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2022 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge: Build Tech Solutions for a Greener Future ($285,000 USD cash prize)

2022 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge: Build Tech Solutions for a Greener Future ($285,000 USD cash prize)

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Through the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge you can learn about AI, cloud development and emerging technologies while you make a difference. Form a team and take on sustainability issues from improving supply chains to clean energy solutions and protection of biodiversity.
How can technology improve sustainable production, consumption, and management of resources, reduce pollution creation, and protect biodiversity to create a greener future?
As part of the 5th annual Call for Code Global Challenge, design and build an open source solution in the cloud to take on a sustainability issue. We’re calling on teams of developers and problem solvers to leverage open innovation and develop technology solutions that address specific global sustainability problems in unique, clearly demonstrable ways. The top Global Challenge solution receives implementation support from IBM and the Call for Code ecosystem to make a real impact in the communities with the greatest need.
Your Global Challenge solution should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to sustainability: 

  • Build effective and efficient ways to quantifiably promote, preserve, and protect biodiversity
  • Reduce global food insecurity through, as examples, improvements to distribution or sustainable farming practices
  • Remove barriers to equal education access and job opportunities to further environmental justice
  • Improve the ability to measure, analyze, or take decisive action on carbon emissions
  • Improve access to affordable and reliable clean energy
  • Improve supply chain transparency and traceability to bring fast and accurate visibility to sustainability issues where they arise
  • Address issues of water scarcity and quality
  • Reduce volume of and demand for materials that create the biggest waste footprint (plastics, electronics, food, textile), and encourage reuse/recycle opportunities


$285,000 USD total prize pool amount
All winners will receive open source support from the Linux Foundation.
Grand Prize winner
$200,000 USD
Winning team will also receive solution implementation support from IBM and the Call for Code ecosystem.
1st runner-up$25,000 USD
2nd runner-up$25,000 USD
3rd runner-up$10,000 USD
4th runner-up$10,000 USD
University prize winner:$15,000 USD
Guaranteed acceptance to the CGI U 2023 class, including access to the full CGI U 2023 Annual Meeting.

Benefits of participation

Register for the global challenge to participate, and receive access to:
Challenge Accelerators
Challenge Accelerator events to fast-track your project and become eligible for additional prizes
IBM Cloud
A trial IBM Cloud account for 2022 that provides access to many free services without a credit card, including the ability to create Kubernetes clusters
Mentors and team resources
Mentors, team-building resources, and discussion with other participants
Expert webinars
Live and on-demand thematic and technical sessions led by subject matter experts
IBM SkillsBuild Learning Plan
An exclusive skills learning plan to learn about the latest cloud and other technologies, professional development skills, and sustainability resources
The Weather Company APIs
Exclusive The Weather Company APIs to use during the Global Challenge
Sponsored toolkits, APIs, and datasets
Toolkits, APIs, and data sets from Call for Code sponsors to use when building your solution
Tuesday | April 26th, 2022
Registration opens!
Thursday | May 12, 2022 – Global Challenge Kickoff
Competition and Global Challenge overview @ 12:00 PM (EDT)
Wednesday | May 25, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator Preview and Team Formation
Team formation/best practices overview @ 12:00 PM (EDT)
Challenge Accelerators
June 1 – 15, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator
July 13 – 27, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator
September 14 – 28, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator
Submission deadline
Monday | October 31st, 2022 – Project submission deadline
@ 11:59 PM (PDT) (late submissions will not be accepted)
November 1 – 18, 2022 – Judging
November/December 2022 – Finalists announced
November/December 2022 – Winners announced
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the 2022 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge