Now, a small team of developers is working to deploy a new approach that can be used for post-disaster communication. Their Project OWL (for Organization, Whereabouts, Logistics) hardware/software solution can help create a temporary, low-cost network to keep people and emergency workers in touch.
Project OWL won the first Call for Code Global Challenge, which asked developers around the world to create new tools using open source-based technologies for humanitarian crises. Created by David Clark, CEO of David Clark Cause, and launched by founding partner IBM, along with support from the United Nations Human Rights Office, the Red Cross and the Linux Foundation, Call for Code offers a $200,000 prize to fund the development and execution of each year’s winning effort. Call for Code’s mission is to rally developers to use their skills and the latest technologies — and to create new ones — to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world.