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What role should technology play in addressing critical issues such as sustainability and climate change?

More importantly, do you have what it takes to arrive at an innovative solution that can make that essential difference?

If you believe you’re capable of accepting the task to develop and deploy a more responsible form of computing, then you’re just the type of tech innovator we’re looking for to take up the responsible.computing () Tech Innovation Challenge.

To make the most of all the IBM support and benefits you can leverage, make sure you Apply Today here.

You are Not Alone – the Support You can Count On

Of course, you won’t be expected to undertake such a challenge all on your own.

You’ll be collaborating all the way with like-minded partners including IBM and other, equally enthused technology SMFs.

The Sustainable Development Goals leading up to the United Nations COP26 Summit in November will be the major focus for 2021. At the summit, the UK and Italian Governments will jointly host the 193 nations debating solutions to these challenges.

Revolving around the many ways technology can make a change for good, the responsible.computing () Tech Innovation Challenge is one way to ensure a positive difference.

We’re inviting applications from hi-tech innovators and SME’s from across EMEA who believe they’re capable of developing innovative technologies in the fields of Clean Energy, Clean Mobility, Clean Cities, Resilience, and Adoption and the Sustainable use Of Natural Resources. (See below for extra details.)


The Earlier you Apply, the More Time You Have

Candidates will have up to 10 weeks to propose inspirational solutions to the challenges facing our environment and to work with IBM Cloud technology, technical experts, and multiple support organisations to develop working prototypes.

IBM and key corporate partners will then select a number of stand-out teams to progress the best ideas forward, with the opportunity to partner IBM in bringing the solutions to market and creating a more sustainable generation of technology solutions helping in the fight against climate change.


An Opportunity to Showcase you Innovative Talents

The Tech Innovation Challenge offers several opportunities for all applicants:

  • To showcase your product to leading corporates, governments and with support from IBM.
  • To partner with our key corporates and IBM to run a pilot or “proof-of-concept” project, including working with our Developer and R&D teams.
  • Application for Cloud Engagement Funds based on a successful business case.
  • Potential partnership with IBM and our corporates to access new markets and accelerate product and/or service development.
  • Opportunities for all applicants to join IBM’s Partner Ecosystem and associated benefits.
  • General awareness, promotion, and branding for all applicants.


Partner with IBM to Innovate and Grow

Of course, you’ve got what it takes to apply fresh, innovative thinking to the challenge.

But what will differentiate your solution from everyone else’s?

It makes good sense to take advantage of a partnership offering an enviable ecosystem of support, resources, and flexibly integrated technology.

A partnership with IBM energises the creation of truly differentiated solutions, ready to be monetised and promoted across global markets.

If you accept the Tech Innovation Challenge, IBM offers a full range of unequalled specialist support, along with leading tech including IBM Watson, API, tools, and code patterns.

IBM also provides the most open and secure public cloud for business with a next-generation hybrid cloud platform, advanced data and Al capabilities, and deep enterprise expertise across 20 industries.


IBM has a Partnership Programme that’s Right for You

In the mission to lead the adoption and exploitation of hybrid cloud’s multiple possibilities, IBM has generated three major programmes for partners to access the ecosystem, each offering specifically individualised offerings.

IBM StartUp Program: for new partners under 5 years old and with less than 51m.

Access unparalleled services with S12,OOO in free IBM Cloud credits, learn new skills via exclusive learning resources, and leverage a global network

IBM Partners Program: for partners new to IBM.

Speed cloud-native development with integrated IBM tech, leveraging $12,000 in free Cloud credits, then rapidly scale and monetise with flexible pricing and go-to-market support

IBM PartnerWorld: for partners, building and delivering solutions on the Cloud.

Leverage IBM PartnerWorld Build Track for step-by-step guidance to unlock robust benefits optimised for your business model. Engage with our first-class support and grow your business to earn more money. Become a partner and receive a no-cost Entry package through 12/31/9020


The Technology and Application Areas of Interest in Detail

Do you have the capabilities that align to the following areas of focus?

  • responsible.computing (impact) — using technology to change the world for a better future is responsible impact.
  • responsible.computing (data usage) —is the duty to deal with and have control over data and its lifecycle, as well as being accountable for its mindful, effective, and efficient usage.
  • responsible.computing (infrastructure) — considers the environmental, social and governance of the hardware, software and networks required to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT services, while also providing an actionable framework to reduce waste and consumption, promote consolidation and rationalisation, and enable individuals and companies to have a positive impact on the world around us.


Clean Technology Themes

  • Clean Energy — digital technology innovations and applications in clean power generation and operation technologies, giving a strong impetus to large-scale exploration and integration of clean energy
  • Clean Transportation — innovative digital technologies that replace or reduce the direct use of fossil fuels and create a positive customer experience to encourage greater use of clean transportation methods
  • Clean Cities — the use of innovative digital technologies to improve the environmental, financial, and social aspects of urban life
  • Resilience and Adoption — improving the resilience of countries, companies, and communities through adaptation to the current and future climate through the application of innovative technology, thereby creating sustainable economic growth and development across the world
  • Sustainable use of Natural Resources — the application of innovative digital technologies to ensure that the consumption of natural resources, and their associated impacts, do not exceed the natural renewable capacity


How to Apply and #UnleashYourIdeas

The responsible.computing () Tech Innovation Challenge is already open to applications, the deadline has been extended to close on 26th February 2021 at 23:59 (GMT).

Challenge Dates:

February 2021– The Selection Process

March 2021– Finalist Selection

To make the most of all the IBM support and benefits you can leverage, make sure you Apply Today here.

Apply for The Tech Innovation Challenge

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