How Oxway challenges work


Phases of the challenge:

  1. Submission phase:
    contributors submit their proposals (they can always amend it later).

  2. Voting phase:
    contributors express their vote on other participants' proposals.

  3. Discussion phase:
    contributors discuss other participants' proposals as well as their own

  4. Contributors reward:
    Oxway distributes rewards to the top collaborative contributors, according to their ranking

  5. Challenge report:
    the challenger receives best proposals and the data report of the challenge

When registering at Oxway, contributors are asked to provide information about themselves. More details, tailor-made for the needs of a specific challenge, will be asked for if needed.

During every phase of the challenge, participants' names are disguised under an anonymous ID in order to avoid any bias regarding identities. Once the challenge ends, ranking will be public. Contributors will appear under their real names, unless they have specified an alternate username in their profile page.

Each phase has a deadline as indicated in the title of the challenge. Interaction in the challenge is asynchronous and forum based (no live or webcam interaction, no need for everybody to be on the platform at the same time).

At Oxway, quality is achieved through collaboration. It is therefore important to understand how the community is behaving within a challenge, and also take into consideration that the final reward is unlocked progressively in accordance with the community's performance. On the right side of every challenge page, after the submission phase, there's an indicator that shows the contributor's personal result and the community's progress.

Submission Phase

As a contributor, you are asked to submit your proposals. You are not obligated to submit a proposal if you don’t feel confident: you can decide which single tasks (sub questions) to tackle. Because Oxway wants to encourage an open flow of ideas, there is no limit on submissions. Think of it as a wide open brainstorming session where you help your fellow contributors discover different solutions to an issue. Every idea and possibility should be put on the table. You can always amend your proposal later, unless it does not pass the voting phase and is therefore not selected for the discussion. Indeed, depending on the challenge, the system might reduce (according to peer-to-peer review results) the number of proposals for a better and more interactive discussion phase.

In the submission phase, and in order to avoid any biases, there is no interaction among contributors. No one can see other users' proposals.

The community achievement unlocks progressively starting with this phase. By submitting proposals, each contributor helps the community unlock the reward that will be distributed to the top contributors at the end of the challenge.

Voting Phase

In this phase, contributors are asked to vote for a pre-defined number (a minimum and maximum) of proposals.

Oxway uses a 5 star rating system, with a two layer metric: quality of the proposal and personal agreement with its content. In ascending order, stars stand for:

  • QUALITY of the proposal: none, low, average, clear, perfect

  • AGREEMENT with the proposal: never, difficult to agree, maybe, good idea, I totally agree

The algorithm randomly assigns submissions and balances the number of reviews that each submission receives (all the submissions will be assessed by the same number of contributors). Remember, votes define proposals' ranking and may be used to select the best proposals to discuss during the following phase of the challenge.

You can also add a comment to a proposal. It will be shown to the other contributors once the discussion phase starts.

Your personal indicator is live from this phase onward. That means that contributors need to vote in order to increase their personal score. Voting also helps improve the community achievement and unlock new reward milestones. Therefore, voting generates points for you (by increasing your ranking) and for the whole community (by unlocking a bigger reward). Thanks to the leaderboard, you can understand your position in the challenge classification.

Discussion Phase

You will be assigned a list of proposals to discuss, starting from the ones you have previously voted on. In this way, you won't lose the work done in the voting phase, and you will be engaged in areas where you may find yourself more confident.

You may comment and discuss every proposal and/or respond to comments about your own submissions (except when they have been cut off after the voting phase).

Every participant is allowed to evaluate the usefulness of a comment in order to let the community know who the most valuable collaborators in the challenge are. Assessing a comment as useful is an anonymous activity; it means that the contributor receiving a "useful" won't know who gave it. You may also amend your proposals, based on the advice received from other contributors. You need to declare if the change is major or not: if it is, all contributors who have voted or commented on the proposal will be notified.

Contributors reward

According to the agreement between Oxway and the challenger, as written in the Challenge Terms of Service, the challenger will reward the best contributors.

Oxway rewards both the quality of content and the effort to participate. Therefore, the reward unlocked by the challenge community will be split and awarded to the top collaborative contributors according to their ranking and taking into consideration the score reached by their proposals and their efforts in collaboration.

Challenge report

At the end of the process, the challenger receives the proposals’ ranking, namely the collection of the best single task proposals, and the collection of all the proposals submitted during the challenge.

The challenger also receives a comprehensive tailor-made data report. The data analysis is performed in accordance with the requirements specified by the client and tracks all contributors' behaviour, matching their profiles, their proposals, and their attitude within any challenge.

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

Bertrand Russell