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OPEN TALK: Commit to the Cause, Push for Change: Contributing to Call for Code Open Source Projects


Daniel Krook
IBM, Chief Technology Officer for the Call for Code Global Initiative

Daniel Krook is a Software Engineer and Developer Advocate at IBM. He was a primary catalyst behind Call for Code, a multi-year initiative that inspires developers to create sustainable software solutions to the world's most pressing problems. As CTO, he ensures that those ideas are delivered where they can make the greatest impact.

Andres Meira
Grillo, Founder & CEO
Lakshyana K.C.
Build Change, Technology Consultant

Lakshyana joined Build Change in 2017 with a passion to deploy technology for social impact. Over the past years, she has worked in Nepal, Dominica, and Colombia, supporting several key technological innovation initiatives of Build Change’s New Frontier Technologies division. Some of the projects she has contributed to range from development of tools to accelerate the process of data collection and retrofit design generation for strengthening partially damaged houses in Nepal; development of a Management Information Systems (MIS) platform for the housing recovery project in Dominica; and the development of rapid assessment and construction supervision tools leveraging AI, image processing, and 3D modeling for image generation. Lakshyana was part of the Post Disaster Rapid Response Retrofit (PD3R) team from Build Change that was among the top three finalists in IBM’s Call for Code 2018 Challenge for disaster preparedness and resilience. Currently, she is part of the Intelligent Supervision Assistant for Construction (ISAC-SIMO) team developing a construction supervision tool with the support of IBM. 


Call for Code is a multi-year program that calls on developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on one or more IBM Cloud services (for example, web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) or Red Hat platforms (including OpenShift) to build a solution that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues as open source projects. In this session you'll learn more about the solutions built to tackle natural hazards, climate change, and the pandemic. What sets Call for Code apart from other technology-for-good competitions is the commitment to deploy the winning solutions with the IBM Service Corps and to help teams build sustainable open source communities through The Linux Foundation. Join us at this talk to hear about the most recent winning projects, get an update on previous year's progress, and learn about how to contribute to two projects directly from the developers.