IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2018 for Developers (Win $200,000 and more)

IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2018 for Developers (Win $200,000 and more)

Deadline: August 31, 2018

David Clark Cause and IBM invite applications for the Call for Code Global Challenge, a worldwide, multi-year initiative that inspires developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions. The Call for Code Challenge for 2018 is a competition that asks you to outthink natural disasters and build the solutions that will significantly improve the current state of disaster preparedness in your community and around the world.

The Issue

The inaugural Call for Code Challenge theme is Natural Disaster Preparedness and Relief. How will you answer the call?

The Call for Code Global Initiative is a rallying cry to developers to use their skills and mastery of the latest technologies to drive positive and long-lasting change across the world with their code.

For 2018, the Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and relief when they hit. This competition is the first of its kind at this scale, encouraging developers who want to pay their skills forward for a specific mission to alleviate human suffering.


One team will win the first annual Call for Code Global Prize, supported by the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross’ International team. The winner will also earn several other awards that foster adoption of their application as an open source project (through the The Linux Foundation), scale its impact, and accelerate deployment in areas of greatest need.

Winners will be announced at the Call for Code Global Prize Event and Concert, which will benefit UN Human Rights and the American Red Cross, and be held on October 13th, the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction.


Answer the Call for Code by building global solutions for disaster preparedness. The most impactful project will be implemented with the help of IBM, The Linux Foundation, UN Human Rights, and American Red Cross.

The winner of the inaugural Call for Code Global Award will receive:

  • The Call for Code Global Award presented by a jury of eminent technologists at the Call for Code Award Event.
  • $200,000 USD cash prize.
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation.
  • Venture capitalist introduction and pitch to turn your idea into a funded company.
  • The opportunity to deploy your solution with an IBM Corporate Service Corps team.

First and second runner-up will receive:

  • $25,000 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Prize Event
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation


  • Open to developers worldwide
  • All submissions must be deployed and run on the IBM Cloud.
  • All submissions must make use of at least 5 IBM cloud services. Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs is also encouraged.
  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the Participation Agreement to compete.
  • A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
  • Teams have full ownership of everything they build and are free to do with it as they wish whether they win or not.
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code-review after submissions close on Aug 31.
  • Overall rights of first refusal to invest in projects will be outlined in Participant Agreement.

The team that wins the Call for Code Global Award will have built a creative application that can be deployed effectively and easily around the world. Some potential solutions include:

  • Alerting pharmacies to increase their stocks of antibiotics, insulin, bottled water, and vaccines based on predicted weather-related disruptions.
  • Employing analytics to predict the impact of weather and educate communities on how to prepare for an impending disaster.
  • Using visual recognition to assess the impact of a seismic event and speed claims processing, reducing time to build back better.
  • Improving the efficiency, accountability, and resiliency of supply chains through blockchain technology.
  • Identifying and aiding people with reduced or restricted mobility who require special assistance (disabled, hospitalized, elderly, confined).
  • Individuals or teams are encouraged to start from a library of IBM Code Patterns – open source roadmaps for solving complex programming challenges – that demonstrate how to use Weather Company, Watson AI, and Blockchain services on the IBM Cloud to build cognitive, social, and analytics applications.


Register For The Challenge

For more information, visit Call for Code.