Want $50,000? Stop the Robocalls

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If you're clever enough to invent a way to block illegal automatic dialers, the government will give you a fistful of money.

The government can’t figure out how to stop those obnoxious robocalls, so it’s offering a cash prize for you to do it: $50 grand…

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is challenging innovators to create solutions that will block illegal robocalls. These solutions should block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones and can operate on a proprietary or non-proprietary device or platform. Entries can be proposed technical solutions or functional solutions and proofs of concept.

The vast majority of telephone calls that deliver a prerecorded message trying to sell something to the recipient are illegal. As technology has advanced over the years, so have the number of illegal robocalls.

The winning solution will win $50,000 in cash, as well as opportunities for promotion, exposure, and recognition by the FTC. Solvers will retain ownership of their solutions. Companies with over 10 employees will be eligible to compete for the Federal Trade Commission Technology Achievement Award, which does not include a cash prize. For more information about prizes please see the Official Rules.

Consumers can submit entries starting Thursday. Go to robocall.challenge.gov to see the rules and do so.

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