We hope everyone enjoyed playing for your country in the Lumosity Summer Brain Games!
If you’re confused about an aspect of the games, browse through these Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions not addressed in this post, then let us know in the comments and we’ll answer them.
What were the final results of the Summer Brain Games?
At the contest’s close, 1st place was awarded to the United States, 2nd to Canada, and 3rd to Australia. Since the over 60,000 of you who participated racked up an amazing 300,000+ game plays a second tier of prizes were unlocked, making everyone who participated eligible for a $10 gift card to Lumosity.com!
Janene S. from Renton, WA was randomly selected from among the United States’ participants to win an iPad. Congratulations, Janene!
You can see all the final leaderboard here.
Do I have to have a Lumosity account in order to compete?
Yes. In order to be able to compete in the events, you will have to have a Lumosity account. However, Lumosity accounts are free and take a few second. You will never have to make a purchase to play in the contest.
Do I have to log in via the contest page in order for my gameplays to count towards my country’s total?
Yes. We can’t record your gameplays for your country unless you play the game using the links within the contest pages. During the duration of the contest, you can still log in in via Lumosity.com and play your regular daily session or other free games–but these will not count towards your country’s total in the Lumosity Summer Brain Games.
I have a high BPI. Will that help my country?
A high BPI is something to be proud of, but your BPI will not help your country in this contest. Our scoring incorporates gameplays as well as normalized population data from the 2010 census, making the contest fairer for both extremely large and extremely small countries. To help your country win, play games via the contest links and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter
Can you give more insight into the scoring system.
According to our data scientist Dr. Daniel Sternberg, “We’re percentile normalizing the population, centering and scaling it, and then applying a sigmoid transform.” In plain language, our scoring system makes it so that both extremely large and extremely small countries are on equal footing.
Why are you using game play as a measure instead of BPI?
Also, BPI is a measure of your cognitive improvement. As a company Lumosity believes in helping you become your best self, and BPI is a way to measure your growth. We are not by nature a competitive gaming company and do want to encourage people to view BPI in a competitive light. We want the Lumosity Summer Games to be a friendly competition, where everyone can have fun, and improve your memory, speed, attention and problem solving skills!
Will my game scores count?
The scores you receive for games played from the contest page will count towards your brain area and total BPI, just like games you play normally on Lumosity.com. However, your scores will not affect your country’s standings in the contest.
Will the games change over the couse of the contest?
No, the events will not change over the course of the contest. Speed Match, Memory Matrix, Lost in Migration and Raindrops are four of our most popular games.
Does everyone in the winning country receive a new iPad?
No, but everyone in the top three highest scoring countries will win gift cards for Lumosity.com! One participant from the winning country will be chosen at random to win the iPad.
How do the tiered prizes work?
Tier 1 prizes are unlocked from the start of the contest. In Tier 1, every participant who registered to play for the 1st place country will receive a $15 Lumosity gift card and one randomly chosen participant from that country will win a new iPad. All participants who registered to play for the 2nd place country will receive a $10 gift card, and all participants who registered to play for the 3rd place country will receive a $5 gift card.
Once over 250,000 gameplays have been recorded for the contest, Tier 2 prizes will be unlocked! In Tier 2, every participant from the 1st place country will receive a $25 Lumosity gift card and one randomly chosen participant from that country will win a new iPad. All participants from the 2nd place country will receive a $20 gift card, and all participants from the 3rd place country will receive a $15 gift card. In addition once Tier 2 prizes are unlocked everyone who participated will win a $10 Lumosity gift card!
Good luck and enjoy the Games!