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Challenges explained - Participants
Challenges explained - Participants

What are challenges, how do I join them, and how do I earn points?

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Written by Mor Aframian
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Participating in a Challenge is an exciting and entertaining way to engage in a competition that motivates you to track your actions and earn points during a specific period of time. Challenges are like micro-learning experiences that concentrate on particular topics or new habits and are available for a limited time.

The aim is to score as many points as possible to become the winner or to be a part of the winning team. Challenges are designed for individuals or groups to take part in and offer an opportunity for friendly competition and the drive to achieve personal goals.

How do I join a challenge?

Option 1: Joining a challenge with an invitation link or QR code

  • To join the challenge, simply use your mobile device to click on the invitation link or scan the QR Code that your organization's admin has shared.

  • Once you are redirected to the challenge page, click on the "Join Challenge" button at the top.

Just so you know, if you do not have the JouleBug app installed on your mobile device, you will need to download it and create a profile before joining the challenge.

Option 2: Joining a challenge from the app

  • You can just navigate to the Challenges page in the JouleBug app and check out what upcoming challenges are available to join.

  • Once you find a challenge you want to join, click the "Join Challenge" button.

How do I join a team within a challenge?

  • If teams are enabled for this challenge, you will see a list of available teams to join. Tap on the "Join" button next to the team name that you prefer or the one that is most suitable for you to join.

  • On the other hand, you may also have the option to create your own team. We suggest that you check if your friends have already created a team that you can join. If you can’t find an existing team, create a new one and inform your friends about it so that they can join it.

How are challenges Scored?

Individual Challenges

As you complete actions in the challenge, you will earn points. It's important to note that not all actions are considered part of the challenge. Be sure to check the indicator to see if the action counts toward the challenge. Additionally, the action details will specify whether it is part of the challenge that you have joined.

Participating in a challenge allows you to measure your points against those of other participants and determine your ranking. If the challenge provides rewards, the points you earn will determine your eligibility for prizes.

To calculate your challenge score, we add up the points you earned during the active dates of the challenge. The individual with the highest overall score at the end of the challenge wins!

Team Challenges

Earn points for your team by logging actions when you do the action in real life. Team scores are calculated using one of two methods:

  • Aggregate team score is calculated by summing the individual scores of team members during the challenge and is recommended for teams of uniform size.

  • Moving average team score is calculated by summing the individual moving average scores. The individual moving average score consists of the sum of each individual's points earned divided by the total number of team members at the time of each log. This method is recommended for teams of varying sizes.

Teams may be required to have a maximum or minimum number of members to compete. Once the challenge concludes, the team with the highest overall score wins!

Is a team score impacted by inactive members?

Yes. When team members are inactive, their average score negatively affects the team's score. The JouleBug app helps by providing support to members who may not be able to participate fully in a Challenge.

  • When a team member does not log any actions for 24 hours, the app sends a notification to remind them that their team needs them.

  • After 48 hours without activity, another notification is sent to let them know that they need to participate if they want to remain on the team.

  • After 72 hours of inactivity, the member is removed from the team, along with their points (which are generally zero since they have not been active).

    • A member who has been removed can rejoin the challenge if they decide they want to be active, as long as the Challenge is less than 75% complete.

How can I leave a challenge?

Life can get complicated and sometimes you just need to simplify things. If you need to leave a challenge for any reason, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Find the challenge you want to leave and go to the info section.

  2. Tap on the "member" button.

  3. Confirm that you want to leave when prompted.

  4. Tap "Leave" to finalize the process.

It's really that simple! If you change your mind later, you can always rejoin the challenge. However, please note that your points will not be saved if you do decide to leave.

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