IBM afresh debuted technology Amateur Kits to aid those abutting the company’s Call for Code challenge. Anyone absorbed in starting their apparatus learning, bogus intelligence, or coding adventure should accede this an befalling to learn with experts and potentially do some good in the world.

Call for Code is an IBM claiming that solicits the global developer association for technology solutions to the world’s problems. The company’s focused on accustomed disasters this year, and has already held abundant hackathons and events. As a result, we’ve seen some absorbing designs and ideas from the individuals and teams that have so far participated.

Here’s a sampling of just TNW‘s advantage this year:

  • Call for Code took aim at California’s bonfire problem
  • IBM’s giving away over 1,000 drones as part of Call for Code
  • One Call for Code winner created a rubber duck-based advice network

Here’s where you come in

Call for Code is still soliciting entries until July 29. If you’ve never coded a atom in your life, don’t worry, you’ve still got time thanks to IBM’s new Call for Code Amateur Kits.


IBM’s gone out of its way to acceptable developers of every skill level, including those who are absolutely new to coding. The company’s new Amateur Kits have all the assets you need to get started right away in several technology domains.

TNW asked IBM’s Daniel Krook, Chief Technology Officer, Code and Response to give us a breakdown of how it works. He told us:

The amateur kits are advised to frame an important real world botheration that has one of many abeyant technology solutions. The amateur kits help Call for Code participants (whether they are a developer, designer, activity manager, business analyst, data scientist, or domain expert in a adversity area) accept the basics of the botheration and learn about one abeyant access to solve the botheration for a accurate persona. By using the architectonics diagram, list of resources, and appropriate technology architecture blocks, they can start to build an appliance that is guided by an important altruistic need.

We also asked Krook if the Amateur Kits were a good entry point for people after acquaintance in AI or apparatus learning. He said:

Yes, the amateur kits form one set of abstracts that developers can use to accept how to abode real world problems through technology. In the ambience of Call for Code, they join a set of six technology areas (including bogus intelligence and apparatus learning), six adversity focus areas, six industry areas, and appropriate assets around health and well-being.

And the hits keep coming

Since a lack of acquaintance won’t hold you back, those absorbed need only sign up for the claiming and come up with a good idea. The Amateur Kits are advised to show what technology can do and affect you, while accompanying walking you through ambience up the assorted accounts (free) and systems (also free) you’ll need to use. Once you have your good idea, all you need to do is attend one of IBM’s Call for Code events, or submit your idea through the website.


Recent Code and Response winners in France and Cairo displayed some pretty absurd innovations. At the Code for Notre Dame event teams were asked to come up with ideas that could help anticipate addition fire like the one that afresh damaged the basilica at Notre Dame. The acceptable team, Fair@work, developed a slick appraisal system that aims to spot dangers before they manifest.

According to IBM:

Team Fair@work presented an appliance that provides approved blockage and risk appraisal in the workplace, aggressive by the fire at the Cathedral. It uses an automatic SaaS risk ascendancy and a web app workers’ aegis system. Their system not only makes it accessible to appraise more consistently centralized risks to monuments and structures, but also capricious risks alfresco the monuments (weather, events, added interventions).

And in Cairo, at a hackathon where participants were challenged with award abstruse interventions for water conservation, the acceptable team – Cantalopa – conceived a points and reward system that incentivizes conservation. It’s advised to be deployed at the government level with a abstruse basement administration all the heavy lifting.

Also worth noting: the acceptable teams at both events were led by women.

It can be hard to get started as a developer, abnormally if you don’t have the accessories of a major university or work at a aggregation worth billions. But, if you accept the Call for Code challenge, you’ll have IBM’s abutment in the form of expert guidance, cloud access, code snippets, Amateur Kits, and a slew of other resources.

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