This is a matrix reasoning puzzle. These puzzles tap into basic facets of human intelligence: the ability reason abstractly—to see meaning in complexity, complete patterns, and solve novel problems.
UPDATE: Prizes now increased to a total of $2000! See contest rules for full details.
UPDATE: The competition has ended and any further submissions won’t be eligable for the cash prizes. Further submissions may still qualify for the co-authorship if they are submitted before the evaluation of the puzzles is complete.