Call for Code – P-TECH Challenge 2021

What is the Call for Code P-TECH Challenge?

This initiative gathers students, teachers, and mentors to create practical, effective, and quality applications based on IBM technologies that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. The two main goals of the competition are to activate P-TECH students, teachers, and mentors to create practical solutions to global problems using IBM offerings and expertise such as hybrid cloud, AI, blockchain, etc. and to create learning opportunities that engage the larger P-TECH network for students to refine their Workplace Learning skills.

This page is built for use by registered participants of the 2021 Call for Code P-TECH Competition. Whether you’re a student, Program Manager, IBM Volunteer, or a school community member – you can use this guide to piece together an outreach plan, ensure your adherence to rules and regulations, and gather ideas and resources for your solutions.

Want to know if your school is registered to participate and when it kicks off? Check here!


This year, the global winner – “Team CCYC” from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan; and National Taipei University of Technology, in Taipei City, Taiwan – proposed an interactive, IBM Watson AI-powered app for a popular local social media platform that would educate and encourage citizens to conserve water. It is designed as “gamified” education, where learners can earn points and digital currency as they master material. Team CCYC proposed linking the app to smart water meters via Internet of Things (IOT) technology to monitor real-world water usage.


Use the following assets, hashtags and handles to amplify the competition within your respective school’s network. Remember to tag the Subject Matter Experts (SME) when sharing information or pictures about a Kickoff Watch Party.

  • SME Handles:
    – @MattLarsenDaw
    – @WWF_UK
    – @payal_patel
    – @bryanknouse
  • Share on social. We encourage you to make the messages your own!
    – Students, teachers, IBMers…it’s time to answer The Call! #CallforCodePTECH Challenge
    – Make your teams. Make your mission. Make positive change in our world! #CallforCodePTECH #WeArePTECH
    – @[School Handle] Help tackle the world’s greatest challenges! Answer the Call! #CallforCodePTECH


Use the following documents to access curated resources.

Visit the Call for Code YouTube Channel for additional ideas, examples, and tips!