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:
RBC Capital Markets
Barr Foundation
Wells Fargo
Black & Veatch
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
FIA Foundation
Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
CBRE Group, Inc.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Marin Clean Energy
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Noll & Tam Architects
Cubic Transportation Systems