Featured Speakers:

Dana McDaniel
City Manager
Dublin, Ohio, USA

Mayor Mark Jamieson
Sunshine Coast,
Queensland, Australia

Mayor Henry Braun
City of Abbotsford,
British Columbia, Canada
Jenny Tremblay
Director General, Smart Cities
Challenge, Infrastructure Canada
Mailiina Turanlahti
Regional Head, North
America, Business Finland
Mark Thomas
Senior VP, NYC Economic
Development Corporation


The first day of the Summit is devoted to economic development. A daylong matchmaking event provides pre-scheduled meetings between Summit attendees and development leads from the greater New York area and beyond. A parallel program of briefings focuses on attracting investment and doing business in top site location destinations. Click here for details on how the matchmaking program will work and who can participate.  Daytime activities will be at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017. Find on Google Maps The evening's Welcome Reception will be at Consulate General of Finland, 605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158.

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Registration and Start of Scheduled Meetings

In addition to scheduled meetings throughout the day, ICF will run programming on Economic Development. 


Welcome and Introduction

Speakers Include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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Scheduled Meetings


Attracting Foreign Direct Investment



Introduction to Agricolus




NASA Commercialization & Tech Transfer Programs

  • Eric McGill, Senior Technology Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center





Refreshment Break 



Introduction to Ascellon


Scheduled Meetings


Introduction to Coord



Introduction to Newby Ventures




Doing Business in Vietnam

  • Joost Helms, Co-Director, Binh Doung Smart City Office; Director, Eindhoven International Projects Office
  • Dr. Viet Long Nguyen, Deputy CEO, Becamex IDC; Director, Smart City Office, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam





Lunch Break



Introduction to Ledcom and CellLED

Scheduled Meetings


Introduction to uHub



Smart Cities in Taiwan



IoT Innovation at Chungwha Telecom

  • Dr. Po-Chou Lin, Chief Researcher, IoT Laboratory, Telecommunication Laboratories




Doing Business in Taiwan



Introduction to Voltaware




Introduction to Smartmation



Introduction to Evergreen Canada

  • Martin Canning, Executive Director


Doing Business in Finland




Refreshment Break



Introduction to SecureCube


Scheduled Meetings


Introduction to AZLOGICA



Introduction to CARTO

  • Jamie De Mora, Sales Director


Introduction to Unacast

  • Thomas Walle, CEO


Think Canada

  • G. Mark Scullion, Trade Commissioner, Foreign Investment Attraction to Canada, Canadian Consulate General in New York



It’s Infrastructure Week for Real – Financing a Smart City Neutral Network

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Introduction to Rubicon Global

  • Hurst Renner, Manager, Smart Cities



The Welcome Reception

Location: Consulate General of Finland,  605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158

A welcoming network reception for attendees of the ICF Summit.



The second day of the Summit introduces our “Infinite Learning” theme and Top7 Conversations. It closes with a reception honoring the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2019. HELEN MILLS Event Space & Theater - 137-139 W 26 ST NY NY 10001.  Find on Google Map     





Welcome and Introduction

ICF co-founders, ICF Institutes, ICF Nations and partner representatives

Speakers Include:

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Keynote Panel | FAANGS Rocking Your World

The technology innovation wave led by Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google have changed the economy, work and ways of life in major ways.  They bring enormous benefit and opportunity, while accelerating disruptive change in the place called home.  In every community, that wave is challenging leaders and citizens to redefine their value, adapt and build a different future.  In this panel, we look for insights to help us better understand a world in flux.

Speakers Include:



Top7 Conversation | Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.




Refreshment Break



Top7 Conversation | Chicago, Illinois, USA

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.

  • Carleton Nolan, Chief Technology Officer and First Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago
  • Moderator: Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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Briefing | Intelligent Ohio

The Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community was formed in Dublin, Ohio, USA in 2015 with a vision of creating “An Intelligent Ohio”. Since this time, the Institute has grown its membership and reach to nearly 600 people representing more than 200 cities, villages, universities, hospitals, libraries and companies throughout Ohio. The Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts have resulted in strong ICF interest among Ohio communities and two 2019 Top7 designees. Dana McDaniel will give a brief presentation explaining how the success of this movement happened and what’s next for the Institute and Ohio.


Lunch Break 



Panel | A Tale of Two Economies

The explosive growth of digital technology has had an unintended impact: the splitting of “the economy” into two economies.  In one, workers find good jobs in growth industries, because they add big value for their employers.  They live in prosperous neighbor that offer attractive retail, strong schools and rewarding social and cultural institutions.  In the other economy, workers are stuck in menial jobs that generate only small value for their employers, which keeps their wages low.  They live paycheck-to-paycheck in places with poor housing, limited and costly retail and little in the way of culture. What are cities, counties and towns doing to face this challenge?  What policies can help reduce the divide and re-unify the place called home?

  • Faith Knutsen, Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • Doug McCollough, Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, Ohio, USA
  • Moderator: Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum



Panel | How to Connect the Countryside

In the land of the Tech Giants, high-capacity, reliable broadband connectivity is essential.  But the telecommunications business model still denies a competitive level of service to most rural communities, because of their low population density.  In this panel, experts describe little-known network funding strategies available to American communities and invite the audience to describe similar opportunities in other nations. 



Refreshment break


Top7 Conversation | Hudson, Ohio, USA

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.

  • Jane Howington, City Manager, City of Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Jim Stifler, Chief Economic Officer, City of Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Moderator: John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum





Panel | City of Lifelong Learning

The Drucker Institute is working to design, prototype and implement a holistic, integrated system that will help transform South Bend, Indiana, in to a City of Lifelong Learning. The project is undertaken with the government of South Bend, its library system, school corporation and other key stakeholders in business, labor and education. Part digital and part physical, the system will take what is currently a highly fragmented set of learning resources, identify those that have proven to be most effective, integrate them more efficiently and make them accessible and inviting for the entire South Bend community.

Speakers include:

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CIO Roundtable

CIOs and IT experts discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities facing municipal governments as they deploy technologies. This year’s focus is on the influence of the Tech Giants on participatory government and the reshaping of IT in light of changing user culture. 

Speakers include:


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Top7 Conversation | Sarnia-Lambton County, Ontario, Canada

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.

  • Chris Gould, Chief Operations Officer, Bluewater Regional Network
  • Ron Van Horne, Chief Administrative Officer, Lambton County
  • Bill Weber, Warden, Lambton County Council; Mayor, Lambton Shores, Ontario, Canada
  • Moderator: Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum






Binh Duong Smart City Update

A briefing on the development of Vietnam’s Binh Duong Smart City, one of southeast Asia’s premier projects with transformative impact on the region.

  • Dr. Viet Long Nguyen, Deputy CEO, Becamex IDC; Director, Smart City Office, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam


17:30 - 19:00

Top7 Communities Reception

Salute to the world's Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2019



The third day opens with Master Classes in Intelligent Community development focused on urban and rural communities. It continues with more Top7 Conversations, keynotes and panels, and concludes with the Intelligent Community Awards Dinner.  HELEN MILLS Event Space & Theater - 137-139 W 26 ST NY NY 10001.  Find on Google Maps     





9:00 – 10:30: ICF Master Class

Bringing Broadband to Your Community

A condensed version of ICF’s Master Class workshop that focuses on how communities get the digital infrastructure needed for economic growth and community development.  It presents strategies for creating a 21st century technology foundation and the applications that provide the greatest benefit to residents, illustrated with examples from both smaller cities/rural communities as well as very large cities.  Bring your challenges for discussion and leave the room with practical ideas for next steps. Led by Dr. Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow, ICF. 





Taking Your City from Connectivity to Community

A condensed version of ICF’s Master Class workshop that focuses on how cities can turn digital connectivity into value for employers, citizens and government.  It presents strategies in workforce development, innovation and engagement illustrated with examples.  Bring your challenges for discussion and leave the room with practical ideas for next steps.  Led by ICF co-founder Robert Bell. 



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Refreshment Break



Panel | When Tech Giants Come to Town

In the past two years, tech giants have gone shopping for locations for their operations and communities that can serve as test beds for development of software-driven solutions to challenges from energy efficiency to mobility. They bring jobs, economic growth, expertise and scale to communities eager for economic development. They can also create controversy over everything from gentrification and housing costs to data privacy and financial incentives. A panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of having the tech giants come to town, the issues it creates, and how their communities seek to resolve those issues. 

Speakers include:

  • Victor Hoskins, Director, Arlington Economic Development
  • Mark Thomas, Senior Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Kristina VernerVice President, Innovation, Sustainability & Prosperity, Waterfront Toronto
  • Moderator: Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum

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Top7 Conversation | Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.



Smart City 3.0: Taiwan's Journey to Bridge Technology and People

  • Maggie Chao, Head of International Affairs, ICF Taiwan


Intelligent Community Networking Lunch



Panel | Tech for the Rest: Prospering in the Giants' Shadow

The explosive growth of the Tech Giants is the leading edge of a wave of opportunity for communities and individuals in an economy increasingly driven by digital innovation.  What are the unexpected opportunities for community revival and individual achievement in the shadow of the Giants?  

Speakers include:

  • Gina Funicelli, Dean, Applied Research, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Sam Hasty, Founder, Let's Innovate Through Education (LITE)
  • Andy Saldana, Executive Director, NY Tech Alliance
  • Moderator: Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation



Top7 Conversation | Taoyuan, Taiwan

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.

  • Dr. Kenny Chen, Director General, Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government
  • Jimmy Chiou, Deputy Secretary General of Taoyuan City Government
  • Dr. An-Pang Kao, Director General, Department of Education, Taoyuan City Government
  • Paul S. Hsu, Section Chief, Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government
  • Moderator: John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum


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Refreshment Break


Conversation | Canada's Smart Cities Challenge

Join Infrastructure Canada’s Director General of the Smart Cities Challenge, Jenny Tremblay, in conversation about Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which offers up to $75 million in prizes to communities proposing programs that improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. From 130 eligible applications, the Challenge Jury selected 20 as finalists, including nine of ICF’s Smart21, Top7 and Intelligent Communities of the Year. Winners will be announced on May 14. Gain insights into the programs, the winning communities and the strategy of a world-leading nation in the Intelligent Community movement and home to ICF Canada.

  • Jenny Tremblay, Director General, Smart Cities Challenge, Infrastructure Canada
  • Moderator: John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum




Top7 Conversation | Westerville, Ohio, USA

City leaders speak with an ICF co-founder and answer audience questions.

  • Jason Bechtold, Economic Development Director, City of Westerville, Ohio, USA  
  • Erin Bender, Executive Director, The Point at Otterbein University
  • Todd Jackson, Chief Information Officer, City of Westerville, Ohio, USA
  • Moderator: Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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Interactive | What Does the Community Need to Survive and Thrive?

IICF’s co-founders invite the audience to share their key takeaways from the previous two days of discussions in an interactive session that brings the Summit program to a close. 





Intelligent Communities Awards Dinner

Join us for a reception and dinner on a cruise on the Hudson River featuring selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year from among the Top7.

Venue: The Aqua Azul, Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City

Boarding will begin at 6:00pm and will conclude at 6:45pm. The yacht will be leaving the pier at 7:00pm. 



Intelligent Community Awards Dinner, 2018

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