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Tuesday at 3pm ET: join our LIVE announcement of the initial COVID-19 solutions.

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   Congratulations to the initial COVID-19 solutions that are now receiving deployment support. They show how technology can help small businesses find assistance after a crisis, redefine the queuing experience and guide us to the right medical advice. Developers and problem solvers, remember you have until July 31 to submit your open source solutions.

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   United Nations Human Rights, a Call for Code Charitable Partner, stresses the urgent need for innovation to fight two global challenges – the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the more systemic issue of climate change. Read more

Take on COVID-19

   With the unprecedented effect of COVID-19, unite to help communities across the globe deal with the impact of the greatest crisis of modern times.
   Use open source technology in the cloud to build solutions that can provide crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation.
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Initial solutions

   Three COVID-19 solutions have been selected to receive deployment support from IBM and its ecosystem. Answer the call for a chance to see your solution deployed.

Take on climate change

   In a recent global IBM survey of more than 3,000 developers, first responders, and social activists, 79% of respondents agree that climate change is something that can be reduced or combated with technology.
   Innovate with the latest technology to address energy sustainability, water sustainability, or disaster resiliency. Winning solutions are deployed in communities that need the most help.
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   "The climate crisis is caused by us - and the solutions must come from us. We have the tools: technology is on our side."

   - UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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   Create an application that makes an immediate and lasting impact in communities around the world by using AI, IoT, data science, and the latest IBM Cloud™ open source development platforms.
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   Learn about the competition, see what you can win, and start coding with a free IBM Cloud account.
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Build with open tech

   Learn how you can make the most of resources like code patterns, expert videos, and tutorials to build your idea.
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Find your squad

   Whether you need to find teammates, meet experts, ask questions, or share ideas - there’s a community for you.
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Submit your idea

   Tell us what you’ve built and how. Submit this with your Participation agreement for a chance to win $200,000.
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Winning solutions get deployed

Project Owl

   The Grand Prize winners of the inaugural 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge designed solar-powered mesh network devices that build connectivity where there is none. The team brought their devices in a field test to parts of Puerto Rico hit hardest by Hurricane Maria.
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   The Grand Prize winners of the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge beat out nearly 180,000 participants with their solution. The Barcelona-based team, which includes first responders, developed a Watson-based AI solution designed to monitor health and safety in firefighters, both long term and in real-time.
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   Have questions about the challenge? Visit the Call for Code program page to view frequently asked questions.

   Call for Code - 2020 Global Challenge

   Now in its third year, the Call for Code initiative is the largest technical challenge of its kind. The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks the world's developers to build solutions for COVID-19 and climate change. The world is facing unprecedented, interconnected challenges and we believe technology can help.

   Commit to the cause. Push for change. Answer the call.

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