A mobile app with one purpose: Accelerate cancer research.
Leveraging state-of-the-art distributed mesh computing practices, smartphones can be linked together to build scientists a powerful supercomputer for expediting cancer research.
By combining our smartphones together, we can provide scientists a powerful, crowdsourced supercomputer. This can enable scientific research normally not possible or too costly to do effectively.
The more smartphones added to the network, the more computational power for cancer research.
“Your platform has the potential to dramatically accelerate the pace of computational biology by crowdsourcing massive and complex calculations. I believe Compute for Cancer can increase the chances of finding a needle in the haystack of cancer data.” -Russell C. Rockne, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Director of Mathematical Oncology)
Compute for Cancer is powered by the Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing (BOINC) platform. Developed at UC Berkeley, BOINC is an open-source software platform to allow for "volunteer computing", or the ability to leverage idle consumer computing power for high-power, scientific research. https://boinc.berkeley.edu/
Several prominent universities already have fully-functional, high-impact projects running including: UC Berkeley, Oxford University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To see a full list, please visit:
We are striving to have a fully-optimized app developed and publicly available by April 2018. The Kickstarter funding will be used for:
1. App/future feature developments
2. Website development
Eric R. Weinstein, PhD
Eric R. Weinstein is a Managing Director of Thiel Capital. Mathematician, physicist, author, musician, and a true polymath, Weinstein has Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University, has been affiliated with MIT, Oxford University, and Institute for New Economic Thinking, and has to his credit a number of groundbreaking ideas in such diverse areas as quantum field theory, differential geometry, economics, and finance.”
With her three kids in college, Katrina Garnett has inspired a third generation of technology. As a result of being raised in the mini-computer era and having worked in Development at Oracle and Sybase for 10 years, along with being Founder, President & CEO of Crossworlds Software for 6 years, Katrina feels very fortunate. Crossworlds Software had an IPO (initial public offering) in June of 2000, which led to being acquired by IBM in January of 2001, Katrina feels very fortunate. Post Crossworlds, Garnett created Garnett Ventures, which enables her to work with talented young entrepreneurs from SRI, Stanford, Berkeley and USC. Helping others realize their dreams is why she works in Silicon Valley. A cure for Cancer is also one of her dreams.
Ms Garnett believes the greatest opportunity will come from the intersection of technology and healthcare. When her father-in-law died of lung cancer, she worked for years with the Ronald McDonald House. Garnett believes Compute for Cancer is an ideal opportunity where everyone can participate regardless of his or her means. By merging a consumer application that donates idle CPU to the supercomputer mesh network, it immediately increases badly needed compute power for cancer researchers. It’s an egalitarian and ubiquitous approach where everyone can help beat cancer.
Edward Frenkel, PhD
Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics. His latest book “Love and Math” was a New York Times bestseller, won the Euler Book Prize, and has been translated into 17 languages.
“As someone whose family has been affected by cancer, I know that we have to pool all our resources to cure this disease. I am happy to do all I can toward that goal.”
Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musician, and writer best known for his work in virtual reality and his advocacy of humanism and sustainable economics in a digital context. He introduced the terms “virtual reality” and “mixed reality.” His 1980s startup VPL Research created the first commercial VR products, and introduced avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, and prototypes of major VR applications such as surgical simulation. His books “Who Owns the Future?” and “You Are Not a Gadget” have been international bestsellers. He has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the IEEE as well as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, one of the highest cultural honors in Europe.”
Mike North, PhD
Exploring the intersection of nature, humanity, and technology, Dr. North is a thought leader on technology at the fringe and where it’s leading us. As Founder of ReAllocate, he’s interested in how we can use our expertise for the betterment of humanity. By utilizing our emerging technological resource to address cancer, he feels Compute for Cancer is leveraging our collective technological power to help solve our most pressing health issue.
On a personal level, Mike lost his grandmother at a young age to Pancreatic Cancer. He experienced her pain and how traumatic losing her was to him and his family. Curing cancer is more than just saving lives, it’s about ending the trauma and pain felt by countless patients and families every year. By us each contributing every day through our excess computational power we can help reduce the pain the world and feel good about our individual role in doing good.
Risks and challenges
The risk associated with Compute for Cancer is primarily related to scale and technology. We have global support on both the business and technology fronts. We have backing from leading technologists in the San Francisco, Bay Area, to top cancer researchers, and we are in close communication and directly engaged with Biden Cancer Moonshot. We have extended our network to address potential issues, and are always looking more people to join our team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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