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Call for Code Global Challenge finalists to take on global societal issues

The Call for Code Global Challenge announced the top five finalists to build solutions for COVID-19 and climate change and deploy them for communities in need across the globe.

The Call for Code Global Challenge welcomes programmers and trouble solvers across 179 nations to construct solutions that tackle social problems. It is a joint effort produced by David Clark Cause, Founding Partner IBM and Charitable Partner United Nations Human Rights along with The Linux Foundation. They support the development of open resource solutions all over the world. This year the challenge focused on creating solutions to help communities battle against climate change and COVID-19.

This year of crisis underscores the need for the world’s developers and business leaders to apply the power of the hybrid cloud, AI and open source technology to address society’s most pressing issues, said Bob Lord, Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain, and Ecosystems, IBM

The Call for Code Global Challenge, which started in 2018, has generated more than 15,000 solutions using various products and technologies. The challenge united numerous designers to develop and release applications powered by open resource modern technology to deal with several of the globe’s most significant obstacles. 

Since 2018, the Call for Code Global Challenge has expanded to greater than 400,000 programmers and trouble solvers, mirroring the truth that problems like climate change and COVID-19 need remedies to deal at a local level, but should have the capacity to range as well as aid any community, anywhere.

The five finalists were selected from an elite team of leading solutions from each region of the globe:

Agrolly (Asia Pacific) – Developed by a group of programmers hailing from Brazil, India, Mongolia, and Taiwan. The idea is to connect small farmers worldwide and solve the problem of reduced crop yield due to climate change. It aims to fill the information gap so farmers can connect with each other and learn, obtain funding, and improve their economic condition. Agrolly is presently offered as a free application in the Google store powered by IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM Watson Studio, as well as IBM Watson Assistant.

Business Buddy (Asia Pacific) – Created by a group of students in Australia at the University of Sydney, Business Buddy intends to give a one-stop-shop that supplies customized updates to small companies to assist them to weather the financial effects of COVID-19. Powered by IBM Watson Assistant, IBM Cloud Foundry, and IBM Cloudant, the service aids in identifying organizations’ qualification for assistance from governmental programs and overviews them with the application procedure using an easy-access website.

OffShip (North America) – Developed by a group of programmers in Canada from Morgan Stanley. It is used as a browser plugin to educate customers on the impact of their online purchases on the environment. The solution is determined by estimating the CO2 footprint of each purchase and suggesting better alternatives. It is hosted in IBM Cloud. 

Safe Queue (North America) – Created by a single developer in LA, it is an app designed to create virtual lines instead of physical lines at shopping malls, polling places to manage safe entry during COVID-19. It was acknowledged as a component of the Call for Code’s accelerated COVID-19 track in May. Since then, the solution has been further established, examined, and released with small businesses throughout the nation. This solution develops on IBM Cloud Foundry for web app hosting, HERE innovations for geolocation, Twillio for SMS messaging, and IBM Cloudant to save information.

SchoolListIt (North America) – Created by a working mother of 3 kids in North Carolina, SchoolListIt is created to aid family members effectively take care of schoolwork throughout the specifically tough scenarios bordering COVID-19. SchoolListIt puts together info from learning applications that teachers utilize and make it easy for trainees or guardians to recognize at a glimpse what projects are due and when. The solution uses IBM Watson Text to Speech.

The Call for Code champions gets $200,000 and hands-on assistance from IBM, The Linux Foundation, and various other companions to increase the open resource area around their solution to release their service in locations of demand. This year’s grand reward champion will be chosen by an elite team of judges, consisting of a few of the most distinguished leaders in human rights, disaster risk reduction, business, and technology and will be announced on October 13th.

While the COVID-19 pandemic puts lives and livelihoods at immediate risk, climate change is an existential threat for humanity. By triggering global engagement, initiatives like Call for Code open up the potential for developers and problem-solvers around the world to put their skills to use to create inclusive and effective response solutions that can be deployed quickly yet have a long-term impact.– said Laurent Sauveur, Chief, External Relations, UN Human Rights

The Call for Code Global Challenge has opened various opportunities for developers around the world. While most people only see the problems, they see the possibilities of solving them. Therefore, a distinct ecological community IBM, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights and The Linux Foundation has created to use the latest technologies and provide services that are durable, effective, cutting-edge, and user-friendly. Their solution intends to drive positive and long-lasting change in the world.

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