Today, IBM in partnership with Call for Code creator David Clark Cause, Charitable Partner United Nations Human Rights, and the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge. In its fourth year, Call for Code invites developers, problem solvers, and innovators from around the world to build solutions to solve the world’s most pressing issues while leveraging and building skills on the latest open source-powered technologies. The team with the winning solution receives $200,000 USD and support from IBM Service Corps, technical experts, and ecosystem partners like the Linux Foundation to further develop and deploy their technology to communities in need.
This year, Call for Code aims to tackle the imminent and existential threat to Planet Earth: climate change. As the United Nations describes, “The impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.” The level of urgency surrounding the threats of climate change require immediate action, and Call for Code is arming its growing community of 400,000 developers and problem solvers across 179 nations with the tools to build tech solutions that can fight back.
In an effort to tackle specific elements of climate change that are of high priority, the Call for Code team announced three focus areas for this year’s Global Challenge.
Clean water and sanitation: Water is the natural resource that is most threatened by climate change and a prerequisite for life on Earth. From intelligent solutions for small farmers to recycling showers, technology can make a significant impact on the availability of water and its consumption.
Zero hunger: 135 million people suffer from acute hunger, with climate change a major contributing factor. Technology can help grow more crops in areas on the edge of drought or quickly distribute perishables from small stores to local homeless shelters.
Responsible production and green consumption: Worldwide consumption and production drives the global economy yet is inextricably linked to the environment. Technology can help make recommendations on energy efficiency to highlighting the carbon footprint of online purchases.
Whether you want to build new skills to carry forward into your professional career, meet a worldwide community of innovators, or etch your code on a transformative solution that effectively combats climate change with a chance at $200,000 USD, Call for Code is your opportunity to leverage your passions and expand your horizons with tech for good.
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