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IBMers share why the world needs your participation in the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge.

Put your skills to work, take on the most pressing issue of our time — climate change. Build your solution for the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge. There is still time for you to participate, because submissions are open til 31 July. But don’t just take my word for it, scroll on to hear from some of my colleagues how you can make a difference. Be part of the solution.

“The impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.”United Nations

What is Call for Code?

Great question! In case you aren’t yet familiar with Call for Code, I’ll explain what this program is first. Call for Code invites not just developers but also problem solvers around the world to build and contribute to sustainable, open source technology projects which help communities across the globe. IBM is founding partner of this initiative, together with David Clark Cause, and United Nations Human Rights. What’s in it for you? Well, the winning solution wins $200,000 and support from IBM and the Linux Foundation to deploy their solution into the communities that need help the most. Our world needs you. Will you answer the call?

Can I participate if I don’t write code or develop software?

Yes! In fact, many successful teams in the past were comprised of members with diverse skills, including non-technical participants. This specifically helps to ensure that the problems are being solved by contributors that each bring their own unique expertise. Previous Call for Code winners: Project Owl (2018), Prometeo (2019), Agrolly (2020).

In other words, you don’t have to be a developer to make a difference. Indeed, Call for Code has the year-round support of enterprises, experts, humanitarian and international organizations, charitable partners, celebrities, and more. It is in part due to the diverse ecosystem which makes Call for Code possible. Indeed, both you and your organization can support the cause as supporter or sponsor. Push for change. Join our ecosystem today.

It’s also worth mentioning, if you don’t have a team yet, there’s no need to worry! Participate as an individual; create or join an existing team in our community built on open source principles. Currently there are more than 400,000 individuals involved. Share your ideas. Submit your solution.

Wondering how to save the planet?

Finally, this all sounds exciting, but you are still wondering if it is really something for you? How can you do something? Hear from our IBMers across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Take a look at solutions inspired by Call for Code. They share their personal motivations and experiences with this year’s Global Challenge.

Daniel Unkelhäußer, Chief Digital Officer and Agnes Heftberger, Vice President of Sales discuss this year’s Call for Code Global Challenge.
Jeffrey Maslovsky shares his perspective on Call for Code 2021
Christine Seybold shares what motivates her in Call for Code 2021.
Herwig Diessner shares his passion for technology, open code, and innovation.
Petra Bernhardt shares her personal interest in Call for Code.
Ralf Borgwardt calls for contributions in this year’s Call for Code Global Challenge

Start contributing to Call for Code today

Now it’s your turn. You are invited to participate in the largest tech for good initiative of its kind, fighting the impact of climate change. Ultimately, Call for Code doesn’t just provide a platform to build tech solutions, it deploys them at scale globally. Let’s build solutions for the world’s most pressing issues. Furthermore, let’s create a better future. Our earth is our responsibility. Let’s answer the Call for Code together.

Strategic Programs Leader, HCBT, Developer Ecosystem, Europe

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