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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

Meraki Employee



A nosotros nos gustaría que todos los países puedieran ser elegibles. Sin embargo, debemos seguir la guía de nuestro equipo legal, que ha proporcionado la lista de países que pueden ser elegibles para concursos como este, de acuerdo con las leyes que rodean el sorteo y otros factores.

Getting noticed

Folding as andrewbluepiano


I'm folding as:  lctronico


Team 243108






Here to help

I am folding as Only1jva

Comes here often

I'm folding


Here to help



Getting noticed


Building a reputation

A little over 9K.  Should be at 10K soon.  🙂


Hello my friends


Let's help our world against COVID-19!!! #StayAtHome




Comes here often

Folding under the name DreggCyrus


Update: Now folding under the name Dishcraft.  I brought in our AI servers that are otherwise idle.

Here to help

I have also started folding as  Moravian_College

Here to help


@Jwiley78 I just passed 1,800,000 .... and I'm not even in first 😭 lol


Comes here often

Im Folding as -  Kelon521

Here to help

Hola mi user sebastianf




Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee

Wow! We are now in the top 500. As I post this, we are now ranked 497! Awesome folding everyone.

Here to help

@ChrisLairdhas a small army of machines. He's running away with this competition.

Kind of a big deal

@JanVincent you're not doing too bad yourself ;). But yes, the competition's end results will likely be clear sooner than later depending on who has access to most compute power. Still it's good that we all collectively help a good cause! @MeredithW might also add one or two random winners?

Building a reputation

I no longer have the compute power I did when I was messing around with GPU miners, but I find folding to be somewhat enjoyable. I may even build a smaller rig with old parts I have scatters around to keep at it once all is said and done. Either way it's a good cause to put some compute power into. Shame it's not winter because it puts off the heat even with a single GPU.

Here to help

@BrechtSchamp haha thanks. Definitely gunning for that bag so I could use it as a gym bag. Maybe the Meraki marketing team has more than one collecting dust in the closet. lol