IBM and David Clark Cause, in partnership with United Nations Human Rights and the Linux Foundation have announced this year’s Call for Code Global Challenge. The 2020 Call for Code is challenging applicants to create innovations based on open source technologies to help halt and reverse the impact of climate change.
Now in its third year, the Challenge encourages and fosters the creation of practical applications built on open source software including Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, IBM Watson, IBM Blockchain, and data from The Weather Company. The goal is to employ technology in new ways that can make an immediate and lasting humanitarian impact in communities around the world.
In 2019, the Call for Code Asia Pacific Challenge was won by India team Purva Suchak, who built a solution to prevent pervasive flooding by continuously checking water bodies and collating data with weather forecast information.
“IBM is determined to identify, deploy, and scale technology solutions that can help save lives, empower people, and create a better world for future generations,” said Bob Lord, IBM Senior Vice President of Cognitive Applications and Developer Ecosystems.
IBM will announce the regional finalists from Asia Pacific for the Call for Code 2020 Global Challenge in September and winner in October.
A recent global IBM study conducted by Morning Consult surveyed more than 3,000 developers, first responders and social activists across China, Columbia, Egypt, India, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States, and found that 56% of Indian and 77% of global first responders and developers surveyed agree with the statement ‘Climate change is the single most pressing issue facing my generation.’