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Call for Code: Two-Day Hackathon at SJSU

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San Jose State University College of Business

1 Washington Sq

San Jose, CA 95112

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You only need ONE ticket for entry on both days.

Call for Code is a challenge that asks developers to create AI, Cloud, Data, IoT, or blockchain solutions for global disaster relief. Hardware projects are highly encouraged. This joint project supports the UN Human Rights office and The International Network of The American Red Cross, and is being sponsored by IBM. IDEAS is collaborating with SJ Hacks, the Colleges of Business and Engineering, other student orgs, and startup sponsors to host our own Call for Code event at SJSU as a two-day hackathon. Prizes include $1,000 prize for the top hardware project.

This is one event you DO NOT want to miss.

Learn more about the Call for Code Initiative

Saturday, September 8 (8 am to 10 pm)
Sunday, September 9 (8 am to 6 pm)
Boccardo Business Complex 320

Free admission and food
This event is only for SJSU students who are age 18+

Teams of up to 5 are allowed. Prizes include a $1,000 cash prize for the top hardware project.

Registration and more details here. 200 available spots. Hurry!

You will need to bring yourself, your laptop, charger, SJSU ID, and Eventbrite ticket (on paper or phone).


  • Sean Lanthier: Retired Paramedic/Firefighter, startup co-founder of IncidentAid. Sean has experience judging a humanitarian Hackathon last spring at Santa Clara University where he continues to be involved providing workshops for students. He's recently participated in a mobile communications disaster drill at NASA.

  • Oscar Garcia: Former President of Mountain View's Chamber of Commerce. CEO of Aspira, a company that helps students and professionals develop their online professional presence.


  • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

  • Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering


  • SJ Hacks

  • Spartan Hyperloop

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • Tau Beta Phi


  • IBM – prizes, food, IBM Cloud credit, and swag sponsorship

  • Codes and Modules – three IoT circuit boards for hackathon use

  • Sierra Circuits – $1,000 prize for best hardware project

  • Smartex – $400 for best chat app for natural disaster
  • Ambii – music streaming host for event

Projects created from this challenge are highly encouraged to enter the Call for Code challenge! Please note that winning this hackathon itself will not affect entry into the main Call for Code challenge.

Register for the Global Call for Code Challenge and Get Started with IBM Cloud:


San Jose State University College of Business

1 Washington Sq

San Jose, CA 95112

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