2021 Top7 Virtual Conference and Announcement

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About the Event:

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) runs an annual Awards Program, culminating with one community being named the world’s most Intelligent Community. This process started with the announcement of the Smart21 Communities of the Year in February - the semi-finalists for the awards. The process now continues with the naming of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2021 - the finalists in this year's Intelligent Community Awards Program. 

We invite you to join us for this engaging & compelling virtual event and take advantage of the opportunity to network with business, government and non-profit delegates from across the globe who have adopted smart technologies in communities to solve problems and to innovate ways of doing business. Whether you are a civic leader, industry stakeholder, investor, community advocate, or business colleague, there is a value-proposition for you to attend this inclusive, forward-thinking, educational virtual conference.

Conference Theme: Recovery to Prosperity

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a disruption unseen in modern history. Our economies, our social lives, and the very fabric of our cultures were thrown upside down, almost overnight. 

Some communities, though, were more ready than others to face the challenges of the pandemic. Communities that have the connectivity infrastructure so that staying home doesn’t mean shutting down. Communities that were able to transition their children to virtual learning so that their education continued. Communities that were able to connect the sick and their elderly to doctors through telemedicine. Communities that were able to deliver services to their citizens through e-services, online portals, and other remote options. Communities that were able to effectively communicate to their citizens for testing and vaccination efforts. Communities that followed the ICF Method

But what comes next? How are these communities preparing for life in the new normal of a post-COVID world? By following the Method.

With this conference, we look at the lessons learned from the past year, and learn why intelligent communities around the world are ready to put themselves in a position for not only recovery, but prosperity.

Registration

Register now by clicking here!

If you'd like more information or would like to arrange a group registration, please contact Matthew Owen at [email protected]

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Leadership in the Digital Age - Monday, 28 June

Leadership, Social Media and Building Trust

11:00am EST – Conference Opening

Welcome from the ICF Co-Founders, and a breakdown of how the events unique networking structure will work.

Speakers Include:

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

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11:10am EST – Networking Break

Icebreaker Session. Groups split into breakout rooms, invited to introduce themselves as they will be meeting in this group throughout the day

11:25am EST – Panel: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Mayors and city leaders from Intelligent Communities join to discuss COVID and their community responses, and how they can move forward.

12:10pm EST – Panel: Social Media as a Two-Way Street

CIOs discuss how social media can be used not only to communicate with citizens, but to measure sentiment and learn about current demeanor in your communities.

Speakers include:

  • Doug McCollough, CEO, Color Coded Labs and CIO, City of Dublin, Ohio, USA

 

12:40pm EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • What social media methods have been useful for your community?
  • What information about your citizens would you like to be able to discern from social media usage?

12:55pm EST – Interstitial Break

1:00pm EST – Session: How Community Leaders Can Promote Information – and Stop Misinformation

A discussion on how community leaders can use social media to effectively communicate with their constituents, both during normal times and in times of crisis. Also discussed will be how to combat and navigate through misinformation that may be circulating in difficult times.

1:30pm EST – Closing

Speakers Include:

  • John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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1:35pm EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • How did your community handle communications with citizens throughout the COVID crisis?
  • Did you struggle with misinformation – and how did you combat it?

1:45pm EST – End of Day 1

Day 2: Taking Care of your Citizens - Tuesday, 29 June

Education, Healthcare and the Elderly

11:00am EST – Welcome Back

Speakers Include:

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

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11:05am EST – Networking Break

Icebreaker Session. Groups split into breakout rooms, invited to introduce themselves as they will be meeting in this group throughout the day

11:15am EST – Panel: Aging in Place: Seniors are the New Millennials

Thought leaders share innovations in providing information and services to seniors who are now more connected than ever. Moderated by ICF Co-Founder John Jung.

Speakers Include:

  • Matt Hexemer, Executive Design Director, Huge Inc., Toronto, Canada and New York City, USA
  • Saya Kim, Researcher, Institute without Boundaries
  • Irina Kondrashova, VP, Strategy, Huge Inc., London, UK
  • John Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

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11:45am EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you been challenged providing services to the elderly in your community, particularly in the time of COVID-19 and the isolation it caused?
  • What lessons have you learned in the past year and a half that you will take with you even as life returns to normal?

12:00pm EST – Panel: Intelligent Healthcare Solutions: Innovations in products – and delivery – of healthcare services in intelligent communities

Healthcare experts from the United States, Canada and Taiwan discuss innovative solutions made available by smart city technologies, and how the public sector can get involved in making this available in their communities.

12:30pm EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • Do your citizens have access to telemedicine?
  • Did your community government collaborate with your local hospitals and healthcare providers through the challenges of COVID?
  • How can you work to connect your citizens with healthcare services available to them?

12:55pm EST – Interstitial Break

1:00pm EST – Panel: Developing Our Most Precious Resource: Education in Intelligent Communities

Academic experts look at the lessons learned from the remote education undertaken in many places during the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss the potential of remote learning’s future applications, and discuss the changing landscape of curriculum to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.

Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Kristen Wilcox, Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Albany
  • Dr. David Staley, Associate Professor and Director of the Humanities Institute, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Norman Jacknis, Senior Fellow, Intelligent Community Forum

          

1:30pm EST – Closing

Brief closing from an ICF Co-Founder, previews of tomorrow’s sessions, send to networking break.

Speakers Include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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1:35pm EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • What was your biggest challenge with education during the pandemic?
  • Has your community started any new practices that will be continued as life returns to normal?

1:45pm EST – End of Day 2

 

Day 3: Is the Future Now? - Wednesday, 30 June

11:00am EST – Welcome Back

Speakers Include:

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

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11:05am EST – Networking Break

Icebreaker Session. Groups split into breakout rooms, invited to introduce themselves as they will be meeting in this group throughout the day

11:25am EST – Panel: Are we already in 2031 today?

A panel of “futurists” discussing education, healthcare, and the idea of what a “community” will be in 2031.

Speakers Include:

  • Joost Helms, Director, Eindhoven International Project Office
  • Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation, George Brown College 

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12:00pm EST – Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • Where do you see your community going in 10 years?
  • What changes do you hope to see?
  • What do you see as your community’s toughest roadblock preventing change?

12:10pm EST – Workshop: Preparing for the future with the ICF Method

Led by Robert Bell, this brief overview of the ICF Method shares insights and best practices learned from intelligent communities that are on the path to prosperity.

Speakers Include:

  • Robert Bell, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

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1:00pm EST – Final Networking Break

Discussion Questions:

  • Which factor in the ICF method to you think is your community’s biggest strength? Which is its biggest weakness? Why?
  • What other reflections can you share from the sessions from this event?

1:20pm EST – Interstitial Break

1:25pm EST – Conference Closing and Top7 Communities of 2021 Announcement

Hosted by the three ICF Co-Founders, closing thoughts from the conference, a look at this year’s Smart21 of 2021, and the announcement of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2021.

Speakers Include:

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

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WHEN
June 28, 2021 at 11am - June 30, 2021 | Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE
Online Event
CONTACT
Matthew Owen ·

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