I started using Charity Engine in December of 2011. I had been using BOINC on and off prior to that. I found Charity Engine to support the same types of computation in addition to supporting charity work so I have been running it ever since.
At his request, this prize winner donated his $1000 prize to Sightsavers and wishes to remain anonymous.
A wonderful gesture, bravo sir!
I'm a software engineer from France; I love science, computing and technology. BOINC is one of the greatest idea humankind could come up with, and Charity Engine makes it even more attractive to us ambitious folks with these prizes.
So, it's win/win for all of us. Install charity engine and be a bi-winner like me - I win here and I win there, now what?
Growing up I learned to use what we have and do the best we can with it. So now comes along Charity Engine which uses computers and current technology where we can all share in productive commercial work while doing good contributing to charity organizations on the other side.
The leaders of CE thought of putting together a Prize draw. How much more fun can you have computing with a chance to win? The winnings can be put back in to the computing/power resources, your family fund or even given back to charity.
This makes a lot of sense to me and I have enjoyed the challenge getting it all to work and keeping it running. I encourage you to give it a go as well. Good computing and good luck.
I have a career doing mostly research for the Government of Canada in politics, but I also have a background in computer programming and analysis. One of my favourite pastimes is hobby coding for the open source community. I found Charity Engine when I was looking for more ways to contribute my computer's time to the community. I decided to become involved because I like the simple model: the idea of using a computer's spare time to raise money for charity.