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.
Hello! My name is Steve and I live in Bournemouth, England with my wife Melissa. I work in IT for a large US bank which has its European, Middle East and African Technology & Operations Centre based locally. In my free time I am a keen karter, racing World Formula Karts at tracks around the South of England.
I have been supporting Charity Engine since May 2012 when it was profiled by the BBC. It's a fantastic concept and deserves to become a success and I will certainly keep on recommending it to everyone I know. And of course, raising money for good causes with a chance of winning cash prizes whilst expending minimal effort? What's not to like? :-)
I am constantly curious, but not entirely sure whether I'm an overt optimist, or simply stubborn. A student of both the arts and sciences, my work synthesizes quantitative and qualitative inquiries into a holistic line of questioning about the nature of the world and my place within it.
I spend a lot of my free time volunteering for a local animal sanctuary, so I've always had a lot of passion for charitable causes, and when I first heard about Charity Engine I thought it was a fantastic way to make a meaningful contribution to good causes while using minimal resources that otherwise just go unused. As long as my PC is on, Charity Engine will be too.
I am at college studying biology and chemistry, and was already taking part in some Boinc projects before I heard of Charity Engine. I then decided that giving my computer time to help some scientific projects and giving some money to charities was the right thing to do.
I think that the prize draw is an excellent incentive to push people to participate. I have also told some of my friends about Charity Engine and got them involved. I will probably keep the money until I need to change my computer - and I will put the new one to work for CE too!