Whoscall creator wins Taiwan Presidential Innovation Award

Taiwan inventor bestowed prestigious award for developing caller ID app that filters unwanted phone calls

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/01
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Whoscall creator Jeff Kuo garners fourth Presidential Innovation Award on Tuesday. (Facebook, Whoscall photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Jeff Kuo (郭建甫), creator of Taiwanese caller ID and number management app Whoscall, was given the fourth Presidential Innovation Award Tuesday (Sept. 1) for his contributions in improving telecommunications in Taiwan.

Speaking at the Presidential Office for the award ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) explained that the biennial award is bestowed on individuals or companies that have achieved excellence in the categories of science and technology, culture, service, and talent-nurturing. She said the coronavirus pandemic has forced global industries to "reset" and that innovation is the key to standing out in times of uncertainty.

According to Tsai, a total of 223 participants entered the competition this year but only three were presented with the innovation award. The three winners are: Taiwan Design Center for the Group Category, Taipei City Hospital Superintendent Hong Shen-jian (黃勝堅) for the Individual Category, and Kuo for the Youth Category.

Tsai pointed out that Whosapp was developed by Kuo's startup company Gogolook, which she had the opportunity to visit last year. She said the app has effectively prevented many scam calls by identifying incoming phone calls and allowing users to filter out unwanted ones, reported UDN.    [FULL  STORY]

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