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Meeting of the Minds Smart Cities

October 23 - October 25

Meeting of the Minds Smart Cities

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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. 

This year’s Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit in Cleveland Ohio will unearth tools and best practices working for city leaders and mayors across the globe.

Our sessions will feature solutions that are scalable, replicable and transferable from city-to-city and sector-to-sector. All of our 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 our Annual Summit 2017.

Meeting of the Minds Smart City Cleveland

Cleveland 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.

Cleveland knows how to build economic clusters:

  1. It is home to IBM’s Watson
  2. World-class water strategies
  3. A bus rapid transit system
  4. Innovative manufacturing
  5. Academic institutions which serve as anchors for neighborhood revitalization
  6. A thriving arts culture and economy

Moreover, 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.


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 and adoption
  • Economic development strategies
  • Urban data
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Healthy communities
  • Urban parks


October 23
October 25
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Meeting of the Minds
Gordon Feller


Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
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