On January 31, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it received 744 eligible entries before the January 17 submission deadline for its Robocall Challenge. The FTC announced the Robocall Challenge in October 2012 as part of its search to find the best technical solution to block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.

The FTC offered a $50,000 prize for the best overall solution for submissions by individuals, teams, and small organizations or a non-cash prize for a solution from an organization that employs 10 or more people. According to the FTC’s press release, submissions will be scored based on efficacy of the solution, ease of use, and deployability. The FTC expects to announce the winner of the challenge, if there is one, in early April 2013.

Click here to read the FTC’s Robocall Challenge press release.