Meeting of the Minds 2012: Challenging Old Paradigms With Urban

Meeting of the Minds 2012: Challenging Old Paradigms With Urban
Innovations and Fresh Ideas From Around the World 
Public Sector, NGOs and Private Sector Leaders Convene in San
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/05/12 --  Cisco (NASDAQ:
 Meeting of the Minds is an annual leadership summit that
brings together leaders from the world's most innovative
organizations to spotlight fresh ideas in urban connectivity and
sustainability. The multiday event focuses on interlocking themes:
future of cities, advanced/smart networks, economic re-development
stimulated by investments in energy efficiency and environmental
sustainability. Global innovators including government officials,
corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders showcase innovations
that harness innovative ideas paired with the power of advanced
technologies (in transport/mobility, networks and connectivity,
Since 2007, when it first convened, Meeting of the Minds has become
the premier platform for new initiatives to be launched and for
existing innovations to be replicated, scaled and transferred. For
more information, and for a complete program agenda visit: 
Meeting of the Minds illuminates specific solutions and smart
strategies that are accelerating the emergence of successful cities
around the globe -- and creates a smarter and more connected future
for all of them. The program features a select group of innovators
who are solving critical problems, especially those who lead
organizations and companies making smart investment choices. This
year's Meeting identifies breakthrough policies and practices
enabling our institutions and systems to become more connected and
more resilient. 
The following list of global leaders presenting on stage offers a
sampler of the event's "rethinking" of a city's economic, social and
technological development:  

--  Mayor Edwin Lee, City & County of San Francisco ("San Francisco's
    Secret Sauce - Innovation Drives Livability and Sustainability")
--  Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver, British Columbia ("City
    Breakthroughs and Lessons Learned - The Vancouver Experience")
--  Bill Reinert, National Manager of Advanced Technology, Toyota Motor
    Sales-USA, ("The Urban Mobility Revolution")
--  Suzanne Seitinger, Director of City Innovation, Philips Lighting North
    America ("From the Empire State Building to the Bay: The Energy Costs
    and Environmental Impacts of Smart Lighting")
--  Matt Grob, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer,
    Qualcomm Incorporated ("Mobile Internet Transformation - Meeting
    Network Capacity Needs of Cities")
--  James Anderson, Vice President, Schneider Electric Infrastructure
    Business - U.S. ("Future Cities Made Real - Efficient, Sustainable,
--  Dr. Colin Harrison, Distinguished Engineer, Smarter Cities Technical
    Strategy, IBM ("Next Big Innovation: Smarter Cities")
--  Gordon Feller, Director, Urban Innovations, Cisco Internet Business
    Solutions Group; Co-founder and Convenor of Meeting of the Minds
--  And, more than 300 other leaders from more than a dozen countries,
    including China, Europe, Canada, Australia!

Additional sessions include: "From Industrial Zones to Innovation
Zones"; "The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing -- What is Next";
"New Tools for Social Engagement -- How to Better Engage the Public";
"Building the Smart, Sustainable City -- New Strategies for Law and
Policy"; and "The Clean Energy and Water Nexus." 
As a global sponsor of Meeting of the Minds 2012, Cisco will be
presenting thought leadership papers on topics including the "Smart
City Framework," the "City24/7" Smart Screen project, and a "New
Model for Government." 
 October 10 - October 11, 2012 
 Julia Morgan Ballroom,
465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco 
 Each year,
Toyota joins forces with key partners to present this Meeting and to
encourage rich dialogues that link public sector, private sector and
independent sectors. The program's main organizers are renowned,
high-impact non-profit institutions: Regional Plan Association and
Urban Age Institute with the Presidio Graduate School and Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy as key partners. Global Sponsors are
Schneider Electric and Cisco. Gold level sponsors are Philips
Lighting, Qualcomm and IBM. Silver Level sponsors are SOM, CH2M Hill,
Jones Lang LaSalle, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Netherlands
Consul General, The Ford Foundation, Humanitas Wine and Silicon
Valley Bank. WSP Group is sponsoring and hosting the October 9
evening Opening Reception. Other organizations have joined as Meeting
partners, including SPUR, the Urban Land Institute, Greenprint
Foundation, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, International Water
Association, CEOs for Cities and US Green Building Council/Northern

--  The full Meeting schedule
    ( contains
    speaker biographies, and provides details about more than two dozen
    sponsors and partners.
--  Real-time access to the full two-day program is being broadened for
    this Meeting's sessions. The Meeting features live on-site
    TelePresence videoconferencing to connect the San Francisco venue with
    locations around the globe. The webcast
    ( is streamed live throughout the
    full Meeting program and is free of charge.

Additional Background:  
Key facts: 

--  Over the course of its first six years, Meeting of the Minds has
    become the premier leadership summit for connected and sustainable
    cities. The event provides the setting for intensive exchanges on
    urban innovation with an invited group of more than 350 leaders from
    more than a dozen countries. Each one, and their respective
    organizations, are working towards creating more smart design,
    planning, policy and technology innovations that enable cities and
    regions to respond to increasingly complex problems.
--  These innovators gather to learn from each other about scaling-up
    practical urban innovations, especially in infrastructure. They
    exchange ideas and action strategies with innovators working in
    technology, energy, transport, water, finance -- all of whom are
    building better ways to govern while also growing more prosperous
    economies for their communities.
--  Participating leaders are drawn from multiple sectors and diverse
    geographies to share ideas and projects -- with the aim of shaping a
    common agenda for future innovation. Participants represent leading
    organizations from public, private and independent sectors
    headquartered in North America, Europe and Asia.

Presented by:
 Toyota (NYSE: TM) is the world's largest automaker. The
company operates under a global earth charter that promotes
environmental responsibility throughout the entire company, and
recognizes the need for comprehensive approaches to the effective use
of resources and to the reduction of pollution and global warming. It
presents this event each year in partnership with the lead sponsors. 
Lead Sponsor:
 Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in
networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and
collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at For ongoing news, please go to 
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 Urban Age
 The Urban Age Institute is an independent nonprofit
'think-and-do tank' working to support innovators based inside the
world's cities. It publishes Urban Age Magazine and delivers programs
around the globe. 
Regional Plan Association
 Regional Plan association that nation's
oldest independent urban research and advocacy group. RPA prepares
long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of
the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also
provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and
competitiveness concerns. 
Marc Musgrove
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