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ArcGIS Platform developer account and voucher available to Global Challenge participants

Map showing climate change-related flooding

Call for Code is a global initiative that aims to take on the world’s most urgent issues, such as climate change and racial injustice, with open source, sustainable solutions. But developers can’t do this alone — they need support from IBM and ecosystem partners to ensure that they have the right tools to build solutions and support for deployment.

Esri, a global leader in mapping and location intelligence, is partnering with IBM and David Clark Cause as a Call for Code supporter. Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, apps, and data combine mapping and data analytics to deliver location intelligence to help solve difficult problems and inspire positive change.

Developers around the world are using location intelligence to assess climate change and address climate risk by using GIS and creating smart maps to understand impact, increase awareness, and offer solutions. As climate change makes weather events more intense, GIS can help us prepare. Esri wants to ensure that this technology gets into the hands of even more developers and will be making its technology available to Call for Code participants.

If you are contemplating a Call for Code 2021 climate change solution that takes on the challenges of providing clean water, food security and sustainable argiculture, or sustainable development and reducing our ecological footprint, you might want to present and visualize your data sets using maps and location. The combination of your ideas, IBM Cloud offerings, and Esri’s ArcGIS Platform can be the perfect combination for amazing solutions.

When you accept the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge, you also have access to the Esri developer platform:

  • A free ArcGIS Platform developer account
  • A $100 USD voucher applied to your ArcGIS account, allowing you to kick-start your solution with cloud hosting, analytical processing, and location services

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Join the community: You will be registered for the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge and will receive an IBM Cloud account with $200 USD in credits (if you choose to upgrade), Call for Code communications, and access to a dedicated Slack workspace where you can find tips from Call for Code mentors to help accelerate app development.
  2. Request your Esri voucher code in Slack: After you access the Call for Code Slack community, be sure to join the #mentor-esri channel and request your voucher code for your Esri ArcGIS account.
  3. Set up your Esri ArcGIS account and redeem your voucher code: Go to, and click Start building for free. Create an ArcGIS developer account if you do not have one. If you do have an account, sign in. After you’re logged in, click your profile menu in the upper-right corner, and select Redeem Voucher. Enter the voucher code, and click Redeem Code.

To assist Call for Code participants, Esri is offering access to a dedicated support community where you can get help from mentors to accelerate your app development.

If you are new to ArcGIS, the Esri team has many resources to help you get started:

We hope these resources and ideas have inspired you to take part in this year’s Global Challenge and inspire positive change in our world. Ready to learn more and dive into some specific examples? Watch Esri’s John Foster and I run a hands-on demo of some of these technologies.

IBM and Esri have a long partnership of building innovative solutions. The Weather Company and Esri have collaborated on weather forecast mapping. Imagine what you can build!