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Awards Nominations

Smart21, Top7 and Intelligent Community Of the Year

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your city or region
for the 2014 Intelligent
Community Awards
(downloadable form)


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

is the theme for
the 2014 Awards.
Read our white paper,
Community as Canvas


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

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. 

When Intelligent Communities chart a new course, culture is crucial. The culture of the city or region forms the launch pad for every program and project. It provides a wide range of intangible assets that Intelligent Community champions can put to use. It helps determine how readily new ideas are accepted. Cultures shape economies and economic change molds cultures. Understanding the power of local culture helps communities large and small, in developed and developing nations, learn how their past clientuploads/Images/Community-as-Canvas-150.gifcan inform their future, how the commonplace contributions of artists and craftspeople can benefit the whole, and how to help constituents stop standing in the way of their own futures.

We encourage communities applying for the Awards to download and read the white paper, Community as Canvas: The Power of Culture in the Emergence of the Intelligent Community (PDF). 

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:

Other Awards

3 Visionaries: Afghanistan's Communications Minister Amirzai Sangin, Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, UN Broadband Commisisoner Suvi LindenIntelligent 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 Year at Summit 2013, ICF's annual conference, produced in association with Polytechnic University, New York City



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