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Pavel Durov will give developers bots for Telegram grants totaling $1 million

The Creator of the messenger Telegram Pavel Durov announced the issuance of grants to developers of bots — $25 000 each. The General Fund will be $1 million, according to the company’s official blog.

“In order to participate, you need to create a bot that will impress, using our API”, — stated in the message. The grants will be free, developers will have only ready-to-use interface. “The grant from $25 000 is enough to create a quality bot and send a message with a link to it at the address of the with the tag #botprize,” – said Durov.

The company explained that the bot should be “quick, efficient, work in inline-mode”. Telegram offers developers to focus on areas such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing, the integration and the tools for the creators of bots. But the messenger does not limit the creators of these spheres.

“Criteria for the selection of the winners of the grant — the speed, stability, relevance, the use of the unique opportunities Bot API. The language is English. The direction can be anything — from payment systems and integration of services to entertainment and Dating,” — said Durov.

In an interview with the newspaper “Izvestia”, the founder of the Telegram stated that in the allocation of grants of special rate will be given to Russian-speaking developers.

“The most useful, in my opinion, bots integration that allow you to quickly access the data of other services. To integrate the messenger can be anything from e-mail account to online banking,” said Durov.

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Grants will be allocated during the 2016 in several stages, the deadline for submitting application is 31 December.

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