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The Iowa Ideas Conference, Sept. 20-22, will include 80 sessions and more than 250 speakers across eight tracks.

The statewide gathering will mix panel discussions, interviews with state leaders and thought-provoking experiences to help move complex issues forward. Join us in downtown Cedar Rapids for two full days of learning and working together.

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Iowa Ideas 2017: September 20-22, Downtown Cedar Rapids
250+ Speakers, 80 Sessions, 8 Tracks, 1 Impressive Event

The Iowa Ideas conference is a statewide gathering designed to mix panel discussions, interviews with leaders and thought-provoking experiences to help move complex issues forward.

Who: Community advocates, influencers, life-long learners, probably you
Where: Downtown Cedar Rapids
When: September 20-22
What: Two full days of working and learning together
Why: Connect with fellow Iowans and discover solutions on key issues facing our state
Tickets are now available, with options ranging from $50 to $250.
Conference Overview

Iowa Ideas consists of eight tracks, each representing a key industry or issue shaping the future of Iowa. Attendees can stay in one track or mix and match for new perspectives. Each track consists of 10 sessions, including a track keynote, panel discussions and chances to interact with state leaders and big thinkers. View the full schedule here.

Wednesday, September 20:

- Registration
Noon-8 p.m.
- Opening celebration: Join us at the Paramount Theatre to kick off Iowa Ideas 2017 in style
7 - 10 p.m.



8 p.m.

Thursday, September 21:

- Five sessions per track
Workplace (R)evolution 2017 is a Thursday, single-day track
- Optional evening activities, including Pints & Politics and Meet Me at the Market

Friday, September 22:

- Five sessions per track
- Event concludes at 4:15 p.m.
 


Ticket Information

Conference tickets are available now.

Early-bird rate (Ends July 31):
   $200
Full conference pass (includes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday):
   $250
One-day pass (Thursday or Friday):
   $150
Opening keynote and celebration (Wednesday only - included in full conference registration):
   $50
For group rates (7+), contact elizabeth.kimmell@thegazette.com.
For media credentials, contact quinn.pettifer@thegazette.com
 

Scholarships and volunteer opportunities

Our goal is to make Iowa Ideas accessible to all Iowans who want to join the conversation.  
There are two opportunities to attend Iowa Ideas at a free or reduced rate: Scholarships and volunteer opportunities.

 

Visiting Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas 2017 will take place at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Downtown Cedar Rapids.

Lodging: A block of rooms are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex for Iowa Ideas attendees to stay downtown and be steps away from the action. Click here or call (319) 731-4444 and make sure to mention Iowa Ideas when booking at the DoubleTree for a special rate. For additional hotel options, use the housing bureau through GO Cedar Rapids; all participating hotels will offer shuttle service to and from the conference.

Things to do: Plan to participate in Pints and Politics, Meet Me at the Market and all that downtown Cedar Rapids has to offer during your trip to Iowa Ideas. Visit Hoopla and GO Cedar Rapids for more events and things to do. 

 

Iowa Ideas Event tracks
Agriculture

This track will explore how emerging technologies, changing demographics and policy decisions will reshape one of Iowa's largest industries - now and in the future.

 
Energy & Environment

Sessions will focus on solutions, fresh approaches and new ideas for issues that will have a long-term impact. How can we balance the ideal and the practical?

 
Health Care

Opportunities and innovations abound in health care, but so do risks, costs and major hurdles. We'll have detailed discussions with multiple points of view.

 
Higher Education

Boundary-spanning ideas for the future of higher education – including views from universities, private schools, community colleges and industry partners.

 
K-12 Education

Re-imagining education for an emerging future. How can we make sure all young Iowans have the education they need to succeed?

 
Regionalism / Workforce

Exploration of Iowa's changing demographics, new technology trends, key community needs and regional economic development efforts.

 
Transportation

This track will include both personal and freight transportation, with an emphasis on safety, accessibility and new technical advances.

 
Workplace (R)evolution

The workplace culture conference Workplace (R)evolution will join The Gazette's Iowa Ideas Conference 2017. Culture, inclusivity and cutting-edge business practices have been the focal point of Workplace (R)evolution since it was created in 2014.

 

 

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