Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research, analysis and content development activities. He directs the multi-stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in-depth profiles of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF's mission. Robert developed and leads the Intelligent Community Master Class and Community Accelerator programs, as well as ICF's advisory services for communities, and is a frequent speaker at municipal and telecom events. More
Andrew became Chief Executive of the Centre in April 2017. He is also Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. Before that he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research with overall responsibility for the Centre’s research and policy programme. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working on urban economic policy issues for public and private development agencies, consultants and research institutes. He has also spent time in the US as part of the Churchill Foundation’s Fellowship Programme reviewing urban economic development policy and practice in American cities including New York, Washington DC, Boston and Chicago. He is a regular media contributor and chairs and speaks at conferences across the UK and Europe on a wide range of urban and economic issues.
Joyeeta started her career training as an engineer in India, before taking a job working at Cisco. Not long after, she founded Anahata Life and furthered her study with an MBA at the University of Oxford.
It was here where the idea of Gyana was initially conceived. Joyeeta was selected for two Innovate UK entrepreneur missions to the US and has now successfully brought Gyana to market. At one point they were even working without pay following a potential investor dropping out, and there were certainly many late nights. However like all strong entrepreneurs, Joyeeta stuck by her plans and continued her search for new investment. By January 2015 she had secured funding, and an additional £1.5 million was added in November 2015. By January the following year the team had swelled to 15 people, and in July 2016 her product was launched.
Gyana aims to bring AI and big data to consumers in an affordable way, and this is through its unique information search tool. The software looks to integrate data from numerous channels, such as social media, traffic updates and weather, to bring together a perspective about any selected area. This will include the trends of the area, the general attitudes and even emotional ‘vibe’. The concept of this tool is such that the more data input, the greater our understanding of the world around us. The aim is to help the likes of businesses, government and consumers to gain a genuine insight into specific areas and demographics. Click here to see an interview with Joyeeta from Innovate UK.
Dr. Norman Jacknis is currently Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum. His responsibilities include leading ICF’s Rural Imperative, building on the ideas he developed for the US Conference of Mayors on a future-oriented economic growth strategy for cities. Before joining ICF, he was Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and pro-bono strategic advisory group), where he worked extensively with states and local government, the National Association of Counties, the US Conference of Mayors and the staff responsible for the Federal government’s website and citizen engagement. In addition to citizen engagement, his focus was on economic growth, innovation, and the future of technology. More
ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. More
Stephen Hilton is an internationally recognised smart cities expert. At Bristol City Council he created and led Bristol Futures, a high profile, award-winning team that achieved great success. The highlights include, winning the title of European Green Capital 2015; becoming the first UK Rockefeller Global 100 Resilient city; securing official designations as a UK Super Connected City and Future City Demonstrator; developing Engine Shed and Invest in Bristol & Bath, Bristol is Open and the Bristol-Brussels office; co-creating Playable City and securing funding for many successful projects on driverless cars, smart meters, smart grids, open data and large scale technology demonstrators. In his early career, Stephen worked on technology and democracy and digital inclusion, establishing the Connecting Bristol partnership, the National Digital Challenge network and winning an award as Government Innovator of the Year for his work with the Oxford Internet Institute and Napier University. Stephen is a Fellow at the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute. He is also a non-exec Director of the Bristol Pound - the leading local currency.
Douglas McCollough serves as Dublin’s CIO, where he is responsible for leading the city's IT department that includes network operations, geographic information systems and DubLink, Dublin's 125-mile fiber optic system.
McCollough has previously worked for the Ohio Department of Medicaid/Diversified Systems, Nationwide Insurance and State of Ohio Industrial Commission, boasting 15 years of experience.
As project manager at Mülheim & Business GmbH, Thomas is in charge of helping startups and established businesses in all strategic questions related to business innovation, recruiting and university relations. Furthermore, the development and implementation of industry sector-specific projects (e.g. STARBUZZ Digital Commerce Accelerator, Games Factory Ruhr, Creative Factory Ruhr, Engage.NRW, Game Development Initiative Ruhr) is one of his responsibilities.
Backed by leading companies from B2B and B2C commerce, logistics and manufacturing, STARBUZZ offers an intensive program to take digital commerce and logistics startups to the next level. Specialist mentors from renowned IT, marketing, business development, law and finance firms round up our extensive network.
With its base in Mülheim an der Ruhr, STARBUZZ is located at the heart of Europe in the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany’s powerhouse in trade and logistics. There is no other place where digital commerce and logistics startups can find a better ecosystem: proximity to customers and client firms, an excellent infrastructure and the densest university network combined with the largest student talent pool in Germany and Europe are the most prominent factors that help taking your business forward. Since capital is highly mobile, it has added an excellent pool of investors to our program to secure seed and growth funding.
Thomas is also co-founder of bee smart city, which offers an online solutions database of more than 300 smart city solutions from over 100 cities, as well as insights into strategy and development.
Vaino Olev serves as the information technology director for the City of Tallinn, Estonia. In addition to his duties for the city, he a member of the ICF Board of Direcors, IT Board of Estonian Local Cities and Rural Associations, and Chair of the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum Workgroup on Cyber Security. A graduate of the Tallinn University of Technology with a masters in radio systems engineering, he is also a part-time lector of State Information Systems syllabus in the Estonian Business School and Estonian e-Government Academy.
Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top Seven and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs. He helps the New York-based think tank communicate the importance of developing viable and innovative communities and cities audiences worldwide and oversees the new Institutes of the Intelligent Community Forum around the world. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the impact of broadband and access technologies on the rebirth of the world’s communities. More