IEEE Bootcamp (Journey to Call for Code Challenge): Region 9

In 2021, IEEE and IBM Global University Programs have developed the IEEE Bootcamp (Journey to Call for Code Challenge) a free program where we will provide you with all the tools to develop the best solution, design thinking and agile sessions, technology, humanitarian project training and use case sessions for the problems, mentoring with experts in the following languages:

  • Spanish language
  • Portuguese language
  • English language

The IEEE Bootcamp is available to IEEE members and non-IEEE members. If you are a student looking to build tech skills all while making the world a better place, this event is for you. Your solution could win US$200,000 and deployment support from IBM and the Linux Foundation.

Get Started with the Call for Code

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  • Step 1: Join the community
  • Step 2: Access the resources
  • Step 3: Get connected
  • Step 4: Submit your solution

Join the preparation bootcamp, the IEEE Bootcamp: Journey to Call for Code

  • Deadline to registrations (IEEE Bootcamp, Region 9): June 24, 2021
  • IEEE Bootcamp period (Region 9): April 29 – July 8, 2021
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The IEEE R9 HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) will open for limited period the IEEE R9 HAC CEP (Continuing Education Program) humanitarian online training sessions as technical support to IEEE Bootcamp attendees ( The IEEE R9 HAC CEP humanitarian training will provide humanitarian online training in the following topics:

  • Empathy map
  • Business Model Canvas
  • 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Defining impact for humanitarian projects
  • SWOT analysis
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • IEEE funds for humanitarian projects (EPICS, HAC, SIGHT and IEEE Smart Village)

Join the IEEE Bootcamp with amazing technical training sessions provided by IBM Global University Program team and humanitarian training sessions provided by IEEE R9 HAC team. The IEEE Bootcamp training sessions will be divided into 3 languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English). In 2020, more than 1,800 people (74 countries) attended in the IEEE R9 HAC online training sessions according the following attendee map:

Throughout the years, the Call for Code Global Challenge has been a reminder that transformative solutions can come from anywhere, and from anybody. From a diverse group of problems solvers that aimed to ensure the health and well-being of firefighters in the midst of a blaze, to an impassioned team of college students helping small farmers navigate the volatile weather patterns — if there is a promising solution, Call for Code can push it forward.

As the 2021 Call for Code GIobal Challenge focus is on combating climate change, the urgency for solutions to be deployed for this worldwide cause is at an alarmingly high level. In order to build a solution that has the highest chance of success, you need to have the proper skills to leverage in the process of your build — and the Call for Code team has got you covered.

In partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), we are excited to announce the IEEE Bootcamp. Through this free 11 week program, University students will have the opportunity to skill up on the latest technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Science, and more, while also engaging in design thinking, project development, and presentation sessions.

Throughout the program, participants will learn how to leverage tech for good to address elemental components of climate change such as, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, and responsible consumption and production.

IEEE Bootcamp agenda and training sessions

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What is the Call for Code Global Challenge?

In the Call for Code Global Challenge, you can join the fight against climate change by building and deploying open source solutions in the cloud. By participating, you’ll build critical skills for yourself and your teams and deploy solutions to help communities across the globe.

Built on open source principles, the Call for Code Global Challenge asks developers and problem solvers to form teams and develop solutions that address specific problems in unique, clearly demonstrable ways. The most successful solutions are those scoped to have the greatest community impact with the smallest technological footprint. Last year’s winner Agrolly is a perfect example, with its mobile application to help small farmers better understand what to plant, based on weather patterns and crop characteristics.

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Three global focus areas

According to the United Nations, “The impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.” Given the far-reaching and devastating effects of climate change, we have divided the 2021 Global Challenge into three sub-themes:

  • Zero Hunger (UN Sustainable Development goal number 2)
  • Clean water and sanitation (UN Sustainable Development goal number 6)
  • Responsible production and green consumption (UN Sustainable Development goal number 12)

Call for Code Global Challenge timeline

  • Global Challenge launch: March 22, 2021
  • Submission open: April 22, 2021
  • Submission close: July 31, 2021
  • Winners announced: November 2021
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1) Global Challenge (Students and professionals)

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

2) University Challenge (Undergraduate and postgraduate students)

  • 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.

3) Regional prizes (Students and professionals)

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

Competition criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across four primary criteria, which evaluate whether the solution solves a real-world problem and uses technology effectively.

1) Completeness and transferability

How fully has the idea been implemented? Can it achieve an impact in the field? Can it be transferred elsewhere?

2) Effectiveness and efficiency

Does the solution address a high-priority area? Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently? Can it scale?

3) Design and usability

How good is the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? How quickly can it be put to use?

4) Creativity and innovation

How unique was the approach to solving a long-standing or previously intractable problem?

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