2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Clean Water Through Crowdsourcing and Nanotech

Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon C
110 E 2nd St

How can scientists tackle complex challenges, like the lack of access to clean water for a billion people around the world? By crowdsourcing the problem! Learn how an international research team tapped into computing power donated by 150k volunteers to simulate water flow through carbon nanotubes at an unprecedented level of detail, revealing a breakthrough discovery that could lead to more efficient water filtration and desalination, as well as possible uses in clean energy and medicine. While scientists have speculated about using nanotech for water filtration, previous studies missed this discovery because they didn't have enough computing power. Welcome to the power of crowdsourcing!

Hashtags: #sxsw #wcgrid


Francois Grey at SXSW

Francois Grey


Citizen Cyberscience Centre

Francois Grey is a physicist with a passion for citizen science. Since September 2014, he is Professor at the University of Geneva and Coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre (CCC), a partne...

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Juan Hindo at SXSW

Juan Hindo

Program Mgr


Juan Hindo manages World Community Grid (worldcommunitygrid.org), a global IBM philanthropic initiative that enables anyone with a computer or mobile device to donate unused computing power to acce...

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