The ICF Immersion Lab is an "action learning" experience allows you to see first-hand the world's leading Intelligent Communities, so that you can learn from their experience, gain exposure to new ideas and understand the broadband economy that is transforming communities around the globe. Each Immersion Lab provides an 8-12 day tour of ICF's Intelligent Communities of the Year, Top Seven Intelligent Communities and Smart21 Communities, featuring:
- Meetings with senior government officials and business executives who are local "champions" for Intelligent Community development
- Visits to public-sector and private-sector technology sites to see first-hand the investment, training and collaboration that are producing results
- Classroom-style briefings and lectures on key success factors
- Social events that encourage one-to-one networking in a relaxed setting
In each community, the ICF Immersion Lab will address all five of the Forum's Intelligent Community Indicators: broadband deployment, workforce developent, digital democracy, innovation, and effective marketing and advocacy. The result is a true immersion experience that will reveal the true impact of globalization your community and identify untapped opportunities for growth.
Who Is It For?
The ICF Immersion Lab is for:
- Elected and administrative officials from local, state and national government
- Executives of IT, telecom, real estate and investment companies who need to understand the business opportunities rising from the broadband economy
- Leaders of nonprofit and educational organizations pioneering or funding economic and social development in the global economy
Past Immersion Labs
ICF Immersion Labs are produced in association with The Immersion Lab, which facilitates access to best-in-class practitioners worldwide.
North America 2008: Participants at the Intelligent Community Awards Luncheon
North America 2008: RIM CEO Jim Balsillie
met with participants in Waterloo
Asia 2007: Gangnam District Mayor
Jung Ju and ICF's John Jung
Asia 2007: Lab participants David
Ellcock and Sean Belle, Mount Hope Housing, New York City
Asia 2007: Lab participant Waterloo
Mayor Barbara Halloran greets
Mitaka Mayor Keiko Kiyohara