Iowa Ideas 2017: September 20-22, Downtown Cedar Rapids
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.
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:
- Opening celebration: Join us at the Paramount Theatre to kick off Iowa Ideas 2017 in style
7 - 10 p.m.
Thursday, September 21:
- Five sessions per track
Friday, September 22:
- Five sessions per track
- Event concludes at 4:15 p.m.
Early-bird rate (Ends July 31):
Full conference pass (includes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday):
One-day pass (Thursday or Friday):
Opening keynote and celebration (Wednesday only - included in full conference registration):
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.
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?
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.
Boundary-spanning ideas for the future of higher education – including views from universities, private schools, community colleges and industry partners.
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.
This track will include both personal and freight transportation, with an emphasis on safety, accessibility and new technical advances.
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.