Meeting of the Minds 2013: Breaking New Ground With Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and New Global Concepts

Meeting of the Minds 2013: Breaking New Ground With Urban Innovations, 
Connected Technology and New Global Concepts 
Public Sector, NGOs and Private Sector Leaders Convene in Toronto 
TORONTO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) 
What: 
Meeting of the Minds is an annual global leadership summit focused on
the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and
advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to
accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected
future around the globe.  
Meeting of the Minds brings together select leaders from the world's
most innovative organizations to explore strategic investments, smart
policies and breakthrough technological innovations -- all designed
to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly
complex urban planning, design, technology and development
challenges. More than 350 global innovators including government
officials, corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders will
gather in Toronto to discuss and launch new initiatives, while
exploring answers to the following burning questions. 


 
--  What new technologies and policies are enabling cities to become
    greener, safer, and more livable?
--  How are we already making our cities simultaneously smarter and more
    equitable?
--  What cross-sector bridges are being built to hasten the move toward
    sustainable, connected and just cities?
--  What exactly are city leaders -- from the private, public and
    independent sectors -- doing to accelerate the transitions now
    underway?

  
When: 
September 9-11, 2013 
Where:
 Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8, Canada 
Meeting of the Minds will gather at Evergreen Brick Works -- a LEED
Platinum facility that stands as a remarkable example of adaptive
reuse, brownfield remediation, and Toronto's commitment to urban
sustainability. 
Who:
 The following sample of global leaders will
present a "rethinking" of a city's economic, social and technological
development to reshape our urban future:  


 
--  Jennifer Keesmatt, chief planner, City of Toronto
--  Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario
--  Bill Reinert, national manager of advanced technology for Toyota Motor
    Sales, USA
--  Charbel Aoun, senior vice president, Smart Cities - strategy &
    innovation at Schneider Electric
--  Rogier van der Heide, VP and chief design officer, Philips Lighting
--  Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, industry solutions & chief
    globalisation officer, Cisco
--  Gordon Feller, director, urban innovations, Cisco Consulting Services;
    co-Founder and convenor of Meeting of the Minds
--  And, more than 350 other leaders from more than a dozen countries,
    including China, Canada, Australia!

  
Top sessions include: Three Next Gen Leaders - Inventing the Urban
Digital Future; Connected Boomers Will Change Mobility, Are We
Ready?; Connecting the Dots - Clean Energy Generation - Smart Grid -
Electric Vehicle - Efficient Building; Chaos in Urbanism - Harnessing
Uncertainty for Successful Cities; Smarter Cities Challenge: A
Conversation with Four Mayors 


 
--  The full Meeting schedule is outlined at:
    http://cityminded.org/events/toronto/agenda
--  Confirmed speakers are listed at:
    http://cityminded.org/events/toronto/speakers
--  Real-time access to the program is being broadened for this Meeting's
    sessions. The 2013 Meeting will feature live on-site Cisco
    TelePresence(R) videoconferencing to connect the Toronto event with
    locations around the globe.

  
As a global sponsor of Meeting of the Minds 2013, Cisco will be
presenting a thought leadership paper on the Internet of Everything
and the implications for public sector.  
Additional Background:
 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 organizer is Urban Age Institute, based in San Francisco.
This year's host and co-organizer is Evergreen in Toronto. Urban Age
Institute partners with renowned, high-impact non-profit institutions
to develop the program such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the
Ford Foundation, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations and the
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Global Sponsor is Cisco. Gold
level sponsors are Schneider Electric and Philips Lighting. Silver
Level sponsors are IBM, Itron, Metrolinx, HOK, Golder Associates,
Volvo Research and Educational Foundation and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Bronze sponsors include Ryerson, Institute on Governance and the
Oxford Properties Group.  
Global Sponsor: 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps
companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing
things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For
ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com. 
Partners: 
i-CANADA
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all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into
Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work,
e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable
prosperity that comes from full digital enablement. 
Icosystem 
Icosystem builds predictive analytics platforms that can help
decision makers understand the impact of investments and initiatives
in energy efficiency, sustainability and urban development. 
Evergreen 
 A charity since 1991, Evergreen believes that today's
critical environmental challenges will be solved by bringing diverse
groups of people together, inspiring them with ideas and engaging
them to take action. http://www.evergreen.ca/ 
Media Partners 
IT in Canada
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news network. 
Globe & Mail
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of major national and international news.  
GOVERNING Magazine
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covering politics, policy and management for state and local
government leaders. 
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Contact: 
Marc Musgrove
408-525-6320
mmusgrov@cisco.com