Annual Summit

Phoenix

February 19-21, 2020

Spotlighting Innovations in Smart and Sustainable Cities

Speakers

This event will feature over 90 speakers, including:

Dana Berchman

Chief Digital Officer
City of Gilbert

Mark Hartman

Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Phoenix

Melinda Hanson

Head of Sustainability and Environmental Impact
Bird

Pattie Moore

President
MooreDesign Associates

Ali Vahabsadeh

Founder & CEO
curbFlow

Sponsors

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
Microsoft logo
Soofa logo
Cognizant logo
AZ Commerce Authority logo
JobsOhio logo
Noll and Tam logo
Arizona Community Foundation logo
Urban Sustainability Summit Photos

Who comes to the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit?

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?

“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.”

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.

Pricing

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.

Agenda at a Glance

Full Agenda

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

3:00pm

Welcome to the Meeting of the Minds 2020 Annual Summit

3:10pm

Emerging Urban Trends and Solutions in Arizona

While some may say that Arizona is the least sustainable place in the US, there’s another story to tell that may shed a different light. This session will unpack the water, development, infrastructure and future city building underway in Arizona that may surprise us all.

3:50pm

Lifespan Communities - The Design Challenge for Cities

The ever-evolving diversity of cities often affects the most innocent of us with disproportionate difficulties and loss of quality of life. Patricia Moore, recipient of The Center for Health Design’s 2020 Changemaker Award and 2019 National Design Award for “Design Mind”, has melded the social sciences with the design arts for nearly five decades to create the field of “Lifespan Design.” Providing innovative solutions for people of every age and level of ability is the inclusive design challenge of our lifetime. Patricia will provide a unique overview of how we can design our cities for the future, today, with empathy, equity, and excellence.

4:05pm

How Cities Prepare and Design for Electric Mobility

  • Melinda Hanson, Head of Sustainability and Environmental Impact, Bird
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA

4:35pm

Small Group Discussions At Your Table

The person with the longest last name will open the envelope and read the prompt. Follow the instructions for a group discussion at your table.

5:00pm

Coffee Break

5:20pm

TBA

5:45pm

Humanizing Data for City Leadership

The proliferation of complex data from smart systems poses a meaningful challenge for city leaders, since many are not analysts or technologists. To address this gap, smart city data needs more than slick dashboards and complex visualizations. The data needs to be humanized: repackaged, contextualized and translated, so that all city staff and stakeholders can easily consume, digest and act upon critical findings. Once transformed, these refined insights directly inform urban or regional policy decisions, and can become a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change, housing crises, homelessness, traffic congestion, pedestrian fatalities, sprawl, and a dozen more urban challenges. Kitty will explain the step-by-step approach to “going beyond the dashboard” to humanize the mountains of available smart city data, and convert it into accessible, actionable materials that drive growth and positive change.

6:00pm

Behavior Change Strategies for Urban Challenges

6:35pm

TBA

7:00-9:00pm

Meeting of the Minds 2020 Opening Reception

Join 425+ other Meeting of the Minds 2020 attendees at the Meeting of the Minds 2020 Annual Summit Opening Reception.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am

Welcome to Meeting of the Minds 2020 Annual Summit: Setting the Context

8:35am

The Role of Civic Institutions and Design in the Revitalization of Place & Downtowns

The built environment has an undeniable impact on our social infrastructure. What creates a city that is inviting, compelling, attractive and dynamic? How do we create good quality of life for all? Why are certain cities growing and others struggling to maintain their old and new downtowns, their tax base and attract visitors? Cities large and small rely on strong civic institutions to anchor their downtowns and public spaces. What we think of as “civic institutions” might indeed be shifting. How do we prepare our institutions, organizations and companies for imminent and unavoidable change in the future? What are key tools that cities and city leaders can use as we prepare for an uncertain urban future? Regenerative spaces that can evolve as our needs and conditions change might be one piece of a larger set of solutions.

  • Moderator: Janet Tam, Principal, Noll + Tam Architects
  • TBA
  • TBA
8:50am

Managing and Innovating at the Curb

9:00am

TBA

9:15am

Beyond the Data Portal - Digital Governance, Reaching & Responding to Urban Residents

Dana Berchman came into office as Gilbert’s new Chief Digital Officer and created six new roles in her department without changing the city’s budget including a digital journalist, data analyst, and data storyteller. She is centralizing communications for fire and police to better handle emergencies and disasters. Learn how Gilbert is taking its cues from the private sector in order to innovate and deliver better digital services for its residents.

9:30am

Cracking the Affordable Housing Financing Conundrum

Affordable housing is a thorny problem that affects every city in the country, particularly urban communities with two difficult challenges – the high cost of land, and the high cost of construction.  But creative partnerships and new sources of financing are emerging to help bring affordable units online despite the barriers. New, unlikely affordable housing stakeholders like hospitals, churches, and school districts are stepping up to the challenge. Sophie Hayward will share her insights into affordable housing partnerships and creative financing structures as we identify solutions to provide equitable access to safe and affordable housing.

9:45am

Small Group Discussions at Your Table

10:00am

Coffee break

10:20am

Relieving Congestion: The Big 8 Tech Companies and Cities in the San Francisco Bay Area Take on Gridlock

Tech employers in the Bay Area are eager to solve the gridlock in the San Francisco Bay Area because it poses a direct threat to their productivity. Eight companies - Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Tesla, Salesforce, Palantir, Intuit and Genentech - who operate some of the largest private transportation networks have come to the table with eight Bay Area cities across two counties to solve the crisis together and develop a unique Transportation Management Association (TMA). Hear how they are developing, deploying and operationalizing a regional employer-driven, public-private partnership co-op model - the first of its kind in the US.

  • Moderator: Nancy Shepherd, Manzanita Works & Former Mayor of Palo Alto
  • Aaron Aknin, Principal, Good City Co. & Former Assistant City Manager, Redwood City
  • TBA, Google
  • TBA, LinkedIn
  • TBA

11:00am

Disaster Philanthropy - What We Need to Know Before Disaster Hits our Cities and How to Fund Recovery

11:15am

Global Water Equity - Strategies, Policy & Partnerships

  • Moderator: Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, Arizona State University
  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director, City of Phoenix Water Services Department

12:05pm

Lunch with the Day's Speakers

Grab your lunch and take a seat at any table with the day's speakers to continue the conversation, ask questions and engage in an intimate and lively dialogue. Each table will have a sign on it that corresponds to the day's sessions. First-come first-served.

1:00-5:00pm

Workshop Tours

Workshop tours will bring delegates into local Sacramento and Davis neighborhoods to connect with a rich array of initiatives, living labs, innovators and organizations working at the cutting edge of urban sustainability and technology. The first three hours consist of behind the scenes, on-the-ground tours led by local leaders. The fourth hour consists of a small group brainstorm and workshop to discuss its scalability, transferability and replicability across cities and sectors. Workshop tours will leave the Sheraton Grand at 1pm and return by 4pm for the workshop portion.

Workshop Tour #1: Universal UseAbility - Phoenix Downtown Light Rail, Station Design, and Access

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

Workshop Tour #2: Arizona State University as Catalyst - How a University is Transforming Downtown Phoenix & Mesa
Workshop Tour #3: Urban Heat, Green Infrastructure & Health Outcomes - Approaches, Solutions and Adaptation

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

  • Mark Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix
  • Diana Bermudez, Director of Special Projects, The Nature Conservancy
  • Melissa Guardaro, Graduate Research Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Arizona State University
  • Vjollca Berisha, Senior Epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Jessica White, Public Health Scientist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health 

 

Workshop Tour #4: Roosevelt Row & Eastlake - Place, Preservation, Gentrification, Development, Urban Art, & Design

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

  • Greg Esser, Founder and Artist, Herberger Institute for Design & Founder, Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation
  • Amy Otto, Program Manager, Roosevelt Row

 

Workshop Tour #5: Equitable Water & Access - Policy, Distribution, Public Engagement & Culture

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

Workshop Tour #6: Phoenix Smart Region - Governance, Strategies & Partnerships

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

  • Dominic Papa, Executive Director, Institute for Digital Progress
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
Workshop Tour #7: Closing the Waste Loop - Phoenix’s Circular Economy

Workshop Tour Facilitators:

  • Joe Giudice, Assistant Director, Phoenix Public Works Department
  • Lucas Mariacher, Zero Waste Coordinator, Phoenix Public Works Department
Workshop Tour #8: TBA
Workshop Tour #9: TBA
Workshop Tour #10: TBA

5:00-7:00pm

Networking Reception

Friday, February 21, 2020

7:30am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am

Breakout Roundtables

Delegates will choose one breakout workshop to attend from the following:

  1. The Future of Cities
  2. The Smart Region & Public-Private Partnerships
  3. Smart City Street Deployments
  4. Transportation and Mobility Policy and Governance
  5. Natural Disaster Funding for Cities
  6. TBA
  7. TBA
  8. TBA

10:00am

Transition Back to the Plenary

10:15am

Welcome Back to the Plenary

10:20am

TBA

10:35am

TBA

11:30am

TBA

11:45am

TBA

12:00pm

Lunch with the Day's Speakers

Grab your lunch and take a seat at any table with the day's speakers to continue the conversation, ask questions and engage in an intimate and lively dialogue. Each table will have a sign on it that corresponds to the day's sessions. First-come first-served.

12:55pm

Closing & Next Steps

1:00pm

Adjourn

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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