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CGI U and IBM in conjunction with Caribbean Girls HACK and RSC Tech Clubs, are pleased to invite students, start-up community members, and young professionals who are interested in utilizing tech for good in the Caribbean to join us for Caribbean Resiliency & Innovation During COVID-19 on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7pm EDT. Hear directly from leaders at IBM and Caribbean Girls Hack as well as Clinton Global Initiative Action Network members, as they outline issues within the region and how participants can begin to tackle these most pressing challenges through their submissions to Call for Code®.


Opening Remarks

  • Sarah Storelli, Program Director and Marketing Leader, IBM 
  • Lissy DeSantis, CEO, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 

Caribbean Situation Overview

  • Kay McConney, Minister of Innovation Science and Smart Technology, Barbados

Fireside Chat

  • Pedro Cruz, Developer Advocate, IBM 
  • Nicole Pitter Patterson, Co-Founder, Caribbean Girls Hack 

Panel Discussion

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous economic impacts in the Caribbean region including the decline of the tourism industry, increased food prices, and interruptions in education. According to UNICEF, in Latin America and the Caribbean, over 154 million children, about 95 percent of the enrolled, are temporarily out of school due to COVID-19. Local leaders have identified the access to remote learning opportunities as a priority but are challenged with its potential contribution to learning inequalities. This situation may not be as temporary as initially perceived, especially given the upcoming hurricane season, which some forecasters predict will be above average. Yet, despite these challenges, leaders in the region, including young people, are developing innovations to navigate the days ahead. This session will bring together experts in the nonprofit, government, and tech sectors to talk about how communities can continue to engage and build on inspiring innovations that have emerged during this time.  


  • Frank O'Carroll, Business Development Director, Digicel (moderator)
  • Anamita Guha, Global Lead of Product Management, IBM Quantum
  • Sydney Paul, Manager of Business Intelligence and Marketing, UVI Research and Technology Park 
  • Jorge Valentine, STEM Education Program Manager, Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust 

As part of the Call for Code® – Tech for Good Virtual Event Series Presented by IBM & CGI U, this 90-minute session is open to all disciplines to participate, and will spark ideas for how you can put your talent(s) into practice to make a difference in your community. 

Event Details

What? Caribbean Resiliency & Innovation During COVID-19: Call for Code® - Tech for Good Series Presented by IBM & CGI U

When? June 25, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Where? Join us on YouTube Live at:

Who? Developers, leaders, problem solvers, social innovators, academics, and university students around the world who want to learn how to bring their ideas to life. All disciplines, with or without technical backgrounds, are encouraged to join.

Why? In our ever-evolving world, it is critical that we use technology and its potential for good to help build more resilient communities.
How? Register now with this form. Please register by June 25, 2020, 12:30 PM EDT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why join an event about coding? 
Registered students will be connected to a group of dynamic peers from across the globe who wish to build something concrete, sustainable, and thought-provoking. And since leveraging technology for good is in IBM and CGI U's DNA, we're bringing in the speakers and industry professionals who can help you do the same! 
Why virtual? 
Due to the growing concerns and healthy safety risks associated with COVID-19, year-round programming for CGI U 2020 has been moved from in-person meetings to fully virtual meetings until further notice.
Why social impact? 
We want students to build projects with meaningful impact and hope to foster a community dedicated to social change. We also want to facilitate the development and launch of innovative, life-changing open technology. 
Do I need to have technical skills? 
No! We encourage students with all skill sets and from all backgrounds to join the event. We embrace all diverse social change makers who want to make a difference!

What is Call for Code?
Now in its third year, IBM’s Call for Code is a multi-year global initiative that rallies developers, visionaries, and problem solvers with technical and non-technical backgrounds to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. Call for Code brings start-up, academic, community, and enterprise developers together and inspires them to solve the most pressing societal issues of our time.  

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge has been expanded this year to contain dual tracks that address the world’s reaction to the COVID-19 public health crisis in addition to Climate Change — two pressing issues that have the power to compromise our health, our planet, and our survival. You can find more details about Call for Code on IBM's Challenge homepage.

What is the cost of participating? 
This event is free for all registered participants. 
Send an email to [email protected].