Are you a Developer? You Stand a Chance of Winning $200,000 at the 2018 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge


Are you a seasoned developer looking to use your skills to help the world? Then the 2018 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge for developers is just right for you. IBM, in partnership with David Clark Cause (DCC), is looking for developers who are ready to create software solutions and build applications using AI, Cloud, Data, and Blockchain, that would improve disaster preparedness and help build resilient communities.

This competition is the first of its kind at this scale, encouraging developers who want to pay their skills forward for a specific mission to alleviate human suffering and is being supported by a cross-section of experts, humanitarian and international organizations, including the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross’ International team.

Some of the potential solutions that developers can build to improve or accelerate include:

  • Alerting pharmacies to increase their stocks of antibiotics, insulin, bottled water, and vaccines based on predicted weather-related disruptions.
  • Employing analytics to predict the impact of weather and educate communities on how to prepare for an impending disaster.
  • Using visual recognition to assess the impact of a seismic event and speed claims processing, reducing time to build back better.
  • Improving the efficiency, accountability, and resiliency of supply chains through blockchain technology.
  • Identifying and aiding people with reduced or restricted mobility who require special assistance (disabled, hospitalized, elderly, confined).

All participating individuals or teams (up to 5 participants) must ensure that their submissions are original and is deployed/can run on IBM Cloud making use of at least 5 IBM cloud services (Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs is also encouraged). Peradventure the team or the individual did not win, they will have full ownership of what they built and can do what they wish with it. Winning teams will be subject to a code-review after submissions close on Aug 31.

The winner of the challenge would receive $200,000 cash prize, long-term open source support from The Linux Foundation and a platform to deploy the solution with IBM Corporate Service Corps Team.  The first and second runner ups would also receive $25,000 cash price each as well as long-term open source support from The Linux Foundation.

The team that wins the Call for Code Global Award would have built a creative application that can be deployed effectively and easily around the world.

Pre-Registration is currently open, while the challenge opens for submissions on Monday June 18 – Aug. 31, 2018. You can click here to start your registration.

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