AI-powered gardening app GardenMate wins 5th annual Call for Code

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Call for Code founding partner IBM, creator David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights, and program affiliate Linux foundation announced GardenMate as the winner of the 5th annual Call for Code Global Challenge.

The annual event invited innovators worldwide to assist in accelerating sustainability and combat climate change with open-source-powered technology.

GardenMate won the top prize this year for developing an app that uses IBM Watson® to link gardeners with excess produce to people in need.

IBM’s participation in Call for Code is an extension of the company’s ambition to better equip businesses with the skills needed to develop significant sustainability solutions. Developers may exploit open source-powered software such as Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, and IBM’s AI portfolio, including IBM Watson Assistant, by gaining access to premier hybrid cloud and AI technology. Since its inception, the challenge has attracted the involvement of 500,000 developers and problem solvers from 180 countries.

IBM Ecosystem general manager Kate Woolley said since the inaugural competition in 2018, IBM and Call for Code have empowered developers to tackle the world’s most pressing issues, such as combatting pollution and food inequality.

“This year’s Call for Code demonstrates the impact developers can have working with our Ecosystem partners to help affect change and create a better future through the use of technologies such as Hybrid Cloud and AI,” Woolley stated.

Winning 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge Solutions

GardenMate will get $200,000 USD in addition to assistance from the Linux Foundation in open-sourcing their application and deployment support from IBM Ecosystem partners. Four other sustainability solutions were also recognised:

  • The second prize and $25,000 were awarded to pπ, an AI-powered camera that monitors drainage and sewage canals.
  • Nearbuy, a shopping assistant that helps users find pre-loved things in their area, was awarded third place and $25,000.
  • ESSPERA, a machine learning-powered tool that can assist farmers in selecting the best seeds for the forthcoming growing season, took fourth place and $10,000.
  • SwachBIN, a machine learning algorithm that assists waste bins in classifying materials as trash or recycling, took fifth place and $10,000.

TransXEnergy was selected as the winner of the Call for Code University Edition, a cooperation between IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University, by Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of The Clinton Foundation. TransXEnergy, an auction and blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading network developed by a team of Monash University Malaysia student developers, collects accessible energy data from sources such as electric vehicles and smart houses and connects buyers and sellers via a mobile application. TransXEnergy will receive a $15,000 award as the Call for Code University winner.

“I want to congratulate GardenMate for their remarkable innovation, and all the other problem solvers around the world who 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 also want to thank our Founding Partner IBM for their longstanding passion and commitment, along with our global partner United Nations Human Rights, The Linux Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University, and all of our ecosystem partners who came together to empower developers to create sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable among us, by creating software that helps to mitigate and adapt to the escalating effects of climate change.”

The winning solutions demonstrate IBM’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy, which combines client, partner, and government collaboration with the use of technology such as Hybrid Cloud and AI to help build a more secure and equitable future.

IBM Ecosystem Partners and Open-Source Community Advance Call for Code Solutions

The IBM Ecosystem was instrumental in this year’s competition, providing subject matter experts to assist teams in advancing their solutions and encouraging employee participation. Partners such as Arrow Electronics, EY, Intuit, Persistent Systems, Ingram Micro, and New Relic also provided developer resources and technical experience to new initiatives.

“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 to the world,” said Dr. Anand Deshpande, founder, chairman, and managing director, Persistent. “Call for Code is a part of our ESG strategy, and we encourage our employees to participate in thinking out-of-the-box and sharpening their problem-solving skills. By partnering with IBM, we work on solving the world’s most pressing business and societal issues for clients.”

The 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge winner Agrolly’s OpenTempus, which provides a yearly forecast of temperature and precipitation, and the 2021 Call for Code IBM Challenge winner OpenHarvest, which provides a machine learning-powered recommendation engine to help farmers manage their crops, are now two additional open source projects that the Linux Foundation oversees. Developers can now contribute to both of these projects.


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