(February 20, 2018 - New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released No Neighbor Left Behind. The new research report shares dynamics, definitions and successful examples of Digital Equality in action in six Intelligent Communities.
The success of Intelligent Communities in building a digitally-powered innovation economy contains a sharp risk: that more of our citizens will be left behind, shut out of opportunity and civic life by the onrush of technology. To lessen that risk, Intelligent Communities pursue digital equality: the chance for every citizen to participate in the digital economy and society, regardless of income, age, education or disability. The more equal we can make our citizens in the digital world, the more capable and productive they will be. And that reduces the costs and problems caused by those who are left on the margins of society.Read more
(New York– 8 February 2018) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2018 today. This is the think tank’s 16th annual Top7 list of regions, cities or towns that have gone, in ICF’s words, “from Smart City to Intelligent Community.” This year’s list includes communities from four nations, with Taiwan contributing three, Canada two communities and Australia and Finland one each. The seven will travel to London in June where one will go on to be named the Intelligent Community of the Year, succeeding Melbourne, Australia, the reigning community. The announcement will take place as the culminating event at the ICF Global Summit rom 4-6 June at Siemens’ Crystal Facility and other sites around London. (www.icfsummit.com)Read more
"Building the Innovation Ecosystem" Report from ICF Analyzes How Cities Foster Private-Sector Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(9 January 2018 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released Building the Innovation Ecosystem. The new research report explores how two very different Intelligent Communities have fostered a local ecosystem of private-sector innovation through a comprehensive effort engaging government, education, nonprofits and business.
ICF Report, "The Intelligent Community in Numbers 2017," Shows How Cities and Regions Use Technology for Economic and Social Progress
(October 23, 2017 - New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released The Intelligent Community in Numbers 2017. The new research report is a statistical portrait of the Intelligent Community, a snapshot based on data submitted to ICF by hundreds of communities of every size, on every continent and in both rural and urban settings.
The report reveals Intelligent Communities to be strong adopters of broadband, with average availability of 96% of all premises and average adoption by 80% of all premises. Such strong numbers reflect strong competition: the median speed and price for broadband averaged 68 Mbps at a cost of US$50 per month. They also put technology to work in schools: 98% use information and communications technology regularly in classrooms and 81% offer distance learning. More than 90% offer free or low-cost classes in digital skills for their offline population.Read more
ICF now accepting nominations for the 2018 cycle to determine the 20th Intelligent Community of the Year
(July 6, 2017 - New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today announced “Humanizing Data” as the theme for the 2018 cycle of its prestigious Intelligent Community Awards Program, which closes nominations on September 13, 2017.
The Intelligent Community Forum Names Melbourne, Victoria, Australia the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year
(June 8, 2017 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today named Melbourne, Victoria, Australia the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year at a dinner ceremony in the prestigious Landmark on the Park venue in Manhattan. The awards ceremony was the conclusion of the Intelligent Community Forum’s annual Summit.
“Melbourne is famously ‘the world’s most livable city,’ but the question was ‘Are they an Intelligent Community?’” said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “They answered that question this year. They are redefining the concept of technology, work, and the workspace. They have created a city that functions like an artist’s canvas. They have built an entire system where creativity flourishes, education is harnessed to the workforce, and quality of life has become the city’s greatest competitive advantage. It is a dynamic combination and one the Intelligent Community Forum honors.”
Melbourne was selected as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year after a year-long evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, site inspections by the Intelligent Community Forum, and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world. Communities in the Awards program are evaluated based on six Intelligent Community Indicators, along with a seventh criteria, ICF’s annual theme, The Internet of Cities.
Intelligent Community Forum Declares Broadband to be a Utility Essential to Growth and Quality of Life
Issues resolution for consideration by city and county councils around the world
New York City, June 6, 2017 – The Board of the Intelligent Community Forum approved a resolution today calling on cities and counties to declare high-speed, high-capacity, affordable broadband a utility: an essential infrastructure service provided principally for public benefit, which enables economic growth and greater quality of life when it achieves ubiquitous coverage. ICF encourages city and county Councils to download a copy of the resolution at www.intelligentcommunity.org/broadband_utility_resolution and submit it for consideration and formal approval.Read more
Vietnam’s New City of One Million the Topic of 2017 Revolutionary Community Keynote at ICF’s New York Summit on June 7
|Dr. Viet-Long Nguyen|
(May 30, 2017 – New York City) On June 7 at the ICF Summit, representatives from Binh Duong New City in Vietnam and Eindhoven, The Netherlands, will jointly deliver this year’s Revolutionary Community keynote address. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Viet-Long Nguyen, Director IR & Strategy of the Becamex Group, a state-owned agency in Vietnam. The project is an historic attempt by Vietnam to develop its first Intelligent Community. The Binh Duong initiative will literally develop a city for one million citizens that is brand new. The project will rely on ICF’s six core Indicators.Read more
Serial entrepreneur and founder of successful fiber connectivity cooperative to promote the advancement of the Intelligent Community movement in Europe
May 17, 2017 - New York City – The Intelligent Community Form today named Kees Rovers, founder and CEO of Close the Gap BV in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as a Senior Fellow. Senior Fellows are individuals appointed to represent the Forum in a specific area – whether geographic, demographic, social or political – based on their experience, expertise and personal interest. Kees will focus on issues concerning broadband connectivity in European rural regions and on introducing European cities and regions to the Intelligent Community movement.Read more