Annual Summit


February 19-21, 2020

Spotlighting Innovations in Smart and Sustainable Cities

Meeting of the Minds is pleased to announce that our 13th annual summit will convene in Phoenix, AZ from February 19-21, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Each year, 425+ urban practitioners convene at the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit to showcase recent successes and to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the future of smart and sustainable cities. What sets this event apart from others is the inimitable list of speakers and attendees — city leaders, innovators, providers, and practitioners from across sectors and silos who meet at this unique event to share best practices, lessons learned, and new solutions for a sustainable urban future.

Attending the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit is an outstanding opportunity for anyone seeking cross-disciplinary strategies and partnerships that deliver scalable, transferable, and equitable solutions to urban neighborhoods. Registration for this event will open on August 19, 2019. Sign up for our email list to receive updates and reminders.


The 2020 Annual Summit is made possible by the generous support of these organizations.

Toyota logo
Barr Foundation logo
RWJF logo
Black & Veatch logo
Atonix logo
Dassault logo
Microsoft logo
Soofa logo
Cognizant logo
JobsOhio logo
Noll and Tam logo
Arizona Community Foundation logo

Who comes to the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit?

Urban Sustainability Summit Photos


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


SVP/Director or Higher

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.”


Registration opens on August 19, 2019

A small number of scholarships for reduced- or no-fee registrations are available for public sector leaders, non-profit executives, community leaders, entrepreneurs and graduate students. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply at this link.

Venue and Hotel Location

The 2020 Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit convenes at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

100 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Delegates are encouraged to stay at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

100 N 1st St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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