That being said I think you should reframe your thinking on this- they got over 100,000 applicants and a ton of press. My guess is they were always planning on paying out the $100,000 and the polygraph test is just another way they can throw some marketing around. The Vitaminwater brand has over a billion dollars in revenue for CocaCola each year- rising up from $350 million a year before coke's marketing team got ahold of them. Their marketing department knows what they're doing, and this $100k is a drop in the bucket for the press it's gotten.
The rest of the features are nice, but not necessary, and I could absolutely just use my laptop instead, provided I had access to WiFi consistently.
I barely if ever use my phone. Everything is on laptop.
She should get a Twilio account. ;-)
I say this half seriously, because I know it may not be in the spirit of the challenge, but it would be enriching to cobble together some simple scripts to receive an SMS and proxy things like Google queries, maybe maps directions, Calendar lookups, maybe a Tweet-sender, HN headline fetcher, etc. It would be constrained but educational and fun. (I say "fun" because HN.) Bonus marks: IVR and/or voice rec version.
When I finally got an unlimited text plan(~2009), I asked soo many questions. I was still on dial-up at the time, so it was actually faster than trying to look something up on Yahoo. And as a bonus, I could still use it while my mom was on the phone!
It just gets more promotion than paying out $100K directly.
However, I bet the effect wears off after the first interrogation because you lose that last ounce of doubt "what if it works".
Not only is a lie detector test far from definitive but why? Why would you knowingly put yourself in danger this way? It's akin to driving without seatbelts or airbags.
The answer is always yes, sign me up.
I would bet $100,000 that you would spend $0K of the $100K to spread awareness about social media and its health effects.
Who says they need to? Plenty of people willingly give up smartphones without direct monetary reward.