Meeting of the Minds 2017 Annual Summit

October 23-25, 2017

Cleveland, OH

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Meeting of the Minds is pleased to announce that our 11th annual summit will convene in Cleveland, Ohio from October 23-25th at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

This year’s Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit on the shores of Lake Erie will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe. Our sessions will feature solutions that are scalable, replicable and transferable from city-to-city and sector-to-sector. All of our discussions are couched in a deep understanding of technology and equity as key drivers for innovative cities.

If you are a leader who is seeking cross-sectoral and partnership-focused strategies that deliver scalable solutions on the ground in urban neighborhoods, then we invite you to join us at our Annual Summit 2017.

Who comes to the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit?

*Numbers based on 2016 statistics. See the 2016 Annual Report for more information.

Delegates

  • Public Sector 17%
  • Private Sector 40%
  • Non-profit sector 28%
  • Academic 10%
  • Media 5%

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SVP/Director or Higher

Urban Sustainability Summit Photos

Our Location

Cleveland, like many other legacy cities where our Annual Summit has convened, has been chosen because it is embarking on an exciting new urban revitalization and smart city strategy across an ecosystem of partners from technology, public sector, philanthropy, academic, community organizations and beyond. Home to major healthcare systems such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth and the 3rd largest modern manufacturing state in the US, Cleveland knows how to build economic clusters. It is home to IBM’s Watson, world-class water strategies, a bus rapid transit system, innovative manufacturing, academic institutions which serve as anchors for neighborhood revitalization, and a thriving arts culture and economy. Cleveland is tasked with re-skilling its workforce, attracting residents back to the downtown and midtown cores, attracting talent, redeveloping and revitalizing former industrial areas, linking its neighborhoods to multiple waterfronts, and developing a smart city strategy. Much has already been accomplished in the Greater Cleveland area, but, similar to other cities around the world, there are major challenges ahead.

A strong foundation for this important urban revitalization work has been laid by innovative organizations like DigitalC, Microsoft, Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, JobsOhio, JumpStart, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Cleveland Water Alliance, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, MOCA Cleveland, and dozens of others.

Meeting of the Minds is grateful for the support of our local partner, DigitalC.

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, DigitalC aspires to be a leading advocate for the digital transformation of communities across the nation. Find out more at digitalc.org.

Meet our speakers:

James Weinberg

James Weinberg

CEO
FUSE Corps

Tayyib Smith

Tayyib Smith

Co-Founder
The Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship

Huda Shaka

Huda Shaka

Associate Director
Arup

Joe Calabrese

Joe Calabrese

CEO & General Manager
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

What do past attendees of the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit say?

“A thoroughly unique, cross-disciplinary program and attendee makeup, that made for an excellent forum to share ideas and discuss forward-looking strategies.”

“Incredible speakers, compelling content, and a room full of decision-makers.”

“Meeting of the Minds allowed me to benchmark the progress that my city is making in important sectors related to innovation, sustainability, and social justice.”

“Great people…open, non-pretentious conversations with real decision makers about how we can work together to pursue our shared agendas.”

“There was a great selection of speakers from the public, non-profit and private sectors. And I liked that the talks were not sales oriented.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to hear from leaders across the region and country about the innovative, cross sector work being done to improve our communities.”

*Results from the 2016 Meeting of the Minds Delegate Survey

Agenda

Themes

Our sessions will feature solutions that are scalable, replicable and transferable from city-to-city and sector-to-sector.  The agenda will include:

  • Smart cities
  • IoT
  • Mobility
  • Climate & resiliency
  • Clean urban water & energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Broadband access and adoption
  • Economic development strategies
  • Urban data
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Healthy communities
  • Urban parks

And much more.

Click the image to see our Agenda-at-a-Glance.

Pricing

One-Day Pass

October 24 or 25
$500
  • Includes access to sessions on October 24 or 25
  • Includes access to Opening Night Reception on October 23
Register

Scholarship

October 23-25
Free
  • Scholarships are available for public sector leaders, non-profit executives, community leaders, entrepreneurs and graduate students
  • Women and people of color are encouraged to apply
  • Scholarships cover the cost of registration and include all receptions and meals
  • Scholarships are extremely competitive and are awarded on a rolling basis
Apply

Venue and Hotel Location

Venue

The 2017 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes at the Global Center for Health Innovation at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Global Center for Health Innovation
1 St. Clair Ave., NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
www.theglobalcenter.com

Hotel

Delegates are encouraged to stay at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center.

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114

Reserve your room by using this link.

Venue: Global Center for Health Innovation

Meeting of the Minds 2017 convenes at the Global Center for Health Innovation at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

1 St. Clair Ave., NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
www.theglobalcenter.com

Hotel: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

Delegates are encouraged to stay at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114

Reserve your room by using this link.

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations.
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