7 Dec 2011 Manchester - The Worldwide Computer Company is launching the amazing Charity Engine, the app which could save the world. A free download, Charity Engine sits quietly in the background of any PC and continually raises money for top charities by working with thousands of other PCs as part of the Charity Engine Grid. Official partners are ActionAid, Amnesty, CARE, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, Practical Action, Sightsavers, War on Want and Water Aid. More will be added in future.
The Grid works just like a giant supercomputer, and can be hired like one. For science and industry, it is a fantastically cheap solution to their ever-increasing computing needs - and the most environmentally friendly as well. Supercomputers and data centres cost billions to make and megawatts to run, the Worldwide Computer Company simply uses existing resources more efficiently.
And those resources are vast. Just 0.5% of the Internet is more powerful than every supercomputer on Earth put together, so it is expected that Charity Engine will be the world's fastest platform within a year.
Each month, all the profits are shared 50-50 between the charity partners and one lucky volunteer who has Charity Engine running on their PC, chosen at random. The more work a PC has done, the more chances its owner has to win. The prizes will be substantial, up to and including $1million.
Modern PCs are hugely over-specified and spend most of their time wasting electricity while waiting for the next keystroke. They can run Charity Engine without slowing down at all, and for just a tiny increase in energy consumption - about the same as charging one or two mobile phones; literally pence per day.
Although worthless by itself, when combined with thousands of other PCs the value of that computing is 10-20 times more than it costs to make. Therefore, no matter what task a PC is running for Charity Engine, it turns each GBP 1 of 'donated electricity' into GBP 10 - GBP 20 for the charities and prize fund. For comparison, a UK Lotto ticket turns each GBP 1 into 28p for charity and 50p for its prize.
In summary, Charity Engine is the most ingenious, efficient and effortless way to raise money for charity - and to be in a never-ending series of prize draws - ever invented. All you need is a PC.