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Awards Program

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum presents an awards program for Intelligent Communities and the public-sector and private-sector partners who contribute to them.  The awards program has two goals: to salute the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology, and to gather data for ICF's research programs.  See the event calendar for upcoming dates. 


The process begins with communities filling out the Nominations Form for the Intelligent Community Awards Program. There is no cost to submit a nomination for a community. Nominations close in September each year. 



The Smart21 
In the autumn, ICF announces its Smart21 Communities, an initial group of honorees that are semi-finalists for the Intelligent Community of the Year.  ICF develops the Smart21 list through independent research and review of nominations submitted by communities, based on our Intelligent Community Indicators.  


The Top7 Intelligent Communities
In January, at the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year, Taichung City, ICF will name seven of the Smart21 to its prestigious list of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, based on analysis of detailed information they provide.  The Top7 receive media coverage both locally and internationally, and become the finalists for ICF's Intelligent Community of the Year award.



  Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year
The Visionary of the Year award is presented to an individual or an organization that has taken a leadership role in promoting broadband technology and applications as an essential utility in the Digital Age.  The winner must have a proven track record in bringing about cooperation between the public and private sectors, and must be recognized by peers as an expert in the field.

Intelligent Community of the Year
On the closing date of ICF's annual Summit, one of the Top7 is named as the Intelligent Community of the Year at a Awards ceremony.  The ceremony includes an address by the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year and presentation of the Founders Awards.    



      Founders Award
During the Intelligent Community Awards ceremony, ICF's founders present an award to an individual, application, organization or innovation within Intelligent Communities that is transforming life in the Broadband Economy for the common good.  The Founders Award  identifies best practices, sustained programs or inspiring initiatives and give them global recognition through ICF's Intelligent Community of the Year awards program.

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