Tuesday, September 30, 2014
4:00 PM — 5:30 PM

Press Tour: How Detroit is Transforming into a Smarter City

Which projects inside Detroit are making the smart city a reality, and not just a slogan or a goal? DTE Energy and Itron invite you to a press-only tour to discover some of the remarkable smart city projects being demonstrated in Detroit. Showcasing the Internet of Everything, these projects will empower large and small companies to innovate and turn “dumb” assets into smart technologies of the future.

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Opening Reception

Location: One Woodward Ave., 2nd Floor, Detroit, Michigan. Sponsored by Rock Ventures.

  • Matthew Cullen
  • Randy Doyle
  • Gordon Feller
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center, 11th Floor, Knight Gallery

8:30 AM


Location: College for Creative Studies (Taubman Center)

  • Gordon Feller
8:35 AM

Leading from Local Circumstance: Lessons from Detroit

Underlying Detroit’s current transformation is an extraordinary reinvention of its civic ecology. Traditional roles and responsibilities have shifted, merged, and migrated, creating a new model for public, private, and philanthropic collaboration. The Detroit model is a direct response to shifting fiscal and political circumstances and a radical departure from the old way of doing business in American cities. An examination of the principles and strategies underpinning Detroit’s new blueprint for civic change offers lessons for many other cities in transition.

  • Rip Rapson
9:00 AM

A Global Challenge: How Do We Make the Right Decisions?

By 2050, about three-quarters of the world will live in cities. To house all of these people, we will need to build the equivalent of a new city of more than 1.4 million people every week. But this urban growth will place enormous stress on our resources – water, food and particularly energy. To better understand the issues that will shape our energy future, Shell uses scenario-based analysis to identify a number of areas for action – all of which rely on strong city leaders to answer tough questions and make smart decisions. What are we learning that may lead to more or less effective outcomes? How can a mix of top-down and grassroots initiatives contribute to better outcomes? What steps can we take to improve resource efficiency, and can these be combined with livability? How do the decisions we make today affect how we will live in the cities of the future?

  • Jeremy Bentham
9:25 AM

How Urban Entrepreneurs Around the Country Are Launching and Scaling Up Despite Red Tape

Urban entrepreneurs are changing the way we live, work and play in cities. Despite bureaucratic obstacles, they continue to innovate and find solutions by working with the public sector and citizens. But what does this really look like? What major obstacles still lie in the way to scaling up start-ups and innovative companies popping up in cities? How can urban entrepreneurs have an even greater impact?

  • Christine Boyle
  • David Estrada
  • Julie Lein
  • Marlin Page
10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM

How City-Regions Can Better Attract and Retain Urban Talent

What is the role of talent in revitalizing our cities? Urban environments are challenged by the disconnect between opportunity in 21st century jobs and a population who’s not been given the tools they need to access those emerging careers. This dichotomy is particularly acute in Detroit with the significant growth of jobs in technology fields, and at companies in the greater downtown area. Research shows that only one in four of Detroit’s public and charter schools are preparing children to succeed in college and beyond. What is the experience in other cities around the country? Educated and talented professionals, attracted to the opportunity of being part of revitalizing urban areas, are forced to ask themselves whether or not living in and around cities will be the right choice to prepare their future families for success. How do we attract, retain and nurture the talent needed to lead our cities’ future generations?

  • Graig Donnelly
  • Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp
  • Darrin Redus
11:00 AM

Qualcomm Hackathon Finalists Pitch

After having spent the night developing applications, the audience will hear the top 3 Qualcomm hackathon finalists pitch their solutions. The winning team will receive Qualcomm’s $5,000 cash prize.

  • Chuck Gulash
  • Sean O’Sullivan
  • Aidoo Osei
  • Marlin Page
  • Chris Thomas
11:15 AM

Turn Around: Remaking Legacy Cities

Some ‘legacy cities’ are succeeding where others are not. Why? Which transformation programs are shifting local economies, rebalancing communities, and rebuilding the social fabric? Specific policies and strategies are focused on such areas as real estate, taxes, financing, neighborhood revitalization and quality of life initiatives. A growing consensus is that a more incremental approach – as opposed to the silver bullet of a casino or a ballpark – is a winning one, beginning with taking advantage of existing assets such as downtowns and town centers. Which strategies are enabling successful legacy cities to achieve their revitalization goals?

  • Anthony Flint
  • William Peduto
  • Rob van Gijzel
11:40 AM

Breaking Down the Silos: DTE Energy’s Partnership with Tech Innovators

DTE Energy and Itron have developed a partnership to provide new technologies to the energy industry. DTE Energy partners with private companies and public agencies on customer and employee mobile apps, visual inspections with UAVs, and advanced collaboration platforms – each with a sharp focus on improving services for customers, engaging employees, and activating the region. Itron is working with utilities around the world, implementing next-gen technologies – big data, sensors, Internet of Things, etc. – to where it’s most needed with the goal of accelerating the transformation of key services.

  • Steven Baker
  • Russ Vanos
12:00 PM — 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM

Transition to Workshop Tours

1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 1: Transformative Urban Interventions – Impacts of Small-Scale Revitalization Efforts

The geography colloquially referred to as Southwest Detroit includes a number of the City’s most vibrant, distinctive and diverse mixed-use neighborhoods, where small-scale, community-based and community-oriented initiatives are furthering revitalization efforts and informing broader City-wide strategies, including those of Detroit Future City. Against this backdrop of old industrial infrastructure and tight-knit immigrant neighborhoods, this workshop tour will showcase a number of transformative, urban interventions and developments from Corktown to Springwells Village, including efforts around urban agriculture, arts and culture, neighborhood retail investment, deconstruction, and entrepreneurial development.

The tour will end with an hour-long discussion with local leaders and practitioners on small-scale, creative change in Detroit and its impacts on communities and neighborhood residents. The conversation will explore creative placemaking, what we mean by lean and tactical urbanism, and the long-term impacts of such work. We’ll also explore the role of urban entrepreneurs and artists challenging long-held notions of urban redevelopment.

  • George Jacobsen
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 2: Retrofitting Legacy Infrastructure with Smart City Solutions

Which projects inside Detroit are making the smart city a reality, and not just a slogan or a goal? At Meeting of the Minds, DTE Energy, Itron and Cisco will unveil some remarkable smart city demonstration projects via a Smart Home tour. This project supports bridging silos of smart technologies (smart meters, sensors, distributed intelligence, communication) through analytics and the integration of innovative technologies for cohesive engagement between citizens, community and corporations. It also highlights the importance of energy and water as the lifeblood of any thriving city or community. Visitors to the Smart Home will engage with smart cities experts on a guided tour to understand the important role that citizens play in creating more interactive, empowering, efficient, livable and workable environments. These include an educational kiosk, electric vehicle charging station, intelligent street lighting, citizen engagement applications, and other pilots. This workshop tour will explore some remarkable smart city demos, explore innovations and discuss the transition from legacy infrastructures to smart city systems. Another component of this workshop features Rock Ventures’ real estate company – Bedrock Real Estate. They’re implementing real-time monitoring and integration systems in all forty of their downtown buildings. As a result, Rock Ventures saves upwards of $1 million/year. Bedrock’s VP of Construction will be on hand to show us how they’ve turned high-rises (some built in 1910) into some of the most efficient buildings in the country – all with a simple touch of the iPad. Sensors embedded in buildings and infrastructure are enabling the building (and critical building functions) to connect with broadband networks. This is the Internet of Everything: it’s empowering large and small companies to innovate, retrofit and turn “dumb” assets (e.g., water infrastructure, street lighting, parking) into smart technologies of the future. Following a two-hour tour, participate in an in-depth group discussion during the third hour. Discuss the transition from legacy infrastructures to smart city systems. Compare and contrast the experience of your city with leaders from other cities.

  • Scott Edward Anderson
  • Scott Collins
  • Nehemiah Montgomery
  • Russ Vanos
  • Jason Zogg
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 3: How Future Mobility Solutions Can Co-Exist: The Complete Street of 2030

A variety of urban mobility solutions are beginning to roll out onto our streets. These will need to co-exist within a more complete transportation infrastructure network. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are being deployed alongside EVs. Driverless vehicles – undergoing a comprehensive testing program in Ann Arbor – are visible on our roads. BRT lines are being built alongside new kinds of car lanes and bike lanes. How exactly will all these solutions co-exist? When and where might they be in competition? What will mobility really look like in 2030? What do we need to do now in order to prepare our cities? This workshop/tour will visit some key mobility projects underway in the Detroit region: Get a briefing on Toyota’s latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Visit Qualcomm’s connected vehicle and NextEnergy’s wireless charging demo. Visit with one of the student teams that participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge in which student teams design, build and compete to achieve the highest possible miles per gallon. See the latest plans and designs for the Woodward Corridor and bike networks. During the third hour discuss the many ways that cities around the world are grappling with big challenges, creating new mobility systems and embracing infrastructure opportunities.

  • Chris Borroni-Bird
  • John Currie
  • Niel Golightly
  • Chuck Gulash
  • Sharmila Mukherjee
  • Jean Redfield
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 4: Mesh Networks and Digital Stewardship

Given acute challenges to livelihoods and quality of life in parts of Detroit — and the growing importance of digital connectivity — the development and use local communications infrastructure has emerged as an effective community revitalization tool. The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and the Allied Media Projects, with support from the Open Technology Institute, have pioneered a training program called “Digital Stewards” which helps local residents become the custodians of their local digital ecosystems. The Detroit Digital Stewards use open source technologies, including wireless mesh, to provide affordable Internet access in their neighborhoods via home-grown communications infrastructure. These rapidly-deployed, ultra-low-cost networks are real-world examples of how to use innovative technologies and business models to extend broadband access and strengthen community ties. They support community problem-solving, allowing neighbors to share Internet connections or functioning as local “Intranets” with standalone applications like local chat or shared digital libraries. On this tour we will visit two new wireless mesh networks in River East Neighborhood of Detroit to see how technology is being used to strengthen long-standing educational and organizing efforts and relationships within that community. We will visit the Boggs Center for Nurturing Community and the Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs Education Center, two major anchor institutions for the networks, to hear stories about how these projects are being built and used to uplift local visionary grassroots solutions and ongoing, citywide digital justice initiatives. An excerpt from the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition’s statement of principles: “The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. We are securing that right through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of: access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.”

  • Greta Byrum
  • Diana Nucera
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 5: Launching and Building an Innovation Economy

This walking workshop tour will visit Midtown Detroit’s innovation district. Sites include entrepreneurial and commercialization spaces, accelerators, factories, research labs and multidisciplinary advanced technology institutes. Hear from the innovators behind these projects. How is Detroit defining an innovation district? How do stakeholders within its technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystem work together to develop the pipeline: creating, attracting and retaining technology-minded entrepreneurial talent; mining and developing innovative technologies; moving high-potential startups to market; and supporting the on-going growth of sustainable enterprises. What have been the key drivers for the development of the innovation district, and what challenges have emerged along the way? Visits within Detroit’s innovation district will include: Henry Ford Innovative Institute, Shinola Detroit watch factory, Dlectricity’s highway underpass installation, Wayne State University’s new Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building, a community gathering space linking the institutions, NextEnergy and TechTown Detroit.

  • Susan T. Mosey
  • Leslie Smith
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 6: Makers, Incubators and the New Economy

Detroit has a burgeoning entrepreneurial sector made up of makers, designers, artists, techies, coders, urbanists and social entrepreneurs. The bootstrap mentality in Detroit is alive and well. There seems to be demand around every corner — start-ups are being created locally or moving to Detroit for the first time to set up shop. New shared, co-working and creative spaces in Detroit are popping up every month. Green Garage focuses on sustainability, M@dison focuses on smart shared spaces for tech start-ups, and Ponyride focuses on non-tech, bootstrap social entrepreneurs. Visits will also include: The College for Creative Studies workshops and studios, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. These are just some of the incubation and co-working spaces that are filling a gap in Detroit. Visit these spaces, hear from local entrepreneurs launching and scaling their businesses in them, and sit-down for an in-depth discussion on the future of the makers movement, entrepreneurial spaces and the people behind them. How do cities support entrepreneurs and build out a strong ecosystem of partners, resources and talent? How have other cities fared? What’s the real potential of this sector to change cities now and in the future?

  • Matthew Clayson
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 7: The Future of Downtowns – People, Place and Space

Downtown Detroit is undergoing massive redevelopment and urban design changes. Building vacancies are so far down that wait-lists for apartments are now the norm. What may appear an abandoned or dilapidated building does in fact have plans and a future. How are lean urbanism and new urbanism processes shaping downtown? What does the future hold? How is downtown attracting tenants and residents? What social equity issues are at play? What key anchors and public spaces are key to its success? Learn from two of Detroit’s most admired urbanists on what the future holds for downtown Detroit. During the last hour, discuss with leaders from cities around the world how their downtowns are faring. Which designs and strategies are working in other cities? What practices need to be revisited? Are certain policies and public realm projects replicable and transferable city-to-city?

  • Douglas Kelbaugh
  • Mark Nickita
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 8: Deconstruction, Demolition, Vacant Land, and Green Infrastructure Strategies

Detroit has 114,000 vacant properties, which account for almost 20 square miles, the size of many cities. Deconstruction and demolition are both key strategies for Detroit’s revitalization and rebirth. New deconstruction strategies are being employed to decrease runoff and localized pollutants and avert the landfill. This vacant land also presents opportunity. Following deconstruction/demolition, innovate treatments can be applied to vacant properties to harness their ability to manage stormwater runoff. Visit some of the key neighborhoods and sites in Detroit where vacant property is being transformed and green infrastructure/stormwater management is being integrated into the fabric of the city such as the Springwells neighborhood, where deconstruction and vacant lot treatment is being piloted, as well as the Lower East Side, where vacant lots are being transformed at scale as part of the Great Lakes Shoreline Cities initiative.

  • Erin Kelly
1:30 PM — 5:00 PM

Workshop Tour 9: How the Next Generation of Innovators are Solving the Mobility and Energy Crisis

The next generation of innovators are being trained and challenged to solve the mobility and energy crisis. This workhop tour will visit with three different groups of young innovators who are pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and innovation in the mobility space. The Shell Ecomarathon challenges young leaders from around the world each year to compete in the ultimate adventure: build and test the fastest, lightest vehicle. With annual events first in the Americas, then Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. This workshop tour will include a special briefing and tour of the latest winning Ecomarathon vehicles as well as Square One vehicles and College for Creative Studies Transportation Design Studio prototypes. Hear from the competitors and innovators themselves as well as the creators and organizers of these programs. Square One Education Network high school teachers, students, and staff will share the Innovative Vehicle Design program and the excitement of engaging in vehicular engineering projects. This includes student-built electric vehicles and connected vehicle technology. The IVD programs include four types of engineering challenges, including underwater robotics. How can these vehicles be scaled into public use? What do these vehicles teach us about our energy and mobility options? What technology is available today that we are not incorporating on a larger scale? What can other industries learn from the creative process and design-build aspects of the Ecomarathon, Square One, and CCS programs? Jump into a lively debate on the future of mobility, energy, and how we might all learn something from the next generation of leaders and industry experts.

  • Dave Dudek
  • Alexander Klatt
  • Karl Klimek
5:00 PM

Workshop Tours Return to the Westin Hotel and CCS via Shuttles

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Networking Reception at the Westin Book Cadillac

Networking reception in the Venetian Ballroom at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center, 11th Floor, Knight Gallery

8:30 AM


  • Gordon Feller
8:35 AM

More than Just Dirt: Food, Community and the New Economy

Detroit’s urban landscape offers a new economic development, community and agriculture opportunity. Detroit Dirt is pioneering the composting and waste reduction revolution in Detroit. Dirt offers more than just a food solution. It also offers a new way to engage the community, create jobs, and build a localized economy in Detroit’s neighborhoods. How has Detroit transformed abandoned plots into productive economic clusters? What can other cities learn from Detroit’s experience?

  • Pashon Murray
8:55 AM

The Coming Revolution: Small-Scale Urban Industrial Development

New technology and the American manufacturing base are colliding to create amazing opportunities for small-scale industrial businesses in our cities. Startups can reach an international market with the clink of a new website, and the demand for locally produced goods grows each day. This session will highlight cutting edge models of urban redevelopment for small-scale producers to grow our urban job base and key steps for cities to harness the power of this revolution.

  • Ilana Preuss
9:10 AM

Climate Preparedness and Resiliency in Urban America

Urban areas face unique challenges in adapting to a changing climate. Hoboken, New Jersey is a coastal city on the front lines of climate change that was severely flooded by Superstorm Sandy. Due to its geography and topography, Hoboken also regularly experiences the impacts of rising seas and strong storms that other coastal communities will face with increasing frequency in the years ahead. Mayor Dawn Zimmer will discuss her city’s challenges – including regulatory, engineering, social, and financial obstacles – as well as a comprehensive approach to resiliency that can serve as a model for other urban areas.

  • Dawn Zimmer
9:25 AM

Governance without Government: Funding + Implementing Smart City Policies Amid Fiscal Constraint

With federal dollars at a trickle and state and local funding drying up or unattainable, how do cities innovate and implement new policies that improve the lives of their residents? How have civic groups stepped up to fill the gap of government in ailing cities? How have new public private partnerships formed to solve intractable urban financing challenges such as transit and smart city infrastructure? How has the role of the foundation changed and how is it projected to change in the next 30 years?

  • Jennifer Bradley
  • Chris Dorle
  • Garlin Gilchrist II
  • Wendy Lewis Jackson
  • Jessica Robinson
10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM

The Internet of Everything Changes Everything: Driving New Business Models for Urban Services

The Internet of Everything is no longer a distant vision. Cisco calculates that the Public Sector can realize up to $14.4T in economic value from IoE by 2024 and IDC recently predicted IoE technology and services revenue will grow worldwide from $4.8T in ’12 to $7.3T by ’17. The epicenter of these seismic shifts is originating and accelerating in cities on nearly every continent. Connecting people, processes, data and things is transforming how cities deliver urban services, collaborate and become more relevant to their citizens. Big Data analysis is driving more efficient, faster and cost-effective processes that improve traffic, parking and waste management while reducing energy consumption, costs and even crime. Synergies with business, healthcare providers and education have a multiplier effect that enhances quality of life in our metropolitan centers. More and more real-world use cases emerge weekly. It’s clear that the Internet of Everything is proving to be the most innovative and beneficial disruption to how we live, work, play and learn than the Internet itself. In this talk, we will learn how the value of the Internet of Everything can be unleashed today and tomorrow.

  • Wim Elfrink
10:50 AM

Sustainability Directors Tackle the Resiliency Challenge and Innovation Opportunity

Cities are the incubators for problem-solving and are charting the way for the cultural, social, and political innovations which shape our planet. Chief Sustainability Officers and Directors around the country are retooling their cities to respond to and prepare for natural disasters while at the same time recovering from the economic downturn. They are ignoring traditional approaches to work smarter, more effectively and more collaboratively. How is city X preparing its neighborhoods and downtown for future extreme conditions? How is city Y funding its resiliency strategy? How is city Z retrofitting and implementing across the commercial, residential and public spaces? The Sustainability Directors from each of these cities will share their challenges and their strategies for overcoming them.

  • Katherine Gajewski
  • Melanie Nutter
  • Shelley Poticha
  • Denise Quarles
11:30 AM

Transforming Transport: Converging Digital and Physical

Two facts are changing the future of transport: higher levels of interconnectivity across industrial and operational devices and fast growth in the number of smart mobile devices. Taken together, these two force are changing every city in the world. What advantages become available to those transportation authorities and their local governments who become early adopters of the emerging innovations commonly referred to as the Internet of Things? Among the many technologies now reshaping transport are four which this session will examine: 1) digital identity 2) vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and autonomous vehicles 3) enhancements in broadband networks and 4) sensor-based computing.

  • Jaime Ballesteros
  • Rick Lemberg
  • Ralph Menzano
12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Dancing With Giants: Two of the World’s Biggest Companies Embrace the Future

Some of the fundamentals in urban transport and urban energy are shifting. Dramatic changes are already underway in some of the world’s major cities. Many of those changes could, in time, help to create a positive future. Under what conditions could government policies and corporate practices accelerate a beneficial outcome at the other end of the transition? How can we make sure that the impending urban transformation becomes a net positive for all citizens, up and down the socio-economic spectrum?

  • Gordon Feller
  • Niel Golightly
  • Nihar Patel
1:35 PM

Innovations in City Service Delivery: Quicker, Faster, Cheaper

Efficient, fast, and affordable: this could be the future of city service delivery. But getting to that promised land continues to baffle. At a time of scarce public resources, manifesting that vision is difficult. What strategies are cities like Pittsburg, NYC, Chicago and others using? How well are they faring in the push to break down barriers? As a result of advanced data analytics and open data, cities are now able to better predict service level needs and proactively provide services to residents. Local governments are using data to positively affect city operations from trash collection to pothole repair. Are we getting closer to a world where service providers are more accountable and more responsive?

  • Stephen Goldsmith
  • Debra Lam
  • Brooks Rainwater
2:00 PM

Unleashing Open Data: Civic Hacking for More Livable Cities

The opening up of urban data and public access into city data portals have unleashed new opportunities for a multitude of stakeholders including government managers, entrepreneurs, citizens, and hacktivists. New questions keep emerging: Which intermediary organizations are playing larger roles in the way raw data gets analyzed, shared, displayed? Can urban data help when communities decide to repurpose valuable but underutilized assets? What obstacles prevent open data from being harnessed in ways that make positive change possible? Which government policies make it easier for some cities to excel in the innovation race? What methods for barrier-busting have helped some cities to successfully leverage the power of their data?

  • Steven Adler
  • David Edinger
  • Gordon Feller
  • Jerry Paffendorf
  • Erica Raleigh
2:45 PM

Mandela’s Unfinished Business: Housing Needs and the Spatial Legacy of Apartheid in South Africa

South Africa’s deteriorating housing stock is putting pressure on the nation’s growing cities, many of which have started programs to move residents into emergency housing alternatives. The challenge is enormous. The Ford Foundation is working with partners in Johannesburg and Cape Town to develop out-of-the-box solutions based on new policies that promote collaboration with government and private developers who take over substandard buildings. Cities have also been busy developing town planning policies that aim to respond to apartheid’s spatial legacy. Is it working? What methods are being used to break through hurdles?

  • Nicolette Naylor
3:00 PM

Taking it to Scale: Shifting the Conversation about Renewing the Public Sector

Reinventing government: two words resounding across the country, especially in Detroit, one epicenter of a growing movement to “reset” local government for the 21st Century. Even while local government resources remain scarce, new innovations and capabilities are emerging inside and outside government, helping cities achieve better results, collaborate more deeply, and promote transparency, accountability and fiscal and environmental sustainability. As the municipal innovation movement grows, elected and appointed leaders are looking to places where the experience of re-engineering and re-thinking have paid off, most notably from the private sector. Where, inside specific cities and counties and state agencies, are we seeing good news on government innovation and performance? How is the public sector working differently with the private sector and philanthropy to renew cities, especially in ways that impact lower-income constituents?

  • Don Chen
  • Michael A. Finney
  • Ben Hecht
3:30 PM

Inventing New Futures: Real Life Lessons from Science & Tech-Based Business Innovation

From his humble beginnings to his standing today as one of the world’s most prolific tech company builders — Sean’s personal story parallels some of the amazing transitions under the spotlight during Meeting of the Minds. Through widely varied roles, Sean has discovered a set of vital innovation principles that he’s applied in the US, Ireland and China. His biggest credits include co-coining the term “cloud computing” (at NetCentric) and inventing street mapping on personal computers (at MapInfo), but he’s also founded and backed successful growth companies and social enterprises including: Carma, Haxlr8r JumpStart International, Khan Academy and CoderDojo. He’s invested in hundreds of companies, often five to ten years before they prove to be the next tech revolution. A few decades of hard work have made it possible for Sean to formulate a veritable “cookbook of ingredients.” Certain accelerator models are not necessarily sustainable. What are the elements that can create an emerging ecosystem of leaders who constitute a community of risk-takers learning from one another?

  • Sean O’Sullivan
3:50 PM

Meeting of the Minds 2015 Announcement: Continuing the Conversation

  • Jessie Feller, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds
  • Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California
  • Adam Lenz, Environmental Manager of Richmond, California
4:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Closing Networking Reception

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations: