IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2024 (Up to $50,000 Prize)

The IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2024 application is out. This year, the Global Challenge is all about creating solutions that promote equal access while enhancing your generative AI skills with complimentary Watsonx training. Call for Code, which began in 2018, is a remarkable initiative that leverages technology for the greater good.

IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2024
IBM Call for Code Global Challenge 2024

It invites developers and innovators from universities, startups, and businesses worldwide to collaborate on groundbreaking tech solutions that address social and humanitarian problems. The goal is to ensure that the most effective solutions are implemented to drive meaningful change. As the world grapples with unprecedented and interrelated challenges, the power of technology is believed to be instrumental in overcoming them.”

The Challenge

Access to fundamental necessities such as clean water, secure and affordable housing, education, and fair representation in government is not equally available to everyone. Climate change further compounds these difficulties, particularly impacting women and marginalized communities with limited resources and inadequate climate protections.

Generative AI technology holds promise in mitigating these challenges and reducing disparities, ultimately improving quality of life. Join us in ushering in a new era of ethical AI.

As they launch the 2024 Call for Code Global Challenge, they invite students, developers, and innovators worldwide to leverage IBM WatsonX to create cutting-edge AI solutions that tackle specific issues related to equitable access to essential resources. Let’s demonstrate how AI can be harnessed responsibly and earn public trust.


  • In what ways can generative AI technology enhance fair access to crucial resources and opportunities for everyone?


Teams consisting of 1-5 individuals are eligible to compete for the following rewards:

  • Grand prize: $50,000 USD
  • Possibility for support in implementing the solution through the Call for Code ecosystem
  • Chance for assistance with open-source projects from The Linux Foundation
  • First runner-up: USD 25,000
  • Opportunity for support with open-source endeavors from The Linux Foundation
  • Second runner-up: USD 10,000
  • Potential for support with open-source initiatives from The Linux Foundation
  • University grant: USD 30,000
  • It Will be awarded to the top-scoring university team(s)

In addition to the prizes mentioned above:

  • Students from universities in the top 3 teams are also eligible for:
  • Exploring job opportunities at IBM
  • Possibility of being paired with an IBM mentor
  • Participants can enhance their skills in AI, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies by accessing expert technical guidance, training materials, and events.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This competition is open to participants from universities and companies worldwide, including students, developers, and problem-solvers.

Judging Criteria

The judges will evaluate every submission using the criteria mentioned below. The scoring will range from 0 to 20, with 0 being the lowest score and 20 being the highest. The final score will be calculated by taking the average of the judges’ scores.

  • Completeness and transferability (5 points)
  • Effectiveness and efficiency (5 points)
  • Design and usability (5 points)
  • Creativity and innovation (5 points)

How To Apply

To be a part of this opportunity, click here.

Visit the official website of IBM Call for Code Global Challenge  for more information.

Application Deadline

October 17, 2024.



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