Call for Code Global Challenge 2020: Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change through open source tech

  • IBM
  • Worldwide
  • Jun 11, 2020
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Deadline: July 31, 2020 00:00 (CEST)
Eligibility: Teams of up to five (5) participants, each at least 18 years old, are allowed.

Call for Code Global Challenge 2020

Call for Code asks innovators to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on one or more IBM Cloud™ services (for example, web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.

Teams of developers, data scientists, designers, business analysts, subject matter experts and more are challenged to build solutions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change.


This year the competition will have two tracks. One track is for solutions that help halt and reverse the impact of climate change. The second track is for solutions to mitigate the impact of global pandemics like COVID-19 on communities around the world. Winning solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.

  • COVID-19

In a very short period of time, COVID-19 has revealed the limits of the systems we take for granted.

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge arms developers, visionaries, and problem solvers with resources to build open source technology solutions that address three main areas: crisis communication during an emergency, ways to improve remote learning, and how to inspire cooperative local communities.

  • Climate Change

As part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary, the UN has initiated a global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want, tackling issues that are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers, data scientists, and other subject matter experts to create solutions that help halt and reverse the effects of climate change in our world. This includes solutions that concentrate on water sustainability, energy sustainability, and disaster resiliency.


Global Challenge

All winners will receive an invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement and support from the Linux Foundation.

  • Grand prize winner – $200,000 USD
  • Solution implementation through Code and Response ™
  • Opportunity for mentorship and investment in the solution
  • First and second runner up will receive $25,000 USD
  • Third and fourth place will receive $10,000 USD

University Edition

  • Grand prize – $10,000 USD dispersed equally across the team

  • Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate, Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School