Agenda and speaker information will be announced soon!
The ICF Summit is unlike any ”smart city,” urban planning or economic development conference you will attend. We've retooled our event to make sure it is safe to attend while the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic - while making sure all attendees will still get the four main takeaways they've been coming to ICF Summits for since 2004. So join us virtually from October 26-28 to learn how to go from “smart city” to Intelligent Community and true, sustainable growth.
Summit Theme: Communities on the Verge
Following the most disruptive year in modern history, communities are on the verge. Unforeseen challenges have shown the contrast between communities resilient enough to overcome them… and those that are falling behind. So where does your community fall? Are you on the verge of prosperity, or the verge of decline?
With this year’s Summit, we look at communities that are proactive rather than reactive. Communities that use the ICF Method to turn themselves into the places we need for future prosperity. Communities that embrace people-centered progress. That are not only prepared for traditional challenges, but able reimagine themselves when new ones arise. Communities that will lead us all on the path forward. Communities that are not just smart… but are intelligent.
A Proven Method for Growth. Meet officials from cities, counties and metro areas who have faced similar challenges and tried the ICF Method as the centerpiece of their growth and sustainability policies. Today they are known around the world for their success and quality of life.
Inspiration. Workshops, awards programs and inspiring examples teach, encourage and reinforce your community’s journey, and support your path forward.
International Opportunities. McKinsey estimates that 80% of the world’s trade will cross international borders within 10 years. Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow proved that 80% of economic growth comes from technology innovation. The ICF Summit brings together cities and towns from all around the world and has been the direct route to international opportunities in the innovation economy for nearly 180 of them.
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More about the Intelligent Community Forum
ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology. To help communities build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, ICF conducts research, hosts events, publishes and produces a high-profile international awards program. Over the last 20 years, ICF has become an international movement that attracts the attention of global leaders, thinkers and media observers.
The Intelligent Community Forum Reschedules its Global Summit and Intelligent Community of the Year Award to October
ICF’s Global Summit will take place October 21-23 in Dublin, Ohio, USA, with the Intelligent Community of the Year announcement on October 22
(New York, NY, USA and Dublin, OH, USA – April 2, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICF and its host city of Dublin, Ohio, USA have rescheduled the Global Summit from its original June dates to October 21-23, 2020.
Rescheduling the Summit will also push back the awarding of the Intelligent Community of the Year to October 22. ICF is taking this opportunity to revamp its future awards program schedule as well. The deadline for nominations for the 2021 cycle will move to January 7, 2021, with the Smart21 (semi-finalist) announcement scheduled for February.
Nominations are being accepted now for 2021, and communities are invited to download the questionnaire from www.intelligentcommunity.org/index_questionnaire. By submitting it, they will receive a free Snapshot report comparing their readiness and performance to ICF’s global data set.Read more
In this episode of The Intelligent Community, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Hunter Newby of Newby Ventures and Chris Moon, Managing Director, Technology and Telecom Banking, for ING about financing a Smart City Neutral Network.
In June 2020, ICF will hold its annual Summit in the city of Dublin. No, not the one in Ireland – nor the ones in the US states of California or Georgia, for that matter. I’m talking about Dublin in the midwestern state of Ohio.
Why is ICF bringing the world to Dublin in June? Because we all need to learn what Dublin can teach us about growing an economy, society and culture in a time when those things are under siege around the world. About being, in other words, a model Intelligent Community.Read more
Lambton County didn’t win the top honour at Thursday’s Intelligent Community Forum awards in New York City, but Warden Bill Weber says officials are happy to be in the Top7.
The county, which includes the City of Sarnia, has been involved in the international program for several years, earning a place in its Smart 21 list since 2016 before moving recently into the Top7.
Weber joined a delegation from the Intelligent Sarnia-Lambton group this week at the forum’s Global Summit where Taoyuan, Taiwan, was named its 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year.Read more
The Sunshine Coast made history today, putting the spotlight on our innovative, healthy, smart and creative region on the world stage in New York.
Mayor Mark Jamieson joined representatives from around the globe on stage as one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2019, as rated by the global Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).Read more
Taoyuan, Taiwan is Honored as the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum at its Global Summit in New York City
(June 13, 2019 – New York City) – For the first time in six years, the Intelligent Community Forum honored a Taiwanese city with its top award tonight when it named Taoyuan, Taiwan as its 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year. Taoyuan is a well-known veteran of the Intelligent Community Awards program, having been previously named a ten-time Smart21 Community and a four-time Top7 Community since first entering the program in 2009.
“Taoyuan has been one of the highest overall achievers among smart and Intelligent Communities for the past decade,” said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. “They have stayed with it and while most people may not recognize the name Taoyuan City, it is at the same level as Stockholm, Toronto and Melbourne. It is a place where quality of life, job creation and the digital environment’s ability to unleash innovation meet in perfect unison.”
Taoyuan was selected as the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year after a year-long evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, site inspections by an Intelligent Community Forum co-founder and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world. Communities in the Awards program are evaluated based on the six Intelligent Community Indictors that make up the ICF Method and in the context of ICF’s annual theme, When Tech Giants Come to Town.
|The Zacharilla collection from previous Intelligent Communities of the Year. Many of these cities will have representatives on the stage on June 13 to honor Espoo’s successor.|
First, I am wondering which of the seven communities now on their way to New York as I write this will succeed his city, which was an improbable and unexpected choice for the award in London last June? Which of them will celebrate their ranking among the Top7 but then walk to the stage alone, surrounded by Espoo and other former Intelligent Communities of the Year, to accept the trophy as Intelligent Community of the Year?
It is a question in the minds of hundreds of people in these seven communities, as well as throughout our worldwide network, site selectors, the media and, most importantly, cities considering using the ICF Method.
Second is a more parochial conceit. I am wondering if I will get a nice blue tie just like Mayor Mäkelä’s.Read more
Sébastien Gagnon, Vice President of Sales & Public Affairs at bciti is a recognized leader in the municipal world in municipal management and intergovernmental relations. He has more than 20 years of experience in intergovernmental relations, and has worked both in the public and private sectors. He has a Master’s Degree in Marketing, a Postgraduate Degree in Commerce and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.Read more
Smart Infrastructure Solutions for your Intelligent Communities
June 11, 2019, New York City: Mark that in your calendars. Better yet, register to be among those who will be able to benefit from the exclusive all-day economic development program to add real results to your attendance at the 2019 Global Intelligent Communities Forum Summit in New York.
What can you expect at this event?Read more