Save the Date: 2017 MINN IDEA Summit

  • Posted on: 4 June 2017
  • By: BetteBenson

Save the Date for MINN's 2017 IDEA Summit on Saturday, October 14th at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The 5th annual IDEA Summit will focus on Building Resiliency in a Changing World.

The IDEA Summit offers global innovators a unique opportunity to connect, share, and learn. Since 2013, the Summit has brought together more than 850 participants, 100 speakers, and 350 unique organizations. With discussions and activities on topics like creative evaluation methods, starting a social entrepreneurship endeavor, and conflict resolution among diverse stakeholders -- the Summit is a fun and engaging experience that helps convene a remarkable community of people connected to international development work.

To help prepare for this year’s upcoming Summit, we're currently accepting applications for breakout session speakers, fellows, and volunteers.

Apply to be a breakout session speaker
MINN is looking for innovative, engaging, and experienced speakers to host 60-75 minute breakout sessions based on global development work. Click here to Submit your Session Proposal Application. Please note that applications are due by July 14, 2017.

If you have questions or would like recommendations for topics, please contact the IDEA Summit Speakers Committee at You can also visit the summit website to see examples of past breakout sessions.


​Apply to be a Fellow
The IDEA Summit Fellowship program seeks to build a long-lasting relationship between traditionally underrepresented communities and the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN).

Benefits of the fellowship include:

  • Discounted admission to the MINN IDEA Summit
  • Profile of the Fellow and/or their organization featured in the MINN website
  • Lunch with the MINN President or Vice-President
  • Exclusive networking opportunities

Click here to apply to the IDEA Summit Fellowship. Applications are due by July 21, 2017.


Apply to be a volunteer​
The Summit Planning Committee is looking for committed volunteers to help with sponsorships, registration, logistics, technical and A/V support, and volunteer coordination. If you are interested in a long-term and impactful volunteer role, please fill out this form.

Stay tuned for additional updates in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the MINN IDEA Summit, please email us at