Innovation and job creation the theme of the Intelligent Community Forum annual Global Summit June 5-7 in New York. NYU/Polytechnic hosts gathering of world’s top seven communities

(New York City, June 4, 2013) — The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will hold its annual Summit this week in New York City. The invitation-only three-day event is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers and economic development officers from cities, states and regions around the world that are designated Intelligent Communities by the ICF. The theme this year is “Innovation and Jobs”.

Produced in partnership with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the event brings the world's most dynamic communities together to discuss how to use information and communications technology innovation to create jobs and sustainable communities.

On June 7 at the Steiner Film Studios, the ICF will announce the name of the world’s 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year. Video of the announcement will be available on the ICF Web site later on the afternoon of June 7.

Speakers at the Summit include:

lazaridis.jpgMike Lazaridis, Founder of Blackberry, and Managing Partner of Quantum Valley Investments will speak at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 7 and accept the 2013 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award. More on Mike Lazaridis

udemba.jpgUzo Udemba, Founder and CEO of The Udemba Group will speak at the June 5 Alumni Dinner. The Udemba Group is a Nigerian Holding Company working in engineering, technology, media & entertainment as well as developing an Intelligent City in Lagos, Nigeria.

coleman.jpgMayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, the only U.S. city in the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013, will be participating in a “conversation” with ICF co-founder Robert A. Bell on June 6th regarding his city’s economic success.

Other VIPs include:

  • Dana McDaniel, Deputy City Manager of Dublin, Ohio, USA, will receive ICF’s third-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Luncheon on June 7 at Steiner Film Studios.
  • Andrew Buss, Director of Innovation Management, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, will speak at the ICF Master Class discussion of ICF strategies on June 5.
  • Representatives from each of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 will be available. 

Key Events:

The Intelligent Community of the Year Luncheon – June 7, 12:30pm-2:30pm, at Steiner Studios Stage Six, Brooklyn Navy Yard Redevelopment, Brooklyn.

The Master Class - June 5, 9:00am-5:00pm, at the offices of Hunton & Williams, in the MetLife Building, between 44th and 45th Streets on Park Avenue, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.

The Intelligent Communities Reception and Alumni Dinner - June 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm, at The Harmonie Club, 6 East 60th Street off of Central Park East.

The Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 Reception – June 6, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, 1 East 42nd Street. Hosted by Taiwan’s Ambassador Andrew Kao.

About Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help communities build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, ICF conducts research, hosts events and produces its high-profile international awards program. ICF has published three books, the most current “Seizing Our Destiny” in October 2012. During the past decade, ICF has become an international movement that attracts the attention of global leaders, thinkers, and media observers. The ICF Foundation consists of 119 cities and regions that have been designated as Intelligent Communities by ICF and which participate in an ongoing global dialogue to strengthen local economies. For more information, go to

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Phone: 001-917-715-0711

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