ICF names the Intelligent Community of the Year at its annual ICF Summit. The selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year culminates the 12-month cycle of the Intelligent Community Awards.
The Intelligent Community of the Year is selected from among the Top7 Intelligent Communities named in February. From February through June, ICF submits detailed data provided by each community to an independent research company, which helped ICF develop the original metrics for the award program. This company conducts a quantitative analysis of the information on dozens of factors and produces an aggreggate score for each community.
Simultaneously, the founders of ICF visit each of the Top7 to validate the information they provided and prepare reports, which are reviewed by an international jury of former Intelligent Communities of the Year, government officials, business leaders, academics and consultants involved in the Intelligent Community movement. The jury ranks each of the communities, and ICF combines this qualitative ranking with the quantitative scoring of the research company to produce the final selection.
The Awards ceremony at the ICF Summit also includes an address by the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year.