Cities & Partners


Raising the Bar in your city

Raising the Bar collaborates with innovative organizations and forward-thinking universities to take inspiring educators and groundbreaking visionaries out of the classroom and into local city bars. Our cutting-edge partners are a core part of our DNA and together, we inspire thousands of people every year through our free events and popular podcasts.

+10 cities
curious attendess
+550 memorable talks
+200 fascinating podcasts


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Columbia University is considered one of the finest and oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Over the past 250 years it has educated dozens of Nobel Laureates, innovators and Leaders.

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New York University is one of the largest private universities in the U.S., and has an unrivaled global presence. With degree-granting research university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and 11 dedicated Study Abroad centers situated in major intellectual hubs across the world, NYU has emerged as an integrated, diverse, worldwide institution of research and higher learning.

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Cornell Tech is a revolutionary model for graduate education that fuses technology and entrepreneurship with the aim to be highly relevant in an age of rapid technological change. To get there, our programs are built on a foundation of five principles that help mold our students into tech leaders and innovators: engaged learning, studio culture, project-based learning, integrated curriculum and disciplinary depth.

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At the University of Sydney, we’ve been a leader in ideas for more than 160 years. We generate, cultivate and nurture them for the benefit of Australia and the world. It’s what we’re all about. Making lives better by equipping our people with leadership qualities so their ideas can make a difference. Our partnership with Raising the Bar is a perfect fit as we share a passion for spreading knowledge that can have a positive impact on our lives.


The City of Melbourne as a council (Melbourne City Council) oversees the municipal area that includes Melbourne's city centre and several inner suburbs. As a capital-city council, it also speaks on behalf of Melbourne in local, national and international forums. The City of Melbourne works with other local councils and the Victorian Government to ensure that Melbourne is one of the safest, healthiest and cleanest cities in the world. It supports Melbourne's position as Australia's pre-eminent centre for arts and culture, education, dining and shopping.

For 125 years, Barnard College has been a place where extraordinary women have gathered the power and promise to take on the world. Barnard is a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart.

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Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) equips emerging leaders with the skills, knowledge, and intellectual rigor to solve critical challenges around the world. Combining the study of public policy and international affairs in the heart of New York City, Columbia SIPA promises a rigorous and inspiring curriculum, lifelong networks, hands-on experience, a world-class faculty, and involvement in Columbia’s prestigious university community.

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Founded in 1883 , the University of Auckland has become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university. Our drive is to help to generate ideas to benefit society, and to educate and train people who will be valued for their specialised knowledge, and for their ability to research, communicate, and solve problems. We are ranked #85 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019); the only New Zealand university to feature in the top 100.

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The University of Western Australia is an internationally recognised top 100 university and believes in preparing  graduates to be the change-makers in society. Our high-quality courses and unique course structure equip students with multidisciplinary skills needed to succeed and transform the world in which we live, improving the lives of others and the communities we serve.

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Just minutes east of Adelaide’s CBD, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is known for its vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle with a touch of old world charm. With a vast array of unique and cheerful pubs and bars, from the big to the small, the relaxed to the lively and everything in between, the City is the perfect host for Raising the Bar Adelaide. With its diverse inhabitants and easy-going lifestyle, the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is continuously one of the most popular places in Adelaide to visit work and play.

General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design. Our global network of students, instructors, and entrepreneurs aims to bring people together to take advantage of a new kind of learning-by-doing approach to education.

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Time Inc. is one of the largest media companies in the world reaching more than 130 million consumers each month across multiple platforms through influential brands such as Time, People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Wallpaper and NME.With 50 editions of Time Inc. magazines licensed in more than 30 countries ranging from Germany to Turkey to China, the Time Inc. global portfolio touches all corners of the world.


Silverstein Properties is a leading full-service real estate firm that has developed, owned and managed more than 35 million square feet of space, including 7 World Trade Center, the first LEED-certified office tower in New York City, which opened in 2006 and 4 World Trade Center which opened in November 2013.

92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity.

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Uber is a free mobile app that gets you a reliable ride in minutes. Track the arrival of your ride, see your driver's rating and car description, and never have to pay cash. Getting around town has never been easier.


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