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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic


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The grand prize winner, to be announced in October, will receive $200,000, while runners-up will receive $25,000 or $10,000.

IBM announced three winning proposals in the Covid-19 track of its annual Call for Code challenge.

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One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, calling on participants to work in three areas: assisting overwhelmed crisis communication systems; improving remote education; and fostering community cooperation.

Three winning proposals were announced on May 5 at IBM's Think Digital event:

  • An India-based team of researchers from Capgemini unit Altran won for its "Are You Well?" mobile app, designed to help alleviate the strain on overloaded medical systems by providing a link to a patient monitoring dashboard.
  • A global team based at the University of British Columbia in Canada developed CovidImpact, a tool that helps reduce the financial impact of the pandemic on small businesses by assessing their financial risk levels.
  • U.S.-based developer David Chura created SafeQueue, a mobile app that uses GPS location data and QR codes to create virtual lines to enable safer entry into business establishments and polling places.


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