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In-conjunction with the New York City Mayor’s Office of the CTO and Stack Overflow, IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) are pleased to invite developers, leaders, problem solvers, social innovators, and university students 18 years of age and older from around the world to join us in “Tackling COVID-19 and Urban Issues in NYC and Beyond” on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 21. Experts will highlight some of the most pressing challenges of our time impacting NYC – COVID-19, climate change, homelessness, and more – and provide resources and opportunities for you to join the fight immediately by using tech for good.

As part of the Call for Code® – Tech for Good Virtual Event Series Presented by IBM & CGI U, this 75-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? Tackling COVID-19 and Urban Issues in NYC and Beyond: Call for Code® - Tech for Good Series Presented by IBM & CGI U

When? May 21, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET

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Where? Join our YouTube Live at 12:00 PM ET.

Who? Developers, leaders, problem solvers, social innovators, 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 May 20, 2020, 11:59 PM ET.

Featured Speakers

Teresa Dietrich, Chief Product Officer at Stack Overflow
Teresa Dietrich is the Chief Product Officer at Stack Overflow, where she is responsible for evolving and executing Stack Overflow’s product strategy. Previously she worked at McKinsey New Ventures as Global Head of Product & Engineering, where she played an instrumental role in creating and scaling their B2B SaaS products, built and led product development teams across the globe, and fostered a culture that attracted and developed top talent. Prior to McKinsey New Ventures, Teresa was Chief Technology Officer at Namely, and held several leadership roles at WebMD and AOL. Teresa is a Board Member for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math Foundation, the technical magnet high school that ignited her passion for learning and technology. Teresa earned her Master of Science from George Mason University and continued on as an adjunct professor; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Oscar Romero, Program Director, Inclusive Innovation, NYC Mayor’s Office of the CTO
Oscar Romero leads the inclusive innovation efforts of the NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO). His work focuses on leveraging civic engagement and emerging technology to address inequality, building innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and creating international cooperation frameworks to address global challenges in the US’ largest urban economy. He oversees the design, management, implementation, and evaluation of global multi-stakeholder partnerships to address diverse urban development challenges in vulnerable communities. Issues range from displacement, safety, access to social services, workforce development, access to STEAM education, access to representation, and access to critical infrastructure. As an alumni of the CGI U community, Oscar supports the next generation of social entrepreneurs through CGI U initiatives and events.

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. 
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