Corporate members are an integral part of DAWN. They provide insights on real-world problems, opportunities, and constraints that inform and inspire our research. They engage with faculty and students. They provide a path to testing and applying our innovations, thus leading to large-scale impact.

Member Benefits

Corporate engagement includes the following elements:

  • Invitations to technical retreats every 6 months
  • Invitations to on-campus workshops on DAWN technologies (e.g., Snorkel hackathon, MacroBase hackathon, etc.)—and opportunities to engage with students
  • An opportunity to serve on the DAWN advisory board, thus providing input on industry considerations
  • Early engagement with software prototypes that we develop, under a permissive open source license
  • Engagement with faculty members and students to discuss research and pursue collaboration


DAWN is a five-year program commencing in 2017 that is supported by unrestricted funding from a small number of member companies that each contribute $500k per year plus additional support from government funding agencies like NSF and DARPA. DAWN is a Stanford University industrial affiliates program and is subject to university policies for such programs including openness in research, publication and broad sharing of results, and faculty freedom to pursue research topics and methodology of their choice. See the Stanford Industrial Affiliates page. DAWN is affiliated with the Stanford Data Science Initiative, a university-wide program for massive data, analytics, and algorithms.

Corporate membership in DAWN is considered executed and renewed on an annual basis upon receipt of the annual membership fee. An overview document may be downloaded here.

Industrial affiliates programs are subject to Stanford University policies for industry affiliates programs. Please see the Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Membership for more details.


DAWN researchers will use and develop open-source software, and it is the intention of all DAWN researchers that any software released will be released under an open source model, such as BSD.

Founding Members

More Information

For further information please contact any member of the DAWN team or Andrea Brand-Sanchez, Program Manager, ajbrand@stanford.edu.