IBM and David Clark aim to reduce food waste;  Name of the AI-powered gardening app that won the 5th annual call for code

IBM and David Clark aim to reduce food waste; Name of the AI-powered gardening app that won the 5th annual call for code

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ARMONK, NY, December 6, 2022 /CNW/ — Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM), founding partner of Call for Code, creator, David Clark Cause, United Nations human rights charity partner and program affiliate, The Linux Foundation announced the winner of the fifth annual call for Code Global Challenge, which invited innovators around the world to help accelerate sustainability and fight climate change through open source technology. This year’s top prize went to GardenMate for creating an app that uses IBM Watson® to connect gardeners with surplus produce to people in need.

GardenMate Team Wins 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge

GardenMate Team Wins 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge

See the video of the winner of the GardenMate code call:

IBM’s commitment to Call for Code is an extension of the company’s mission to better equip businesses with the skills to develop impactful sustainability solutions. By providing access to hybrid cloud technology and cutting-edge AI, developers can take advantage of open source software such as Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, and IBM’s AI portfolio, including IBM Watson Assistant. Since its launch, the challenge has attracted participation from a community of 500,000 developers and problem solvers spread across 180 countries.

“Since the inaugural competition in 2018, IBM and Call for Code have challenged developers to tackle the world’s biggest issues, such as tackling pollution and food insecurity,” said Kate Woolley, CEO of IBM Ecosystem. “This year’s call for code demonstrates the impact developers can have by working with our ecosystem partners to help drive change and create a better future through the use of technologies such as hybrid cloud and cloud computing. ‘IA.’

Winner of the Code Global Challenge 2022 call for solutions
GardenMate will receive US$200,000, as well as support from the Linux Foundation to open its application and support to deploy its solution to IBM Ecosystem partners. Four additional sustainable development solutions were also rewarded:

  • pπ, an AI-powered camera that monitors drainage and sewer channels, won second place and $25,000.

  • Nearbuy, a shopping assistant that helps consumers find pre-loved items found locally, took third place and $25,000.

  • ESSPERA, a machine learning-based app that can help farmers choose the best seeds for the upcoming growing season, took fourth place and $10,000.

  • SwachBIN, a machine learning algorithm that helps trash cans classify materials as trash or recycling, took fifth place and $10,000.

Chelsea Clinton, vice chairman 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 Malaysia’s Monash University have developed TransXEnergy, an auction-based, blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading platform that extracts available energy data from sources such as vehicles electrical and smart homes and can connect buyers and sellers through a mobile app. . As the winner of the call to Code University, TransXEnergy will receive a prize of $15,000.

“I want to congratulate GardenMate for their remarkable innovation, along with all the other problem solvers around the world who have contributed their time and talent to help make Call for Code such a remarkable success,” said David Clark, Founder and CEO of Call for Code. “I would also like to thank our founding partner IBM for their passion and long-standing commitment, as well as our global partner United Nations for Human Rights, the Linux Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative University and all of our partners in ecosystem that have come together to enable developers to create sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable among us, creating software that helps mitigate and adapt to the growing effects of climate change.”

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

Early Call to IBM Ecosystem Partners and Open Source Community for Code Solutions
The IBM ecosystem played a central role in this year’s challenge, providing subject matter experts to help teams advance their solutions, as well as encouraging employee participation. Partners such as Arrow Electronics, EY, Intuit, Persistent Systems, Ingram Micro and New Relic have also supported new projects with development resources and technical expertise.

“The annual Call for Code event is close to my heart. The event is a great way to empower and inspire our developers to create solutions that can make a difference in 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 engage in original thinking and hone their problem-solving skills. By partnering with IBM, we are working to solve the world’s most pressing business problems . and societal issues for customers.

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

About IBM
IBM is one of the world’s leading providers of hybrid cloud and AI, as well as consulting expertise. We help clients in over 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain competitive advantage in their industries. More than 4,000 government entities and enterprises in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to drive their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and safely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions, and consulting provide open and flexible options for our customers. It’s all backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and service. Visit for more information.

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

This $30 million global initiative is a rallying cry 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, Kasten by Veeam, Manush LaboratoriesMorgan Stanley, NYU Abu Dhabi, Optics Boss, Samsung Electronics, Sustainable Practices, Teach For All and Women in AI MENA.

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IBM Corporation logo.  (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

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