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    All of this is valuable It helps account for why successful rural areas are successful But it has not been enough to overcome the economic disadvantages that come with the rural lifestyle Density The biggest difference between city and country is population density One of the primary benefits cited by urban advocates is proximity A person starting any kind of undertaking in a city can hardly avoid running into like minded people absorbing new ideas and being challenged by peer pressure A wide variety of vendors potential partners and possible employers are within arm s reach Engaging in the social network that powers so many organized activities is easy and convenient As Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissman put it in the August 2012 issue of The Atlantic Our wealth after all is determined not only by our skills and talents but by our ability to access the ideas of those around us there s a lot to be gained by increasing the odds that smart people might bump into each other But in the country distances are greater between people and places The number of interactions you can have in a day week or month is fewer which limits the number of like minded people you can meet the new ideas they can transmit and the peer pressure they can exert on you to succeed Vendors partners and employees are fewer and farther between And just hanging out together can require spending a lot of time in your car or truck It takes longer and costs more to connect the essential components of organized activity in rural areas so the economic social and culture return on investment tends to be lower Scale Closely related to density and distance is the issue of scale Cities have more of everything than the

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    communities to use broadband and information technology for economic and social development Among other factors they measure broadband penetration and costs educational performance and attainment digital inclusion efforts innovation by business and government and the communities skills at marketing themselves to the world and advocating for change within the community For the Blandin Foundation ICF conducts benchmark evaluations of communities involved in their programs and then repeats the evaluation later to determine progress For ICF s exclusive Community Accelerator program ICF offers its Intelligent Rural Community Indicators as effective means to measure readiness and track progress in building sustainable prosperity Search for Intelligent Rural Community Models ICF believes strongly that ICT properly applied holds the key to sustainable prosperity for rural communities and we have launched an active search for model strategies and programs that use it to attack the challenges unique to rural communities Examples may include efforts to create virtual clusters in specific industries proactive marketing that connects citizens to distance learning applications or a mixed face to face and social networking approach to matching entrepreneurs with investors From these strategies and programs ICF will distill best practices and share them with communities around the world As examples we offer the following applications uncovered by our research into rural communities Collaboration vs Competition For Economic Growth Lots of talk about the economy focuses on how individual businesses compete Generalizing from the situation of individual businesses public officials who are responsible for the overall growth of their local economy also Modern but Still Countryside In 1884 Van Gogh depicted the potato farmers of the southern Netherlands turning soil by hand Today things are different Dutch farmers are still growing potatoes and there is still open land But the people in and Why the World s Salad Bowl Wants to

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    to compete and thrive in a global economy driven by information and communications technology The Demonstration Communities selected to receive the grants were a cross section of cities towns counties and multi county regions with a total population of 250 000 people and population density ranging from 1 700 to 4 people per square mile Rural towns cities and counties stand at the threshold of the broadband economy said Bell who worked with the communities to evaluate their broadband readiness and performance They already have the sense of place their residents treasure Through broadband services they have the chance to add the richness and complexity of life that their urban neighbors have long enjoyed Intelligent Community Indicators The five indicators are broadband service training workers in digital skills inclusion of everyone in the community support for innovation and marketing the community to the rest of the world Bell says the study enabled the ICF to modify their indicators for rural communities so they can focus on attainable goals and measure improvement Data from the MIRC project also integrates with the ICF s new Rural Initiative where the ICF will devote effort to create model strategies and programs that use Information and Communications Technology ICT to meet the challenges unique to rural communities In the broadband economy of the 21st century when ICT is doing so much to eliminate distance as a barrier rural areas have opportunities never seen before in history The opportunity is to plug into the world at low cost regardless of location To make rural areas as vital and exciting a place to grow a business or build a career as the busiest city centers says Bell More on the MIRC Project The MIRC project leveraged resources of coalition partners to extend small business technical assistance and training expand hours for access to workforce centers distribute refurbished computers to low income families train individuals and businesses and create courses for knowledge workers The MIRC identified areas where improvements were needed provided advice on actions to implement and tracked results Project organizers believe the MIRC was clearly a factor in Minnesota s ability to maintain its place as a leader in rural broadband adoption and use Broadband adoption as measured by broadband subscriptions increased from 64 percent to 70 6 percent in rural Minnesota during the MIRC project In the demonstration communities adoption jumped from 61 7 percent to 68 8 percent close to 15 percent faster than the rest of rural Minnesota The communities that experienced the fastest growth reported higher percentages of awareness and participation in MIRC activities overall intervention works said Dr Jack Geller of The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston and lead MIRC researcher It s hard not to connect the MIRC project as a contributor to Minnesota s leading position in rural broadband adoption The 11 rural MIRC demonstration communities each received 100 000 to identify and implement nearly 100 projects that fit local broadband needs such as Boreal TV

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    was a powerful program for our community His presentation gave a diverse audience a view of our potential future and helped get everyone on the same page Robert is a gifted speaker and blends a great combination of relevant information humor and gravitas We already have him booked to rejoin the Walla Walla community in our ongoing discussion and quest as an Intelligent Community Robert rocks David Woolson President CEO Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Robert Bell was a keynote speaker for the kickoff of a new speakers series for our community In our efforts to position Waterfront Toronto as a thought leader in this area of our revitalization efforts having you attend and speak as one of the founders of the Intelligent Community Forum lends a great deal of gravitas to our efforts John Campbell President CEO Waterfront Toronto Parkland County has had the great pleasure of working with Robert Bell on our SMART PARKLAND Intelligent Community Project and he has assisted us through the ICF Accelerator Program by mentoring and serving as a keynote presenter at numerous events As a presenter Robert is unsurpassed He has the knowledge perspective intuition and communication skills to effectively motivate audiences ranging from ICT industry reps to municipal councillors distance learning education providers Internet Service Providers small business people seniors and youth Robert has a positive can do attitude that translates into successful presentations and relationship building Al McCully Smart Parkland Project Consultant Parkland County e Addresses The Broadband Economy of Riverside County Accelerator Keynote for Riverside County Leadership Retreat Palm Springs California October 13 2015 The Revolutionary Community Accelerator Master Class ICF Summit Toronto Ontario Canada June 10 2015 The Rural Broadband Economy From Local to Global Accelerator Master Class Oulu Finland May 5 6 2015 The Broadband Economy of

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    start of a 10 year path one that saw us install Canada s very first open access ultra broadband network Apart from technology the other components of the Intelligent Community Forum s mantra things like digital inclusion have helped us shape our strategy John Campbell President CEO Waterfront Toronto Addresses Rome Smart City Presentation and several panels at the Canadian Embassy Smart and the City June 23 2015 Rome Italy Host Moderator and Interviewer at the ICF Summit June 8 12 2015 Toronto Ontario Canada Signing of Eindhoven Waterloo MOU in the presence of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima May 27 2015 Waterloo Canada Introductory Remarks with Sir Terry Matthews May 20 2015 Waterloo Canada Keynote Address to Sunshine Coast Intelligent Community Breakfast and Australia Information Industry Association and Regional Development Australia May 6 2015 Sunshine Coast Australia Keynote Address on Smart to Intelligent Communities at Brisbane Business Luncheon Australia Information Industry Association and Regional Development Australia May 5 2015 Brisbane Australia Presentations to Ipswich Rotary Breakfast on Intelligent Communities May 5 2015 Ipswich Australia Presentation to Ipswich City Council on ICF Awards Process May 4 2015 Ipswich Australia Featured Luncheon Speaker re Brain Gain at Ottawa s Speakers Festival April 28 2015 Ottawa Canada Address re Intelligent Community Waterloo at Intelligent Community Eindhoven April 20 2015 Eindhoven the Netherlands Keynote address on Smart Cities My Liveable City Conference April 17 2015 New Delhi India Presentation on ICF Awards Process at New Taipei NTPC City Hall April 1 2015 New Taipei City Taiwan Presentation to International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs Canada Korea Startup Venture Forum March 26 2015 Toronto Canada Six keynote presentations at Vibrant Gujarat January 12 16 2015 Ahmedabad India New Delhi Surat and Bangalore India International Dinner and Thought Leadership Event Presentation December 4 2014 Waterloo Canada Keynote Presentation on Intelligent Transportation systems at Transportation Congress November 21 2014 Auckland NZ Keynote Presentation on Internet of Things at Auckland IOT Conference Nov 20 2014 Auckland NZ Presentation on Canadian Intelligent Communities as part of CCCA Nov 6 2014 Stuttgart Germany Presentation to His Royal Highness King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde with the Governor General of Canada October 28 2014 Presentation at Roundtable at the Canadian Embassy Residence with Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet Francisca of the Netherlands with the Governor General of Canada October 26 2014 Panelist at CITY AGE Conference regarding the Age of Disruption October 9 2014 Waterloo Canada Address to the Ontario Professional Planners Institute OPPI on Smart Cities in the Age of Disruption at their Annual Convention October 1 2014 Niagara Falls Let s Get Digital Moderated Canadian Urban Institute Panel on the evolving smart cities dialogue September 26 2014 Toronto Canada Parliament of Mayors September 20 21 2014 Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands Interview on PNR Radio July 14 2014 Washington DC Presentation at The Hague on e government as the keynote at the Royal Dutch Telecom KPN Conference June 16 2014 ICF Summit

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    lives in Manhattan Reviews Louis Zacharilla is an excellent keynote speaker In front of more than 1 000 people he spoke at our event and captured people s attention for the whole speech He was able to make everybody feel welcome then asked the audience for their participation and ended with inspiring comments urging them to cooperate innovate and join forces to build better communities for now and the future I would really recommend Mr Zacharilla as a speaker for your event and I know a lot of people that were in our audience would as well You will not be disappointed I am 100 sure of that Susan Janssen Events Manager Brainport Development Netherlands Lou Zacharilla has always been a great resource and advisor to our community He has spoken at several venues and he always stretches us to think and act beyond what we think we are capable of Lou is able to motivate people His presentation at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs Leadership Conference at Ohio State University was an outstanding success He introduced the audience to the concepts of the Intelligent Community and as a result many in our region are pursuing these concepts Dana McDaniel Assistant City Manager Dublin Ohio USA Addresses Best Practices in Changing Times Guest Panelist USA Federal State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services New York NY USA July 2015 Big Ideas Start Small NY State the New Renaissance Keynote Address New York State Conference of Mayors Municipal Officials Annual Meeting Saratoga Springs NY USA May 2015 The People for Smarter Cities an IBM Event Moderator IBM Leadership Edition Roundtable Webinar March 2015 Civic Engagement Among the Disrupted Communities Keynote Address Smart Cities Expo Montreal March 2015 Not Smart but Wise Intelligent Keynote Address to Chinese Association of Science Technology New York USA February 2015 The Rise of the Wisdom City Private Keynote Address to Chinese Ministry of Industry Information Technology New York USA December 2014 What Transportation Enables Creating an Intelligent City Keynote Address Association of Quebecoise de transport AQTr conference Montreal Canada November 2014 The NOW of the Intelligent Community Movement The Future of Connected Cities and Towns Keynote Address Connected Future Congress Eindhoven The Netherlands Ohio October 2014 Intelligent Communities Connect Columbus Curitiba Brazil Sister Cities Announcement Keynote Address at 18 th Annual Sister Cities Meeting of Greater Columbus Columbus State College Columbus Ohio USA October 2014 The University Is the New Factory Floor Keynote Address Virginia Technology National Capitol Region campus Arlington County Virginia USA August 2014 Smart Cities Building Regenerating Communities at the Intersection of Planning Design Technology Guest Lecturer Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master Class June 2014 The Rise of the Intelligent Community in North Africa Keynote Address at First Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa Al Akhayayn University Ifrane Morrocco June 2014 The Rural Imperative the Intelligent Community Keynote to Quitman Mississippi and Mississippi State University leadership Quitman Mississippi May 2014 The Future of Collaboration Annual New Horizons New

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    The Analysts Programs Community Accelerator Centers of Excellence Annual Summit ICF Institutes ICF Nations Rural Imperative Speakers News Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Subscribe RSS Login for Website Intelligent Community Forum ICF

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    needs at our peril Tuesday January 26 2016 Looking Forward Getting Us Closer When we look at the adoption of new technologies there often seem to be two simultaneous divergent trends The innovators and early adopters push the technology forward making significant progress every year The laggards still find many reasons not to use the technology The current state of videoconferencing provides a very strong example of this divergence While videoconferencing has been steadily increasing in the corporate world it hasn t really taken off Each year we see new predictions that this next year videoconferencing will be unavoidable The obstacles to widespread adoption of videoconferencing in the past included Cost which has decreased dramatically over the last few years Quality the need for high broadband low latency on both sides of the conversation which gets better as bandwidth has generally increased Sunk costs that make people wary of investing more money one estimate is that more than half of businesses have outdated hardware And as always human resistance or impediments to change of any kind In recent years consumers have tended to adopt new technologies faster than big corporations do But reliable data about usage of consumer video like Skype Video or Apple FaceTime is not readily available Nevertheless the technology is moving forward with some interesting results Two weeks ago Skype celebrated ten years of video calls by offering group mobile video conferencing Using through the screen camera and a holographic illusion DVETelepresence has worked to make videoconferences appear more natural to participants This picture is one of my favorites You ll notice that to enhance the illusion they even embed the office plant on both sides of the screen as if it really is to the side of the people who are remote Last week 4Dpresence a spinoff of DVETelepresence announced the availability of their holographic town hall for political candidates and issues Taking a page from India s Prime Minister who used videoconferences to appear all over that country during their last election this company is offering to host candidates who can appear as if they are live holograms and interact with audiences The company claims In live venues the patented holographic augmented reality podium is so bright the candidates appear more compelling than actually being there in person The candidates and citizens engage each other naturally as if they are together in person You can see a video on their website Personify offers what they call Video Conversation With a Hint of Teleportation The idea is to eliminate the background that an Intel RealSense 3D camera or a Primesense Carmine 3D cameravideo camera is picking up so that you and the people you re talking to all seem to share the same virtual space Another version of teleportation for videoconferencing was featured a few months ago in a Wall St Journal article titled The Future of Remote Work Feels Like Teleportation Virtual reality headsets 3 D cameras help make videoconferencing immersive As its author wrote I have experienced the future of remote work and it feels a lot like teleportation Whether I was in a conference room studded with monitors on a video chat system that leverages 3 D cameras or strapped into a virtual reality headset inhabiting the body of a robot I kept having the same feeling over and over again I was there where collaboration needed to happen The article focused especially on the use of virtual reality gear to achieve this effect There is DORA from the University of Pennsylvania in which a person uses the VR headset to see through the eyes of a mobile robot This month s MIT Technology Review also highlighted the use of Microsoft s Room Alive in an article titled Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate A Microsoft Research study uses augmented reality to project a life size person into a room with you perching them in an empty seat Eventually as the technology gets ever more interesting and intimate some fraction of the laggards may finally adopt the new technology Although as Max Planck noted about scientific progress the adoption pattern may just be generational A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it So it s interesting that 47 of US teens use video chat including Skype Oovoo Facetime and Omegle In the meantime the early adopters are getting all the economic and intellectual benefits that can only occur with the full communication that videoconferencing provides and texting emails don t These people are literally seeing the real potential of global Internet communications and will likely reap the economic gains from realizing that potential Friday January 15 2016 Looking Forward Talk to Anyone in Any Language It s been clear for some time that the Internet can connect everyone around the globe in theory This opens up tremendous potential for collaboration mutual economic growth education and a variety of other benefits We ve seen many of those benefits but we still haven t touched the surface Among other reasons the true potential of a globally connected world hasn t yet been realized is that many people still can t communicate when they communicate they don t speak the same language So it has been interesting to me to see the recent improvements in real time translation on the Internet I m not talking about the translation of text that has been around for a couple of years through for example Google Translate of websites or even the very useful app WordLens which I have used in my travels when I had to read foreign signs No the new improvements are in speech taking speech from one language and ultimately quickly converting it correctly into another language Although text translation is not easy speech introduces much greater challenges These new real time voice translation services

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