Call For Code 2024 Focuses On Generative AI
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 01 March 2024

This year's Call for Code challenge has been launched with a theme of the use of generative AI technology for solutions that aim to improve equitable access to resources and opportunities for historically underserved and vulnerable people.

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 is backed by David Clark Cause, IBM, United Nations and the Linux Foundation.


This year, individual participants will have access to a trial version of IBM watsonx, IBM's AI and data platform, which will include IBM, IBM watsonx.governance and IBM watsonx Assistant. In addition, participants will have access to other IBM technology on IBM Cloud.

David Clark, CEO of Call for Code, said that generative AI technologies such as watsonx can be used to reduce inequality and improve people's lives around the world by creating apps that focus on making opportunities in education and fair government representation more equally available to all people.

The focus of this year's challenge means participants are encouraged to develop solutions in areas such as effective climate change policies and protections; affordable and clean energy; clean water and awareness of water quality; leadership and income opportunities; safe and affordable housing; representation; technology; and quality education.

Last year's winners were a team from Hexaware Technologies who developed a system that lets small farmers stay up to date with weather forecasts and AI-driven crop management strategies; and an AI-powered geospatial and weather analytics tool designed to help farmers rehabilitate contaminated soil naturally.

The 2024 challenge will feature one single round, which opens on March 8 with submissions due by October 17. A Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $50,000 USD and solution implementation support from the Call for Code ecosystem. The 1st runner-up will win $25,000 USD and the 2nd runner-up will receive $10,000 USD. The top-scoring team comprised entirely of university students will also earn a $30,000 USD grant to be awarded to their school or shared by up to 5 schools represented by the team members.

The top three winning teams are also eligible to receive open-source support from the Linux Foundation.


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