IBM is inviting applications for its 2020 Call for Code challenge. Created in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Linux Foundation, Call for Code is a tech-for-good challenge that asks innovators to create practical, effective, and high-quality open source applications based on one or more IBM Cloud™ service (e.g., web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.
This year the competition will have two tracks: the first for solutions that help halt and reverse the impact of climate change, and the second for solutions to mitigate the impact of global pandemics such as COVID-19 on communities around the world. Winning solutions will be deployed in communities that need the most help.
The Global Challenge grand-prize winner will receive $200,000, the first- and second-place runners up will each receive $25,000, and the third- and fourth-place runners up will each receive $10,000. All winners will receive an invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement and support from the Linux Foundation.
Judging will be evaluated based on whether the solution uses technology effectively and solves a real-world problem based on four primary criteria: completeness and transferability, effectiveness and efficiency, design and usability, and creativity and innovation. 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 participants, each at least 18 years old, are eligible.
See the Call for Code website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.