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Intelligent Community Of the Year Awards Program

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your city or region
for the 2015 Intelligent
Community Awards
(downloadable form)


your city or region’s
readiness for the
ICF Awards Program 


nominations from
award-winning cities.
(download here)

Awarded to communities or regions with a documented strategy for creating a local prosperity and inclusion using broadband and information technology to attract leading-edge businesses, stimulate job creation, build skills, generate economic growth, and improve the delivery of government services.  Evaluation of nominations is based on ICF's Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the first conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness and point to its success in the Broadband Economy

This year, ICF is piloting the introduction of a sixth Intelligent Community Indicator devoted to environmental sustainability. This questionnaire contains questions about the sustainability practices of your community. Your response will help us determine how to evaluate sustainability in the development of Intelligent Communities but will not have any bearing on award scoring this year.

The 2015 Theme: The Revolutionary Community
In 2015, the Intelligent Community Forum will focus on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live, work and create in their cities and towns. The work of creating an Intelligent Community often begins in crisis. It may be a severe economic downturn after major employers relocate. It may be accelerating brain drain as the community’s most talented people leave in search of opportunity. Or it may be more subtle – a dawning awareness that the community faces profound risks to its future.  

In response to crisis, Intelligent Communities hold public consultations, launch programs and build infrastructure that they hope will create a new foundation for prosperity and wellbeing.  

But once the crisis is past, how do Intelligent Communities maintain their momentum and avoid being caught unprepared by the next wave of change? They engage in urban and regional planning – a deliberate, strategic and collaborative effort to design a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future for their people.   

But this is planning with a difference. They know that today’s disruptions in technology, the economy and the environment will only grow more intense. They understand the profound impact that the “Broadband Economy” will have on their physical form, the delivery of services and their competitive advantages. So they approach the planning of land-use and infrastructure, sustainability and community development in revolutionary ways. Creativity is added to the mix in ways never before imagined.  In the process, they reinvent what it means to plan. 

More information is available in The Revolutionary Community white paper. Click here to download the white paper.

Selection Process 
The Awards are divided into three phases:  

  • First Stage: The Smart21 – After review of nominations received from cities and regions worldwide by an international academic team, ICF will announce the Smart21 Communities of the Year on October 21, 2014. The announcement will be made at Walsh University in Ohio, USA, home to the first-ever Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community.
  • Second Stage: The Top7 – ICF invites the Smart21 to complete a detailed questionnaire, which is evaluated by an independent research firm. The seven highest-scoring cities or regions are then named as the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Top7 will be announced on January 22 in Taichung City, Taiwan, the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year. The Top7 become the focus of intense interest around the world among governments, institutions, technology companies, the international media and the citizens of each of the seven communities.
  • Third Stage: The Intelligent Community of the Year – ICF co-founders make two-day site visits to each of the Top7 communities and write reports, which are reviewed by an international jury of thought leaders. Their votes are combined with the analysis of the independent research company to select the Intelligent Community of the Year.  Finally, during ICF’s annual Summit in June 2015, one of the Top7 will be named the Intelligent Community of the Year.

Sample Nominations  
Download the nomination forms from past Intelligent Communities of the Year:


Other Awards

Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year

Awarded to an individual or an organization whose work promotes the development of broadband as an engine of economic growth, social inclusion and human progress.  This individual or organization must have a proven track record in envisioning and creating change and must be recognized by peers as an expert field based on the development of new products, services or methods, written works or other documented activity.  The Intelligent Community Visionary is selected by ICF management in consultation with its research partners and international jury.  No nominations are accepted.  (Pictured right are three Visionaries: from left, Afghanistan's Communications Minister Amirzai Sangin, Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, and UN Broadband Commissioner Suvi Linden.)

Founders Award
Presented to an individual, application, organization or innovation within an Intelligent Community that represents a global model for transforming life in the Broadband Economy for the common good.  ICF's co-founders select the honoree from among the Smart21 Communities of the current year. 



July 10, 2014
  Nominations open for the first stage of the Intelligent Community Awards program: selection of the Smart21
September 22, 2014   Nominations close for the Smart21
October 21, 2014   Announcement of the Smart21 Communities of the Year
December 22, 2014   Deadline for submission of detailed questionnaires by Smart21 Communities
January 22, 2015  

Announcement of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

Feb - April 2015   Top7 site visits by ICF co-founders
March - April 2015   Announcement of the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year and Founders Award recipients. 
June 2015
  Announcement of the Intelligent Community of the Year at Summit 2015



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