ICF Global Summit 2024


Join the world's Intelligent Communities from
3-7 November in Barcelona, Spain


Summit Theme: From Challenge to Opportunity: How Intelligent Communities turn the challenges of today into tomorrow’s economic, social and cultural opportunity

These are challenging times to serve the public. New threats and fears seem to arise almost daily. They emerge from technology advances that promise glorious possibilities but are already undermining our politics and threatening jobs, entire industries and the very idea of truth. A changing climate transforms the weather, disrupts agriculture and raises the seas – demanding greater resilience and faster action that also risk stunting economic growth. Pandemics are still vivid in memory and threaten to recur in the future. Is it any wonder that partisan division and armed conflict are surging around the world?

Join the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in Barcelona for a day of exploration, discussion and debate on how innovative cities and regions are turning technology change to the advantage of their people and employers – and finding in the threats of today the seeds of tomorrow’s opportunities. ICF has distilled the experience of more than 200 communities into development strategies proven in practice worldwide. Meet mayors, members of the Council, economic and community developers, planners, technologists, educators and entrepreneurs who have pioneered these strategies and will test your assumptions about an artificially intelligent future.

A look at a previous ICF Global Summit

Honoring the Most Intelligent Community of 2024

The Summit ends with an award dinner, at which ICF will announce the Intelligent Community of the Year. This award is the culmination of a year-long evaluation that analyzed hundreds of cities and regions worldwide. The year’s Intelligent Community of the Year will be selected from among the Top7 Intelligent Communities named in June in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and it will succeed the 2023 winner, Binh Duong Smart Province in Vietnam.


Previous Intelligent Community Awards Dinners (Left: New York, 2023; Right: London, 2018)

Attend the Summit

Early Registration for the 2024 ICF Global Summit is open now. Due to limited space, this registration is on an invite-only basis for ICF Members, the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2024, the Smart21 Communities of 2024 and individuals in ICF's, BABLE's and EIPO's networks. Standard registration for the Summit opens on August 15.

To request an invitation please fill out this form or email ICF Executive Director Matthew Owen at [email protected]

Full conference registration options include:

Early Registration

  • Valid until 14 August
  • Invite-Only Basis. Request an invite.
  • Registration for the Intelligent Community Awards Dinner
  • Registration for 3 November Top7 Reception
  • Registration for the Smart City Expo World Congress*

Standard Registration

  • 15 August until 28 October
  • Registration for the Intelligent Community Awards Dinner
  • Standby Registration for 3 November Top7 Reception
  • Registration for the Smart City Expo World Congress*

Late Registration

  • 29 October until 4 November
  • Standby Registration for the Intelligent Community Awards Dinner
  • Standby Registration for 3 November Top7 Reception
  • Registration for the Smart City Expo World Congress*

* Must attend the Plenary Session on 4 November to claim your Smart City Expo World Congress Pass. 

Additional Registration Options:

  • Group Registration: Attending with a group of 5 or more delegates? A discounted registration rate may be available. Contact Matthew Owen at [email protected] to arrange a group registration.
  • Dinner-Only Registration: Registration for the Intelligent Community Awards Dinner is available at a cost of €300.  Contact Matthew Owen at [email protected] to purchase a Dinner-Only registration.
  • Student or Volunteer Registration: For Student or Volunteering opportunities, please contact Matthew Owen at [email protected]

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Attendees of the ICF Global Summit (Toronto, 2015)

What attendees take away from ICF Global Summits

Each year, the leaders of Intelligent Communities gather with their partners in technology, education, business, economic development, healthcare and other sectors at the ICF Global Summit. It is the culmination of the yearly Awards cycle, where representatives of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2024 will gather in Barcelona to share their knowledge and achievements with us before one of their communities is named the Intelligent Community of the Year 2024!

The ICF Summit is unlike any “smart city,” urban planning or economic development conference you will attend. It is an intimate setting, perfect for networking and has these takeaways that people have been coming for since 2004 to learn how to go from “smart city” to Intelligent Community and true, sustainable growth:

  • A Proven Method for Growth. Meet officials from cities, counties and metro areas who have faced similar challenges and adopted ICF’s Community Accelerator Strategy as the centerpiece of their growth and sustainability policies. Today they are known around the world for their success and quality of life.
  • Inspiration. Workshops, awards programs and inspiring examples teach, encourage and reinforce your community’s journey, and support your path forward.
  • International Opportunities. McKinsey estimates that 80% of the world’s trade will cross international borders within 10 years. Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow proved that 80% of economic growth comes from technology innovation. The ICF Summit brings together cities and towns from Canada, Taiwan, Scandanavia, Europe and South America and has been the direct route to international opportunities in the innovation economy for nearly 180 of them.

Plaza de Espana in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Extend your week and attend the Smart City Expo World Congress

As part of a partnership with Smart City Expo World Congress and Fira Barcelona announced on 18 June, ICF Global Summit attendees will be able to use their Summit pass to attend Smart City Expo World Congress with Full Congress Passes at no additional cost from 5-7 November. 

Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event for cities and urban innovation. The event is a premier venue where a diverse crowd of industry executives, government leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs gather annually to revisit complex issues at the heart of a new model of city and society. This year’s event is expecting more than 25,000 visitors, that will have access to more than 1,100 exhibitors and 600 speakers from more than 130 countries around the globe.

You can read more about this partnership here >>


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