Apply now: The IBM Code Global Challenge for Developers Worldwide 2021 [prize $200,000USD]

IBM Code Global Challenge
key details
  • Host: IBM
  • Open to: All nationals
  • Target: Developers
  • Deadline: 31st July, 2021

Applications for the 2021 IBM Code Global Challenge For Developers Worldwide are ongoing.

About The IBM Code Global Challenge
IBM Code Global Challenge

In the IBM Code Global Challenge For Developers Worldwide, you may contribute to the fight against climate change by developing and deploying open source cloud technologies. By taking part, you will develop vital skills for yourself and your team, as well as deploy solutions that will benefit communities all around the world.

The Call for Code Global Challenge, which is based on open-source principles, invites developers and problem solvers to create teams and develop solutions that address specific challenges in unique, easily demonstrable ways.

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The most successful solutions are those that are designed to have the biggest community benefit while using the least amount of technology. With its smartphone application to help small farmers better understand what to plant based on weather patterns and crop attributes, last year’s winner Agrolly is a wonderful example.


All winners will receive an invitation to the Call for Code Global Award Announcement and support from the Linux Foundation.

Grand prize winner – $200,000 USD
Dispersed equally across the team and solution deployment support

Runners up
First and second – $25,000 USD
Third and fourth – $10,000 USD

University Challenge

Grand prize – $10,000 USD
Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.

Runners up
Each student team member will receive the opportunity to interview for a potential role at IBM.

Regional Challenge

Grand prize – $5,000 USD
Dispersed equally across the team

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See the 2020 Global Challenge winners

  1. Submissions –
    Must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM Systems. Use of sponsor or affiliate APIs and open source libraries is also encouraged.
  2. Team size –
    Teams of up to five (5) participants, each at least 18 years old, are allowed.
  3. Joining teams –
    A participant may not be part of multiple teams.
  4. University students –
    Teams competing for the University Challenge must ensure that all team members are enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
  5. Participation agreement –
    All team members must have accepted the 2021 Participation Agreement at the time they submit their solution to be eligible. (You accept the Participation Agreement when you register for the Global Challenge.)
  6. Application –
    Must be new and built for the 2021 competition, but they may use code that was open-sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of March 22, 2021.
  7. Winners –
    Winning teams will be subject to a code review after submissions close.

For more information visit the official website of IBM Code Global Challenge

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