In one year, Puerto rican developer Pedro Cruz won the local edition of the IBM Call for Code hackathon , which will be hired by this global company and host of the event, which is celebrated for the second time in the Engine-4 co-working space in Baiamon.
“My goal this year is to pass the torch and play the role of a mentor, so I hope that the Puerto Rican will win the world competition,” said Cruz at the 48-hour training and programming conference. organized on Friday at 17:00. until tomorrow, sunday at this time. This marathon serves as a preparation for submitting projects for the global Call for Code competition, which ends on July 29.
In the summer of 2018, Cruz won a local edition with the DroneAid project, whose initial concept was born out of the experience of not being able to verify the status of her great after the impact of hurricane Maria. “I used my drone to see it in the air, as it were,” Cruz remembered.
He also flew over various parts of Puerto Rico and learned how isolated and desperate relief communities left helpless help messages from helicopters. It is said that if there were something simple in the community, such as a carpet and universal symbols for water, food or medical aid, the drone could detect these images. and convey the needs of each area with their respective geolocation. Thanks to the machine learning tools provided by IBM, this goal was achieved in minutes.
“In this project, IBM recruited me in April, I started working at home and worked remotely from Puerto Rico,” said Cruz, a self-taught programmer since she was 11 years old.
“The project is“ open source, ”and the idea is to open it up to the community so that everyone who wants to develop it live, he said.
Focus on health
In the second edition of “Call for Code”, in which Engine-4 is repeated as a sponsor and headquarters, 124 people have registered, even if it is celebrated during a long weekend. At 5 p.m. Yesterday, when the event officially began, many arrived.
The main objective of this publication is to develop solutions for the field of healthcare, “using the technologies of artificial intelligence, the Internet of things (IoT, in English), the blockchain, etc.”. Cloud computing, ”Cruise said. Five IBM mentors who are experts in these areas will support the team.
“This year we chose a more educational approach, because we realized that people are interested, but do not know how to encode. Well, we will have free seminars, and then a hackathon, ”he added.
One of the topics we will work on will be “conceptual thinking” to promote problem-solving and analysis skills that need to be addressed before a particular solution is adhered to.
“The event ends on Sunday at 5:00 pm with project presentations,” he said.
“For the first local Engine-4 will give a free year in the workplace, using all the equipment of the new laboratory IoT & AI, so that they can finish their project,” he explained. Luis Armando Torres, co-founder of Engine-4. “We will evaluate them, and if they take their project seriously, we will pay $ 10,000 for completing the first stage, ”he added.
Cruz said they will also be rewarded with drones, but the ultimate goal is that several projects in Puerto Rico be presented at the global Call For Code competition.
“In these areas there will be IBM expert mentors, and the event ends on Sunday at 5:00 pm with project presentations,” he said.
Although there are rewards, such as drones, for local projects, the main goal is not to compete, but to have several projects in Puerto Rico submitted for consideration. Competition World Call Code, said Cruise.
“They have about three weeks to develop their projects and submit them before July 29. The first prize in the Call for Code competition is $ 200,000, ”he added.
Four other finalists also receive cash prizes (from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000) and support from the Linux Foundation for their projects.
Last year, more than 100,000 developers from 156 countries participated in the Call For Code Challenge competition and developed more than 2,500 applications that use technology to reduce the impact of natural disasters,