Updated Mar 23, 2020

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge

Offered by IBM

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge is expanding its focus to tackle the effects of COVID-19. Technology solutions can help seize and reduce the impact this pandemic has on our daily lives. Now is the time to unite and act swiftly.

When a new disease such as COVID-19 emerges, communications systems are one of the first systems to become overwhelmed. From questions around disease transmission, to how to best protect your health and others around you, to the severity of the disease itself.
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GrantType
Open Year RoundDeadline
From $200,000Amount
UnavailableDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
CountryN/A
Focus AreasHealth
Communication with Communities (Humanitarian Assistance)
Education
Technology
Citizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Climate Change and Resilience (Environment)
The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge asks the world's developers to build solutions for COVID-19 and climate change, focusing on the following topics:

Crisis Communication
What's the problem?
When a new disease such as COVID-19 emerges, communications systems are one of the first systems to become overwhelmed. From questions around disease transmission, to how to best protect your health and others around you, to the severity of the disease itself.
How can technology help?
Crisis communication, whether through a chatbot, SMS, or a website, can alleviate panic in communities and provide guidance on the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones. From guidance on good hygiene to how to properly detect symptoms or key contact information, technology like chatbots or messaging platforms can help deliver information quickly and precisely. This can save people hours compared to waiting to get through to a call center, and free up customer service representatives to focus on higher level issues.

Remote Education
What's the problem?
Part of the World Health Organization's guidance on limiting further spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. As a result, schools in most affected areas are taking precautionary measures by closing their facilities. With school-aged children at home for an indeterminate amount of time, keeping them engaged, entertained, and on top of their education is important.
How can technology help?
Schools and teachers can continue to engage with their students through virtual classrooms, and even create interactive spaces for classes. As parents face a new situation where they may need to homeschool their children, finding appropriate online resources is important as well.

Community Cooperation
What's the problem?
Your local community must stand united, operate efficiently and be there for its constituents more than ever before. Understanding not only what is happening in your neighborhood, but also how you can help others, or how others can help you, is vital to remaining hopeful in uncertain times.
How can technology help?
Consider how you can incorporate everything from weather data to local food and medical supply information to help your local community better deal with a crisis -- especially those who need it most.

Use these reference materials and technical resources to understand the problems communities face during a pandemic and where your code can have the greatest impact.

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