Top7 Communities of 2020 Announcement in Taoyuan



After the Smart21 Announcement this October in Rochester, NY, the process continues with the announcement of the Top7 Communities of the Year, finalists for the award. This year's Top7 Announcement takes place in Taoyuan, Taiwan, the 2019 Intelligent Community of the Year as part of a day-long conference. The event will bring together the founders of the ICF, representatives from Taiwanese companies and organizations along with Intelligent Communities from around the world.


The conference begins with a welcome session at the South Garden Hotel and Resort in Taoyuan City. The day's schedule includes a keynote speech, lunch and panel discussions with more information on the schedule coming shortly. The evening will feature a dinner during which ICF will announce the Top7 Communities of 2020! After the announcement, attendees are invited to a Lantern Festival in Taoyuan.

Taoyuan City Tour

On February 11, the day after the conference, attendees are invited to tour Taoyuan City. The tour includes a visit to the Hutoushan Innovation Hub, Daxi Old Street and Daxi Tea Factory, as well as lunch at the Yes Health iFarm and dinner at the Yongan Fishing Harbor.

Registration and More Information

To register for the event, click here:

For more information, contact Ema Hsieh at [email protected] or visit


Cheng Wen Tsan

Mayor of Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Kenny Chen

Director-General of Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government

John G. Jung

Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum and ICF Canada


Matthew Owen

Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum

Doug McCollough

Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, Ohio

Vincent C. Chen

Associate Vice President of Marketing Dept. and Smart City Office, Chunghwa Telecom

Cris Alessi

President of Curitiba Agency for Development and Innovation, Brazil

Cynthia Richmond

Deputy Director, Arlington Economic Development, Arlington, VA, USA

Charles Banfield

Policy and Project Development Specialist – Economic Strategy, The Regional Municipality of York, Ontario, Canada

Carl Viel

President and CEO, Quebec International, Quebec City, Canada

David O’Loughlin

Mayor of Prospect, South Australia

David Mitchell

Mayor of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Dr. Nguyen Viet Long

Director of Smart City Office of Binh Duong Province, Vietnam

Gabrielle Troon

International Lead-Trade and Investment, Economic and Community Development Group, Sunshine Coast Council

Dan Circelli

Director of Marketing, Connecting Windsor-Essex

Matt Grant

Associate Director for Economic Development and Innovation, City of Adelaide, South Australia

Moez Chaabouni

Majors Business Development Executive, Accela and ICF Chairman of Jurors

Marlana Zink

Community Liaison Director
City of Rochester, NY, USA

Mark Steffler

Manager of Innovation and Partnerships, Burlington Economic Development, Burlington, Canada

Nasir Kenea

Chief Information Officer, City of Markham, Ontario

Nigel McBride

Chief Executive, City of Prospect, South Australia

Peter Portheine

Directeur, Brainport Smart District, Eindhoven

Sindy Yeh

Senior Business Ambassador
Arlington, VA, USA

Toomas Sep

Tallinn, Estonia

About Taoyuan

Before being named Intelligent Community of the Year, Taoyuan was 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’s proximity to the Taipei Metropolitan Area has led to major investments in such public utilities as Taiwan’s largest international airport and the 2017 Taoyuan MRT Airport Line, which speeds connections between the city’s high-speed rail station and the airport. These, in turn, have driven rapid development in Taoyuan City, which has attracted a large number of new residents from other cities and countries.

Taoyuan is the largest industrial science and technology city in Taiwan. More than one-third of Taiwan’s top 500 manufacturing industries have set up factories in Taoyuan. The industrial output value of about 2.87 trillion NTD has led all Taiwanese cities for 14 consecutive years. The population is a fusion of many ethnic groups such as Minnan, Hakka and Aboriginal people. Because of the industrial development, Taoyuan is also the municipality with the largest number of foreign workers from Southeast Asia and the largest number of Vietnamese new residents. More about Taoyuan.



February 10, 2020 at 9:30am - 7pm | Taipei
South Garden Hotel and Resorts
No 8 Shuzih Road
Taoyuan, Taoyuan City
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