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Swetha takes Global Think Test title

Tue, 09/09/2014
Swetha P Jain

A doctor from India plans to use her $25,000 prize to fund further research after coming out on top in the Global Think Test.

Swetha Jain, 27, from Chennai, answered the nine questions in the Global Think Test Day Challenge correctly and in the fastest time to win the contest, which was run by Kaspersky and backed by Mensa, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and F1 team Ferrari.

Players from across the world registered to play the game on Saturday. It was the culmination of the month-long Global Think Test, a series of puzzles and games designed to make players more alert to online security.

Swetha said she planned to use her prize money for a research project into in-vitro fertilisation and the risks faced by IVF babies compared to those born after natural pregnancy. 

Swetha is a qualified doctor and is now studying to qualify as a gynecologist.

She heard about the Global Think Test through a Facebook posting, and said: “I enjoyed solving puzzles right from childhood. And I found these brainteasers challenging and interesting.

“Away from my research, I love travelling and I’d like to spend some money on completing my travel Bucket List,”

John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said: “Well done to Swetha - it's good to see how she intends to put the prize to good use in her research.

“The Global Think Test was an opportunity for those who engage every day in puzzles, games and brainteasers to get the chance to be rewarded for their problem solving abilities.”

More than 20,000 people registered to play Global Think Tanks, with those who took part in the main challenge having to answer nine questions within two minutes.

Swetha answered all nine questions correctly, and in the quickest time.

Alexander Erofeev, chief marketing officer at Kaspersky Lab, said: “This initiative was developed in partnership with Mensa to remind participants of the importance of attention to detail.

“The online world requires us to stay in control and be alert to recognize threats wherever we encounter them.

“Today we are happy to announce the winner of the Global Think Test. We hope that the skills developed during the challenge represent a positive input into the digital risk literacy of every participant in the Kaspersky Global Think Test.”

The Global Think Test portal at www.globalthinktest.com is still open, offering a range of puzzles and games to have a go at.

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