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What is a Parent Contest? And How do I Build One?

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Parent Contests are useful for a number of reasons:

  1. You want to build a contest to run for an entire quarter, but you want to motivate a different behavior each month, and deliver a different prize to a different winner each month, thus giving three opportunities to win. And, you wish to have an overall winner for the quarter: the person who has the highest score overall, from all three month-long contests combined.
  2. You wish to run a contest with more than four behaviors (four is the maximum per single contest). You would create a Parent contest and Child contests underneath it to contain additional behaviors.
  3. You like running monthly contests, but you've observed that your participants are losing interest. Try running your usual monthly contest in the Parent/Child format. Create the Parent contest with four Child contests that run for 1 week each during that month. This keeps your participants on the ball and motivated by a shorter competition - they need to try to win every Friday! Then the overall winner of the Parent contest will be the participant with the highest score for all Child contests combined.

How to Build:


  1. Fill in the required fields in the Overview tab.
  2. In the Participants tab, add the people you would like to compete in all of the child contests.
  3. In the Observers tab, add the people you would like to watch in the parent contest.
  4. In the Child Contests tab, create the desired amount of child contests. Creating a child contest is the same as creating a single contestClick here to learn how to build behaviors.
  5. After completing each child contest, click save.
  6. Back in the Parent Contest, complete the optional Prizes and/or Notifications section. These settings will apply exclusively to the Parent Contest.
  7. Once you complete setting up the parent and child contests, click the launch button in the Review & Launch tab for the Parent Contest first! After the Parent contest is launched, you can then launch the child contests.


  • Notifications can be set on both the Parent and Child contests.
  • The Contest Engine can only create Parent and Child contests, not "grandchild" contests.
  • You can have the start/end time for child contests to be different from each other, however they must fall within the Parent contest duration.
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