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All judges of the Educational Test Contest always have the label "judge" next to their comments.

We've seen some users with black profile pictures pretending to be contest judges. Remember: No label = no judge. 😎
Telegram Client apps submitted for the third stage of the JavaScript contest are now available for public scrutiny on the Contest Platform.

Only 11 apps made it to this stage, which is already an achievement by itself. Everyone is invited to try them out and submit their comments on contest.com.
Submissions for the second round of the Data Clustering Contest are now available for public testing:
https://contest.com/data-clustering-2

Everyone is welcome to leave their feedback while our judges tally up the results.
Judge evaluation of the Educational Test Contest is now 50% done.

We had hoped to be able to share the final results by now, but we underestimated the time it would take to give every Quiz the attention it deserved and to ensure that our judgements were correct.

So, today, we are instead sharing the criteria our Judges have used to help determine which Quizzes will not be getting a prize in this round of the contest. These criteria were developed after the submissions period ended as opposed to at the start of the competition to ensure that we did not prevent creative uses of the platform which we had not predicted.

This document, which includes details of what to do if you believe your Quiz was incorrectly judged, can be read from here:
https://contest.com/docs/quiz-contest-criteria

Many thanks for your patience and hard work.
Everyone is welcome to test submissions for the second round of the Data Clustering contest in a new mode that shows today's news:
https://contest.com/data-clustering-2

We have also added comments with results of our preliminary tests. Stay tuned for the final results.
The results of the second round of the Data Clustering Contest are in.

In our evaluation, the Stage 2 tasks – indexing and ranking – had the greatest influence. Clustering tasks similar to the previous round (sorting by language, news or not, categories and threads) carried a lower weight. Overall speed of the algorithms influenced the final score.

See our comments on contest.com for more information on each of the submissions.

You can also view the output for each of the submissions for three different days (evaluation data sets: 1, 2, 3) and see how they work in real time in the Today tab.

In addition to the main prizes, we are awarding bonus prizes to those solutions that delivered significantly better results than the rest of the submissions in each of the tasks. If a submission required adjustments or fixes to make it work, it was penalized accordingly.

1st PLACE

πŸ₯‡ Mindful Squirrel – €17,000 + €4,800 bonus
Bonus prizes for:
- News, Russian
- Categories, English
- Categories, Russian
- Threads, English
- Threads, Russian
Penalties (-€200):
- Required rebuilding from source code

2nd PLACE

πŸ₯ˆ Daring Frog – β‚¬12,000 + €5,500 bonus
Bonus prizes for:
- Language detection
- News, English
- News, Russian
- Categories, Russian
- Threads, English
- Threads, Russian
Penalties (-€500):
- Algorithm can't process simultaneous requests which makes it impossible to run the submission on real-time data

πŸ₯ˆ Swift Skunk – €12,000 + €900 bonus
Bonus prize for:
- Top news, English
Penalties (-€100):
- Algorithm required all articles to be in one folder

3rd PLACE

πŸ₯‰ Gifted Lemur – €7,000 + €1,000 bonus
Bonus prize for:
- Threads, Russian

πŸ₯‰ Ace Cock – €7,000 + €1,000 bonus
Bonus prize for:
- Top news, Russian

πŸ₯‰ Mindful Kitten – €7,000

πŸ₯‰ Happy Ladybird – €7,000

4th place

πŸ… Hip Hyena – €4,000 + €1,000 bonus
Bonus prize for:
- Threads, Russian

πŸ… Bossy Gnu – €4,000

πŸ… Hairy Snail – €4,000

Several participants achieved some of the best results in individual tasks, but didn't get a high enough overall score to compete for the main prizes. They are receiving bonus awards for those parts of their algorithms in which their solutions were significantly better than the rest.

Bonus Awards

πŸŽ– Bright Deer – €1,000
- Threads, Russian

πŸŽ– Fancy Beetle – €1,000
- Categories, English

πŸŽ– Large Crab – €1,000
- Language detection

πŸŽ– Suave Penguin – €800
- News, English (€1,000)
- Required rebuilding from source code (-€200)

πŸŽ– Sweet Beaver – €800
- Categories, English (€1,000)
- Required rebuilding from source code (-€200)

Stay tuned for more news about our contests.
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The results for Round 1 of the Educational Test Contest are here!

Winners of this round will take home €141,400 of the overall €400,000 prize fund.

4,164 Quizzes passed our first phase. Our Judges made over 15,000 unique judgements and ratings (even those Quizzes with no Judge comments were fully evaluated). You can find more info on this page.

Additionally, we allowed 1 month for Appeals from authors of disqualified Quizzes. Each Appeal was handled by a fully independent Judge.

All of these factors combined to create the final Contest Score.

We decided on 2 main tiers of reward:
πŸ₯‡ – €500 – Contest Score 4.5+
πŸ₯ˆ – €100 – Contest Score 4+

We also awarded the top prize of πŸ† €1,000 and a rating of 4.7 to several Quizzes that showed evidence of exceptional effort spent in purpose-built media creation and thoughtful quiz design.

Here are some of our favorite Quizzes from this round:

πŸ† FΓ­sica y MatemΓ‘ticas (Spanish, Physics and Math)
by Sunny Antelope
Engaging and self-made animations illustrate each question, an impressive example of the educational potential of Telegram Quizzes.

πŸ† Mind of Logic (English)
by Dreamy Meerkat
A charming Quiz containing some logic puzzles – distinctive self-made media forms the basis for each question.

πŸ† Razas de perros (Spanish, Dog Breeds)
by Regal Lynx
Even if you don't like dogs (meow?) you'll appreciate these hand-drawn images as you identify and explore more dog breeds than you can shake a stick at, or throw a stick for.

πŸ† Π―ΠΆΡ„ΠΎΡ‚ΠΎΠ³Ρ€Π°Ρ„ (Russian, I'm a photographer)
by Earnest Squirrel
Learn tips and tricks used in photography. Great use of self-made media to see the effects in action and as optional further reading in explanations.

πŸ† Astroquest: AstronomΓ­a BΓ‘sica (Spanish, Basic Astronomy) (see English version)
by Mellow Beaver
Explore astronomical wonders in this Quiz about space. Images for each question bring the Quiz together and help visualize tricky concepts.

πŸ† Test de Pensamiento Computacional (Spanish, Computational Thinking Test)
by Fit Crow
"LedBot" leads you through some basic exercises in computational thinking. An excellent introduction especially for youngsters or anyone not yet drinking gallons of coffee while arguing about which naming convention is better.

Other notable quizzes:

πŸ₯‡ Our relentless enemy: Cancer (English)
by Cool Meerkat
An excellent Quiz focussed on educating about one of humanity's greatest foes. Uses pre-poll and explanation text to carefully lead you through related concepts and provide a more complete, compelling, experience.

πŸ₯‡ Advanced Sustainability Quiz (English)
by Savvy Flamingo
A great example of how almost any topic can be presented in a digestible and educational way. Includes a study guide to encourage further exploration of the topic and memory retention.

πŸ₯‡ Selezione artificiale (Italian, Selective Breeding) (see English version)
by Big Turtle
Explore different things humans have successfully (or unsuccessfully) tried to domesticate throughout history – from foods to cute critters. Engaging questions and a focus on relating the topic to already familiar things.

πŸ₯‡ 33 вопроса ΠΎΠ± истории русской Ρ†Π΅Π½Π·ΡƒΡ€Ρ‹ (Russian, History of censorship in Russia)
by Swift Chameleon
This Quiz explores the history of censorship in Russia – sharp presentation and a careful selection of cases.

πŸ₯‡ Egg-celent Quiz (English)
by Suave Tiger
A cracking Quiz about eggs, great self-made media which compliments (and in some cases is part of) the questions. Unfortunately, lots of language issues prevented the Quiz from reaching a higher tier, but the quality of other factors (and the puns) made it worthy of a prize.

πŸ₯‡ Quanto conosci le piante? (Italian, Plants) (see English version)
by Ace Unicorn
Learn about the secret life of plants, in all their forms. Another good example of relating the topic to already familiar things.

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There are many more great Quizzes to find. You can view all of the Winners from this page:
https://quiz.directory/winners

Congratulations and stay tuned for the next round! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³
Telegram Contests
The results for Round 1 of the Educational Test Contest are here! Winners of this round will take home €141,400 of the overall €400,000 prize fund. 4,164 Quizzes passed our first phase. Our Judges made over 15,000 unique judgements and ratings (even those…
All Quizzes that participated in the contest can now be edited again. We advise all participants to fix any issues that were identified in their Quizzes by our judges and members of the public.

A few clarifications for participants of the contest:

1. Please note that ALL Quizzes have been evaluated, even if they did not receive a comment. Today we've made public the Contest Score for each of the Quizzes. The Contest Score represents the results of three phases of testing by several different judges over the past few months.

You can read more about the process here:
https://contest.com/docs/quiz-contest-criteria2

2. We advise all winners to consult their banks if they are not sure if their bank or account can receive the transfer with the prize.

3. The next round is starting soon. The new task will be different and a lot more difficult – but everyone will be able to participate. Stay tuned for more news in this channel!
The results of the Third Stage of the JavaScript Contest are ready!

See contest.com for our detailed comments on how well each of the submissions handled the tasks.

Meet the winners:

1st PLACE – $10,000
πŸ… Jolly Cobra

2nd PLACE – $7,000
πŸ₯ˆ Posh Ram
πŸ₯ˆ Ace Monkey > penalty: -$1,000 (broken 2FA)

3 PLACE – $5,000
πŸ₯‰ Tactful Seal
πŸ₯‰ Kooky Hawk
πŸ₯‰ Merry Ant
πŸ₯‰ Shiny Deer
πŸ₯‰ Giant Parrot > penalty: -$500 (broken in Chrome on iOS).

4th PLACE – $3,000
πŸ… Tall Tiger > penalty: -$500 (half-broken 2FA)
πŸ… Sacred Parrot > penalty: -$500 (certain chats not loaded at all)
πŸ… Hip Hyena > penalty: -$1,000 (broken in Chrome on Android).

We will reach out to each of the winners to coordinate the payment of prizes, which will be done in Euros.

Congratulations! πŸŽ‰

We invite all winners listed above to participate in the $30,000 Bonus Round and complete the following tasks before 23:50 UTC on September, 1:

1. Fix issues identified on the platform by all commenters (not only judges), starting with the critical ones.
2. Optimize app speed, both actual and perceived (increase page loading speed, as well as app speed when loading additional data, uploading and downloading files, etc.)
3. Ensure that smooth animations exist wherever applicable, increase the smoothness of existing animations.

In addition to the $30,000 prize fund, the best performers in this final Bonus Round will be invited to join the Telegram team to continue working on their web application.

Good luck! πŸ€
Please note that we will use the following environments for testing submissions in the Bonus Round of the Javascript Contest:
- Chrome on Android
- Safari on iOS
- Chrome/Safari/Firefox on Windows and Mac desktops

Support for other setups (e.g. Chrome on iOS, etc.) will be considered optional.
The Bonus Round of the JavaScript contest ends today. Don’t forget to submit your archives to @jobs_bot before 23:50 UTC.
The results of the Bonus Round of the JavaScript Contest have arrived!

Check contest.com for detailed comments from our judges.

Meet the winners:

1st PLACE – $5,000
πŸ₯‡
Jolly Cobra
πŸ₯‡ Ace Monkey

2nd PLACE – $3,500
πŸ₯ˆ
Posh Ram
πŸ₯ˆ Merry Ant, bundle size progress: + $500

3rd PLACE – $2,500
πŸ₯‰ Tactful Seal
πŸ₯‰ Kooky Hawk
πŸ₯‰ Hip Hyena
πŸ₯‰ Shiny Deer
πŸ₯‰ Tall Tiger

4th PLACE – $1,000
πŸ… Sacred Parrot

Congratulations to the winners!

We will be launching new contests soon, including Round 2 of the Quiz Contest (this time, the task will be to create aptitude tests and the only language allowed will be English). Stay tuned for more details later this month. πŸ’ͺ
Aptitude Test Contest

Status:
πŸ† Contest ended. View Results

Task:

Create a set of 3 Quizzes that can be used to test a person's knowledge of the English Language, their Mathematical Ability and their capacity for Spatial & Logical Thinking.

Winners will be rewarded from the remaining ~€250,000 Quiz Contest prize pool.

Full details:
https://contest.com/docs/aptitude-tests

FAQ:
https://contest.com/docs/aptitude-tests#frequently-asked-questions

You must confirm your availability and register to participate. The evaluation task for entry to this contest will be held on the 9th of January 2021, at 4 pm UTC.
Telegram Contests in 2021

UPD May 2021: Latest Contest News

πŸ† 2021 iOS Interface Animation Contest – January 15
πŸ† 2021 Android Interface Contest – January 30
πŸ† 2021 Data Clustering Contest – January 30
πŸ†Audio and Video Stream Processing for Calls – to be announced

πŸ†2021 Animated Sticker Contest – March 1
πŸ† GIF Animation Contest – March 15

The total prize fund for Telegram contests in 2021 is expected to reach $1,000,000.

Additional details about each of the contests will be published on this channel. You can already sign up for participation using @ContestBot.

Good luck and Happy New Year!
The evaluation task for the Aptitude Test contest is now finished. Huge thanks to everyone who took their time to participate.

We will publish the results and the answers for the Quizzes as soon as we finish the evaluation. Please be patient, this can take up to several days.

For everyone who missed this, don’t worry. There will be other contests in the future. Stay tuned.
The iOS Animation Contest 2021 has started!

Prize fund: $50,000 for the first round

Deadline: 23:59 on January, 31 (Dubai Time)

Task: implement iOS animations in Telegram for iOS based on the mockups provided, optimize them to run on older devices, and create an editor that allows tweaking their parameters.

Details:
https://contest.com/docs/ios2021-r1