John Jung

Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum

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.

December 15, 2014

Intelligent Mobility – From A to B

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.

December 1, 2014

The Internet of Things: Creating Smarter Cities (Part 2)

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.

November 17, 2014

The Internet of Things Will Change Everything (Part 1)

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.

September 17, 2014

Winnipeg, Canada: Pursuing Economic Growth Through Innovation and Collaborationnt Community at the Epicenter

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.

August 28, 2014

From Smart to Intelligent Mobility

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.

July 21, 2014

Urban Planners and the Revolutionary City

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.

June 23, 2014

How Innovative Cities Create Job Growth in an Age of Disruption

A new book called Brain Gain is a new twist on economic development, strategic planning and community development in our cities.

June 4, 2014

A World That Works Better is a Great Start (But Don’t Stop There!)

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.

April 29, 2014

Business and Investment Match-Making at ICF Summit 2014

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.

March 24, 2014

No Idea is Too Small and No Community Too Remote

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.

February 20, 2014

Happy 20th Birthday Smart Cities!

SMART95 was a gathering of experiments and global firsts grouped around smart people, buildings and cities.

January 14, 2014

City-Building Advances with Technology

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.

January 3, 2014

Smart Cities are Early Adopters

"It all starts with the smart city. Empty hype? Not at all: a great platform upon which to build.”

December 3, 2013

Charging for Internet at Hotels is so Yesterday!

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.

November 13, 2013

China’s Evolution to Create Intelligent Communities

"Our smart cities programs cover aspects such as living, green architecture, community, health, education, security, transportation and environment."

October 21, 2013

Celebrating 120 (and growing) Intelligent Communities around the World

Every corner of the globe is represented and nearly every culture, whether Asian, Middle East, African, Oceania, Europeans as well as from the Americas.

October 2, 2013

Happening this week in Eindhoven

A unique experiment in global collaboration between Intelligent Communities of the Year.

September 16, 2013

Smart China is Evolving in a GIG-Way – (Sorry for the Pun)

Four hundred million households in China are expected to get high-speed broadband at 20Mbps by 2015.

September 3, 2013

So what's Your Gig?

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.

July 31, 2013

More Than Political Will

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.

July 1, 2013


“Innovation does not automatically create jobs- the innovations must be adopted and used.” Vinton Cerf

May 20, 2013

Rio de Janeiro’s Knowledge Squares take on Digital Inclusion

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.

April 29, 2013

When Good Enough is Just Right

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.

March 26, 2013

It takes a Smart City to become an Intelligent Community

Intelligent Communities focus on creating a more holistic approach at city and community-building and collaboration.

December 4, 2012

From One Community to a Smart Region, Part 2

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."

November 27, 2012

From One Community to a Smart Region, Part 1

"My second suggestion is to look at your community holistically as a regional system."

September 19, 2012

Guest Blog: Can Broadband Revitalize the UK Economy?

The UK government reshuffle has raised the stakes in the debate about the perceived role of broadband in trying to revitalize the economy.

September 7, 2012

Innovation = Jobs

A massive body of evidence points to the fact that innovation creates prosperity.

August 28, 2012

So You Think You’re So Smart?

This is the story of an actual city that I am very familiar with, but will remain nameless.

July 9, 2012

Lack of Passion is Fatal

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

June 18, 2012

Never Miss an Opportunity to ask your Driver …

“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.

May 30, 2012

Thinking Bold in the Shadow of LA

Communities in the shadow of larger metropolitan areas need to develop a way to differentiate themselves.

May 16, 2012

Name It and They Will Come

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.

February 28, 2012

Keeping it Weird in Austin

Austin’s weirdness is directly connected to the city's two major employers, the state government and the University of Texas.

December 21, 2011

Intelligent Communities Build Gardens Too

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.

December 12, 2011

Creating a Culture of Innovation in Taiwan (Pt. 2)

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.

November 29, 2011

New Taipei City, one of ICF’s Newest Intelligent Communities

New Taipei City makes best use of information technology: an Intelligence Integrated Center, Android-based government services, and e-kiosk services.

August 2, 2011

Toronto’s Intelligent Waterfront Bets on Open Access Ultra High-Speed Broadband

The city’s newest multi-media and animation hub will propel Toronto in the same leagues as Suwon, Korea and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

June 20, 2011

The Intelligent Community Movement -- the Idea Heard Around the World

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.

April 26, 2011

Why ICF Visits the Top 7 Intelligent Communities Every Year

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.

February 7, 2011

Finland’s Model Legislation

“We considered the role of the internet in Finn’s everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment."

January 31, 2011

Change can start with one person and one mighty question!

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.

January 23, 2011

Saying it Straight: Broadband Equals Economic Development

"When I say 'broadband' in meetings, I think most people have a picture of a cable pop in their head."

January 5, 2011

Looking at Intelligent Communities in 2011

“What makes a community a desirable place to live and what draws people to stake their future in it?"

December 10, 2010

High-speed Broadband Should be a Right

If you want to get technical, broadband access is now a legal right to every citizen of Finland.

December 1, 2010

The Fate of Australia Hung on a Broadband-based Election Issue

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.

November 12, 2010

How can Intelligent Communities Continue to Benefit from ICF?

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.

November 4, 2010

Broadband Economy in the Rocky Mountains

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.

November 3, 2010

The Art of Giving in Intelligent Communities

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.

October 15, 2010

Collaboration is the new Competitive Advantage

The regions of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo came together in 2002 to create a new method of attracting investment to their respective communities.

April 13, 2010

A Different Kind of Story About the Underbelly of Society

When you travel to cities to undertake a review one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, you just never know what you can ...

April 7, 2010

Arlington's People, Leadership and Collaboration Ahead of the Class

Of the many communities that I have visited over the years, the smallest U.S. county built on the "Arlington Way" is among the most ...

December 29, 2009

Southwest China is a Region to be Reckoned With

Ask many westerners about southwest China and they will look puzzled. They can quickly name cities along the eastern coast of China, like Shanghai, Beijing ...

August 19, 2009

Intelligent Communities Nurtured Through Excellence in Governance

As part of my series of blogs over the past few months, I have focused on what I believe are 12 key steps or considerations that ...

August 11, 2009

Leadership in Successful Intelligent Communities - Doing the Right Things!

You have no doubt heard the real estate mantra: Location, Location, Location! I would like to add another mantra for successful communities: Leadership, Leadership, Leadership! ...

June 30, 2009

Education - Key to Future-Proofing our Intelligent Communities

Education plays a key role in Intelligent Communities in developing our human capital and our innovation systems. It helps to create an invaluable cluster, concentrating ...

May 6, 2009

Future-Proofing - 12 Steps to Successful Intelligent Communities

As we all know, ICF runs a wonderful Intelligent Community Awards program based on 5 key criteria. They include broadband deployment, skilled workforce, innovation, digital inclusion, ...

April 30, 2009

Issy-les-Moulineaux - A visit to the future: Part 2

Issy's Mayor, Andre Santini, is being recognized by ICF as its Visionary of the Year for 2009. He was among the first to seek and implement ...

April 29, 2009

Issy-les-Moulineaux - A visit to the future: Part 1

Coming to the front of City Hall to greet me is the Mayor of Issy-les Moulineaux, Andre Santini, as big in life as he is ...

April 21, 2009

Tallinn - High Tech Community Masked by the Middle Ages

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a vibrant high tech community masked by the Middle Ages. Beneath the surface of heritage buildings lays a community ...

March 25, 2009

What is the Technical Architecture and Infrastructure that Underpins an Intelligent Community?

Part 3 As you can see from Parts 1 and 2 of my most current blogs dealing with the technical architecture of an Intelligent Community, I didn't get ...

February 20, 2009

What is the Technical Architecture and Infrastructure that Underpins an Intelligent Community?

Part 2 We are living in a very different world than our forefathers, one that is truly founded on new infrastructure, processes and attitudes. Even one ...

February 5, 2009

What is the Technical Architecture and Infrastructure that Underpins an Intelligent Community?

Part 1 of 3 I am often asked to demonstrate the essential technical architecture and infrastructure that underpins an Intelligent Community. Yes, we have shown these from ...

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