Call for Code Global Challenge 2020

Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change by creating sustainable solutions using open source technology. Get the details on the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, understand its two tracks, and start building today.

Call for Code asks innovators to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on one or more IBM Cloud services (for example, web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. Teams of developers, data scientists, designers, business analysts, subject matter experts and more are challenged to build solutions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change.

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This year the competition will have two tracks. One track is for solutions that help halt and reverse the impact of climate change. The second track is for solutions to mitigate the impact of global pandemics like COVID-19 on communities around the world. Winning solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.

COVID-19: In a very short period of time, COVID-19 has revealed the limits of the systems we take for granted. The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge arms developers, visionaries, and problem solvers with resources to build open source technology solutions that address three main areas: crisis communication during an emergency, ways to improve remote learning, and how to inspire cooperative local communities. Notably, this track excludes medical, vaccine, research, and other deeply scientific topics around the Coronavirus itself.

Climate Change: As part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, the UN has initiated a global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want, tackling issues that are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers, data scientists, and other subject matter experts to create solutions that help halt and reverse the effects of climate change in our world. This includes solutions that concentrate on water sustainability, energy sustainability, and disaster resiliency.

 

Benefits

Grand prize winner:

  • $200,000 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  • Open-source project support from The Linux Foundation
  • Opportunity for mentorship and investment in the solution
  • Solution implementation support through Code and Response

First and second runner up:

  •  $25,000 USD cash prize
  •  Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  • Open-source project support from The Linux Foundation

Third and fourth runner up:

  •  $10,000 USD cash prize
  •  Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  •  Open-source project support from The Linux Foundation

Eligibilities

  • All developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction, whichever is greater.
  • Employees of IBM, DCC, and governmental agencies are not eligible to participate.
  • All participants must accept the terms of the participation Agreement upon submission.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Submissions must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM Systems.
  • Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs and open source libraries is also encouraged.
  • Teams of up to five (5) participants, each at least 18 years old, are allowed.
  • A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
  • All team members must have accepted the 2020 Participation Agreement at the time they submit to be eligible.
  • Applications must be new and built for the 2020 competition, but they may use code that was open-sourced and publicly available to all other participants
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code review after submissions close.

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Application Deadline: July 31, 2020 (57 Days Remaining)

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