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Digital Cities Program

The new GPC Digital Cities research initiative creates a focused research effort bringing together cross-discipline expertise including data analytics, institutional investment on urban sustainability, and exploration of how emerging technologies will change the way we think about business model development for government and enterprises engaged in digital cities. Collaboration with corporate affiliates will ensure market connection, validation, and new ways of transforming disruption into competitive advantage.

The Stanford GPC Affiliate Program in Digital Cities is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Its goal is to fundamentally change the way governments and companies think and operate as the world moves toward truly digitized urban centers - by harnessing focused research, commercial opportunity, and new ways of thinking about governance and sustainability.

  • In the last 50 years, the world's urban population has grown from 1 to 3.5 billion.

  • In the next 50 years, urban populations will double again with 70% living in urban environments.

  • Rapid growth in urbanization is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities we face today.

  • The growth we face in urban areas over the next 50 years is equivalent to all the growth that has taken place during the entire history of mankind.