Annual Summit

Sacramento

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
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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
Event Sponsor - Atonix Digital
Microsoft logo
Keolis logo
Jobs Ohio logo
California Wellness Foundation logo
Noll & Tam Architects logo
Xylem logo
California Endowment
DKS Associates
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.

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

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

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Beer Tasting on November 27

The Meeting of the Minds 2018 Annual Summit will kick off with an informal beer tasting led by UC Davis Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences, Charles Bamforth.

Sacramento is one of the great brewing cities of the United States. Once home to the second biggest brewery west of the Mississippi, Sacramento and nearby cities house some of the nation’s finest craft brewing companies. Sierra Nevada, founded in Chico, is legendary not only for its quality products but also for the company’s environmental approach, with attention to minimizing material and energy usage and maximizing efficiencies and use of co-products. Their lead is followed by many local breweries. And just across the causeway is UC Davis, home to North America’s pioneering brewing school, with the first ever LEED Platinum pilot brewery. Come join its leader, Distinguished Professor Charlie Bamforth, aka “The Pope of Foam”, for an informative yet hilarious journey into the delights of some delicious and intriguing beers.

November 27, 6-7pm (before the Opening Reception). Free with full registration to event. You will be asked to RSVP on the registration form.

Beer Tasting on November 27

The Meeting of the Minds 2018 Annual Summit will kick off with an informal beer tasting led by UC Davis Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences, Charles Bamforth.

Sacramento is one of the great brewing cities of the United States. Once home to the second biggest brewery west of the Mississippi, Sacramento and nearby cities house some of the nation’s finest craft brewing companies. Sierra Nevada, founded in Chico, is legendary not only for its quality products but also for the company’s environmental approach, with attention to minimizing material and energy usage and maximizing efficiencies and use of co-products. Their lead is followed by many local breweries. And just across the causeway is UC Davis, home to North America’s pioneering brewing school, with the first ever LEED Platinum pilot brewery. Come join its leader, Distinguished Professor Charlie Bamforth, aka “The Pope of Foam”, for an informative yet hilarious journey into the delights of some delicious and intriguing beers.

November 27, 6-7pm (before the Opening Reception). Free with full registration to event. You will be asked to RSVP on the registration form.

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available for public sector leaders, early-stage entrepreneurs, non-profit executives, and academics to register for the Annual Summit at low or no cost. Scholarships are limited, competitive, and awarded on a rolling basis.

Full passes

  • Early-Bird Registration: $900 (Ends August 17)
  • General Registration: $1,200 (August 18 – November 9)
  • Late Registration: $1,500 (November 10 – November 29)

One day passes

  • Early-Bird Registration: $500 (Ends August 17)
  • General Registration: $700 (August 18 – November 9)
  • Late Registration: $850 (November 10 – November 29)

Refund policy

  • 90% refund before November 6
  • 50% refund before November 20
  • No refunds after November 20

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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