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Charity Engine – donating spare computing power for good

Charity Engine – donating spare computing power for good

Charity Engine is the latest service to attempt to use idle computing power for social good projects. Previous examples include SETI@home, “the largest distributed computing effort with over 3 million users”, and United Devices cancer research screensaver initiative.

Indeed, Charity Engine is based on Berkeley University’s BOINC software, “as used by dozens of famous ‘citizen science’ projects such as SETI@home and the BBC’s climateprediction.net”.

Charity Engine is described as “a non-profit volunteer computing grid, owned and operated by the Worldwide Computer Company Ltd” in Manchester. It works by granting access to the grid to approved companies, with the profits going to charity and a prize draw for individuals who donate their idle PC capacity.

Partner charities include Oxfam, Amnesty International, Sightsavers, Practical Action, Medecins sans Frontieres, and Actionaid.

www.charityengine.com

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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