Community Challenge: Folding@home

AmyReyes
Community Manager

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We’re thrilled to bring back the Community Folding@home Challenge! You wowed us the last time we ran this challenge by pulling together to help the Cisco Meraki team rank at around 200 out of 255K teams worldwide, donating all of this processing power to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Let’s see if we can do even better! 

 

ICYMI: Folding@home takes your unused computer power and puts it to a good cause - helping researchers find potential cures for diseases! Here’s how it works: The software allows you to donate CPU/GPU cycles from your own computers/servers to run portions of these simulations for researchers and speed up results. This crowdsourced processing power cuts simulation time down from days or weeks to just a couple hours, allowing researchers to move quickly in finding a cure!

 

November is Alzheimer’s awareness month here in the US, so we thought we’d once again focus our team’s processing power on this important research. Every 3 seconds someone develops dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the leading cause worldwide, accounting for 50-75% of all cases according to the Alzheimer’s Disease International Association. Fortunately, advancements are being made all the time, and we can help!

 

Over the next 30 days, the three community members who achieve the highest ranks among fellow members by donating their processing power towards Cisco Meraki team 243108 will be awarded fabulous Meraki prizes. 

 

Check out our first, second, and third place prizes:

 

First Place - Men or Women's PoloFirst Place - Men or Women's Polo

 

 Second Place - Cocktail KitSecond Place - Cocktail Kit

 

 Third Place - Hydroflask TumblerThird Place - Hydroflask Tumbler

 

In addition, everyone who joins the Cisco Meraki team and earns at least 200 "Credits" towards fighting Alzheimer's disease will be entered into a random drawing for one of three stylish pairs of Meraki Cloud socks:

 

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How to enter

 

If you have access to gaming computers, servers and/or even just a home PC, get started by following THIS link. Once you’ve set up your account and selected "Alzheimer's" as your cause, share your username in a comment on this blog post before 11 a.m. EST on Friday, December 9th. Only points credited to Cisco Meraki team 243108 will be counted. To join the team, simply enter “243108” into the client setup when you install the client. 

 

On December 9th, we will announce the top three ranking community members, as determined by Folding@Home’s scoring. We'll also announce the 3 randomly selected winners from the rest of the Folding@home Cisco Meraki team. That means, even if you aren't able to contribute at a high enough level to compete for the top ranks, you'll still have a chance to win sweet swag! 

 

You must post your username here to be eligible. Note that your comment on this blog post containing your username will be public and visible throughout the contest. If you already have credits to your username on the Cisco Meraki team, we will only be counting the credits you earn between now and December 9th.

 

The fine print:

 

For more information regarding Folding@home, please see the useful links below:

 

Folding@Home FAQ

Creating a User and Joining Team 243108

More about "folding"

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