

We’ll have food and drinks, and plenty of interesting things to discuss and work on. The new office has two war rooms for planning and plenty of space for hacking and discussion.

Thanks to our wonderful local sponsors who will be providing food and drink! That’s CivicApps for lunch, and Thetus Group for breakfast! Geoloqi will be providing beer and refreshments, and Stumptown will be providing coffee!


Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 from 6:30Pm-9:00Pm – Setup and Planning (including beer and snacks)

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 9:30Am-6:00Pm – Hacking and Presentations (including breakfast, lunch and snacks).

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 (optional day for additional hacking!).


Upstart Labs / Geoloqi HQ
500 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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Full Schedule

6:30Pm-9:00Pm – Hacking, planning and drinks begin!

9:30-10:00Am – Registration, breakfast and coffee.
10:00Am-10:15Am – Attendee short presentations. Groups and individuals set up to hack. Ideas are tossed around.
10:15Am – Hacking Begins!
12:00Pm – Lunch and snacks arrive!
01:00Pm – Hacking continues
05:00Pm – Presentations, and dinner on your own!
06:00Pm – Hack late into the night if you wish.

10Am – Optional day if you want to continue building your layer or app! We’ll be at the office until 6:00Pm to help you out.


While the event is free, we’ll want to make sure we have food and drinks for everyone. RSVP on Plancast!, or check out the event on Calagator! We look forward to seeing you there!