Ordinary people everywhere will be able to use the DreamLab app to help investigate the impact of climate change on cyclones and other extreme weather.
- New project with Imperial to create world’s largest cyclone model.
- The DreamLab app connects smartphones to create a ‘supercomputer’ that performs research while users sleep.
- Two million users across 17 countries have already helped accelerate research into treatments for COVID-19 and cancer.
4 March 2022, London: Vodafone Foundation and Imperial College London are extending their partnership to model the impact of climate change on cyclones and extreme weather using the award-winning DreamLab mobile phone app, that has already supported scientists with COVID-19 and cancer research.
Building on their existing relationship, DreamLab will help researchers at Imperial College London to build the world’s largest public database of simulated tropical cyclone events – a major global hazard adversely affecting millions of people and causing billions of dollars in damage every year.
Developed by Vodafone Foundation, DreamLab is a specialist crowdsourcing app that accelerates scientific research by using the processing power of dormant smartphones while users charge them at night. With almost two million downloads across 17 countries to date, the network of smartphones created by DreamLab is equivalent to a virtual supercomputer capable of processing billions of calculations without collecting or disclosing any user data.