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Submit your Nomination for the ICF 2019 Intelligent Community Awards

Jul 17, 2018 1:39:18 AM

Nominations are currently open for the 2019 Intelligent Community Awards organized by our partner Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), based in New York City. There is no cost to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a community is September 21, 2018.

Communities qualifying for the Smart21, Top7 or Intelligent Community of the Year become part of a global working group of regions, cities and towns organized by ICF, a group that currently includes over 170 members. They also receive media coverage, investment inquiries and independent validation of their community’s progress as they strive to keep their best people “home.”

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Nominees for the Intelligent Community Awards are evaluated based on ICF’s six indicators that make up the ICF Method as well as the annual theme: Infinite Learning.

The ICF Method encompasses a set of critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities. The ICF Method provided the first conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness in the digital economy. The six main indicators for evaluating participating cities and communities are:

  1. Broadband
  2. Knowledge Workforce
  3. Innovation
  4. Digital Equality
  5. Sustainability
  6. Advocacy

Besides these six indicators, nominees will be evaluated in terms of their actions regarding the theme for the ICF 2019 Awards Program: Infinite Learning.

New technologies like machine learning and AI are transforming the way we live. It is at the local level – where governments, organizations and citizens connect most closely – that we have the best chance to turning the technology change into human benefit.

Central to that success will be the ability of leaders, employees and citizens to accelerate their own learning. Coping with machine learning means making revolutionary changes in how, when and where we learn, what skills we adopt, and how education is delivered. Knowledge must be gained for its own value – but also with deep understanding of the needs of employers today and in the future. More than knowledge, citizens young and old must build the capacity for continuous learning throughout their lives, with the skilled support of governments and institutions, and the willing participation of employers who can turn skill into innovation and prosperity. To match the infinite ability of machines to learn, our communities must build their own capacity for infinite learning.


Visit the ICF Premium Partner Page to explore the smart city portraits of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2018 and learn about their unique success factors and smart city solutions:

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Click here to learn more about the Intelligent Community Award and submit your nomination to the ICF: https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/awards

Thomas Mueller

Written by Thomas Mueller

Thomas Müller is Co-Founder at bee smart city. As an economic development professional with more than 15 years of experience in city, regional and state level organizations, he developed and implemented numerous smart city and economic development projects with partners from government, different private business sectors, academia and the civil society.

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