I've written a lot about the intersection of cryptocurrency mining and PC gaming hardware since coming back to Forbes, but sadly this story flew under my radar. I'm glad I stumbled across it because sometimes we need some positivity to combat the collective (albeit well-founded) outrage the PC gaming community is feeling about the outrageous prices afflicting the graphics card market. Enter "UNICEF Game Chaingers," a charity effort that leverages Ethereum and the Claymore mining software to raise money for emergency aid and supplies for the 13.5 million people affected by the war in Syria.
You can mine multiple crypto coins with Claymore, but UNICEF is choosing Ethereum which remains one of the more profitable crypto coins out there, so it's a good choice. And with a powerful graphics card, you could donate $2 to $3 per day just letting your PC mine to UNICEF's wallet when it's idle.
[Ed note: Though this article is not about investing in cryptocoins or tokens, please note that investing in it is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose their entire investment.]
Claymore is probably a household name if you're an existing miner, but if you've never tried it before I'm pleased to report UNICEF has all but eliminated the small learning curve associated with the software. Their site has a tool that lets you generate a configuration file based on your operating system and whether you use Nvidia or AMD. It then wraps what would normally be an editable batch file that's used to launch the software into a simple executable that you install and launch.