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[WINNERS ANNOUNCED] Community Challenge: Folding@home

Community Manager

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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

A model citizen

an hour to go!!!!! 

Building a reputation

yes yes place 68 now.....  But just gonna mis out 22k points from 1 pc 😞 

Community Manager

This marks the end of the month-long Folding@home Community Challenge! We are so thrilled at how much processing power community members were able to donate over this time, bringing the Cisco Meraki team from rank 579 to 🎉331 out of 250,000+ teams 🎉 across the globe, and ultimately helping to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. 


Now, on to the swag! Based on the ranking on Folding@home, the top 3 prize winners among community members who shared their Folding names in a comment here are:


First place winner of the Osprey backpack:



@ChrisLaird (aka Moravian_College) (Read more about Chris and his Folding setup in our latest Member Spotlight)


Second place winner of the desk sculpture:



@JanVincent (aka only1jva)


Third place winner of the water bottle:



@JMalcore (aka Ppipanman)


🎉Congratulations you three! 🎉And now, here are the three randomly selected winners from all the participants who’ll each receive a Meraki pin set: @spencerrees@viking, and @wperry1.


Huge thanks to everyone who donated!

Building a reputation

Congrats all !!

A model citizen

Congrats everyone!!!    @ChrisLaird  I'll break out my RTX 2070 earlier next time and give you a run for your money....😂

Here to help

Wow, thanks for adding the random winners.  I had quickly realized I wasn't going to be in the top 3, but I'm happy I was able to contribute.

A model citizen

I'de love to do another one of these I think it would be fun!

Kind of a big deal

Well done all! Impressive results.

Head in the Cloud

Congratulations all - some very impressive results indeed!

Here to help

Look what showed up today!


Here to help

you need more fans

Here to help

@JanVincent I can keep my AMD 3900x overclocked and air cooled under 85C when folding and un-overclocked it stays under 80C. VRM stays under 50C and my graphics card never hits 60C. I'll keep the airflow high 😄

Here to help

@JMalcore Hey look at that mine showed up too! 


Community Manager

As an added bonus, we just awarded special badges to everyone who participated! Check your profile for one of these:




For anyone not keeping an obsessive eye on the stats, the Cisco Meraki team is SO CLOSE to hitting the top 200s in the world:


Go team, way to make a real impact!

Here to help

May 2020...


which sounds like there will be a NEXT challenge! BRING IT

A model citizen

@MeredithW  Epic!!! Will there be another folding challenge

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A model citizen


Here to help

Can't wait to see the numbers when the new graphics cards come out this fall.

A model citizen

Going to get ready to go all in this time.... giphy