ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. The author of numerous articles in planning and economic development journals, he has received global and Toronto-based awards for his work in collaboration and strategic development and sits on numerous task forces and international advisory boards.
The Intelligent Communities Forum 2015 Summit in Toronto will be chock full of stories about how urban and regional planning in our communities impacts the way people live, work and create in their cities and towns.
In the future, applications will be connected through the Internet of Things to highly analyzed data, making cities more accessible and making it possible for people to move with the best possible experience.
The drivers of smart cities are smart infrastructure and asset management monitoring, generating data which is analyzed and with which better decision-making is possible.
Through deploying smart city infrastructure and undertaking big data analytics, civic efficiencies are expected to generate improved asset management that should be able to help municipalities make better decisions and help them keep pace with their budgets.
As the largest city in Manitoba, Winnipeg seems to be much bigger than its population would suggest, actively pursuing economic growth through innovation and collaborative industry, government and education partnerships.
Solving the mobility challenges of moving people, goods and services continues to be one of the most pressing issues in modern and growing cities around the world.
Cities and regions would be truly revolutionary if the best of their urban and regional planning and urban design were implemented using all planning tools, ultra-high-speed broadband connectivity and related technologies available to them.
A new book called Brain Gain is a new twist on economic development, strategic planning and community development in our cities.
Smart cities create efficiencies, but also confidence and reputational capital as a city that delivers, presenting great news for the city’s economic development chief.
For this inaugural gathering we are inviting the Top7 Intelligent Communities to share their investment and business opportunities with each other and with other delegates.
Connecting a 14 Mbps wireless broadband network to every public school, the town hall and all other public facilities was pretty impressive for such a small and remote place.
SMART95 was a gathering of experiments and global firsts grouped around smart people, buildings and cities.
Availability of open data has been a major catalyst for cities, as well as practices such as social networking opportunities, crowdsourcing and GIS-based advanced mapping applications.
"It all starts with the smart city. Empty hype? Not at all: a great platform upon which to build.”
I am currently writing this from the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan looking at their hotel website and wondering why I am facing a 27 Euro per day charge for Internet services in my hotel room.
"Our smart cities programs cover aspects such as living, green architecture, community, health, education, security, transportation and environment."
Every corner of the globe is represented and nearly every culture, whether Asian, Middle East, African, Oceania, Europeans as well as from the Americas.
A unique experiment in global collaboration between Intelligent Communities of the Year.
Four hundred million households in China are expected to get high-speed broadband at 20Mbps by 2015.
Cities around the world are lining up to follow in the footsteps of Gigabit-enabled Intelligent Communities like Chattanooga, Seoul, Hong Kong, Toronto, Vancouver and Bristol, Virginia.
Tallinn rose out from under the iron curtain in 1991 and in many cases had to learn how to become entrepreneurial, take risks and learn to become an intelligent community.
“Innovation does not automatically create jobs- the innovations must be adopted and used.” Vinton Cerf
These Knowledge Squares are an example of one of the most dramatic and extensive opportunities to provide digital inclusion for its citizens anywhere I have ever seen.
Tuli’s Aashtak Tablet sells for a very affordable $40 and is being gobbled up by the politicians in India and in many other countries around the world.
Intelligent Communities focus on creating a more holistic approach at city and community-building and collaboration.
Ultimately, this is all about getting the leadership and infrastructure in place so that you can start the process of aligning and coordinating your regional systems. Among friends, we call this process "social choreography."
"My second suggestion is to look at your community holistically as a regional system."
The UK government reshuffle has raised the stakes in the debate about the perceived role of broadband in trying to revitalize the economy.
A massive body of evidence points to the fact that innovation creates prosperity.
This is the story of an actual city that I am very familiar with, but will remain nameless.
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
“Yep, we are the blueberry in a sea of red tomatoes." You’all will hear that many times over from the locals. And proud of it, too.
Communities in the shadow of larger metropolitan areas need to develop a way to differentiate themselves.
But London’s Tech City isn’t a new redevelopment site. It is not owned by a single developer or even a group of them.
Austin’s weirdness is directly connected to the city's two major employers, the state government and the University of Texas.
It is a city-region of 33 million inhabitants and visually has a similar look to Manhattan with its towers coming to a point on a peninsula where the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtze merge.
Even in its night-markets these riders are everywhere and even shop and communicate on their bikes along with pedestrians in a dance that seems to work, at least no one complains as they slide past you, weaving between couples and families eating their dinners among the stalls of clothes and blinking puppy toys and ringing gadgets.
New Taipei City makes best use of information technology: an Intelligence Integrated Center, Android-based government services, and e-kiosk services.
The city’s newest multi-media and animation hub will propel Toronto in the same leagues as Suwon, Korea and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Langfang, adjacent to Beijing, aims to become the region’s main conference center, joined by high-speed train with the world’s largest conference facility.
Hopefully our site visits provide them with the eyes and ears on the ground to make the best decisions that they can make about these seven wonderful communities, each deserving of the top honor.
“We considered the role of the internet in Finn’s everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment."
Every country on earth is looking over its shoulders. Talent has feet and can move nearly anywhere it wants and so does trade and investment.
"When I say 'broadband' in meetings, I think most people have a picture of a cable pop in their head."
“What makes a community a desirable place to live and what draws people to stake their future in it?"
If you want to get technical, broadband access is now a legal right to every citizen of Finland.
Most countries face a challenge making high-speed broadband services available to every one of its citizen but the obstacles that Australia faces is a real challenge.
The recognition that a community like Waterloo receives is only part of the story. The rest of the story is what the community does with the recognition.
Small communities that want to keep their identities and quality of life but also want to be able to thrive and prosper in today’s economy.
As broadband is deployed widely through a community, there may be serious risk that it will worsen the exclusion of people who may already be disenfranchised or marginalized on the periphery of our economy and society.
The regions of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo came together in 2002 to create a new method of attracting investment to their respective communities.
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