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IBM COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge 2020 (Win up to $200,000 cash prize)


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IBM COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge 2020 (Win up to $200,000 cash prize)

The IBM COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge 2020 is now open for applications. Now in its third year, the Call for Code initiative is the largest technical challenge of its kind. The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks the world’s developers to build solutions for COVID-19. The world is facing unprecedented, interconnected challenges and they believe technology can help.

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The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge is expanding its focus to tackle the effects of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Technology solutions can help seize and reduce the impact this pandemic has on our daily lives. Now is the time to unite and act swiftly.

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This year the competition will have two tracks. Winning solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.

  • 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.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

What is Call for Code?

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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.

Why focus on COVID-19?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic poses not only a huge health concern to people – particularly the immunocompromised and elderly – but it also has had huge effects in uprooting societies and disrupting supply chains globally. They’re asking the world’s developers and subject matter experts to help tackle this pandemic by increasing awareness through communications, and by limiting the spread of infectious diseases through crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation.


  • Crisis communication
  • Remote education
  • Community cooperation


Grand prize winner

  •  $200,000 USD cash prize
  •  Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  •  Open source project support from The Linux Foundation
  •  Opportunity for mentorship and investment in the solution
  •  Solution implementation support through Code and Response™

First and second runner up

  •  $25,000 USD cash prize
  •  Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  •  Open source project support from The Linux Foundation

Third and fourth runner up

  •  $10,000 USD cash prize
  •  Invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement
  •  Open source project support from The Linux Foundation


  • Open to all developers, designers, and entrepreneurs
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction, whichever is greater.
  • Employees of IBM, DCC, and governmental agencies are not eligible to participate.
  • All participants must accept the terms of the Participation Agreement upon submission. Full details on eligibility can be found in the Participation Agreement.


  • Submissions must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM Systems. Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs and open source libraries is also encouraged.
  • Teams of up to five (5) participants, each at least 18 years old, are allowed.
  • A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
  • Applications must be new and built for the 2020 competition, but they may use code that was open sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of February 26, 2020.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across 4 primary criteria which evaluate whether the solution solves a real-world problem and uses technology effectively.

  1. Completeness and transferability
    • How fully has the idea been implemented?
    • Can it achieve an impact in the field?
    • Can it be transferred elsewhere?
  2. Effectiveness and efficiency
    • Does the solution address a high priority area? Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently? Can it scale?
  3. Design and usability
    • How good is the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? How quickly can it be put to use?
  4. Creativity and innovation
    • How unique was the approach to solving a long-standing or previously intractable problem?


Accept the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge Mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change by creating sustainable solutions using open source technology.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit IBM Call for Code.

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