IBM and David Clark Trigger Goal to Scale back Meals Waste; Identify AI-Powered Gardening App Winner of fifth Annual Name for Code

IBM and David Clark Trigger Goal to Scale back Meals Waste; Identify AI-Powered Gardening App Winner of fifth Annual Name for Code

The Linux Foundation is inviting contributions to two open source Call for Code sustainability projects

Clinton Global Initiative University Announces Call for Code University Edition Energy Trading Platform Winner

ARMONK, New York, December 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Call for Code Founding Partner, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Creator, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights Nonprofit Partner and Program Partner, The Linux Foundation, announced the winner of the fifth annual Call for Code Global well-known challenge that invited innovators around the world to use open-source technology to help accelerate sustainability and fight climate change. This year’s top prize went to GardenMate for creating an app that uses IBM Watson® to connect gardeners with surplus produce to those in need.

The GardenMate team wins the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge

Watch the video from Call for Code winner GardenMate:

IBM’s commitment to Call for Code is an extension of the company’s mission to better empower organizations to create impactful sustainability solutions. With access to leading hybrid cloud and AI technology, developers can leverage open-source software like Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud and IBM’s AI portfolio, including IBM Watson Assistant. Since launch, the challenge has garnered participation from a community of 500,000 developers and problem solvers from 180 nations.

“Since the inaugural competition in 2018, IBM and Call for Code have empowered developers to meet the challenge of tackling the world’s biggest problems, like fighting pollution and food insecurity,” said Kate Woolley, general manager, IBM Ecosystem . “This year’s Call for Code shows the impact developers can have when they work with our ecosystem partners to help effect change and create a better future through the use of technologies like hybrid cloud and AI.”

Winner of the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge Solutions
GardenMate will receive $200,000, as well as support from the Linux Foundation to open source their application and support to deploy their solution from IBM ecosystem partners. Four other sustainability solutions were also recognized:

  • pπ, an AI-powered camera that monitors drainage and sewers, was awarded second place and $25,000.
  • Third place was awarded to Nearbuy, a shopping assistant that helps consumers find popular items locally $25,000.
  • ESSPERA, a machine learning-based app that can help farmers choose the best seeds for the upcoming growing season, was awarded fourth place $10,000.
  • SwachBIN, a machine learning algorithm that helps waste bins classify materials into trash or recycling, was awarded fifth place and $10,000.

Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, named TransXEnergy the winner of the Call for Code University Edition, a collaboration between IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University. A team of student developers from Monash University Malaysia developed TransXEnergy, an auction and blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading platform that pulls available energy data from sources such as electric vehicles and smart homes and can connect buyers and sellers through a mobile application. As the winner of the Call for Code University, TransXEnergy will receive a $15,000 prize.

“I want to congratulate GardenMate on its remarkable innovation and all the other problem solvers around the world who contributed their time and talent to make Call for Code such a remarkable success,” he said David Clark, Founder and CEO of Call for Code. “I also want to thank our founding partner IBM for their longstanding passion and dedication, along with our global partner United Nations Human Rights, the Linux Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative University and all of our ecosystem partners who have come together to empower developers to create sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable among us by developing software that helps mitigate and adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change.”

The winning solutions demonstrate IBM’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) strategy, which combines collaboration between customers, partners and governments with the application of technologies such as hybrid cloud and AI to help build a safer and more equitable future.

IBM Ecosystem Partners and Open Source Community Advance Call for Code Solutions
The IBM ecosystem played a critical role in this year’s challenge, providing subject matter experts to help teams evolve their solutions and encouraging employees to participate. Partners such as Arrow Electronics, EY, Intuit, Persistent Systems, Ingram Micro and New Relic also supported new projects with developer resources and technical expertise.

“The annual Call for Code event is very close to my heart. The event is a great way to empower and inspire our developers to build solutions that can change the world,” said Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Persistent. “Call for Code is part of our ESG strategy and we encourage our employees to think outside the box and sharpen their problem-solving skills. By partnering with IBM, we are working to solve the world’s most pressing business and societal issues for clients.”

Developers can also now contribute to two new open-source projects managed by the Linux Foundation, including Agroly’s OpenTempus, the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge winner, its annual weather forecast for temperature and precipitation; and 2021 Call for Code IBM Challenge winner, OpenHarvest’s technology that helps farmers manage their crops through a machine learning-based recommendation engine.

About IBM
IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI and consulting expertise. We help clients in more than 175 countries to use insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain competitive advantages in their industries. More than 4,000 government and enterprise entities in critical infrastructure sectors like financial services, telecom, and healthcare rely on the hybrid cloud platform from IBM and Red Hat OpenShift to perform their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s groundbreaking innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and consulting offer our customers open and flexible options. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, accountability, inclusivity and service. For more information, go to

About Call for Code Global Challenge
Developers have revolutionized the way people live and interact with virtually everything and everyone. Where most people see challenges, developers see opportunities. That’s why David Clark, the CEO of David Clark Cause, created and launched Call for Code in 2018 along with founding partner IBM and global partner United Nations Human Rights.

This $30 million global initiative is a call for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies to drive positive and lasting change around the world through code. The Call for Code community includes United Nations Human Rights, Linux Foundation, Slack, Clinton Global Initiative University, Arrow Electronics, EY, Intuit, Persistent Systems, Ingram Micro, New Relic, BeMyApp, Clemson UniversityEmaratsec, Emirates Digital Association for Women, Veeam box, Manush LabsMorgan Stanley, NYU Abu Dhabi, Optics Boss, Samsung Electronics, Sustainable Practices, Teach For All and Women in AI MENA.

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