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You've probably started to hear the human stories around COVID-19: Those of people helping people. While governments around the world work to address this pandemic on a macro scale, developers have an opportunity to create critical solutions that will work at the community level to provide help where it's needed most. Technology can play a critical role in fostering community cooperation.  

This starter kit will put developers on the road to creating a mobile application that enables community-based cooperation in times of crisis. The application addresses local needs around food, equipment, and other potentially scarce resources. 

It would allow suppliers (such as a stores or community members who have goods they can sell, donate or distribute) to make people aware of what they have. On the receiving end, this app would allow consumers (or community organizations like hospitals and food banks) to locate where these supplies are and, if necessary, guide them to the appropriate locations to pick them up.

Developers can use this application as a launchpad for creating more complex applications that provide additional services using widely available open source tools.

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As more enterprises are using applications as the primary way to have business interactions with their customers and partners, they will need a new approach to application development.

Check out this video with Walt Noffsinger from IBM Cloud as he explains how IBM Cloud Pak for Applications can help enterprises easily modernize their existing apps with IBM integrated tools, as well as develop new cloud native applications faster for deployment on any cloud.

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As COVID-19 affects communities around the world, communications systems have been stretched to capacity with people trying to find basic information around resources, testing, symptoms, and treatment. When communication methods lag, people who need real help can't get access to it. In these cases, chatbots can be an invaluable tool that provides help responding to potentially hundreds of thousands of messages each day. 

To address immediate needs around crisis communication, our team built a chatbot that users can access on a website. The solution connects to Slack, and a voice-enabled chatbot that is connected to Node-RED. The chatbot can even retrieve COVID news through Watson Discovery and query trusted data sources for COVID infection statistics. This starter kit gets developers started using Watson Assistant and shows them how basic workflows would work between the user and backend technology.

Those who take this starter kit forward will have a strong foundation to incorporate publicly available data, subject matter expertise, and further API integrations to create a more complete and robust solution. 

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Call for Code is a global coding challenge that encourages technologists to create sustainable software and hardware that addresses some of the world's most pressing issues. Winning teams have the opportunity to work with IBM to deploy their solution in an area that needs it most.

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Public cloud provides developers the ability to provision resources on demand and only pay for what they use, but what makes up a public cloud?

In this lightboard video, Sai Vennam with IBM Cloud provides an overview of public cloud as he breaks down the different compute solutions, different levels of control, as well as the many capabilities that are all available in a public cloud.

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This video shows you how to run an AutoAI experiment based on a sample, and create a Watson Machine Learning Model in Watson Studio (updated).

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IBM Vice President of Open Technology Todd Moore shares thoughts on the coming banner year for open source, touching on Containers/Kubernetes/OpenShift, AI tie-ins such as Tensorflow, ONNX, and Pytorch, as well as other cloud native technologies such as Kubeflow. Look for the Java programming language to make waves in 2020 as well.

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Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, is a type of cloud service that provides users an instant computing infrastructure that can be provisioned and managed over the internet. In the this lightboard video, Bradley Knapp with IBM Cloud explains the technical underlying components of IaaS, as well as the different consumption models that are available.

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Check out this lightboard video with Ryan Sumner from IBM Cloud as he discusses the basics of data transfer and maps out on a lightboard how network communication works when transferring data in and out of the cloud.

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IBM Cloud Pak for security is an enterprise-ready containerized software solution that helps organizations integrate their existing security tools for better insights into threats and risks in their business. This video provides a brief overview of what the offering is and how it benefits the enterprise.

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Virtual Private Cloud, or VPC, allows the user of a cloud environment to define Virtual Private Networks, manipulate them, control them, tear them down, recreate them, and deploy workloads into those definitions. In this video Ryan Sumner with IBM Cloud explains why VPC matters to you and the many advantages you will receive with IBM Cloud VPC. Enterprises that host their business applications and websites on IBM Cloud VPC can take advantage of elastic load balancing and the resiliency of availability zones along with secure virtual firewalls, just to name a few benefits.

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