Call for Code founding partner IBM and creator David Clark Cause announced Wednesday that Indian company Saaf Water – an accessible platform for water quality sensors and analysis – has won the fourth “Call for Global Challenge Code “.
Call for Code is one of the most important efforts to bring together software developers around the world to tackle pressing societal issues by using the latest cutting edge technologies to solve problems and create cutting edge solutions. This year’s top prize went to Saaf Water, an accessible platform for water quality sensors and analysis created, in particular, for people living in rural communities, according to a statement.
Saaf Water has developed a solution using IBM Cloud and IBM Watson services to address the need to make water quality information accessible and easy to understand, he added.
The hardware-software platform, when installed, is designed to monitor groundwater and provide a summary of water quality along with suggested purification methods.
Saaf Water will receive 200,000 USD and support to incubate, test and deploy its solution from IBM Service Corps and expert partners of the âCall for Codeâ ecosystem. The India-based team will also receive help from the Linux Foundation to open the source code for its application so that developers around the world can improve, evolve and use the technology, the statement said.
A panel of some of the most prominent leaders in sustainability, business and technology, including former President Bill Clinton, awarded the grand prize to Saaf Water, he added.
Four finalists were also awarded. Each finalist found a solution to problems relating to the three sub-themes of the competition on climate change: drinking water and sanitation; zero hunger; and responsible production and green consumption.
Green Farm, an app to make agriculture more sustainable, among other things, by connecting local producers and consumers with each other, took second place ($ 25,000), while Project Scavenger – an app that enables individuals to dispose of their devices responsibly – got third place (25,000 USD).
Honestly, an online browser extension aimed at bringing supply chain transparency to consumers took fourth place ($ 10,000), while Plenti – a mobile app designed to make the processes of tracking inventory and user-friendly and easy to do at home waste measurement – was awarded fifth place (10,000 USD).
A total of 42 regional finalists and local winners among them from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Greater China, India, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, and South America. North were celebrated at the event. To date, over 20,000 Call for Code applications have been built using open source software such as Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, IBM Watson, and IBM Blockchain, as well as data from IBM’s The Weather Company and development resources and APIs from partners like Esriand Twilio. 14 call for code projects were adopted in open governance by the Linux Foundation.
It’s incredibly inspiring to see the global Call for Code movement continue to grow, now with more than 500,000 developers and problem solvers participating in 180 countries, said Bob Lord, senior vice president, global ecosystems at IBM. âWhat makes Call for Code unique is the impact it has on the ground through our deployments in communities around the world. The potential of these technologies, like Saaf Water, is vast and has the potential to save lives, âhe added. Chelsea Clinton, vice president of the Clinton Foundation, announced the winner of the Call for Code University edition, a collaboration between IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University.
Trashtag, a technology that uses AI, blockchain and cloud to verify, track and reward waste disposal in outdoor spaces, won the top prize and will receive $ 10,000 along with an invitation to members of the team to interview for potential roles at IBM, according to the mentioned release.
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