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A Call for IBM Code Global Challenge 2024

Be a part of a new era in responsible AI. For the 2024 Call for Code Global Challenge, we’re calling on students, developers, and problem-solvers from universities and companies around the world to build innovative AI tech solutions with IBM watsonx that address specific challenges of equitable access to essential needs. Help show the world that AI can be trusted and used responsibly.

Aim and Benefits 

Teams of 1-5 people can compete for the following prizes:

Grand prize winners

Grand prize

$50,000 USD

Option for solution implementation support from the Call for Code ecosystem

Opportunity for open source support from The Linux Foundation

First runner-up

$25,000 USD

Opportunity for open source support from The Linux Foundation

Second runner-up

$10,000 USD

Opportunity for open source support from The Linux Foundation

University grant

$30,000 USD

total to the top scoring university team’s school(s)

Any university students in the top 3 winning teams are also eligible for:

  • Exploration of IBM job opportunities
  • Option to be matched with an IBM mentor

In addition to prizes, participants can grow their AI, cloud, and other emerging tech skills through access to expert technical mentors, training resources, and events.



The tech mastermind of your team. The builder is the methodical, digital-obsessed teammate who brings the technical know-how to help ground your solution in what’s possible.


Your UX expert who ensures the solution is user-friendly and visually appealing. Designers bring creative vision to technical problem solving, making what you build sleek and easy-to-consume.


Good communicators make complex ideas simple and inspiring. Your team’s calculating hustler is essential in articulating the problem and succinctly defining how the solution can make a difference in a profound, unique, consumable way.


Altruistic thinkers who understand the complex problems at hand in a truly human way and are committed to finding a solution to make a demonstrable difference. This inspirational lead of your team considers the communities in need, while also thinking like the individual user.

Interview date, Process and Venue 

Judging criteria

Each submission will be scored based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being 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)

Application Deadline

October 7, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to IBM Research Africa on to apply

For more details, visit IBM website.

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