We have created an accelerated submission timeline (highlighted in purple) to identify, build and deploy solutions for COVID-19. However, you can continue to submit solutions until July 31. For more information read the FAQ.

Group 4 Created with Sketch. COVID-19 Challenge kickoff March 20, 2020 April 27, 2020 Initial submissions deadline May 5, 2020 Top 3 solutions announced at IBM Think May 15, 2020 July 31, 2020 October 2020 Top solution deployment begins Final submissions deadline Global challenge winners announced


Why is Call for Code focusing on COVID-19?

COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus, has revealed the limits of the systems we take for granted in a very short period of time. Whether it's the massive increase in demand for information during a time of crisis, educating children when schools are closed, or helping communities best distribute limited resources, technology has a pivotal role to play. Through Call for Code, you can see your idea deployed by a global partner ecosystem.

Explore all IBM resources related to COVID-19

In addition to Call for Code, IBM is marshaling resources and bringing together the right communities of experts to address the COVID-19 global pandemic. Clients, governments, scientists, partners, academic institutions, health agencies and IBMers are applying data, knowledge, computing power, and insights to solve difficult problems. 

See the growing list of resources around the IBM response to COVID-19

Starter kits

Some developers know what they want to build for Call for Code, but for those who don't, there are starter kits. These quick-start guides help you understand the scope of the problem and start building applications tied to easy-to-understand use cases in a matter of minutes.

“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