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New possibilities for participation are coming... What types research would you like your +Android phone, tablet, tv, or other household device to help advance?  (share your ideas in the comments below)
 
Thank you +WIRED for the latest coverage on our latest development.  The addition of +Android support for volunteer computing brings about millions of new devices and cycles to advance distributed computing projects.
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Go to Boinc.berleley.edu from your android and you can download the alpha version to try it out. They are still working on it, so its not totally user driendly at the moment. Adding an account manager is not implemented yet.
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Still going strong... #wcgrid , congratulations!
 
Happy 8th Birthday, World Community Grid! 8 years of advancing humanitarian research!
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Posting for #caturday  while the computer is researching how to cure diseases after joining GridRepublic.  What a great way to spend the day.

Have you ever caught your pet watching the GridRepublic screensavers?
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oh cats, so funny but friendly
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Partnerships can bring good to many - Charities, Researchers, and Individuals. +Charity Engine is powered by +BOINC and +GridRepublic.
 
+Charity Engine is covered in an article by +BBC News! There is so much potential for good research and benefits for charities to further their causes.

+GridRepublic and +BOINC have made a great team in this initiative.
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The #sxsw #sxaction talk on Collectively Outsmarting Malaria featured a new mission to help advance malariacontrol.net research. The current directive is to excite and harness the skills of technology developers and designers to create games that tackle malaria directly. The site launched is http://sxswaction.org/ join if you are or know people who may be interested in this project.

The Initial Project:
For 2012 our project is to support you in creating a set of computer games designed to support the Malaria modeling work of Africa@home(malariacontrol.net):

We'll provide infrastructure: Data and APIs to get data from and submit jobs to a central modeling server; and we hope you'll build games around these tools. A well designed game will in effect harness human intelligence to optimize the Malaria models. More info inside / to come....

Areas of Work
Developer Outreach
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Data Visualization
Game Design

Help build a crowdsourced set of games to tackle malaria research in new ways.
Home · About · News · Documentation · Discussion · Login | Register. Solution Through Collaboration. Thanks to our partners. Join the fight against Malaria. #sxaction. News. SXSW Action to Launch Sund...
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If you did not get the chance to watch the Citizen Cyberscience Summit Live you can watch the recordings of the Livestream. #LCCS2
Extreme Citizen Science on Livestream. This is the official channel of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) team at University College London. We will be broadcasting conferences, seminars, and lectu...
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If you are looking for a new computer or power supply and plan to be using it often while participating in GridRepublic... the 80 plus certifications pay off saving you money.
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Super efficient computing at <5 Watts of power.
 
Less than 70 hours remain for this Kickstarter project to bring highly paralleled computing out of laboratory price range down to hobby price of $99 and open to developers to explore.  (also acts as an Ubuntu computer like Raspberry pi, but faster they claim)

This could be a new SETI@home(they listed as a possible application to port in their survey) or other project accelerating card or computer.

Can the BOINC community help them reach their goal?  What project would you want to see ported first?
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This is a great accomplishment thanks to you.  More projects will are coming.  What kind of research do you want to see?
 
Computing for Sustainable Water project of 6 months and Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy - Phase 2 project of 2.5 years at the World Community Grid are now are finishing up their last units of work.

Thank you to all those who contributed computing time to these projects.
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If you're outside for #buggyfriday  you can help even more resarchers through other citizen science projects.
 
Make your #BuggyFriday  share more with some citizen science projects about bugs. Photograph, count, and share your findings!  See a list of projects at http://scistarter.com/finder?q=bugs
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For #EarthDay we encourage you to join projects accessible through GridRepublic helping to create a more sustainable world:

World Community Grid > The Clean Energy Project - Identify potential Solar Cell materials for more efficient solar panels.

Climateprediction.net - help run simulations about Earth's weather systems for a better understanding of where things are going and why severe weather happens.

Install the GridRepublic software on your computer to help run simulations in the background of your computer for this research while you write papers, surf the web, or do whatever you do on your computer. Learn more at: www.gridrepublic.org
Use GridRepublic, or Grid Republic, to join and manage participation in boinc volunteer distributed grid utility computing projects. Help us to create the world's largest top supercomputer. GridRepubl...
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Are you going to #sxswi in Austin, Texas this weekend? Come and meet some of the GridRepublic team and hear about a project for Collectively Outsmarting Malaria.

Nicolas Maire Project Leader Scientific Computing, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Mattew Blumberg Exec Director of GridRepublic will be presenting. You also can meet +Jonathan Brier from the GridRepublic team. We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy the awesome talk we have planned.

Let us know if you are coming in the comments or on the Lanyrd website: http://lanyrd.com/2012/sxsw-interactive/spkhk/

The presentation outline: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/13975

Help us spread the news so we can reach more people!

#sxsw #boinc #malaria #technology #philanthropy #crowdsourcing #collectiveintelligence #collectivewisdom
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Volunteer Computing
Introduction
The GridRepublic website enables a form of philanthropy called "volunteer computing".

GridRepublic is a nonprofit raising awareness and increase participation in volunteer computing.  Working in collaboration with the open source BOINC project located at the University of California Berkeley, GridRepublic is making accessing and managing involvement in volunteer computing as easy as checking your email.  This is not just for computer experts. No technical or scientific knowledge is needed to make a difference!

Everyday computers, phones, and other technology can run programs that are faster and more complex than ever before and still only use a fraction of their capabilities.

GridRepublic enables you to harness the excess ability of your computer for research projects you choose.  To start participating, all you need to do is select projects that interest you and install a small program.  While you check your email, browse the web, or watch a video your computer can help researchers better understand a disease, develop new medicines, research new clean technologies, model the formation of the universe, search for life on foreign worlds, and many more amazing projects.

In the future volunteer computing efforts could allow your cell phone, television, cable/set top box, and various other Internet connected devices to contribute too.

Some projects available through GridRepublic:

Awards and Recognition:
2009: Launched Progress Thru Processors with Intel
2008: Finalist, Stockhom Challenge
2007: Finalist, SXSW Interactive Web Awards
2006 - present: Recipient of an advertising grant from Google

Volunteer Computing Feats:
Volunteer computing enables feats of accelerating research on massive scales.  
  • The Clean Energy Project research would have taken 22 years on a normal computer cluster, but with volunteer computing the same work was completed in less than 2 years.
  • Discovery of new space phenomenon including pulsar stars discovery.
  • Computational models for proteins helped solve problems hard to understand in laboratory experiments.

By the numbers:
Over 290,000 people are currently contributing to volunteer computing and helping to make the world better.   Every additional person and computer supporting volunteer computing makes a difference.

Help create a resource where research, which used to take 22 years with traditional methods, could be completed within 2 weeks, 2 days, or even 2 hours.  

Do your computers participate?  

Advocacy and Development:
Interested in other ways you can help?