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East Campus Athletic Village

Peoples Drive

Troy, NY 12180

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Hackathon: Natural Disaster Preparedness and Relief code challenge

Hosted by: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Rensselaer Center for Open Source; in partnership with IBM, the UN Human Rights Office, and the International Network of the American Red Cross.

Ever dreamed of changing the lives of 29 million people or capturing $98.5 billion of value in only 24 hours?

Now's your chance to answer the call with IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Rensselaer Center for Open Source. Call for Code is taking over Rensselaer East Campus Athletic Village for 24 hours of hacking from Saturday, September 15th to Saturday, September 16th.

On average, every day natural disasters will directly impact 80,000 people, costing the global economy more than $270 million. What if technology could help improve these figures?

That’s exactly what Call for Code is setting out to do. It asks developers to work out how to use AI, Blockchain, Cloud, Data, and IoT technologies most effectively to improve communities’ disaster preparedness and resiliency.

This is a competitive challenge, but unlike any other hackathon, the winners will be working with The American Red Cross and IBM’s Corporate Service Corps to deploy the solution in 2019. Participants will also be able to interact with IBM recruiters, network with campus peers, and build their technical resume.

Not a developer? Not a problem! Every techie needs a business person, marketer, or designer to help think through how to best deploy the solution into the field.

Questions? Email Wes Turner, turnew2@rpi.edu

Hackathon Schedule

Day 1 (Saturday, September 15th)

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM- registration at the East Campus Athletic Village

10:30 AM to 11:15 AM- opening keynote and instructions

11:15 AM to 12:00 AM- lunch and team formation

12:00 PM to 12:00 AM- design and coding

Day 2 (Sunday, September 16th)

12:00 AM to 10:00 AM- design and coding

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM- breakfast

10:00 AM- code freeze and submission

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM- refine pitches

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM- early lunch

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM- pitches and judging deliberation

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM- winners announced

The BEST NEWS?! The competition doesn't end after Sunday. Teams have until September 28th to refine their codebase and submit their final Git Repo and 3 minute pitch video to the Call for Code site (see details). Once all submissions are collected and reviewed by a panel of judges, as well as a jury of eminent judges the winners will be announced at an invitation only award event and concert on October 29. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 teams: 1st place $100,000; 2nd place $50,000; 3rd place $50,000, 4th place $10,000 5th place $10,000

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Peoples Drive

Troy, NY 12180

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