September 28-29, 2018 Cap Times Idea Fest UW-Madison Campus


Reach A Better State








2 Days of Lively Discussion

The Cap Times Idea Fest returned to the UW-Madison campus for a second year – this time at Memorial Union, the Pyle Center and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Some two dozen individual sessions about politics, equity, the economy, the environment, culture and more will explore the central theme of how to “Reach a Better State.”

Inspiring Ideas

60+ Speakers

Highlights include David Axelrod, Kevin Conroy, Jim Doyle, Charles Franklin, Michael Johnson, David Maraniss, Tia Nelson and Karen Olivo. Full Schedule Coming Soon.

60+ Speakers


Talk with attendees and speakers outside the formal sessions. Additional activities include a Friday night trivia contest and hip-hop soul DJ dance party, plus a reception on Saturday.

2-Day Event

Ticket Info

All-weekend pass guarantees access to all sessions including trivia, dance party and reception, plus a free t-shirt. Tickets are purchased through UW-Madison Campus Arts Ticketing.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: UBS | The Burish Group

Cuna Mutual GroupMadison Gas & ElectricUW-MadisonExact SciencesGodfrey & Kahn, S.C.ZenDeskEpic Systems

Partners: Wisconsin State Journalmadison.comZebra Dog