IBM COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge

IBM COVID-19 Call for Code Global Challenge

Build a coding solution that can provide immediate crisis communication, enhanced remote education, or stronger community cooperation.

COVID-19 has revealed limits of the systems we take for granted, compromising our health, our planet, and our survival. We’ve expanded the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge to take on COVID-19. Developers and problem solvers: join us to build open source solutions to make an immediate and lasting impact.

Why focus on COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic poses not only a huge health concern to people – particularly the immunocompromised and elderly – but it also has had huge effects in uprooting societies and disrupting supply chains globally. We’re asking the world’s developers and subject matter experts to help tackle this pandemic by increasing awareness through communications. CallforCode and IBM are seeking coding solutions that can provide: 

  1. Immediate crisis communication;
  2. Enhanced remote education; OR
  3. Stronger community cooperation.

What is Call for Code?

Call for Code asks innovators to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on one or more IBM Cloud™ services (for  example, web, mobile, data, analytics, AI, IoT, or weather) that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. Teams of  developers, data scientists, designers, business analysts, subject matter experts and more are challenged to build solutions to mitigate the  impact of COVID-19 and climate change. 

This year the competition will have two tracks. One track is for solutions that help halt and reverse the impact of climate change. The  second track is for solutions to mitigate the impact of global pandemics like COVID-19 on communities around the world. Winning  solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.

Crisis Communication

What’s the problem?

When a new disease such as COVID-19 emerges, communications systems are one of the first systems to become overwhelmed. From questions around disease transmission, to how to best protect your health and others around you, to the severity of the disease itself.

How can technology help?

Crisis communication, whether through a chatbot, SMS, or a website, can alleviate panic in communities and provide guidance on the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.  From guidance on good hygiene to how to properly detect symptoms or key contact information, technology like chatbots or messaging platforms can help deliver information quickly and precisely. This can save people hours compared to waiting to get through to a call center, and free up customer service representatives to focus on higher level issues. 

For Example…

Create a machine learning powered web app to answer questions

Create a banking chatbot

Remote Education

What’s the problem?

Part of the World Health Organization’s guidance on limiting further spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. As a result, schools in most affected areas are taking precautionary measures by closing their facilities. With school-aged children at home for an indeterminate amount of time,  keeping them engaged, entertained, and on top of their education is important. 

How can technology help?

Schools and teachers can continue to engage with their students through virtual classrooms, and even create interactive spaces for classes. As parents face a new situation where they may need to homeschool their children, finding appropriate online resources is important as well.

Awards:- $270,000 Prize Purse

Deadline:- 31-07-2020

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