Competitions:






What are these competitions?

What are these competitions?
Approximately every six months, Brony@Home runs a competition that allows participants to register themselves and compete against others for prizes, based on the category they win in. This encourages people to output more and accelerate scientific progress, for a chance at winning something. Best of all, it's open to anyone around the world!

Competitions are announced at least two weeks in advance, and last for eight weeks. That is, exactly 56 days, not two months. Competitions always begin on the first day of a month at 00:00 UTC.

How do I enter?

How do I enter?
Entering a competition is simple. If a competition is announced, make a post in the active competition thread, located in our forums, stating your intention to join the competition. You do not need to provide contact details in your post, as your email will be visible to the admins (to prevent you from receiving spam emails). Make sure you provide your username, exactly as you entered it in to whichever project(s) the competition revolves around (case sensitive). Failure to do this may result in us being unable to find your scores. You may still join a competition if you are late, but there are limitations (see Rules & Important Info below). Keep in mind that if you are more than one or two weeks late, it is highly unlikely that you will win anything, unless you have a powerful computer, and/or an arsenal of computers at your disposal.

I've signed up. What now?

I've signed up. What now?
If you haven't done so already, install the relevant programs! For installation details, visit the Support page. Once you have the program, and you have verified that it is working on a work unit, you are ready to go! It is highly recommended to have a passkey as well, as it will qualify you for bonus points, which give you more points for work units finshed faster. Once again, visit the Support page for details on obtaining a passkey.




Can I start folding before a competition?

Can I start folding before a competition?
Of course! You may begin folding at any time. Any points you have accumulated before a competition will not count, so it won't matter. In fact, it's recommended to begin as early as possible, for two reasons: Firstly, your contributions help science. Secondly, this extra time can be used to your advantage, to root out any issues with the program, your hardware, or your settings. The sooner you start, the sooner you (or we) can identify any problems you might have and resolve them.

If you have any issues, feel free to ask in our forums, or IRC channel.

How does this competition work?

How does this competition work?
As far as the competitor is concerned, he or she simply runs the program. The more computers that fold, and the longer each one folds for, the more points can be accumulated. Behind the scenes, we monitor the stats of each competitor, checking for possible problems in points output, and contacting competitors that might be showing signs of issues, as some competitors may be unaware that they are not outputting anything, unless notified. At the end of the competition, the scores are analysed, and winners are selected based on overall points, or through a random draw that gives higher scoring competitors a higher chance to win. A publicly visible score sheet will show the scores of each competitor and all relevant mathematical formulas to prevent any possible disputes.




Rules & important Info:

Rules & important Info