Together with David Clark Cause, Call for Code Creator, Charitable Partner United Nations Human Rights, and the Linux Foundation, IBM announced the launch of the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge.

This year’s competition invites the world’s software developers and innovators to combat climate change with open source-powered technology. 

Now in its fourth year, the Initiative has grown to more than 400,000 developers and problem solvers across 179 nations and has generated more than fifteen thousand applications.

Call for Code aims to drive immediate and lasting humanitarian progress around the world through the creation of practical applications built on open source-powered software, including Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, IBM Watson, IBM Blockchain, atmospheric data from IBM’s Weather Company, developer resources and APIs from partners like Intuit and New Relic.

The diverse and like-minded global ecosystem supports Call for Code to continue expanding. It includes UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator experts, Arrow Electronics, Black Girls Code, Caribbean Girls Hack, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University, Ingram Micro, Intuit, Kode With Klossy, NearForm, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Way, and World Institute on Disability.

Access to clean water is one focus of this year’s Call for Code competition, a global initiative to combat climate change. Photo Credits: The Weather Channel

To help take on climate change, IBM is announcing new partnerships this year with Heifer International and charity: water. Heifer International joins the Call for Code movement, contributing their world-renowned expertise in mitigating hunger and poverty by investing in local farmers and their communities.  David Gill, Senior Director of Technology Innovation for Heifer International said:

“Smallholder farmers produce the majority of the world’s food and are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. With access to information and technology, they can make informed decisions on what to grow and when, enabling them to increase their incomes, while feeding the world. We’re excited to join IBM and the developer and open source communities in supporting these solutions that have the potential to increase access to water, food, and markets for millions of people around the world.”

IBM’s multi-pronged advocacy for environmental sustainability dates back decades. Earlier this year, IBM announced it will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by prioritizing reductions in its emissions, energy efficiency efforts, and increased clean energy use across the more than 175 countries where it operates. Ruth Davis, director of Call for Code, IBM noted:

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and we must apply our collective ingenuity and cutting-edge technologies to make a lasting difference. Together with our ecosystem of partners, IBM will work with the winning team to incubate and deploy their solution in communities where it’s most needed, just as we’ve done with past winners. I encourage every developer and innovator around the world to seize this opportunity through Call for Code to change our climate trajectory.”

David Clark, Photo Credits: IBM Newsroom

The winning solution from last year, Agrolly, is an app designed to support small farmers by providing climate and crop predictions and recommendations. Since October, its team has expanded their solution to new markets and provided hands-on training to more than 500 rural farmers who are testing and using the app to fight the effects of climate change. Agrolly is also working with the IBM Service Corps on a deployment plan to improve and test their technology in the coming months.

David Clark, CEO of David Clark Cause, and Creator of Call for Code said:

“The winning team from each Call for Code Global Challenge receives $200,000, and support from the IBM Service Corps, technical experts, and ecosystem partners to incubate their technology, open source their code to make it available for anyone to use, and deploy their solution on the ground in communities around the world. This year the competition focuses on three sub-themes that are key to combating climate change: clean water and sanitation; zero hunger; and responsible production and green consumption.”

There are now more than 30 generating solutions that are being incubated and field-tested in a series of deployments. Because of the UN World Water Day, the Linux Foundation announced that another Call for Code solution, Liquid Prep, will be hosted at the Foundation so developers worldwide can contribute their mobile and weather skills to help farmers optimize water usage during droughts.

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Nikoleta Yanakieva Editor at DevStyleR International