World Community Grid – A project that uses the unused computing power of your computer and mobile-phone for humanitarian causes.


The world is increasingly developing networks with more number of people connected to the internet. Here is one of the ways through which such a network can be used to serve and to create a better world.

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate the unused computing power of their gadget to research projects related to health, poverty and sustainability. This includes finding more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Dengue, finding molecules that can more efficiently convert solar energy to electricity etc. More than 650,000 people from around the world have volunteered for this project, and 460 organizations that include universities, companies and research institutions have partnered with World Community Grid (WCG). This makes WCG the largest virtual super-computer available for humanitarian research. More than 35 peer-reviewed articles have been published in research journals, based on research conducted by WCG. WCG insists that all research results should be made available in the public domain, free of cost.

If you are interested to be part of this project, you can visit the WCG website at, register there, and download and install an application in your computer or smartphone or tablet. This application connects your gadget to World Community Grid. WCG distributes millions of small data-based computer-based experiments to thousands of volunteers’ devices. Similarly, WCG would be sending you small portions of data for analysis, and all this is done automatically, and do not require your involvement. Using the unused computing power of your gadget, this WCG application analyses the downloaded data, gathers the results and returns them to WCG. Researchers look into the results of these data. The software also provides you with tools that helps you to decide how and when should the software function in your system.


Due to WCG, research projects that would have taken decades to complete, were completed in a few years. I’ve contributed the unused processing power of my computer to WCG projects for many years, and using this application has not resulted in any troubles for my computer. I do not require more than 5 minutes of internet connection on a daily basis to run WCG in my system. However, in the initial phases, while downloading the application and downloading the initial set of experiments, you may require internet connection for a longer duration.

If you would like to know more about this project or would like to contribute the unused computing power of your gadget, visit their website by clicking on the below logo.



 “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”



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