Recognizing Communities Around the World: Part 2
Last week I spoke with Louis Zacharilla and Robert Bell co-founders of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). They were both very busy getting ready to announce the Intelligent Community of the Year at the Building the Broadband Economy summit in New York City June 6-8.
Each year, ICF presents an awards program for Intelligent Communities and the public-sector and private-sector partners who contribute to them.
This year the 2012 Revolutionary keynote theme will be Intelligent Communities: Platforms for Innovation. Innovation is one of ICF’s five Indicators, but the special theme will focus on how Intelligent Communities create uniquely powerful innovation ecosystems on a foundation of information and communications technology. Innovation in Intelligent Communities brings together business, government and institutions in a dynamic partnership that produces results ranging from better and cheaper service delivery to citizens to the birth and growth of entrepreneurial businesses and vital new institutions.
There is a nice synergy between the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities and the Intelligent Communities recognized by ICF.
This year’s ICF finalists include:
- Austin, Texas, United States
- Oulu, Finland
- Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
- Riverside, California, United States
- Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
- Straford, Ontario, Canada
- Taichung City, Taiwan
Do you know any communities that deserve to be recognized?