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Take on COVID-19

With the unprecedented effect of COVID-19, unite to help communities across the globe deal with the impact of the greatest crisis of modern times.   

Use open source technology in the cloud to build solutions that can provide crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation.

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"We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19 – we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe."

- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

For more on IBM's initiatives and resources deployed to confront the coronavirus,
Visit IBM's response to COVID-19  

Take on climate change

In a recent global IBM survey of more than 3,000 developers, first responders, and social activists, 79% of respondents agree that climate change is something that can be reduced or combated with technology.

Innovate with the latest technology to address energy sustainability, water sustainability, or disaster resiliency. Winning solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.

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"The climate crisis is caused by us - and the solutions must come from us. We have the tools: technology is on our side."

- UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Get started with real code examples

Create an application that makes an immediate and lasting impact in communities around the world by using AI, IoT, data science, and the latest IBM Cloud™ open source development platforms. 

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Four easy steps to get involved

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Accept the challenge

Learn about the competition, see what you can win, and start coding with a free IBM Cloud account.

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Build with open tech

Learn how you can make the most of resources like code patterns, expert videos, and tutorials to build your idea.

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Find your squad

Whether you need to find teammates, meet experts, ask questions, or share ideas - there’s a community for you.

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Submit your idea

Tell us what you’ve built and how. Submit this with your Participation agreement for a chance to win $200,000.

Winning solutions get deployed

Project Owl

The Grand Prize winners of the inaugural 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge designed solar-powered mesh network devices that build connectivity where there is none. The team brought their devices in a field test to parts of Puerto Rico hit hardest by Hurricane Maria.

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The Grand Prize winners of the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge beat out nearly 180,000 participants with their solution. The Barcelona-based team, which includes first responders, developed a Watson-based AI solution designed to monitor health and safety in firefighters, both long term and in real-time.

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The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge is aligned with the United Nations and the launch for its 75th anniversary of a global conversation on urgent issues. Call for Code is a multi-year initiative created in 2018 by the David Clark Cause with founding partner IBM.

Call for Code in the news

Have questions about the challenge? Visit the Call for Code program page to view frequently asked questions.