Now in its fourth year, IBM Code Global Challenge, the largest tech for good initiative of its kind, is seeking African developers and problem-solvers around the world willing to work in teams to build solutions that address specific global problems in unique, and applicable ways.
Launched by IBM, a leading multinational technology company, the Code Global Challenge, offers participants the opportunity to build and contribute to sustainable, open-source technology projects that address social and humanitarian issues, making a demonstrable impact in the most vulnerable communities.
Considering the far-reaching and devastating effects of climate change, this year’s global challenge is divided into three sub-themes:
- Clean water and sanitation
- Zero hunger
- Responsible production and green consumption
All winners will receive an invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement and support from the Linux Foundation.
- Grand prize winner – $200,000 USD
First and second – $25,000 USD
Third and fourth – $10,000 USD
- Grand prize – $10,000 USD
- Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.
- Grand prize – $5,000 USD (Dispersed equally across the team)
- Submission must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM Systems. Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs and open source libraries is allowed.
- Teams of up to five (5) participants with each being at least 18 years old
- A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
- Teams competing for the University Challenge must ensure that all team members are enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
- All team members must have accepted the 2021 Participation Agreement at the time they submit their solution to be eligible.
- Applications must be new and built for the 2021 competition, but they may use code that was open-sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of March 22, 2021.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following four primary criteria, to test whether the solution solves a real-world problem and uses technology effectively.
- Completeness and transferability: How fully has the idea been implemented? Can it achieve an impact in the field? Can it be transferred elsewhere?
- Effectiveness and efficiency: Does the solution address a high-priority area? Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently? Is it scalable?
- 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?
- Creativity and innovation: How unique was the approach to solving a long-standing or previously intractable problem?
Click here to submit your solution.