Seven Canadian communities have made it to the finally tally of Smart21 Communities of 2017 that was announced by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
The select group of communities were chosen from a group of nearly 400 communities and these communities will now be competing with each other for the designation of an Intelligent Community Top7 scheduled to be announced in Taipei, Taiwan in February next year. One of the seven will then be named Intelligent Community of the Year at the Intelligent Community Summit and Awards Dinner in New York on June 8.
The Canadian communities that made it to the Smart21 are: Ottawa, Pickering, Grey County, and Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; and Nelson, and New Westminster, British Columbia.
The Smart21 communities for the year 2017 were chosen by group of analysts led by former Cisco executive and Westchester County (New York) CIO, Dr. Norman Jacknis, is an eclectic group, according to ICF and includes seven communities from Canada, five from Taiwan and four from Australia, three nations that have strong national commitments to both “smart city” development and the Intelligent Community movement. In what will be a surprise to many, Moscow was also named to the list.
The Smart21 communities is a group of cities, counties and rural communities that decided to apply digital tools to building local economies and societies to prosper in an age of digital disruption. Further, governments in Canada, Taiwan and Australia tend to work more closely with communities to unleash “the power of the local”.
The Smart21 Communities of 2017 are comprised of seven communities from Canada, five communities from Taiwan, four communities from Australia, and one each from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The others in the Smart21 Communities of 2017 list are:
- Astana, Kazakhstan
- Chiayi City, Taiwan
- Prospect, South Australia, Australia
- Rochester, New York, USA
- Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
- Keelung City, Taiwan
- Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Knowle West, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Tainan City, Taiwan
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Taoyuan, Taiwan
- Moscow, Russia
- Whanganui, New Zealand
- Yilan County, Taiwan