IBM Announced Call For Code Global Challenge To Help Tackle COVID-19


This year, tech giant IBM focussed two urgent crises that the world is facing currently. One is the COVID-19 pandemic and the other is climate change. Recently, the Big Blue announced that the 2020 Call for Code global challenge takes on COVID-19. 

Few months ago, the tech giant partnered with United Nations Human Rights and the Linux Foundation and announced climate change as the theme for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge. With the widespread of COVID-19 across the globe, IBM further decided to stress on the current most pressing issue and thus expanded this year’s challenge to address both climate change and COVID-19. 


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In a blog post, the tech giant said, “We’re asking the world’s developers and subject matter experts to help tackle this pandemic by increasing awareness through communications, and by limiting the spread of infectious diseases through crisis communication such as chatbots, remote education such as ad hoc classrooms, and community cooperation such as creating solutions for the local community to better deal with the crisis.”

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge will provide the participants with necessary tools and resources in order to build open source technology solutions that address three main COVID-19 areas, which are crisis communication during an emergency, ways to improve remote learning, and how to inspire cooperative local communities.

There are four easy steps to get involved with the challenge, which are 

  1. Accept the challenge
  2. Learn how you can make the most of resources like code patterns, expert videos, and tutorials to build your idea.
  3. Find your team or experts from the community.
  4. Submit the idea.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses not only a huge health concern to people, particularly the immuno-compromised and elderly but it also has had huge effects in uprooting societies and disrupting supply chains globally. With these solutions, IBM wishes to help seize and reduce the impact of this pandemic.

The deadline is July 31st, 2020. Click here to participate.

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Ambika Choudhury
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