We’ve all been annoyed by Robocalls at one time or another. Robocalls are phone calls that are made to random people that contain some kind of automated message. Robocalls are used to sell products or services, but most of the time we just hang up before the sales pitch is over. The Federal Trade Commission is tired of these illegal activities, and is willing to pay $50,000 to the person (or company with 10 people or less) who can rid us all of Robocalls.
The potential winner of the FTC Robocall Challenge has to come up with a way to block Robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. Each entry will be judged and rated based on specific criteria. For example, a solution that only blocks Robocalls on landlines will not be rated as high as a solution that caters to mobile phones and landlines. Other things to be considered include how easy the solution can be deployed with current technology, how simple it is for consumers to use and whether it can be used by people with disabilities.
The winning contestant(s) will retail all intellectual property rights to their method.
The FTC Robocall Challenge will begin on October 25. The winner will be selected on April 15 of 2013.
Source [Robocall Challenge]