Announcing the 2021 Call for Code Engagement Awards

Recognizing organizations that demonstrate their commitment to Call for Code challenges, deployments, and open source contribution

Announcing the 2021 Call for Code Engagement Awards

Since 2019, the Call for Code Engagement Awards have recognized organizations that have answered the call and exhibited a deep commitment to Call for Code.

Call for Code inspires a community of change agents to build, contribute to, and deploy solutions for the most pressing global social issues and humanitarian causes. As Call for Code has grown over the last few years, so have the ways corporations and universities have stepped up and engaged with us to help drive tech-for-good solutions. These organizations help us make Call for Code solutions tangible and scalable. Some have provided pathways for their employees to participate in our global challenge. Others have hosted spot challenges to address causes that align with both their own corporate responsibility goals as well as the issues of focus for Call for Code, such as natural disasters, climate change, COVID-19, and racial justice. Whether they provided technology or data sets for challenge participants to use in their solutions, or offered deployment support for winning solutions, or brought Call for Code initiatives into the classroom as a way to engage university students, every one of our sponsors and partners has been instrumental in the success of Call for Code initiatives.

This year a new Call for Code Ecosystem Engagement Award has been added, providing us the opportunity to also recognize non-profit organizations that are essential in ensuring Call for Code solutions are applicable to real-world problems and adopted by impacted communities to create real change.

We’re pleased to announce the full list of 2021 Call for Code Engagement Award winners. The Call for Code team is so grateful for the collaboration and commitment from all of this year’s award recipients, as well as our dedicated sponsors.

Call for Code 2021 Corporate Engagement Award recipients

American Airlines
In early 2021, the American Airlines Adept Cohort spent 6 weeks progressing Call for Code for Racial Justice open source solutions, identifying growth points, and contributing code. As early career professionals they were able to influence the usability of many of the project, one which was most recently adopted by a community partner.

Bank of China
Bank of China has actively encouraged employee participation in the Call for Code Global Challenge for several years. In 2021, they had 20 teams participate in the Global Challenge, which led to employee skills development in technologies such as IBM Blockchain. Ultimately multiple Bank of China teams entered innovative challenge submissions, with three teams named as regional finalists.

Leading GIS software vendor, Esri, was a proud supporter of Call for Code in 2021. Through a series of articles and meetups, they shared subject matter expertise as it related to climate and geospatial intelligence. Additionally, Esri provided their ArcGIS technology, credits, and mentorship for Global Challenge participants to use in building their solutions.

With a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), EY is conducting a bespoke Call for Code challenge open to all employees, providing opportunities to learn new technologies, earn CPE credits, and build solutions that would be of value to EY and their clients in creating a cleaner, greener environment.

Samsung began their Call for Code journey in 2020, by providing devices to 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge winner Prometeo for field testing their winning solution. In 2021, Samsung has expanded its engagement with Prometeo, including participation in the announcement of the open source project Pyrrha with the Linux Foundation. Most recently Samsung and Founding Partner IBM launched a joint spot challenge to honor everyday heroes.

Call for Code 2021 Ecosystem Engagement Award recipients

The Nature Conservancy
With the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge focus on climate change, experts from The Nature Conservancy stepped up to support the program. They contributed information and expertise aligned to the challenge sub-themes of clean water, responsible production, and green consumption to help in the development of our Global Challenge starter kits. Experts also presented a live webinar event on real-world issues they were experiencing to bring the call for help directly to the Call for Code developer community. The Nature Conservancy also provided judges for the Global Challenge expert judging round, as well as the Latin America regional award.

YMCA Los Angeles
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has recently announced the deployment of Five Fifths Voter, one of the Call for Code for Racial Justice open source solutions. The solution provides voting resources to empower and enable disenfranchised minority voters to overcome setbacks incurred by voter suppression. In addition to providing tools for marginalized groups, the application will be integrated into immigration programming that includes education on US civics for LA and Mexico centers.

Call for Code 2021 University Engagement Award recipients

Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD, USA)
New to Call for Code in 2021, Augustana is a great example of how a university can lean into the program immediately, through both promotion of student engagement and support at the institutional level. Led by University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Augustana faculty played an active role not only for Augie students, but all participants of the Global Challenge. Dr. David O’Hara participated in the Global Challenge as a subject matter expert, helping to build the starter kits that were leveraged by this year’s Global Challenge participants. Augustana faculty provided mentorship during the Global Challenge as well as the Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition. Dr. O’Hara and Dr. Matthew Willard have also proposed an approach to integrating Call for Code experiential learning into a cross-disciplinary course at Augustana that would teach social entrepreneurship using technology solutions.

University of the Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)
The University has worked with Call for Code since 2019 when a collaboration was started to build students’ skills in artificial intelligence. In 2020, this collaboration grew to include the first Call for Code preparation bootcamp to train students in IBM technologies. Now in 2021, University of the Andes students have continued to share their good practices with student teams from countries across the Americas, sharing skills and experience to help others be successful in the Call for Code Global Challenge.

University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
In 2021, the University of Sydney has built upon their previous years’ engagement with Call for Code. Student teams had direct support throughout the challenge from the Dalyell Program at the University of Sydney Business School. This support drove a number of high quality submissions from diverse teams who are enthusiastic to work towards seeing their solutions deployed. In fact, three Global Challenge regional finalists hail from University of Sydney; two are global finalists and one is a university finalist.

Call for Code’s success depends on the engagement of developers and innovators, as well as a broad ecosystem ready to support and deliver solutions that solve urgent global problems.

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