V-to-X: Linking Vehicles to Infrastructure and Leveraging Smart City Data

Connected devices and cloud-based software solutions are rapidly disrupting and changing the landscape of transportation. What is in store for us as we move towards a more seamless, less congested and altogether altered transportation future?

Cities, Interactive Design, and Public Space

This session explores the work of Future Cities Lab and its focus on designing, building and crafting artistic and immersive experiences in cities that respond to the data flows, sounds and visceral senses of the city. What can we learn from this approach as we think about rebuilding and revitalizing urban spaces of all kinds?

Civic Innovation and Urban Fiscal Health, Transparency and Accountability

This session dives into how new, agile software development is enabling the way government does procurement, improves the user experience, and increases transparency, efficiency, and accountability, while touching on technology innovations at the federal and local level regarding immigration services, healthcare, voting and the fiscal health of cities - all core functions that make cities equitable, sustainable and livable.

Parks as the Accelerators of City Revival

Urban parks are an affordable way to revitalize cities while providing proven positive health and economic benefits to residents. How do we ensure every urban resident has a park within a ten minute walk? How do we enable underserved communities to design, build and maintain parks?

The Big Shift: Rethinking Cities in an Age of Intelligent Machines

As Toyota Research Institute’s CTO looks around corners, Dr. Kuffner and his $1B+ organization are busy building intelligent machines of the future. What’s the urban mobility future?

Empowering Communities to Act: Lessons from California’s Leadership on Climate, Energy, Environment

The November 2016 election is a critical moment for climate change and environmental justice. This presentation describes how big the stakes are for citizens and for leaders, how leaders can show the way, whether elected or appointed, and how they partner with both private companies and the independent sector to make positive things happen.

Urban Sustainable Food Systems, Youth, and Employment

Can we unite Urban youth employment and sustainable food systems to make cities more equitable, livable and sustainable? Learn about how the Town Kitchen has developed a hybrid for-profit/non-profit model to tackle this head on.

New Urban Tech Talent Pipelines

The global tech economy fueling our cities is reliant on an ever adaptable and retrainable workforce. How do we build inclusive training programs that attract and retain and truly prepare women, minorities, and tech workers across the spectrum?

De-Risking Cities: New Approaches to Development and Operations in the Era of Urban Growth, Climate Change, and Cyber Security

To be better prepared and respond to opportunities and challenges represented by urbanization, globalization, climate change, and cyber risks, cities are adopting new alliances, partnerships, and citizen-inclusive approaches. The overarching lens that unifies these issue areas is “risk” management, and in particular how city leaders, partners, and citizens, in increasingly integrated and technology reliant ecosystems, can “de-risk” urban environments, leading to more livable, resilient, and competitive places.

Universal Basic Income & The Automation of Jobs

Universal Basic Income (the UBI) is gaining traction on the left and the right as a solution to growing inequality, the disappearance of the middle class and the ensuing disappearance of jobs through automation and redundancy and UBI is now being debated among leaders in Silicon Valley, social service organizations, shared mobility start-ups, and beyond. The social compact needs an update. Is this the answer?

Housing First

Salt Lake City has been heralded for its ground-breaking systems change approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness. But is this model replicable in other cities where housing prices are at all all-time high and the institutional support, particularly from the Church, is less robust? There are lessons to be learned from a lesser known success story in Santa Clara (CA).

Welcome to Meeting of the Minds 2016

Gordon Feller welcomes delegates to Meeting of the Minds 2016.

Building Great Cities, Public Life, and Creative Citizenship

Great cities are art cities, made up of communities that are fueled by the collective imagination, aspirations, and actions of the people. What role do cultural centers play in instigating public life and creative citizenship in their communities?

Planning for New Energy Futures and Disruptions

How are utilities who are currently investing in smart city technologies in energy and water adapting and planning for new energy futures? What new policies are needed for cities to scale new technologies and solutions? What choices are customers making as their choices widen? Which emerging energy innovations and technologies can make new realities possible?

Unpacking Urban Mobility Services and Transportation Governance

This session discusses how cities, with a particular focus on Boston, are tackling urban congestion and raising the bar on their own performance standards for moving people better, smarter, on-time and on-budget.

Connecting a Fragmented Ecosystem of Providers: Tackling Hunger in Cities

Hunger is not a problem about food scarcity. It’s a problem of access, waste, and partnerships. Copia set out to change that through a new technology platform and most importantly, teaching us all how to think differently about creatively tackling a complex challenge like hunger.

City Resiliency in our Lifetime

Resiliency requires more than a good disaster preparedness strategy, and it involves a host of less-than-visible risks that cities have often ignored to their peril. This session will look beyond and behind the resiliency slogans, to get at a deeper understanding of how and where the pioneers are making it possible for genuine resiliency to emerge now in our cities, and not only in the next century.

Leading Cyber-Threats for Smarter Urban Communities

This session is a tour d’horizon as we assess whether our cyber-problems have gotten worse as technologies are deployed and what we can do about it.

US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge – Next Steps

The US DOT pledged up to $40 million to one city to help define what it means to be a “Smart City” and become the first city to fully integrate innovative technologies - self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors - into their transportation network. Columbus, Ohio was announced as the winner.

Looking Backwards and Forward Towards the Next Ten Years

As we look back on the last 10 years of Meeting of the Minds, where were we blind, what trends did we not see coming, and how does that inform the way we see the next 10 years?

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