As you participate in the Safe Blues experiment you collect hours which increase your chances of winning prizes. The more hours you collect the higher your chances. Here is how it works:
The source code used for the prize draw can be found here.
Andrew Battley: I'm a current Honours student in Chemistry, studying main group polymers with the Leitao Lab, and working as a GTA for a first year Engineering course. I've recently completed a BE(Hons)/BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry here at UoA, so I'm always excited to get involved with research across as many fields as I can. This experiment seemed a great opportunity to be a data-point in what seems a very relevant and important experiment, with minimal active input required from myself. I understand just how useful it can be to have more data when you're building a model, so figured why not help out where I can? As a Vice President of the Auckland University Tramping Club, I have also observed just how disruptive Covid has been to our student clubs and societies, so I hope this research brings a greater understanding of viral spread that can help us in planning and responding to such crises in the future. It's going to be really interesting to see what results come of this experiment, and the ongoing research!
Hadas Livne: My name is Hadas Livne and I'm a first year BSci student majoring in Computer Science. I came across Safe Blues as I was taking STATS101 as a part of my degree and saw that volunteers were needed. It's been a pleasure participating in this experiment, the app was very easy to install. I hope the information has helped out :)
Michael Connaughton: I'm a mechanical engineer. I came to the University of Auckland to study psychology and computer science. Our statistics lecturer mentioned this study around the time they were teaching us about the challenges of enrolling research participants and various sampling problems. So I signed up partially out of guilt, but also it's nice to contribute to pandemic related research without having to really do anything different. For the amount of effort involved (install an app), the prizes are really generous. I'm supprised more people aren't signed up - and though I'd selfishly like to maximise my odds of winning something again in the next couple of phases - it'd be cool to know they were getting data for as large a sample size as possible. So again out of guilt, I'd encourage people at UoA to get involved : P
Natalie Jones: I am a third year BA/BSc Conjoint student majoring in Mathematics, Music, and Education. When one of my lecturers mentioned this experiment in class, I figured that signing up wouldn't hurt and I could potentially win cool stuff! It has been a simple process, and it is cool to be helping contribute to a study that might help everyone out in the long term :)
Zihao Zhang: I'm a third-year Stats major who likes free stuff :) I'm very happy that I won a new phone (never expected tbh...). Statistically speaking, the more hours you record, the higher your chance of winning a price, so give it a go! After all you do not lose anything by trying :)