Iowa Ideas 2018 tickets now on sale

Panelists, moderated by Gazette reporter Michaela Ramm (far right), discuss community engagement and outreach during the Iowa Ideas conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Sept. 20-21, 2018: Thursday morning through midday Friday


Pricing and registration


Downtown Cedar Rapids: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

If you want to have a voice in shaping the future of Iowa, Iowa Ideas is for you. Building on the success of our inaugural conference, we'll convene another gathering exploring key issues, discovering solutions and connecting Iowans to state leaders. 

During a day and a half of learning together, attendees will hear a variety of perspectives from Iowa and beyond, take in a keynote luncheon and have plenty of opportunities to network. 

Eight key topic areas will be explored:  

Plus two special collaborations:


Find a sneak preview of the 2018 conference schedule here


Attendees of our inaugural conference said they valued our solutions focus, multidisciplinary view and the chance to hear a variety of perspectives directly from state leaders:

"I was struck by the number of great topics, great presenters, great ideas and the opportunity to listen, learn and network. The Gazette is doing exactly what Iowa needs more of -- deep and wide attention to issues that need new ideas and new people carrying them forward."

-- John, Ankeny

"The conference felt very 'Iowan' in the best sense - it was awesome to network with others from outside your field of work and just get a chance to 'think bigger' for a couple days about what could be."

-- Rachel, Cedar Rapids

"The Gazette has recognized the need for community engagement around the issues and opportunities we share. To have a non-political, non-partisan forum for interacting around complex issues and problems we need to address is essential to sustainability.”

-- Tom, Mount Vernon


Tickets are now on sale for the early-bird rate of $200. Prices increase August 7!

Student and group rates are available -- see all options at our registration page.

Scholarship and volunteer opportunities are also available -- read more and apply.


Register today

*Members of the media wishing to cover Iowa Ideas can apply for a credential here.



In the meantime: 

You don't have to wait a whole year to hear from us: