Prize competition: IoT Home Inspector Challenge

The United States of America Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a prize competition that challenges the public to create a technical solution (“tool”) that consumers can use to guard against security vulnerabilities in software found on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in their homes.

The tool would, at a minimum, help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software. Contestants have the option of adding features, such as those that would address hard-coded, factory default or easy-to-guess passwords.

The prize for the competition is up to $25,000, with $3,000 available for each honorable mention winner(s). Winners will be announced on or about July 27, 2017.


The deadline for registering and submitting entries is May 22, 2017 at 12:00pm EDT. For full details, refer to Registration & Submission.


For more information about the contest, check out the criteria, rules, and FAQs.

If you have any questions or comments, please email [email protected]