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A mobile app that replaces physical lines at shopping centres, businesses and polling places with on-demand virtual lines is chosen as one of the initial top three solutions.
As part of an expanded Call for Code global challenge to develop solutions for Covid-19 as well as climate change, IBM has identified three initial top solutions for early deployment to help contribute to the pandemic response efforts.
Writing in a blog post, Bob Lord, IBM senior vice president, cognitive applications, blockchain and ecosystems, opined the ‘outstanding’ solutions “have the potential to make a real difference in the world”.
Lord said that while the organisers of the challenge originally focused this year’s competition on addressing climate change, they quickly recognised the opportunity to dedicate the ingenuity of this developer community to respond to Covid-19 as well.
He added: “These are two pressing issues that have the power to compromise our health, our planet, and our survival. We recognise the urgency to act, so we also created an accelerated timeline for the Call for Code Covid-19 track.”
Since its launch in 2018, IBM reports its Call for Code movement has grown to more than 300,000 developers and problem solvers across 168 countries.
“We recognise the urgency to act, so we also created an accelerated timeline for the Call for Code Covid-19 track.”
The top three solutions selected for their potential to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 are:
IBM said there is still an opportunity to join the 2020 Call for Code global challenge. Register and get all the resources needed here, including exclusive access to a new disease tracker API from the Weather Company.
IBM added it will continue to accept submissions for both climate change and Covid-19 through 31 July, and plan to announce the global challenge winners in October 2020.
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