Call For Code Winners Announced
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 08 December 2023

The winners of the 2023 Call for Code competition have been announced, with prizes going to team AGNO, Phyto and team Synergy Squad, all of which used technologies like IBM watsonx and IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite, to address agricultural issues ranging from contaminated soil and crop management to food waste.

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. It is open to teams of developers, designers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18. This year's competition was backed by David Clark Cause, IBM, United Nations and the Linux Foundation.


In order to widen the competition to engage more developers, this year's Call for Code had multiple “Challenge Rounds” throughout 2023. In each Challenge Round, teams competed for cash prizes out of a total prize pool of up to $1.4M USD.

The grand prize of $50,000 USD has now been awarded. Call for Code participants make use of open-source-powered  AI and cloud software such as Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, and IBM’s embeddable AI portfolio, including IBM Watson Assistant. The rules asked competitors to create solutions that address at least one sustainability issue.

The Grand Prize winning teams listed below will each receive $50,000 USD, as well as solution implementation support from the Call for Code ecosystem, as applicable. The developer and university winners will receive assistance from the Linux Foundation to open source their application.

The winners of the Developer track 2023 Call for Code Global Challenge Developer Winner is AGNO, a team from Hexaware Technologies who developed a system built with and IBM watsonx Assistant that lets small farmers stay up to date with weather forecasts and AI-driven crop management strategies.

The University track winners were Phyto, a group of students from The University of Sydney who used IBM Watson Studio and the IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite to build an AI-powered geospatial and weather analytics tool designed to help farmers rehabilitate contaminated soil naturally.

The third track, Independent Software Vendor/Startup Winner is Synergy Squad, a team from Persistent who built Offshelf, an app based on IBM Watson Speech to Text that aims to help households reduce food waste. Through the platform, people will receive notifications before a product expires to notify them that a food item needs to be used by a specific date.


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