Cleveland 2017

Cleveland 2017

Meeting of the Minds 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, US

October 23-25, 2017

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Meeting of the Minds is pleased to announce that our 11th annual summit will convene in Cleveland, Ohio from October 23-25th at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

This year’s Meeting of the Minds annual summit on the shores of Lake Erie will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders across the globe. Our sessions will feature solutions that are scalable, replicable and transferable from city-to-city and sector-to-sector. The agenda will include:

  • Smart cities
  • IoT
  • Mobility
  • Climate & resiliency
  • Clean urban water & energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Broadband access, adoption & the digital divide
  • Economic development & workforce
  • Civic tech & advanced tech
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Healthy communities
  • Urban parks

And much more.

All of these discussions are couched in a deep understanding of technology and equity as key drivers for innovative cities.

If you are a leader who is seeking cross-sectoral and partnership-focused strategies that deliver scalable solutions on the ground in urban neighborhoods, then we invite you to join us at Meeting of the Minds 2017.

Our Backdrop

Cleveland, like many other legacy cities where Meeting of the Minds has convened, has been chosen because it is embarking on an exciting new urban revitalization and smart city strategy across an ecosystem of partners from technology, public sector, philanthropy, academic, community organizations and beyond. Home to major healthcare systems such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth and the 3rd largest modern manufacturing state in the US, Cleveland knows how to build economic clusters. It is home to IBM’s Watson, world-class water strategies, a bus rapid transit system, innovative manufacturing, academic institutions which serve as anchors for neighborhood revitalization, and a thriving arts culture and economy. Cleveland is tasked with re-skilling its workforce, attracting residents back to the downtown and midtown cores, attracting talent, redeveloping and revitalizing former industrial areas, linking its neighborhoods to multiple waterfronts, and developing a smart city strategy. Much has already been accomplished in the Greater Cleveland area, but, similar to other cities around the world, there are major challenges ahead.

A strong foundation for this important urban revitalization work has been laid by innovative organizations like DigitalC, Microsoft, Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, JobsOhio, JumpStart, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Cleveland Water Alliance, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, MOCA Cleveland, and dozens of others.

Registration Fees and Available Scholarships

Event registration fees for Meeting of the Minds 2017 will be (prices are in USD):

  • $650.00 for Early Bird Registration (April 10-July 14)
  • $750.00 for General Registration (July 15-October 6)
  • $900.00 for Late Registration (After October 6)

If you are a public sector leader, a non-profit executive serving underserved populations, a community organization, an early-stage entrepreneur, or an academic, please apply to our scholarship program to be considered for a full pass. A limited number of scholarships are available and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please note that priority will be given to public sector leaders.

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