Code 2019 Global Challenge IBM Award $200,000

Call Deadline: July 29, 2019, at 11:59 PM PT.
Value of Amount: $200,000
Nationality: All around the world

Program Overview 

Accept the Challenge!

The Call for Code Global Initiative calls on you to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.


Over 100,000 developers from 156 nations competed in the Call for Code 2018 Challenge and built over 2,500 applications to reduce the impact of natural disasters through technology. Over 60 organizations also lent their expertise and amplified the Call as supporters last year.

The winner of the first Call for Code Global Award received $200,000, open source project support from The Linux Foundation, an introduction to a venture capital firm, and piloted their solution in Puerto Rico through the IBM Code and Response™ initiative. This year, it’s your turn.

Will you answer the Call in 2019? Enter the competition or spread the word.


Building on the success of the 2018 competition, the Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge again asks teams of developers, data scientists, designers, business analysts, subject matter experts and more to build solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit.

This year’s Challenge also introduces an emphasis on individual health and community well-being. This includes solutions that can reduce the risk of disease, improve access to data and the availability of resources, and address the mental health needs of those impacted before, during, and after disasters.




  • One team will win the second annual Call for Code Global Prize, supported by the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross.
  • The winner and runners up will also earn several other awards that foster adoption of their application as an open source project through The Linux Foundation to scale its impact and accelerate its deployment in areas of greatest need.
  • In addition, the grand prize winner will have an opportunity to meet mentors and investors to discuss potential funding for the idea and they will receive deployment support through the Code and Response™ initiative from IBM.



  • Submissions must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM Systems. Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs and open source libraries is also encouraged.
  • Teams of up to five (5) participants, each at least 18 years old, are allowed.
  • A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
  • All team members must have accepted the 2019 Participation Agreement at the time they submit to be eligible.
  • Applications must be new and built for the 2019 competition, but they may use code that was open-sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of February 12, 2019.
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code review after submissions close.



As the Call for Code Founding Partner, IBM is making its cloud, data science, artificial intelligence, and transactional technology available to participants. 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.

You can use IBM Code Patterns for inspiration to kickstart your solutions or build your idea upon other services provided by the IBM Cloud (many based on open source technologies).

There are IBM Code Patterns for each of six suggested technical solution areas to explore when building your submission for the Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge. Your submission does not have to fit into one of these areas, but they can inspire what you build and map your solution to the areas where technology can make the greatest impact

For the 2019 Challenge, there are also resources available that cover the health and well-being theme.

Bringing together infrastructure and platform services, IBM Cloud is home to 130+ unique services with millions of running applications. Including offerings like IBM Watson, VMWare servers, and Weather Company data and platforms built on Kubernetes, Apache OpenWhisk, Cloud Foundry, and more. To be eligible for the Call for Code Global Award, developers must use IBM Cloud or IBM Systems technology in their solutions.



Submissions will be judged equally across 4 key criteria.

  • 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? Can it scale?
  • Design and usability
    How good are 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?
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