The Spanish platform Digital Sustainability Audits (DAS) has been the European winner of the IBM Global Call for Code Challenge 2021, aimed at software developers around the world, so they can build open source technology solutions to fight climate change.
The Spanish DAS team, made up of four people, has been recognized by a solution that audits the sustainability of websites. It does this from two aspects: the audit of the server or data center where the website is hosted (back-office) and the audit of the design and user experience (front-office).
In the first case, DAS assesses whether the application is hosted in a green data center based on renewable energy, the impact of your carbon footprint what about if He bandwidth can be wasted, for example, by the ‘bots’ connected to the website.
In the front-office part, DAS determines if the application loads images reactively (that is, only when a user demands it), the use of more efficient and lighter image and video formats or the efficiency of the resolution and content in the different devices of the users.
In addition to auditing, DAS provides guides and tips to improve sustainability in both environments, as well as a certification in sustainability through a mobile application. It also allows users to host websites on its sustainable platform by directly importing their Git repositories.
The Spanish Digital Sustainability Audits team has been recognized by a panel of local leaders in the business, academic, governmental and NGO fields. The team will receive $ 5,000 and you can continue to have access to technology and consulting services from IBM and mentors Call for Code Community.
On the other hand, the Saaf Water solution, developed by a team from India, has been recognized as the global winner of this edition of Call for Code. It is a solution that uses IoT sensors and services from IBM Cloud and IBM Watson to make water quality information accessible and easy to understand.
The ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ platform, once installed, analyzes the groundwater and provides a summary of the quality of the water, in addition to suggesting methods for its cleaning and purification.
Since the launch of Call for Code in 2018 by David Clark Cause and IBM, with the support of the Linux Foundation and United Nations Human Rights, more than 500,000 developers and solution creators from 180 countries they have joined the movement.
In this sense, they have been created 20,000 applications to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, including natural disasters, COVID-19, racial injustice, and climate change. These applications were developed using open source software, including Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud, IBM Watson, IBM Blockchain, and data from IBM’s The Weather Company.