One of the questions I was asked about the awards given by the Intelligent Community Forum is what does it take to become an intelligent community. I’ll try to summarize what I’ve learned from participating in the ICF as a keynoter, juror and (before Cisco) a leader of a Top 7 community.
Among the few hundred communities that apply in this contest, it is clear the first step is make sure the community has sufficient broadband. Almost all of the things that intelligent communities can do for and with their residents depend upon that connectivity in one way or the other.
Second, high-speed connectivity is not enough to stand out in this global competition. The next question is what a community does with the technology. Is it transforming:
- The way that residents interact with their government?
- How residents — from pre-kindergarteners to seniors — are educated?
- How well the physical aspects of the community are managed?
- How residents are kept healthy and safe?
- The local economy and the income opportunities for residents?
… Just to name some of the evidence that ICF is looking for.
Intelligent Communities Forum Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla preparing to announce the 2013 winner. Read More »