The DreamLab app uses people’s mobile phone’s processing power to speed up cancer research whenever the phone is not in use – for example while the owner is asleep.
Cancer affects so many people around the world. Medical research is the key to solving it, but progress is slowed up by the limited access researchers have to supercomputers to process the complex data and algorithms.
Vodafone Foundation's DreamLab app uses the collective processing capacity of smartphones to crunch numbers and compare genetic profiles of tumours and analyses data for breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers. It operates only when a phone is fully charged or charging.
The app sends the information back to the Garvan Institute — one of Australia's foremost genome mapping organisations.
It creates value (cancer research) from idle assets (mobile phones that are not in use, for example at night when the owner is sleeping).
For more info visit garvan.org.au/get-involved/dreamlab.