Apply for the 2022 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge: Build Tech Solutions for a Greener Future ($285,000 prize)

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2022

Through the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge you can learn about AI, cloud development and emerging technologies while you make a difference. Form a team and take on sustainability issues from improving supply chains to clean energy solutions and protection of biodiversity.

How can technology improve sustainable production, consumption, and management of resources, reduce pollution creation, and protect biodiversity to create a greener future?

As part of the 5th annual Call for Code Global Challenge, design and build an open source solution in the cloud to take on a sustainability issue. We’re calling on teams of developers and problem solvers to leverage open innovation and develop technology solutions that address specific global sustainability problems in unique, clearly demonstrable ways. The top Global Challenge solution receives implementation support from IBM and the Call for Code ecosystem to make a real impact in the communities with the greatest need.

Your Global Challenge solution should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to sustainability: 

  • Build effective and efficient ways to quantifiably promote, preserve, and protect biodiversity
  • Reduce global food insecurity through, as examples, improvements to distribution or sustainable farming practices
  • Remove barriers to equal education access and job opportunities to further environmental justice
  • Improve the ability to measure, analyze, or take decisive action on carbon emissions
  • Improve access to affordable and reliable clean energy
  • Improve supply chain transparency and traceability to bring fast and accurate visibility to sustainability issues where they arise
  • Address issues of water scarcity and quality
  • Reduce volume of and demand for materials that create the biggest waste footprint (plastics, electronics, food, textile), and encourage reuse/recycle opportunities


$285,000 USD total prize pool amount

All winners will receive open source support from the Linux Foundation.

Grand Prize winner

$200,000 USD

Winning team will also receive solution implementation support from IBM and the Call for Code ecosystem.

1st runner-up: $25,000 USD

2nd runner-up: $25,000 USD

3rd runner-up: $10,000 USD 

4th runner-up: $10,000 USD 

University prize winner:$15,000 USD

Guaranteed acceptance to the CGI U 2023 class, including access to the full CGI U 2023 Annual Meeting.

Benefits of participation

Register for the global challenge to participate, and receive access to:

Challenge Accelerators

Challenge Accelerator events to fast-track your project and become eligible for additional prizes

IBM Cloud

A trial IBM Cloud account for 2022 that provides access to many free services without a credit card, including the ability to create Kubernetes clusters

Mentors and team resources

Mentors, team-building resources, and discussion with other participants

Expert webinars

Live and on-demand thematic and technical sessions led by subject matter experts

IBM SkillsBuild Learning Plan

An exclusive skills learning plan to learn about the latest cloud and other technologies, professional development skills, and sustainability resources

The Weather Company APIs

Exclusive The Weather Company APIs to use during the Global Challenge

Sponsored toolkits, APIs, and datasets

Toolkits, APIs, and data sets from Call for Code sponsors to use when building your solution


Tuesday | April 26th, 2022

Registration opens!

Thursday | May 12, 2022 – Global Challenge Kickoff

Competition and Global Challenge overview @ 12:00 PM (EDT)

Wednesday | May 25, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator Preview and Team Formation

Team formation/best practices overview @ 12:00 PM (EDT)

Challenge Accelerators

June 1 – 15, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator

July 13 – 27, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator

September 14 – 28, 2022 – Challenge Accelerator

Submission deadline

Monday | October 31st, 2022 – Project submission deadline 

@ 11:59 PM (PDT) (late submissions will not be accepted)

November 1 – 18, 2022 – Judging

November/December 2022 – Finalists announced

November/December 2022 – Winners announced

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2022 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge

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