Milestones from 2018

A Year in Review

New Meetups

Each month, leaders interested in the future of sustainable and smart cities convene for a casual happy hour to share ideas and network. The Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup was first started by Meeting of the Minds in San Francisco in 2013. Since then, we have helped facilitate similar meetups in cities across North America. The San Francisco meetup group now boasts over 2,400 members, and the New York City group includes another 1,600 members. This year we helped convene 20 such meetups – in San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle.

Continuing Conversations

May and September, 2018

As a follow-up to the 2017 Annual Summit in Cleveland, Meeting of the Minds convened two events, also in Cleveland, to continue the conversation around important urban sustainability and smart city topics that emerged from the Annual Summit. Each event hosted approximately 80 leaders for two evening programs. The first event focused on Mobility, Data and Equity, and at the second, we discussed How Anchor Institutions Can Partner with Start-ups.

Ann Arbor Mobility Summit

June, 2018

The 2018 Meeting of the Minds Mobility Summit convened approximately 151 leaders in Ann Arbor on June 14, 2018 to spotlight emerging mobility trends and share best practices, specifically around autonomous and connected technology. The event featured a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly opened American Center for Mobility, as well as static and live demos from more than eight mobility and technology start-ups and OEMs.

Annual Summit in Sacramento

November, 2018

Meeting of the Minds convened its 12th Annual Summit in Sacramento, California on November 27-29, 2018. 430 leaders gathered to participate in workshop tours, small-group discussions, and plenary sessions focused on the future of smart and sustainable cities. The Sacramento region provided a fascinating and timely backdrop for key topic areas including: 5G, mobility, water policy, downtown and waterfront redevelopment, homelessness and housing, urban agriculture, job creation, clean energy, and more.

Meeting of the Minds programming was supported by these generous organizations in 2018.

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Annual Summit

November 27-29, 2018
Sacramento, California

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.

90 full scholarships were awarded through our competitive scholarship program to public sector leaders, non-profit executives, early stage entrepreneurs and academics to attend the Annual Summit free of charge. 62% of the scholarship recipients were women and approximately 33% were non-white. 

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Mobility Summit

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Meeting of the Minds, in partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK and Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone, convened a unique one-day thought leadership summit in Ann Arbor focused on emerging autonomous mobility and smart city solutions. Participants had the first-of-its-kind opportunity to tour the recently opened American Center for Mobility (formerly Willow Run) and experience live demos from OEMs and mobility start-ups on the private track and infrastructure assets, followed by small group discussions and workshops. Participants were encouraged to stay for Ann Arbor’s TechTrek on June 15th, which included over 70 local tech start-ups and gazelles.

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Continuing Conversations

May and September, 2018
Cleveland, OH

In 2018, Meeting of the Minds partnered with DigitalC and Cuyahoga County to convene thought leaders in Cleveland for two networking and thought leadership events in May and September. The events featured panel discussions with public and private sector leaders, followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. These conversations were designed to provoke a dynamic discussion about the future of the greater Cleveland-Akron-Columbus region and to pinpoint key strategies that will help catalyze the area’s innovation, mobility, and sustainability agendas.

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Scholarship Program

Historically, certain groups have been excluded from smart city events – either by design, negligence, or both. Meeting of the Minds has a deep commitment to demographic inclusion, and we ensure this outreach not just through a free and open digital platform, but also through a scholarship program for all of our events. 

Roughly half of all attendees at our in-person events attend our events for low or no cost – either as scholarship recipients, volunteers, or as presenters. Some even receive financial support to offset the costs of travel and onsite accommodations. Public sector leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profit executives, persons of color, and women are encouraged to apply for scholarships through a competitive application on the Meeting of the Minds website.

Scholarships Awarded in 2018

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Sector Breakdown

  • Public Sector Executives 34% 34%
  • Non-profit Executives 25% 25%
  • Entrepreneurs 22% 22%
  • Students & Academics 18% 18%

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Webinars

In 2018, Meeting of the Minds offered 10 webinars to its global leadership network. Available once a month, our webinars are free and available to our entire network with an average of 300-600 registrants per webinar. In total, the 2018 webinars attracted over 4200 registrants with a higher attendance rate than in any previous year. The 2018 webinars tackled topics such as health and equity, urban innovation, AV shuttles, urban congestion, MaaS, EVs, smart regions, smart parking, and managing transit and mobility. Attendees were able to ask questions to the webinar presenter(s) as well as personally follow-up to build partnerships and projects as a result of the webinar.

  • 109 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Sacramento’s Urban Innovation Agenda

Featuring Maria MacGunigal and Louis Stewart from City of Sacramento.

  • 250 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Lessons from Autonomous Shuttle Service and Multi-Modal Shifts in Las Vegas

Featuring Clément Michel and Andreas Mai from Keolis.

  • 232 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Does Online Shopping Create Urban Congestion?

Featuring Dr. Alison Conway from City College of New York and Michael Browne from University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 141 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Emerging Urban Mobility Solutions from Michigan

Featuring Will Foss from Derq and
Paul Krutko from Ann Arbor SPARK
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  • 200 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Towards a Regional Mobility-as-a-Service Solution: Leveraging a Transit Smart Card Program Across Multiple Transit Agencies

Featuring David Dekozan from Cubic Transportation Systems and Robin O’Hara from LA Metro.

  • 193 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
  • 219 Attendees
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The A to Zs of Arizona’s Quest to Become a Smart City Tech Hub

Featuring Dominic Papa from the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP) and Scott Stallard from Atonix Digital – A Black & Veatch Company.

  • 188 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Smart City Parking Solutions: Insights from Germany to the Middle East

Featuring Thomas Fehling from Bad Hersfeld, Germany and Thomas Hohenacker from Cleverciti Systems.

  • 229 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement
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Innovating and Managing Transit in the Era of New Mobility

Featuring AJ O’Connor of TriMet and Adrian Pearmine from DKS Associates.

  • 243 Attendees
  • Audience Engagement

Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup

Since 2013, the San Francisco Urban Sustainability Happy Hour has met on the first Thursday of each month, hosted by the Meeting of the Minds staff and Board members. The event is a unique way for people to network and discuss their work on the future of cities in a casual atmosphere. The group now boasts over 2,400 members throughout the Bay Area.

Since the founding of the San Francisco meetup, Meeting of the Minds has helped facilitate the founding of similar meetups in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Toronto and Detroit.

January 4

San Francisco, CA

  • 64 RSVPs
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February 1

San Francisco, CA

  • 72 RSVPs
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March 1

San Francisco, CA

  • 81 RSVPs

April 5

San Francisco, CA

  • 67 RSVPs

May 3

San Francisco, CA

  • 51 RSVPs
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May 17

Sacramento, CA

  • 42 RSVPs
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June 7

San Francisco, CA

  • 49 RSVPs

June 21

Sacramento, CA

  • 81 RSVPs

July 5

San Francisco, CA

  • 44 RSVPs
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August 2

San Francisco, CA

  • 70 RSVPs
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August 23

Sacramento, CA

  • 42 RSVPs
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September 6

San Francisco, CA

  • 49 RSVPs
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September 20

Sacramento, CA

  • 81 RSVPs

October 4

San Francisco, CA

  • 44 RSVPs
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October 11

Portland, OR

  • 70 RSVPs
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October 18

Sacramento, CA

  • 20 RSVPs

November 1

San Francisco, CA

  • 55 RSVPs
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November 29

Seattle, WA

  • 17 RSVPs
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December 6

San Francisco, CA

  • 57 RSVPs
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December 13

Sacramento, CA

  • 17 RSVPs
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The Annual Magazine

The Annual Magazine, 2016

2018 Edition

Released November 28, 2018

The Annual is a once-a-year publication from Meeting of the Minds that features the best thought leadership pieces from the Meeting of the Minds network.

Printed copies are distributed at our Annual Summit, and digital copies are available for download on the Meeting of the Minds website.

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