Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition 2021 (Up to $37,000 in prizes)

Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition 2021 (Up to $37,000 in prizes)

Deadline: November 11, 2021

Applications are invited for the Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition 2021. This is a competition that gives both non-technical and technical teams around the world an opportunity to devise innovative solutions that address the challenge of making quality education a right for all – not a privilege.

The competition theme is, “A future of education that ensures accessible and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all,” inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4. Your solution should address the diverse challenges aligned to this theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. While solution submissions do not need to include working code, they must describe the technologies required and how those technologies fit into the solution.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize: $20,000 USD
    • Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will invite students from the winning team to participate in their year-round program that supports the next generation in developing social impact projects to address pressing societal challenges. Winning team members will also receive an invitation to CG 2022 virtual Annual Meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, as well as access mentoring, skills training, networking, leadership development, and professional growth opportunity provided by CGI U throughout the year.
    • Each student from the winning team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite winning team members to interview for roles they qualify for.
  • Runner Up Prize: $10,000 USD
    • Each student from the winning team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite winning team members to interview for roles they qualify for.
  • 2nd Runner Up Prize: $5,000 USD
    • Each student from the 2nd runner up team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite the 2nd runner up team members to interview for roles they qualify for.
  • Gamification prize winner
    • $2,000 USD prize pool
    • You can earn points by taking action on the event platform! Top 10 individual point earners will receive $200 USD.

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years old or have reached the age of emancipation in the jurisdiction in which they are submitting their project, whichever is greater.
  • Teams of up to five individuals are allowed.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across four primary criteria, which evaluate whether the solution applies technology effectively to solve a real-world problem.

  • Relevancy and impact
    • How relevant is the solution to the stated challenge? How effectively does the technical solution address the identified issue within the theme? How helpful or useful would the outcomes be to impacted communities? Can the solution scale over time to have a further reach across multiple user groups or geographies? Can success be measured?
  • Design and feasibility
    • How good is the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? Were the identified issue, impacted users, and technology solution thoroughly researched, with the provided data or facts demonstrating the team’s understanding of the problem? Is the solution possible, or just nice in theory?
  • Innovation and originality
    • Is the solution new and disruptive? How unique and innovative is the approach to solving an existing challenge through technology, including one or more IBM solutions? Is the solution differentiated from others already on the market?
  • Compelling storytelling
    • How well did the submission materials articulate the problem, the target user(s) and their experience, and how the technological solution would address the problem? How relatable and engaging was the solution story?

Application

All final presentation videos and projects must be submitted on November 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm PST in order to qualify for the case competition. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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For more information, visit Call for Code.

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