"The partnership with bee smart city provides a valuable new channel with a distinctly European focus to leverage our unique expertise in the development of intelligent communities."

Robert Bell, Co-Founder




The Intelligent Community Forum is a global network with a think tank at its center. It connects hundreds of cities and regions on five continents for collaboration on economic development and for exchange of expertise and information that drives progress.


Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum, headquartered in New York, is a global movement of nearly 170 cities, metro regions and counties with a think tank at its heart. ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT).

To help cities and regions build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program. The Forum has two Institutes in North America dedicated to the study of the movement, with more institutes planned.

Global leaders, thinkers, and media observers follow and participate in the ongoing global dialogue initiated by the Intelligent Community Forum. In 2012 ICF was invited to participate at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo and in 2014, its model and work was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, according to the American government, was "aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs.”

The Forum’s membership is made up of nearly 170 designated Intelligent Communities worldwide, which is represented by mayors and key civic leaders.

For more information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org/icf_membership.

For more details on the Intelligent Community Forum’s recent publications and programs, please visit the Forum's website.



Intelligent Community Awards Program

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum presents an awards program for Intelligent Communities and the public-sector and private-sector partners who contribute to them.  The awards program has two goals: to salute the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology, and to gather data for ICF's research programs.

The process begins with communities filling out the ICF Awards Program Nominations Form. In the autumn, ICF's team of analysts reviews the forms submitted, evaluating communities based on the Intelligent Community Indicators, and announces its Smart21 Communities of the Year. These Smart21 are the initial group of honorees that are semi-finalists for the Intelligent Community of the Year. 

The Smart21 then fill our a more extensive questionnaire detailing their opportunities, challenges, and results. ICF's analysts review the questionnaires and, in February, ICF names the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Top7 receive media coverage both locally and internationally, and become the finalists for ICF's Intelligent Community of the Year award.

Each of the Top7 Intelligent Communities are then examined further, both through deeper inspection of the questionnaires and visit from an ICF co-founder. An international team of jurors then cast their votes and, on the closing date of ICF's annual Summit, one of the Top7 is named as the Intelligent Community of the Year.  


Smart City Portrait: Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Taoyuan City is positioning itself to be a hub for business and innovation in Taiwan. Located in the north of the island, not far from the nation’s capital of Taipei, Taoyuan City can count a third of Taiwan’s top manufacturers amongst its 47,000 companies, including the largest number of logistics companies on the island. Knowing that strong logistics systems and their supporting infrastructure are a necessary component to attract new businesses and encourage economic growth, the city took things a step further and established the Taoyuan Aerotropolis, and designated its international airport a free trade zone.

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Smart City Portrait: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba with a population of more than 300,000, overlooks the crossing of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, where humans are said to have gathered for at least 6000 years. Over the next 20 years, Winnipeg anticipates a growth of around 200,000 people to reach a six-figure population. In order to accommodate that change in an inclusive and citizen-centric way, the city introduced OurWinnipeg, a 25-year holistic development plan based on survey feedback from its residents that covered city services, health and quality of life, transportation and mobility, and all aspects of sustainable growth management.

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Smart City Portrait: Tainan City, Taiwan

Taiwan’s oldest city dates back to 1590, when the area was first settled by the Chinese. After being retaken from Dutch settlers in 1662, it became the seat of government and remained Taiwan’s capital until 1885. Today, it is still a major political, economic and cultural center. But while Tainan City celebrates its rich past, it is also looking forward, investing in the future of its roughly 1.9 million citizens by placing a strong emphasis on their quality of life and their ability to participate directly in their city’s development, through a strong citizen-centric focus, while building its sustainable industries and offering free digital education.

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Smart City Portrait: Ipswich, Australia

The city of Ipswich is young and it is growing faster than any other city in the state. Currently boasting around 200,000 inhabitants, its government projects that almost another 300,000 people will call the city home within the next 20 years. In preparation for this expansion, the Ipswich City Council created a twenty-year plan for the development of the city. Now in 2018, the council has decided to extend its original plans by setting up a Smart City Program.

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Smart City Portrait: Hamilton, Canada

At the western end of Canada’s Lake Ontario nestles a city of almost 540,000 culturally diverse people. Once handling 60% of Canada’s steel production and earning the title ‘the Steel Capital of Canada’, its steel operations are now waning and the industrial city of Hamilton is looking for a new foundation for the future of its inhabitants. Hamilton knows that the future of its economy lies in the development of new industries and businesses.

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Smart City Portrait: Espoo, Finland

Second in size to Helsinki and its neighbor on Finland’s southern coast, Espoo boasts a population of around 270,000 people – a significant increase from the 22,000 who called it home just a generation ago. Having transformed from a regional municipality into an industrial city with a large number of residents working in electronics and engineering, Espoo is now being recognized for its developments as an intelligent community.

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Smart City Portrait: Chiayi City, Taiwan

In Chinese, 'Chiayi' means 'awarded for loyalty'. The city was given this name in 1787 by the Chinese emperor after a 10-month siege, to reward the bravery of its citizens. Chiayi City, in south-central Taiwan with a population of roughly 270,000 people, is being recognized once again for a very different sort of achievement, being one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities in 2018.

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ICF Global Summit - June 4-6, 2018 in London

The annual ICF Summit is unlike any municipal, urban planning or economic development conference you attend. Mayors, civic leaders, CIOs and industry representatives from around the world gather for this unique event. At the ICF Summit, the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year 2018 will share their approaches and solutions with the attendees.


bee smart city, ICF and ICF Canada announce Partnership

bee smart city, Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), and ICF Canada have signed a partnership agreement to accelerate the global development of smart cities and intelligent communities. With the new partnership, the three organizations join forces to facilitate the creation of prosperous and livable smart cities and intelligent communities around the world.

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