Lincoln Institute helps present the Meeting of the Minds 2012

segunda-feira, Outubro 8, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-503-2116

SAN FRANCISCO (October 8, 2012) – The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an organizing partner in the Meeting of the Minds 2012, the annual leadership summit for innovation and advanced technology in urban connectivity and sustainability.

In the three-day conference, leaders from the world’s most innovative organizations in government, the private sector and the non-profit world will help spotlight fresh ideas about the future of cities, advanced/smart networks, and economic re-development stimulated by investments in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Meeting of the Minds is a platform on which new initiatives are launched and existing innovations are replicated, scaled and transferred. The venue is Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco located at 465 California Street, at the beautiful and historic Merchants Exchange Building. For more information and an event 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 gathering identifies breakthrough policies and practices enabling our institutions and systems to become more connected and more resilient.

The following sample of the global leaders presenting on stage and their discussion areas presents a “rethinking” of a city’s economic, social and technological development:

· Mayor Edwin Lee, city & county of San Francisco (San Francisco’s Innovation Zone)

· Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver, British Columbia (City Breakthroughs and Lessons Learned – The Vancouver Experience)

· Bill Reinert, national manager of advanced technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, (The Urban Mobility Revolution)

· Bruno Biasiotta, CEO & president of Philips Lighting North America (Smart Lighting Solutions for Cities)

· 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, Liveable)

· 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

· Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools)

Additional sessions include: The Successes and Failures of Car Sharing – What is Next; New Tools for Social Engagement – How to Better Engage the Public on Policy and Planning Issues; 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, City24/7 Smart Screen project and a New Model for Government.

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 California.

· The full Meeting schedule is outlined at

· Confirmed speakers are listed at

· Sessions underway during the two days of programming may be found at

· Real-time access to the program is being broadened for this Meeting’s sessions. The 2012 Meeting will feature live on-site TelePresence videoconferencing to connect the San Francisco event with locations around the globe.

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