"Building Smart Cities starts with Smart People"

"Building Smart Cities starts with Smart People"
By  Lauren Marinaro via

City, enterprise, and startup thought leaders are in the midst of designing the cities of tomorrow, but how do we decide what makes a smart city actually smart?

Perhaps the place to start is not with the latest smart tech, but rather the smart people that understand key problems cities are facing and how connected tech can enable solutions to these problems. We spoke with Gordon Feller, consultant at Cisco HQ and co-founder of @MeetoftheMinds, to see what — to him — makes a smart city, smart. Meeting of the Minds is a global thought leadership network and knowledge sharing platform focused on urban sustainability. The group now convenes 15,000 to 20,000 leaders around the world who want to engage in a dialogue about how to embrace innovation to change the trajectory of the future. Full article via

To learn more about emerging urban-innovations, and to meet Gordon Feller — and another 350 other leaders like him — be sure to check out Meeting of the Minds in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 26-27.

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Now in its 10th year, the Meeting of the Minds annual summit brings together 400+ opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from 25+ countries for two and half days of intensive exchange in thought leadership and cross-sector alliance building. Gathered together, you will have unique opportunities to think critically, ask questions, share tools, identify new best practices, and build lasting partnerships — which make smarter and more sustainable cities possible.

The focus of Meeting of the Minds is the ‘innovator’, whether you sit inside a large firm, an influential organization, or a start-up. Our 400+ participants are scaling up practical urban solutions, shaping new policies, deploying new technologies, embedding new innovations into mainstream institutions, and blazing new trails where partnerships can flourish.

Meeting of the Minds invite established and emerging leaders from the public sector, private sector, non-profit, academia, and philanthropy to identify innovations and best practices that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from city-to-city and across sectors. These are leaders who work with and for cities

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