Pedro Cruz and Brad Topol discuss Call for Code, a global developer competition that uses open source technologies to address natural disasters.
Pedro Cruz is a Developer Advocate at IBM, Creative Technologist, and an Educator. He is a self-taught developer with a passion for creating educational VR/AR apps, designing pixel-perfect UIs, and working on AI for Good. After surviving Hurricane Maria in 2017, he created DroneAid, an aerial scout for first responders that uses drones and artificial intelligence, to detect SOS messages in natural disasters. His work was featured in Code & Response, a feature length documentary and at IBM’s THINK Conference 2019. During the weekends, he organizes workshops and hackathons for audiences ranging from K-12 students, to professional developers. In the past 3 years, he has founded several successful meetups in Puerto Rico, with over 1,000 members, such as LinkPR (Blockchain Education), AprendeVR (K-12 STEAM Bootcamp), and StoryCodePR (VR/AR). In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to remote locations to fly drones, creating augmented reality art, and running marathons with his black lab puppy.