Nominate your Community for the 2019 Intelligent Community Awards

ICF Opens Nominations for 2019 Intelligent Community Awards, Announces “Infinite Learning” Theme for Program

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced “Infinite Learning” as the theme for the 2019 cycle of its prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Program.  The Forum’s Intelligent Community of the Year will be named in June 2019 in New York City.  Nominations close on September 21, 2018.  Along the way toward naming the Intelligent Community of the Year, the Smart21 and Top7 will be announced in October and February.

“Intelligence is our most powerful tool for building our societies.  Artificial intelligence is still a long way from fulfilling its potential,” said ICF co-founder Robert Bell, “but some estimate that half of all the activities we do for work can be automated already. This is a fearful idea for many.  The best way for people to win the race against machine intelligence is to continuously increase their own through lifelong education, learning and the cultivation of their deepest interests.”

The annual Awards Program, which is run by the New York-based think-tank, will name its 21st Intelligent Community of the Year at the 2019 ICF Summit in June 2019 in New York City. The surprise 2018 recipient, Espoo, Finland, was named in London on 6 June.

More information and nomination forms for the Awards Program can be found at There is no cost to submit a nomination.  The deadline to nominate a community is 21 September 2018.  Communities qualifying for the Smart21, Top7 or Intelligent Community of the Year become part of a global working group of regions, cities and towns organized by ICF.  There are currently over 170 cities, towns and regions that are ICF member communities.  They also receive extensive earned-media coverage, investment inquiries and independent validation of their community’s progress as they strive to keep their best people “home.”

About Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) 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. Through this network, ICF researches how Intelligent Communities use information and communications technology to build inclusive prosperity, solve social problems and enrich their quality of life in our connected century. ICF is headquartered in New York City, is a worldwide organization that is renowned for its efforts recognizing Intelligent Community excellence through its annual awards programs, workshops, conferences and other support. Today there are nearly 170 Intelligent Communities around the world, and growing annually, with Intelligent Community representatives on every continent. (Note: there are 38 Intelligent Communities in Canada. Check them out at The Intelligent Community Forum Foundation (ICFF) is the association of these Intelligent Communities, aimed at working together to share information and develop more Intelligent Communities throughout the world. As ICF’s principles are sought after around the world, there is an opportunity for each country to focus its ICF-related efforts within their region. For more information, visit

Contact: Matthew Owen, Director of Operations, Intelligent Community Forum Tel. +1 646-291-6166 (x105) Email: Twitter: @Newcommunities

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