Cogitate Connectivity Data Challenge at BIOMAG 2024!

We’re thrilled to invite researchers and enthusiasts to the Cogitate Connectivity Data Challenge, a featured event at BIOMAG 2024!

What’s the Challenge About?

The Cogitate Connectivity Data Challenge aims to scrutinize contrasting predictions of two neuroscientific theories of consciousness: Global Neuronal Workspace Theory (GNWT) and Integrated Information Theory (IIT). Your task is to explore meaningful measures of functional connectivity using MEG data sets collected from healthy volunteers.

MEG data have been collected from approximately 100 participants. The first batch of data will be available from March 25, 2024, setting the stage for your initial discoveries. Following this, the replication dataset will be released on June 15, 2024, offering further opportunities to validate and deepen your findings.


  • Data release - Batch 1: March 25, 2024
  • Report - First draft/preregistration : June 14, 2024 [23:59 GMT]
  • Data release - Batch 2: June 15, 2024
  • Report - Replication : July 15, 2024 [23:59 GMT]
  • Competition scoring : July 16 - August 25, 2024
  • Competition results : August 26-29 @ BIOMAG 24


Entries will be evaluated by a board from the Cogitate Consortium, with prizes awarded as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250

The winners will be announced at BIOMAG 2024 in Sydney (Australia), August 26-29, 2024.

For more information, visit the Cogitate Connectivity Data Challenge website.

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us at

Best regards,

the Organizing Committee

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