Annual Summit


November 27-29, 2018

Spotlighting Innovations in Smart and Sustainable Cities

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The Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit

November 27-29, 2018
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Sacramento, CA

The 12th Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes in Sacramento, California with the purpose of spotlighting tools and best practices working for smart city leaders across the globe.

400+ leaders gather each year to build partnerships across sectors and from city-to-city. The event focuses on emerging and tested urban sustainability solutions which are scalable, replicable, and transferable for cities and regions. Discussions are rooted in a deep understanding of technology and equity as key drivers for smart cities.

The Sacramento-Davis region provides an exciting backdrop for the key urban issue areas discussed at the Annual Summit through plenary sessions and workshops: water policy, mobility, EVs, electric bikeshare, parking, downtown and waterfront redevelopment, housing, inclusion and equity, food systems, health, homelessness, climate resiliency, IoT, innovative governance, and more. Workshop tours on the afternoon of November 28th will break all 400+ participants into small groups to explore the region’s neighborhoods and see first-hand how innovations are being developed, implemented, financed, and scaled.

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

Event Sponsor - Toyota
Noll & Tam Architects logo
Event Sponsor - Cubic
Event Sponsor - Ford Smart Mobility
Event Sponsor - Itron
Event Sponsor - Dassault Systemes
Event Sponsor - Black & Veatch
Event Sponsor - Atonix Digital
Microsoft logo
Jobs Ohio logo
California Wellness Foundation logo
Noll & Tam Architects logo
Noll & Tam Architects logo

Who comes to the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit?

*Numbers based on 2017 statistics. See the 2017 Annual Report for more information.


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


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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 2017 Meeting of the Minds Delegate Survey

Event Schedule

Annual Summit sample schedule
Annual Summit sample schedule - mobile version

Venue and Hotel Location

The 2018 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

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