Who Is the Intelligent Community Forum?
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a New York-based think tank dedicated to the promotion of high-speed internet connectivity (often referred to as broadband) for economic and community development.
The core values the ICF is looking for in designating “smart cities” are:
- Connectivity – To what extent is the community online and active?
- Knowledge Workforce – What are we doing to cultivate internet-savvy students, employees and business owners?
- Digital Inclusion – How do we ensure people don’t get left behind?
- Innovation – How are businesses, institutions and organizations creating new opportunities to engage online?
- Marketing & Advocacy – How are we getting the word out, both within and outside the community?
The Sixth Element
Each year the ICF adds a different sixth indicator, such as how broadband internet connectivity is being used in education, government services, etc. For 2012/13, the sixth indicator employment — how communities walk the line between the job creation of new technologies, but also the job elimination (including lower level ICT jobs like data entry.)
A Bit of ICF’s Background
- The founders, two Americans and a Canadian, are Robert Bell, John G. Jung and Louis Zacharilla.
- The ICF has its roots in the World Teleport Association founded in 1985 which advanced the notion of commercial trading ports trafficking in digital information.
- The “Smart95” conference held in Toronto in 1995 is considered the birth of the ICF.
- The ICF’s first “Intelligent Community of the Year” was named at a conference in New Orleans in 1999: Singapore.
Since then, other winners have been:
- 2000: LaGrange, Georgia
- 2001: New York City
- 2002: Calgary, Alberta and Seoul, South Korea
- 2004: Glasgow, Scotland
- 2005: Mitaka, Japan
- 2006: Taipei, Taiwan
- 2007: Waterloo, Ontario
- 2008: Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
- 2009: Stockholm, Sweden
- 2010: Suwon, South Korea
- 2011: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- 2012: Riverside, California
You can read more about the history of the ICF on their website.