Tuesday, October 9, 2012
11:30AM – 5:30PM

Registration Open

at The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco


Pre-Conference On-the-Ground Tours

All tours meet in the Julia Morgan Ballroom and depart at 1pm.

6:30 PM – 8:30PM

Opening Reception for All Participants

Hosted and organized by WSP Group. Location: The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street, San Francisco (downtown San Francisco – about 10-15 minute walk from the hotels and conference venue)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:45AM – ongoingRegistration
7:45AMLight breakfast

Welcome from the Convener and Managing Director


Panel #1: From Industrial Zones to Innovation Zones – How Europe is Leading the Way


Panel #2: Where Is the Urban Mobility Revolution Headed?

  • Moderator: Bill Reinert, National Manager, Toyota’s Advanced Technology Group
  • Susan Shaheen, Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
  • Eric Cahill, Managing Director, Adaptiv LLC
  • Susan Zielinski, Director, SMART at the University of Michigan
  • Scott Samuelsen, Professor and Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center; and Director, Advanced Power and Energy Program, UC Irvine
  • Watch the Video


Next Big Innovation: The Mobile Internet Transformation – Meeting Network Capacity Needs of Cities

10:30AMNetworking Coffee Break

Next Big Innovation: Future Cities Made Real – Efficient, Sustainable, Liveable


Next Big Innovation: Smarter Cities


Next Big Innovation: San Francisco’s Tech Innovation Journey – What’s Next?


Next Big Innovation: Worldwide Networks of Smart Workers – Connected and Collaborating through Smart Work Centers

12:05PMBreak for Networking Lunch
1:30PMBreak Outs Workshops in Four Separate Rooms

Session A: The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing – What’s Next?

Session B: Environmental Initiatives as Levers for Change: Comparing the Initiatives of Seattle and San Francisco

  • Moderator: Nils Moe, City of Berkeley, Mayor’s Office
  • Melanie Nutter, Director of San Francisco Department of Environment
  • Jill Simmons, Director of Seattle Department of Environment

Session Description

Session C: The Work-Life Revolution

Session Description

Session D: Smarter Cities of Tomorrow – Integrated Operations across Service Areas to Meet the Needs of Citizens

  • Moderator: Christian Clauss, Director of Architecture, Strategy and Partners, IBM Smarter Cities Software
  • Niels van Duinen, Director of Outdoor Lighting Applications, Philips Lighting
  • Jeff Frazier, Senior Director of the Global Public Sector for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group
  • Story K. Bellows, Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia

Session Description

2:30PMNetworking Coffee Break
3:00PMBreak Outs Workshops in Four Separate Rooms – running simultaneously

Session G: New Tools for Social Engagement – How to Better Engage the Public on Policy and Planning Issues

  • Moderator: Tom Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
  • Ron Dembo, Founder and Chairman, Zerofootprint Inc.
  • Art Chang, Tipping Point Partners
  • Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Session Description

Session H: Building the Smart, Sustainable City — New Strategies for Law and Policy

  • Moderator: William Shutkin, President and CEO; Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice, Presidio Graduate School
  • Nestor Davidson, Professor of Law at Fordham University
  • Hope Cohen, Associate Director, Regional Plan Association
  • Karen Chapple, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning; Faculty Director, Center for Community Innovation; Acting Director, Institute for Research on Labor & Employment; Associate Director, Institute for Urban and Regional Development, UC Berkeley

Session Description

Session I: The Just City

Session J: The Clean Energy and Water in the Smart Cities of the Future

  • Moderator: Jo Danko, Managing Director of Urban Programs, CH2M HILL
  • Paul Reiter, Executive Director, International Water Association (The Netherlands)
  • Dylan Hixon, Arden Road Investments
  • Hari Sankaran, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited
  • Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning, San Francisco, SOM

Session Description


Next Big Innovation: City Breakthroughs and Lessons Learned – The Vancouver Experience


Next Big Innovation: The New Dutch Model for Economic Innovation Policy

5:00PMNetworking Reception for All Participants

Beer, wine and cheese reception from Sponsored by The Consul General of Netherlands and Humanitas Wines
Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:45AM – ongoingRegistration
7:45AMLight breakfast

Welcome – Recap of Day 1


Next Big Innovation: San Francisco’s Innovation Zone


The City Protocol: Building the Internet of Cities


What’s on the Minds of the Leaders of the World’s Top Mass Transit Agencies?


Meeting of the Minds 2013 Special Announcement

  • Surprise Guest

Next Big Innovation: Planning Tools for Civic Engagement: Is There an App for That?

10:20AMNetworking Coffee Break

Next Big Innovation: From the Empire State Building to the Bay: The Energy Costs and Environmental Impacts of Smart Lighting


Next Big Innovation: What’s Next in Real Estate? New Data Measuring Building Performance


Next Big Innovation: The Impact of Energy Supplies on Global Urban Environments


Next Big Innovation: Resilience and Communities: Adapting to Disruptive Change


Next Big Innovation: Public Lighting and the Internet of Things: Examples from Amsterdam


San Francisco’s Secret Sauce – Innovation Drives Livability and Sustainability


Next Steps

12:40PM-2:00PM Closing Lunch and Networking Reception outside

Wine sponsorship from John De Luca

Session formats

Expert Panels

Moderators will lead panelists in a candid and friendly debate.


A moderator leads a participatory workshop on a specific topic.


World-class speakers followed by an open Q&A.

Next Big Innovation

Leading thinkers and practitioners get fifteen minutes to share their most innovative ideas.

  • Speaker

  • Moderator

  • Speaker via TelePresence

PDF Program

Download the PDF program

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations:
Barr Foundation
Black & Veatch
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy