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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    strategy to drive the community s contined growth The working group s membership is a portrait of collaboration in action with representatives from Ottawa s colleges and universities OCRI city government and the life sciences cleantech ICT digital media and software sectors The emerging plan aims to create an innovation architecture that supports the next generation of technology companies with the people and services they need to prosper Harvesting Talent The 2001 02 downturn of the telecom sector had an unexpected impact on education in Ottawa As telecom moved from regional darling to regional dog enrollment in secondary school science and math programs plummeted which soon translated into lower science and engineering enrollment at the university level The tech sector recovered but interest in science and engineering education did not By 2006 Ottawa s tech clusters were flagging the problem as serious and asking OCRI to develop a solution In 2008 OCRI worked with the Ministry of Education to introduce a Specialist High Skills Major for grades 11 and 12 focusing on ICT In the same year OCRI also introduced a High School Technology Program at two area secondary schools Over the course of one term students participated one day per week in classes on computer hardware networking team building and technology career opportunities The entire program was built around social computing and the open source community Equipped with XO laptops provided by participating companies students worked in school and in consultation with technology firms to create software projects of their own The first year was successful enough to justify expanding the program to four schools in 2009 Another program Winning Innovation Networks for Schools WINS connects tech companies with students to graphically demonstrate career opportunities in the community The first WINS project sent 100 students and fifteen teachers on site visits to four employers in the cleantech and medical device sectors The next project will invite biology classes to help local medical device companies work on technology challenges identified by the companies from sleep sensors to neurological rehabilitation While OCRI has focused on secondary school Ottawa s colleges and universities have rolled out new programs to serve an economy undergoing continuing change The University of Ottawa now offers cross faculty courses in entrepreneurship and e business as well as a Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Animation for Computer Games Carlton University created a Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable and Renewable Energy and partnered with Algonquin College on a Bachelor of IT Algonquin meanwhile launched its own School of Media Design for Animation and partnered with OCRI on an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program which grants secondary school students college credit for high skill majors The community has given equal attention to the last mile between the end of education and the start of employment when the most talented students face a choice of where to start their careers TalentBridge is an OCRI program that provides entrepreneurially inclined university students with government funded part time jobs working under experienced mentors at

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    with legacy of long term unemployment and bred unacceptable levels of crime and social dislocation Broadband Incentives Carrying out the plan Ipswich was quick to seize multiple opportunities The Australian government s National Broadband Network announced in 2009 opened the possibility of attracting significant investment into the region Ipswich City Council partnered with surrounding city and regional councils to build a case for NBN rollout of what it termed the Western Corridor National Broadband Network The governments mapped current and proposed broadband infrastructure developed joint policies and solicited support from business and industry groups Their work was rewarded in 2010 when NBN announced that two locations in the region would receive the first deployments of fiber to the premise A similar strategy has driven 3G and 4G mobile deployment Governments combined to conduct independent testing of availability throughout the region which sent testing vehicles across more than 2 300 kilometers of roads The effort paid off by letting governments bring objective data to their negotiations with carriers about where towers should go to provide the broadest possible coverage But Ipswich has been as ready to partner with the private sector as to pressure it Acting as intermediary Ipswich has coordinated between property developers and NBN to direct NBN investment in conduit to areas where property developers or the city are launching construction which saves all parties time and money From Digital Hub to Digital Enterprise Infrastructure however is only the start To encourage adoption Ipswich has introduced a wide range of courses for citizens on digital applications and built a Digital Hub demonstration center where citizens and businesspeople can experience the most advanced technologies Training has reached more than 2 000 people many of whom in turn become technology trainers for community groups A Digital Enterprise Program has offered training

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    regulatory barriers and to allow Google control over where and when service is deployed Career Pathways While it waits for its fiber future to take shape the city is focusing on quality of life factors that will shape its potential California Career Pathways is a collaborative project uniting 14 school districts and 5 community colleges in the region Funded by a California state grant in 2015 the program covers from kindergarten through community college and develops career pathways into the region s growth sectors from advanced manufacturing and clean energy to information and communications technology It aims to integrate academic and career based learning and bridge the distance from education to work Library Innovation The San Diego Public Libraries are also investing in a broadband enabled future that helps drive an innovation economy The system is engaged in a significant upgrade of online capacity to 100 Mbps at each facility More importantly it offers a makerspace open to the public providing 3D printers and process tools including vinyl cutters laser cutters milling machines and sewing machines Using this combination of connectivity and hardware the library has delivered 150 free technology programs to more than 5 000 attendees in the past year and hosted special events including a Coding Camp Startup Weekend Maker Meetups and Robot Days serving hundreds to thousands of citizens Challenges to Sustainability A prolonged drought has brought Californians face to face with climate change and the need to manage a more challenging environment San Diego has responded by making sustainability a social and cultural priority The city is home to Balboa Park the largest cultural urban park in the United States and site of the famed San Diego Zoo A sustainability program launched in 2008 uses the park to conduct sustainability education and engage local arts and

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    largest forestry fair but that same facility also hosts the world s largest LAN party as well as the DreamHack events 90 Broadband Availability Bridging urban and rural Jönköping faces the broadband infrastructure challenges common to such places DSL is accessible to all but speeds and quality of service vary widely Jönköping is investing alongside national government to push high speed networks beyond the urban clusters and provide 90 of companies and households with access by 2020 Building a Knowledge Workforce On that foundation Jönköping is seeking to muster its human and business resources to accelerate the economy and ensure sustainability throughout its territory The municipality is home to Jönköping University which offers business oriented programs at the undergraduate and graduate level But the municipality also struggles with drop outs who lack the skills to succeed in the modern economy A program called Youth Arena targets young people who have dropped out of secondary school It aims to coach and motivate them to finish their education and then find rewarding jobs in the municipality Since 2001 Youth Arena has worked with 800 cases and provided individual coaching to more than 230 of whom 70 have gone on to further education or work Innovation Runway The Innovation Runway project provides the same kind of support to companies It coaches business owners and managers on innovation strategy and product and service development and encourages spin out of new companies Launched in 2015 the program has already led to the formation of a new company providing digitized construction drawing services The Factory is a new program of the public library system that inspired by the MakerSpace and CoderDojo movements aims to build a bridge between traditional education and new creative forms of expression It has introduced personal development courses coding workshops and presentations

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    into local employment to preserve Kaohsiung s investment in its youth In a Metropolitan Cultivation Project the city has created incubation bases within schools with the staff and equipment needed to give students marketable skills It engages secondary schools technical schools and universities in creating cooperative strategies and incentives for student advancement The Economic Development Bureau trains teachers in the latest trends in local industries while working with industry to develop internships focused on high demand occupations Today twelve high schools and technical schools are working with 28 businesses four universities and a hospital on classes internship programs and other projects Accelerating 4G Mobile Services A different kind of infrastructure also has the city s attention Like most of Taiwan Kaohsiung is well wired with 100 availability and 84 adoption of broadband The missing link is high speed mobile service Until recently Taiwan has lagged comparable nations in the rollout of 4G LTE services Kaohsiung worked with the two largest telcos in Taiwan to win national government subsidies for the development of 4G services and offers the companies resources and administrative support to promote deployment The city s goal is to foster the development of 4G mobile technologies by local firms Current projects include virtual tours of the Piers II Art Center one of the city s most popular recreation destinations and an application that lets shoppers scan the barcodes on items with their mobile phones and find those items waiting for them at checkout Technology for the Neighborhood The city is using digital technologies to improve life at the neighborhood level Each of its 891 neighborhoods has a designated Head of Neighborhood The city is training them in the use of social media to better communicate with their constituents So far 121 Heads of Neighborhood have participated in training

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    24 hour hotline to help people get online The effort succeeded calls to the hotline gradually declined from 200 per month to single digits and public satisfaction reached nearly 80 in a 2015 survey By September 2015 there were more than 100 000 subscribers to the TT Free service in a county with a population of only 224 000 Vision Magazine placed Taitung County at the top of its list of counties for smart infrastructure Boosting Local Industry The county was quick to put the network to use for economic development It created a Smart Travel Service Plan that aggregated its own data with third party services like TripAdvisor in a single mobile portal available on the app stores in multiple languages It also helped six major tourist sites to install systems that generate constantly updated guide maps and navigation tips that can be pushed to the phones of tourists One of the county s biggest events is a hot air balloon festival which attracted 350 000 tourists in 2011 Just one year later attendance jumped to 830 000 The major tour sites of Taitung received six million visitors in 2013 up 44 from 2009 While the number of hotels grew the average occupancy rate also leaped to third in the nation Developments like these caused the outflow of population from the county to reverse for the first time in years in 2014 The county also has a long cultural and industry legacy in woodworking Working with industry universities researchers and the national government it is now planning a Maker Park to help entrepreneurs apply technology to launch innovative woodworking businesses New Model for Service Delivery The network also helps Taitung County better serve residents and businesses There was once only one county office located in the city of Taitung

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    other mainstays of the economy are tourism related commerce and agriculture Innovation Economy This county of 129 000 is seeking to remake its future as an innovation economy It is a member of the SWIFT project a partnership of municipalities counties and institutions in southwestern Ontario to build a fiber optic regional broadband network across the region It aims to achieve 50 fiber coverage of the region through a network of points of presence POPs at municipal offices healthcare facilities libraries and schools by 2020 One of those institutions is Lambton College whose IT department has established The Cube which offers tech advice and services to start up companies and helped launch 12 new businesses within a year of opening its doors Provincial funding has helped launch a more ambitious effort called Bioindustrial Innovation Canada BIC It is an accelerator designed to help bridge the gap between research and the market in chemicals and energy production from biomass Located at the Western Innovation Research Park in Sarnia BIC has provided support and investment to twelve startups five of them in the county and has established a pilot plant to process waste wood products into ethanol One of its portfolio companies BioAmber has built the first commercial scale plant to produce bio based succinic acid used in the food and beverage industry from corn Fighting Poverty Through the Phoenix Project Lambton College students refurbish computers donated by companies citizens and the college IT department and donate them to charitable organizations churches and individuals Since 2007 the Project has put more than 500 PCs into the hands of those who need them For families stuck in poverty the community has created the Lambton Circles program which pairs families working to get out of poverty with middle class people who are willing to

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    inward investment Mayor Wu Chih Yang focused his administration on business and investment attraction so successfully that deficits swung to surplus in 2011 and generated a US 160 million reserve The Aerotropolis Taoyuan s success is not entirely home grown The national government has made redevelopment of its airport which serves Taiwan s capital one of the nation s top 12 priorities Plans call for the creation by 2040 of an aerotropolis a massive urban area whose economy is driven by the airport using a mix of national local and private sector investment Creation of the Taoyuan Aeotropolis and surrounding rail systems will provide a mighty boost to Taoyuan s freight logistics and aviation technology companies and will ripple outward through other industries The aerotropolis project is forecast to generate 73 billion in economic benefit and create 300 000 jobs The city s investment attraction office has already won investment commitments from Cathay Life Insurance Kintetsu Worldwide Xpress Daiwa Merck 3M and SMC Building Digital Quality of Life But Taoyuan s strategy is not all about industrial development The city has also invested in creating a workforce ready for global competition and an quality of life that serves today s citizens as well as those the city hopes to attract Collaboration with Chungwha Telecom and Global Mobile and a national government goal to extend 100 Mbps broadband have produced a broadband penetration rate of 90 and made 100 Mbps service available to 85 of subscribers Public education has been revamped with a global digital economy in mind The study of English has become mandatory beginning in elementary school and nearly 100 elementary and junior high schools have installed English classrooms where students can be immersed in the global language of business Educators from principals to teachers receive intensive training in

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