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Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities Program

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Housed at the interdisciplinary Global Projects Center (GPC) in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, the Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities (DTDC) Program was founded by Professor Emeritus Raymond Levitt and Executive Director Michael Steep to create a bridge between program members and early-stage technologies. The program creates awareness of emerging technologies for each member, while also exposing faculty labs to market opportunities and industry perspectives.

The DTGC Program works across all seven schools at Stanford – School of Earth, Energy and Environment, Graduate School of Business, School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Education, and the Stanford Law School – on behalf of our affiliate members.  For each affiliate member, a comprehensive annual plan is developed to match up their individual business needs with exposure to disruptive technology—guiding our continuous work on joint- venturing and research engagements on behalf of our membership and the Stanford schools.

The DTGC Program covers disruptive technologies and new business models spanning healthcare, financial services, transportation, construction, sustainability, energy, advanced materials, data analytics, media and entertainment. We provide members with active guidance on technology identification and how to transform disruptive technology into new opportunities for growth. Our approach offers a new and interdisciplinary perspective on technology by combining business modeling expertise and technology research. We also assist our members in identifying Stanford resources for speaking engagements, write memos and write papers on areas of interest, conduct seed research projects, and even create prototype products at Stanford labs (research projects and prototype development comes at an additional cost).