The Vodafone Foundation’s DreamLab app is aiding cancer research.
The DreamLab app was first launched in Australia to help the Garvan Institute for Medical Research to harness the collective processing power of smartphones while they’re charging (usually at night, while the user is asleep).
Research being undertaken by the Garvan Institute into the causes of cancer requires huge amounts of data processing power. The app has enabled researchers to process data twice as fast.
The Vodafone Foundation’s longer-term vision is to extend the potential for DreamLab by promoting it in various Vodafone markets in order to grow a large international base of ‘dreamers’ providing significant computing power, so that researchers all over the globe undertaking cancer research can take advantage of this resource.