Through the Eyewire Games, the general public can get involved in our research. We offer competitions about once a week where you can earn points and help us map the retinal connectome.
Eyewire challenges have varied. The Crazyman Challenge started because Eyewire user Crazyman, the then all-time high-score record holder, was challenged by other Eyewire users. In a valiant attempt, Crazyman was defeated by NKEM, forcing him to reliquish his title. This challenge was entirely points-based and spontaneous. For spontaneous challenges like this, one can either nominate themselves or be challenged by other users. If you think you've got what it takes, and your points record shows it, give a spontaneous challenge a try. Another example of a spontaneous challenge is EyeWire Happy Hour. At random points during the year, The Seung Lab will announce a EyeWire Happy Hour. During EyeWire Happy Hours, users can get points doubled. Also, the lab offers spontaneous Power Hours and the occasional Super Sunday, during which EyeWire users will have the chance to boost their point tallys.
Other challenges have been accuracy-based. In this case, the person with the highest average percentage correct is awarded the victory. Points are deducted for incorectness.