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[WINNERS ANNOUNCED] Community Challenge: Folding@home

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🎉🎉🎉UPDATE 12 May 2020: Winners have been announced! Thank you to all who participated! 🎉🎉🎉




UPDATE: We have been blown away by your participation in this cause! Your folding has even helped bump the Cisco Meraki team into the top 400!


To celebrate your success and encourage even more participation, we've decided to add 3 additional chances for you to win swag. 


Everyone who joins the Cisco Meraki team and earns at least 200 "Credits" towards fighting COVID-19 will be entered into a random drawing for a Meraki Cloud Pin set:


Meraki Cloud Pin SetMeraki Cloud Pin Set



When the contest ends on Friday, June 12th, we will announce the top 3 ranking winners and ALSO 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! 


It's anyone's race now, so get folding and tell us your username in a comment on this post today!



A major hurdle for researchers trying to defeat COVID-19 right now is access to computer power; running analysis and simulations on complex proteins takes a lot of time and computational resources that limit researchers' ability to make progress with their work. Folding@home is an organization that allows you to donate CPU/GPU cycles on your own computers/servers to run portions of these simulations for researchers and speed up results. By crowdsourcing processing power, researchers can complete simulations that would take days to weeks in just a couple hours. Dozens of our own Merakians have formed the Cisco Meraki team, which has already ranked 590 of 253,120!


We think this is an excellent cause and that it should absolutely involve swag. Therefore, 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 — Osprey Ultralight Stuff PackFirst Place — Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack


Second Place  — Magnetic Desk SculptureSecond Place — Magnetic Desk Sculpture


Third Place  — Thermal Water BottleThird Place — Thermal Water Bottle


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, share your username in a comment on this blog post before 11 a.m. PDT on Friday, June 12th. 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 June 12th, we will announce the top three ranking community members, as determined by Folding@Home’s scoring. 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. 


The fine print:


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


Folding@Home FAQ

Creating a User and Joining Team 243108

Folding@Home Reaches exaFLOP of computer power

Here to help

Is there a Meraki team also set up for Rosetta@home  on Boinc? The reason I ask is because I have been having trouble getting CPU tasks with Folding@Home for quite a while (most of the systems I have available don't have GPU's) and Rosetta@home seems to have plenty of jobs available and also is going towards covid-19.

Building a reputation


jwiley78, didn't see a way to  actually register so hopefully that's correct.

Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee

@Frankthetank, unfortunately, we don't have a good way to compare the points between the two platforms. While F@H is ramping up the number of work units that they have, sometimes the CPU ones aren't immediately available. Personally, I've found that pausing the folding and then resuming can force the Folding at Home client to reattempt the download.  


@Jwiley78, looks good to me! Once you've completed some work units the points earned will update and will start to reflect towards "Team Cisco Meraki."

Kind of a big deal

Great idea! I'm folding... Will post nick later on.



Getting noticed

I'm joining the fold as well. My username is cwf. How predictable.

Kind of a big deal

I'm in!




Folding! mmist76

Are we supposed to select just COVID, or all research?


JohnR is on the case.. : 😎 and running

Comes here often

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timbeck2 - Folding.... now!


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and again  24 CPU's top that..



Here to help

My username is Ppipanman

Folding@Home in ...3..2..1 gl everybody!

Kind of a big deal

@jriordan HAHA ok well I can't win... Might as well turn everything off again 😛


Has anyone tried the VM?

i get an unhandled exception when i try to deploy it.

Here to help



Getting noticed

I`m in!


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Here to help

I'm folding as BeachBum

Just browsing

I've started folding as JohnKeller!

Comes here often