September 20, 2011 17:34 ET

Meeting of the Minds 2011: Challenging Old Paradigms With Untold Urban Sustainability Innovations and Fresh Ideas From Around the World

Public, NGO, and Private Sectors Unite in Boulder, Colorado; Join the Conversation On-Site or via Live Streaming Webcast

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2011) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

Meeting of the Minds is an annual leadership summit focused on the future of cities, advanced/smart networks, economic re-development stimulated by investments in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The global innovators -- government officials, corporate executives, foundation/NGO leaders -- showcase innovations that harness great ideas and the power of advanced technologies (in mobility, network connectivity, energy). For more information visit:

Key facts:

  • Meeting of the Minds is an intensive exchange on urban innovation for an invited group of more than 200 leaders. Each one, in their respective organization, is working towards creating more sustainable and innovative cities using new tools, best practices, and smarter systems.
  • These innovators gather to learn from each other about the scaling-up of practical urban innovations, especially in infrastructure. They participate in order to meet other innovators working in technology, energy, transport, water, finance -- all of whom are building better ways to govern while also growing more prosperous economies.
  • These leaders are drawn from multiple sectors and diverse geographies, and they share ideas and projects with the aim of shaping a common agenda. Participants represent leading organizations from public, private and independent sectors headquartered in North America, Europe and Asia. One element of the Meeting's agenda is focused on the complex interplays that link natural ecosystems with the infrastructures that move our energy, people, goods, waste, and water.

As a Global Sponsor of Meeting of the Minds 2011, Cisco will be presenting thought leadership papers on topics including the Resilient Society, Urban Innovation, Connected Vehicles, and Work-Life Innovation.

September 21 - September 23, 2011

St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, Colorado: Via webcast:

Each year, Toyota joins forces with key partners to present this Meeting and to encourage rich dialogues that link public sector, private sector, independent sector. This year's Global Sponsors are Philips; Cisco; Deutsche Bank. Co-sponsors include AT&T; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; HDR Inc; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Jones Lang LaSalle; Silicon Valley Bank; Bryan Cave LLP; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute; Golder Associates. Other partners include Next American City Magazine; ReNew Canada Magazine; Urban Land Institute; New York Academy of Sciences; Smart+Connected Communities Institute.

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More than 250 global government leaders, private sector innovators and NGO professionals will collaborate on the latest innovations and fresh thinking in sustainable living. Discussions focus on accelerating a transformation of cleaner, greener and more sustainable cities which are smarter and better-connected. Attendees hear from the pioneers who've developed strategies, already in use, to build a sustainable future. Presenters describe the latest and most promising innovations: advanced broadband networks; new energy, mobility and building technologies; land-use strategies which are smart growth-oriented; new principles for balancing economic, environmental and social development.

Here's a sample of the global leaders presenting on stage who are actively "rethinking" economic, social and technological development:

  • The Governor of Colorado; two US mayors; executives from the Rockefeller Foundation; the Chief Information Officer of the City of Rome, Italy.
  • Top executives from Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, BYD in China, GM and Toyota assess the impact of innovation on cars, and the changes flowing from there to all dimensions of urban transport.
  • Deutsche Bank's executive describes some innovative tools being offered to some of the world's largest property developers and managers. DB will discuss how to grow the pool of investments now flowing into urban energy efficiency.
  • The President of the Smithsonian Institution Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum reveals a few of the best-kept secrets that make it possible for urban design to be a radical act that transforms urban communities.
  • Philips provides insights from work underway within cities on five continents.
  • Cisco leads a special panel of city leaders who are using advanced network technologies to create powerful solutions that change the ways cities accelerate their path toward sustainability and prosperity.

Breakout session focus on creating the conditions for clean-tech innovation; empowering city dwellers through open source/smart apps; how far away are we from the reality of smart grids; city learning; and others.

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*Urban Age Institute
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 is the 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.

*The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business advances the University of Colorado at Boulder's nationally-known program in entrepreneurship education through collaborative initiatives with the business community and across campus. The Deming Center is at the heart of why the Leeds School is consistently ranked among the top 25 programs for entrepreneurship. Deming Center students get cutting-edge business and entrepreneurship courses; access to specialty programs in cleantech, bioscience, and natural/organic products; a rich connection of cross-campus opportunities; and engagement with the Boulder region's network of successful, innovative entrepreneurs.

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