Protein Folding Contest
CALL FOR ENTRIES Online Protein Folding Competition for Cash Prizes
2010 Foldit Protein Folding Challenge Looking for Global College Teams
WHAT: Students have the opportunity to compete with some of today’s best
minds at top-ranking universities across the globe, hoping to be the first
team to fold a real protein over-expressed in pancreatic cancer to its
Student teams will compete using Foldit – a gaming software developed by
the University of Washington and recently featured in the New York Times
and Nature magazine – to harness human 3D perception and puzzle-solving
skills to help find cures for diseases through better protein structure
prediction and design.
The winning students will receive a monetary prize with the intention of
WHY: Protein folding – the act of identifying genetic codes – is an
important next step in research. Knowing the structure of a protein is key
to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs, potentially
unlocking cures for diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer's
Foldit is a revolutionary online game that enables participants to
contribute to important scientific research. It challenges people to apply
puzzle-solving intuition, which can actually help teach computers how to
solve proteins faster.
WHO: Hosted by the University of Washington and sponsored by MedImmune.
DEADLINE: Deadline for entries is Thursday, November 4th
HOW: For student registration, or for more information including official
contest rules, email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4 with your
team name and names/email addresses of all team members (up to four
The competition runs from November 5, 9:00 AM Pacific Time, through 11:59
PM Pacific Time on November 18.
The contest is open to all currently enrolled university students,
regardless of prior protein folding experience. Because the 2010
University Protein Folding Challenge contest includes cash prizes, official
rules must be developed in accordance with laws in each country from where
contestants are participating. As a result, we are only able to open the
contest to students in the US and UK.
WHERE: For more information, visit http://pressroom.medimmune.com/foldit/,
and for our official rules, check out