The Meeting of the Minds Summit is scheduled to take place in Detroit, Michigan from Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014.
Meeting of the Minds is an urban knowledge sharing platform based out of San Francisco, CA. They organize webinars, meetups, roundtables and the annual summit on urban sustainability and connected technologies in the fall.
The annual summit brings together 350 policy makers, innovators, leading thinkers and opinion shapers for two intensive days of thought leadership and industry development.
This year, they chose Detroit for the summit because the city, like many other stars of the industrial age, is now trying to reinvent itself and is searching for a new identity and urban future.
With Detroit as the setting for a discussion of alternative urban futures, these will be the kind of questions debated at the Meeting of the Minds 2014 Summit – How are cities redefining themselves? How to revitalize downtowns and suburbs? How to attract talent? How to create cleaner and smarter industry clusters? What is the new definition of a smart city?
There will be a press tour on Sept 30 where DTE Energy and Itron will take members of the media to discover smart city projects to show how Detroit is transforming into a smarter city.
The summit officially begins on Oct 1 with a welcome address by Cisco Systems Director Gordon Feller, who is also the co-founder of Meeting of the Minds.
Following the welcome address, urban policy expert and The Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson will speak about “Why Detroit Is a Powerful Backdrop for a Discussion on the Future of Cities.”
Another important session in the morning will focus on how urban entrepreneurs are launching and scaling up despite red tape.
A panel on how city-regions can attract and retain urban talent will discuss everything from the role of talent in revitalizing cities to the current situation in Detroit and other cities where there’s a disconnect between significant job growth in 21st century jobs and populations that do not have the tools to access these emerging careers.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Director of Public Affairs Anthony Flint and Rob van Gijzel, Major of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, will talk about turnarounds and remaking legacy cities.
The post-lunch breakout session on the first day includes eight different workshop tours to demonstrate everything from small-scale revitalization to launching and building an innovation economy, demolitions and green infrastructure strategies, retrofitting legacy infrastructure and smart city solutions.
Sessions on the second day include a discussion on the power of the Internet of Everything – How city services become city solutions. There are also panels on the coming revolution of small-scale urban industrial development, resiliency challenges, innovations in city service delivery, open data, and more.
What – Meeting of the Minds Summit
When - Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014
Where – The College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore Ave., Detroit, MI