$200K Call For Code 2021 Underway
Written by Sue Gee   
Thursday, 08 April 2021

Climate change is the focus of this year's Code For Code a contest for developers from IBM, the David Clarke Cause,United Nations Human Rights, and the Linux Foundation.  Build and deploy an open source solution for the chance to win the $200K Grand Prize.


Call for Code was launched by IBM and David Clark Cause in 2018 to develop tech to tackles some of the world’s biggest challenges. A team-based contest, it is open to developers, designers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction. Alongside the main contest, with a top prize of $200,000 plus support in setting up as a startup, there is a University competition with a cash prize of $10,000 and each student team member from the winning and runner up teams also have the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.

According to IBM's Call for Code website:

Through the Call for Code initiative, you have the opportunity to build and contribute to sustainable, open source technology projects that address social and humanitarian issues. Call for Code is different from other tech for good initiatives in that top solutions are deployed to make a demonstrable difference in the communities with greatest need.

More information about Call for Code is provided in this video: 

As mentioned in the video, this year's themes are: 

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 grow more crops in areas on the edge of drought or 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 make recommendations on energy efficiency to highlighting the carbon footprint of online purchases.

The first step to taking part is to sign up at the IBM Developers site, joining a community of over 400,000 over 179 nations, for a free IBM Cloud account with $200 USD in credits. After this you'll have access to datasets, starter kits with code, and also to a five-part Call For Code podcast. 

If you want more encouragement, see our report on last year's winners, whose Agrolly app provides farmers with weather forecasts, climate trends and other data to better inform their decisions and as a result obtain the necessary financing, and improve their economic outcome.cfc2


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