New York City and Dublin, Ohio, USA – 21 October 2015 – The Intelligent Community Forum today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2016. This select group of communities will now be in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2016.
“We are very excited to name 11 new communities from North America, Europe and Asia to this year’s Smart21,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell. “We streamlined our selection process this year, increasing the quantitative portion of the data-gathering and analysis, and that has created opportunities for more cities and counties to be included in consideration for this prestigious group of Smart21 Communities.”
The Smart21 Communities of 2016 are comprised of eight communities from Canada, five communities from Taiwan, two communities from the United States, two communities from Australia, and one community each from Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.
NOTE – The Intelligent Community Forum produced a video about the Smart21 for 2016. It can be viewed here – www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Communities for 2016
|Armidale, New South Wales||Australia||25,327|
|Brabantse Kempen Region||The Netherlands||108,000|
|Lambton County, Ontario||Canada||129,479|
|Mülheim an der Ruhr||Germany||169,398|
|New Taipei City||Taiwan||3,966,533|
|San Diego, California||USA||1,381,069|
|Surrey, British Columbia||Canada||514,390|
The announcement of the Smart21 list was made at the conclusion of a one-day conference in Dublin, Ohio, USA launching a new ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community. The new Dublin Institute will be built as a collaborative effort among global public and private sector leaders, universities and research institutions. The Institute will also provide interested parties with knowledge and information on the Intelligent Community process. More information about the new institute can be found athttp://globalinstitute.
Evaluation of Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program nominations is based on thesix Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community’s competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy. In addition, the Awards are guided by this year’s theme, From Revolution to Renaissance, which focuses on how Intelligent Communities plan their future at a time when the economy, the environment and the patterns of urban and rural life are undergoing dramatic change. Click here to find out more about this year’s theme.
The Smart21 Communities of 2016 will next provide more detailed data through an extensive questionnaire, which is evaluated by an independent research firm. The seven highest-scoring cities or regions will then be named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year in February of 2016. In June of 2016, at an event in Columbus, Ohio, USA, the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, one community will be chosen to succeed Columbus as the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year.
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