Annual Summit

Sacramento

November 27-29, 2018

Spotlighting Innovations in Smart and Sustainable Cities

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

430 leaders gathered to build partnerships across sectors and from city-to-city. The event focused on emerging and tested urban sustainability solutions that are scalable, replicable, and transferable for cities and regions. Discussions were rooted in a deep understanding of technology and equity as key drivers for smart cities.

The 2018 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit was made possible by the generous support of these organizations.

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Who came to the 2018 Annual Summit?

Urban Sustainability Summit Photos

Delegates

  • Public Sector 20% 20%
  • Private Sector 51% 51%
  • Non-profit sector 19% 19%
  • Academic 7% 7%
  • Philanthropic 3% 3%

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SVP/Director or Higher

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

“I really loved the workshop that I did, #5, looking at new development happening around downtown Sacramento. I also liked the prompted discussions at the tables in between the speakers as well as the variety of speakers who presented.”

“Very relevant topics, excellent presentations and conversations on stage, and very fruitful and open discussions around the tables. I particularly liked that despite the tech and smart cities background neither the selection of topics, moderators and guests nor the conversations were tech-centered.”

“I liked the short topics and the wide range of topics. The format is extremely good! I also liked that food was included in the event, so that there was very little to distract me. I just had to show up and participate. Everything I needed for the day was included. Thank you for that!”

“The speakers and the cadence of the conference were very good. Time use was efficient and the subjects were relevant.”

“It was interesting to be in a room with professionals from other sectors rather than same sector.”

“Superior speakers with great policy experience.”

*Results from the 2018 Meeting of the Minds Delegate Survey

Event Schedule Overview

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Beer Tasting on November 27

The Meeting of the Minds 2018 Annual Summit kicked 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. We joined its leader, Distinguished Professor Charlie Bamforth, aka “The Pope of Foam”, for an informative and hilarious journey into the delights of some delicious and intriguing beers.

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.

Speakers

Julie Sloat

Allison Arieff

Columnist; Editorial Director
New York Times; SPUR

Jannet Walker Ford

Darrell Steinberg

Mayor
City of Sacramento

Mike Stevens

Michael Tubbs

Mayor
City of Stockton

Thais Blumenthal de Moraes

Waffiyyah Murray

Better Bike Share Partnership Program Manager
City of Philadelphia

Venue

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

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

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.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel