Smart, Smarter, Smartest - Cities Seeking Superlatives

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We all know - or think we know - that Smart Cities are driven by Smart Technologies, but what about the people?

In much the same way as industries hype their products (Broadband, Superfast Broadband, Ultrafast . . .) so it is with entire cities. 

Beyond Smart Cities we have Social Smart Cities(tackling poverty), Green Cities (very Circular), Resilient Cities (prepared for the unexpected) and even Compassionate Cities - caring about digital inequity and boosting Inclusion.  And whilst the 'smart tech' systems and infrastructures are key to enabling all these variants there is still the human element - the citizens and their business that must live work and play in these communities.

All the place-based systems in the world still need to serve the citizen - not the other way around. 

So enter, stage left, the 'Intelligent Community' with its fabric woven from all the usual economic sector metrics and demographics plus the threads of social wellbeing policies.

The question is:  Is your city ready?  You may be contemplating an impressive array of investment proposals to deal with Transport, Air Quality, Housing, Social Care - the list goes on - but will all those plans knit together to match your citizens' and community needs?

One way of finding out - free of charge - is to nominate your community for assessment by the Intelligent Community Forum.  Who knows, you may even be selected as one of the world's Top 21 or Top 7 Intelligent Communities.  Melbourne, Australia, went on this year to be acclaimed as the Intelligent City of the Year.

That achievement was announced in New York at the ICF Global Summit last June.  Next year's great event (with mayors, civic leaders and community developers from across the world) will be in June, in London - the first time in two decades that this very special occasion will be held outside of North America.

You could be there - and your community could find its place on the global stage.

Nominations before 13th  21st September via http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/nominations

For more information please contact David Brunnen or call 07714 325 657

UPDATED 15 SEPT 2017