DreamLab - Powering Research 4+

Fast-track health research


    • 4.5 • 45 Ratings
    • Free


***Temporarily, DreamLab is being used to support research to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19.***

Imagine if you could really make a difference and help to speed up time in the fight against Covid-19 and cancer.

DreamLab is a multi-award winning app from the Vodafone Foundation, in partnership with Imperial College London, which uses the collective power of mobile phones to fast track Covid-19 and cancer research. DreamLab exists to help find answers quicker and the more people who use DreamLab, the faster it works.

Medical research currently generates huge volumes of health data around the world every day, but access to computing power to crunch and make sense of this data is limited. Your mobile device contains a huge amount of computing power needed to run everything from email to music and video streaming apps, but is mostly dormant while you plug it in to charge overnight. DreamLab harnesses this processing power, of yours and thousands of other mobile phones, to examine such health data to look specifically at how existing drugs can be repurposed to help in the fight against cancer.

DreamLab taps into this invaluable resource to find more effective combinations of drugs that can be tailored to patients to improve treatments and save lives. As a Dreamer you can even choose which project to support and also select how much mobile data the app uses every month (or only on WiFi). Just one PC running 24 hours a day would need 300 years to process the data required to complete the project. However, 100,000 smartphones running DreamLab for six hours a night could fast track the job in just three months.

Download the DreamLab app today and start making a difference to lives in the fight against cancer.


Download the DreamLab app, choose a project to support and each time your phone is plugged in, charged and connected to the internet, you’ll be helping to save lives in the fight against Covid-19 and cancer.


Charge your phone overnight and while you #SleepLikeAHero, DreamLab taps into its unused processing power to support vital cancer research.

Fight Covid-19 and Cancer
Alongside thousands of other DreamLab users, while you sleep you’ll be using your phone to power a virtual supercomputer, capable of processing billions of calculations – and helping fast track research into better ways to fight Covid-19 and cancer.

When you plug your phone in and power DreamLab, it downloads tiny parts of a huge research project from the cloud to calculate and sends the results back to the team at Imperial College London. The more people who power DreamLab, the faster we can find the right drugs and treatments to beat cancer. All you need to do is set up DreamLab once and it will get to work each time you plug your phone in.

To help the fight against Covid-19 and cancer, and find the drugs and treatments needed to fight them, simply download the app (#) and choose which Project you’d like to support. You can also track the contribution you’ve made and keep up to date with news.

DreamLab supports cancer research globally and is powered by the Vodafone Foundation.


* A compatible handset is required. Downloading DreamLab will consume mobile data. Once downloaded, DreamLab can be used when your device (i) is connected to a charging source and (ii) has mobile network or WiFi connectivity. 

# By downloading, installing or otherwise using the DreamLab application on your device, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions found at https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/dreamlab

If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, you should not download, install or otherwise use DreamLab Application.

What’s New

Version 2.6.4

Release of new Tropical Cyclone project - Tropical Cyclone Phase 4

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

SteveAntcliff68 ,

Just doing my bit

I don’t really get how this works behind the scenes but if it helps find a cure for cancer, I’m happy to have it running on my phone.

I am fighting brain cancer. Had my grandma been alive, she would have said it was down to my mobile being glued to my head most of the day. Her opinion might have merit, who knows, but any form of cancer and the invasive treatments used to treat it need to be made better. Radio and chemotherapy need to be kinder to the body. Better treatments need to be found by thinking outside the box, even if it is simple stuff like changing ones diet so that malignant cells cannot develop. Research and education of the population are essential to beating this disease and if this app helps, all the better.

I urge mobile phone companies to have this app built in to their operating systems so it runs by default. Until then everyone should be running this application to help the men and women tasked with finding a cure and better treatments for cancer so our kids and grandchildren may one day be free of this disease.

Jodie bear ,

Who doesn’t want to cure cancer?

This is an app that allows cancer researchers to use the power of your phone/iPad to test existing drugs to see if they’re effective against cancers. Effectively your device becomes a part of a supercomputer while none of your personal data is submitted or accessible. My own Uncle had his life extended by years by the discovery that the drug thalidomide was effective against his cancer so this approach works and these drugs are often cheaper than newer cancer drugs and we’ve all seen stories of people dying early when the NHS refuses funding for a particularly expensive drug. All you do is start the app running when you are not using your device and charging it for example if you’re sleeping or you’re battery is low after bingeing on Netflix, it works on wi if or you can donate mobile data if you want but you control that completely. So do something good today as one day the person being treated for cancer may be yourself or someone you love.

Frank Blank ,

Great app

Fantastic example of citizen science where the general public can contribute to research that will help improve healthcare. Would love it to have more users to advance the research more quickly, and as it’s so easy (everyone charged their phone after all!) I’m encouraging everyone I know to start using it!

With the projects so big now, can the project team do anything with small percentage increases in completed calculations? Or do they have to wait until the whole project is done before the results can be used? It’d be really useful to know this. I’m concerned that some users may stop using it because they feel that project is so far from completion that their small part isn’t making a big difference. If the researchers are continually using the new data and can make progress with it, I think that’d be a fantastic thing to publicise! Everyone will feel that their contribution is more valued if even just a few calculations can lead to progress!

App Privacy

The developer, THE VODAFONE FOUNDATION, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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