Deadline: 29 July 2019

The Call for Code Global Challenge is now open for entries. The Call for Code Global Initiative rallies developers 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. Call for Code brings startup, academic, and enterprise developers together and inspires them to solve the most pressing societal issues of our time.

Challenge Details

Building on the success of the 2018 competition, the 2019 Challenge again asks developers to create solutions that significantly improve preparedness for natural disasters and accelerate relief when they hit. This year’s challenge introduces an emphasis on individual health and community wellbeing.  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 consultation through the IBM Corporate Service Corps.

Grand Prize

  • $200,000 USD cash prize
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Prize Celebration
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation
  • Opportunity for mentorship and investment in the solution
  • Offer to deploy the solution with IBM Corporate Service Corps

First and Second Runner Up

  • $25,000 USD cash prize for each team
  • Invitation to the Call for Code Global Prize Celebration
  • Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation

Third and Fourth Runner Up

  • $10,000 USD for each team
  • Long-term open-source project support from The Linux Foundation


All developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction, whichever is greater. Employees of IBM and DCC not eligible to participate. All participants must accept the terms of the Participant Agreement upon submission. An internal Call for Code initiative and prize structure for IBM employees is being deployed separately from the global challenge.

For more information, visit the Call For Code website.


About Faddal Ibrahim

I’m a highly motivated individual with a strong affinity for self-development and a rigid attachment to a growth mindset. Genuinely enthusiastic about empowering myself and others to magnify our potentials, I find myself always on the lookout for amazing ways to do things differently and pushing myself to be extraordinary in the domains that pique my interest.

I’m a creative deep-thinker who refuses to be overwhelmed by stumbling blocks and always prepared for the next challenge and intellectual thrill in the arena of life. I critically observe and deconstruct the intricacies of human life and nothing ever seems to satiate my curiosity.

Literature, designing, and computer programming fill the vertices of my life’s triangle.

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