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is the theme for the 2014 Awards. Read our white paper, Community as Canvas
nominations from award-winning cities. (download here)
Description 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.
2014 Theme: Community as Canvas In addition to the Intelligent Community Indicators, ICF selects a theme for each year's award cycle. The 2014 theme, Community as Canvas, looks at three specific aspects of culture: as art and craftwork that has both economic and social value, as heritage that gives a place its identity, and as attitudes arising from that heritage that determine how people react to change.
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, 2013. 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 23 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 on June 4-6 2014, 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:
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 9, 2013
Nominations open for the first stage of the Intelligent Community Awards program: selection of the Smart21
September 23, 2013
Nominations close for the Smart21
October 21, 2013
Announcement of the Smart21 Communities of the Year
December 20, 2013
Deadline for submission of detailed questionnaires by Smart21 Communities
January 23, 2014
Announcement of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year
Feb - April 2014
Top7 site visits by ICF co-founders
March - April 2014
Announcement of the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year and Founders Award receipients.
June 6, 2014
Announcement of the Intelligent Community of the Yearat Summit 2013, ICF's annual conference, produced in association with Polytechnic University, New York City