Clean Water Through Crowdsourcing and Nanotech
Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM
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!
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...Show the rest
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 partnership between CERN, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the University of Geneva.
The CCC develops technologies that lower the barrier to entry for online participatory science and promotes the use of these technologies in developing regions through hands-on training.
The CCC helped launch citizen science projects that use open source platforms for crowdsourced computing and thinking like BOINC and Crowdcrafting.
Francois was based at Tsinghua University in Beijing from 2008-2013, where he helped launch the Computing for Clean Water project in collaboration with IBM's World Community Grid. This was China's first large-scale volunteer computing project, dedicated to developing better technologies for water filtration and involving 150,000 participants.Hide the rest
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...Show the rest
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 accelerate scientific research on health, sustainability and poverty. Through the contributions of over 700,000 volunteers and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has enabled important scientific advances in childhood cancer, solar energy and water filtration.
Juan began her career in the UK as a management consultant delivering large system implementation projects to retail banking clients. Motivated and inspired to apply her expertise to the non-profit sector, she joined IBM Citizenship and has since led several philanthropic programs including data-driven urban planning tools, and online resources to drive small business growth in emerging markets.
Juan has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Middle East and US.Hide the rest