In the last week of October, from the 23rd to the 25th, over 420 people descended on the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland to attend Meeting of the Minds. For their 11th annual summit, Meeting of the Minds came to the Midwest from San Francisco after a whirlwind tour of Cleveland on a freezing cold January day. When Meeting of the Minds executive director, Jessie Feller Hahn stated “I want to get an apartment here!” I knew we were good to go.
Participants came from all over the U.S. and 13 countries, and along with the Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit held simultaneously at the Convention Center, sold out hotels in the area and created an innovation buzz in downtown. Meeting of the Minds participants didn’t just sit in a darkened (albeit, comfortable) conference room listening to smart people share real and awesome examples of how technology and innovation is making cities more resilient and efficient. They also got out into our neighborhoods to see firsthand how innovation, technology, creativity, and quiet persistence are transforming Cleveland’s culture and future with 21st century assets.