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.