The Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

From the semi-finalist communities that appear on the Smart 21 list in the autumn, ICF selects a smaller group of honorees to be its Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. 

How They Are Chosen

ICF uses a rigorous analytic method to select the T7.  Each Smart21 Community is invited to complete a detailed questionnaire based on ICF's Intelligent Community Indicators as well as an annual theme.  (See the Nominating Criteria page for details.)  An international academic team of Analysts reviews the questionnaires, scores each one on dozens of factors, and produces a quantitative ranking of the candidates.  The seven highest ranking candidates become ICF's Top7 Intelligent Communities. 

What They Represent

The Top7 represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century.  They are not the most advanced technology centers, the most wired cities or the fastest growing economies in the world.  Instead, each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world.  They are charting new paths to lasting prosperity for their citizens, businesses and institutions. 

What Comes Next

In June, one of the Top Seven is named ICF's Intelligent Community of the Year, based on a second round of analysis, site visits by ICF's co-founders and the votes of an international jury.

The Top7 of 2016

Hsinchu County, Taiwan Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada Whanganui, New Zealand
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
New Taipei City, Taiwan  

The Top7 of 2015

Arlington County, Virginia, USA New Taipei City, Taiwan
Columbus, Ohio, USA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Mitchell, South Dakota, USA  

The Top7 of 2014

Arlington County, Virginia, USA New Taipei City, Taiwan
Columbus, Ohio, USA Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hsinchu City, Taiwan Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Kingston, Ontario, Canada  

The Top7 of 2013 

Columbus, Ohio, USA Tallinn, Estonia
Oulu, Finland Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Stratford, Ontario, Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Taichung City, Taiwan  

The Top7 of 2012

Austin, Texas, USA Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Oulu, Finland Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Taichung City, Taiwan
Riverside, California, USA  

The Top7 of 2011

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA Riverside, California, USA
Dublin, Ohio, USA Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Eindhoven Region, The Netherlands Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France  

The Top7 of 2010

Arlington County, Virginia, USA Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dublin, Ohio, USA Suwon, South Korea
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom Tallinn, Estonia
Eindhoven Region, The Netherlands  

The Top7 of 2009

Bristol, Virginia, USA Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Eindhoven Region, The Netherlands Stockholm, Sweden
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada Tallinn, Estonia
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France  

The Top7 of 2008

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom Tallinn, Estonia
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada Westchester County, New York, USA
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Northeast Ohio, USA  

The Top7 of 2007

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea Tallinn, Estonia
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario-Quebec, Canada  

The Top7 of 2006

Cleveland, Ohio, USA Taipei, Taiwan
Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea Tianjin, China
Ichikawa, Japan Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Manchester, England, United Kingdom  

The Top7 of 2005

Issy-les-Moulineaux, France Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
Mitaka, Japan Tianjin, China
Pirai Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Top7 of 2004

Glasgow, Scotland State of Victoria, Australia
Spokane, Washington, USA Western Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
Yokosuka, Japan
Taipei, Taiwan  

The Top7 of 2002

Bangalore, India Seoul, South Korea
Calgary, Alberta, Canada Singapore
Florida High Tech Corridor, USA Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
LaGrange, Georgia, USA  

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