Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: Prizes, Eligibility And How To Apply

In the Call for Code Global Challenge, you can join the fight against climate change by building and deploying open source solutions in the cloud. By participating, you’ll build critical skills for yourself and your teams and deploy solutions to help communities across the globe.

Built on open source principles, the Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers and problem solvers to form teams and develop solutions that address specific problems in unique, clearly demonstrable ways. The most successful solutions are those scoped to have the greatest community impact with the smallest technological footprint. Last year’s winner Agrolly is a perfect example, with its mobile application to help small farmers better understand what to plant, based on weather patterns and crop characteristics.

Focus Areas

According to the United Nations, “The impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.” Given the far-reaching and devastating effects of climate change, they have divided the 2021 Global Challenge into three sub-themes:

  • Clean water and sanitation: Water is the natural resource that is most threatened by climate change and a prerequisite for life on Earth. From intelligent solutions for small farmers to recycling showers, technology can make a significant impact on the availability of water and its consumption.
  • Zero hunger: 135 million people suffer from acute hunger, with climate change a major contributing factor. Technology can help farmers to grow more crops in areas on the edge of drought or organizations to quickly distribute perishables from small stores to local homeless shelters.
  • Responsible production and green consumption: Worldwide consumption and production drives the global economy, yet is inextricably linked to the environment. Technology can help in many ways, from recommendations on energy efficiency to highlighting the carbon footprint of purchases we make.

Prizes

  • Global Challenge
    • Grand prize winner – $200,000 USD (Dispersed equally across the team and solution deployment support)
    • Runners up
      • First and second – $25,000 USD
      • Third and fourth – $10,000 USD
  • University Challenge
    • Grand prize – $10,000 USD
      • Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.
    • Runners up: Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.
  • Regional Prizes
    • Grand prize – $5,000 USD (Dispersed equally across the team)

Eligibility

  • Submission 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.
  • Teams competing for the University Challenge must ensure that all team members are enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
  • All team members must have accepted the 2021 Participation Agreement at the time they submit their solution to be eligible.
  • Applications must be new and built for the 2021 competition, but they may use code that was open sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of March 22, 2021.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across four primary criteria, which evaluate whether the solution solves a real-world problem and uses technology effectively.

  • Completeness and transferability: How fully has the idea been implemented? Can it achieve an impact in the field? Can it be transferred elsewhere?
  • Effectiveness and efficiency: Does the solution address a high-priority area? Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently? Can it scale?
  • Design and usability: How good is the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? How quickly can it be put to use?
  • Creativity and innovation: How unique was the approach to solving a long-standing or previously intractable problem?

How To Apply

You’ve answered the Call for Code, and your team is almost ready to submit your solution. Explore everything you need to know about the submission process so you’re ready for the chance to win $200,000 USD.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, visit Call for Code Global Challenge

Application Deadline: July 31, 2021

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