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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    had no access to financial services The company introduced in 2007 a service called M Pesa which allows users to load money onto their phones as they would prepaid airtime and transfer it to another phone through a simple text message It began life as a student software project and was introduced as a defensive measure to reduce subscriber churn M Pesa now processes US 320 million in money transfers for Kenyans each month and has played a major role in driving mobile penetration to more than 77 of the population By setting an example of ICT innovation it has also laid the foundation of an innovation economy in the county A 2013 county program has launched a mass roll out of laptops to public school students and made STEM education a pillar of a new Vision 2030 development plan A leading industrialize Manu Chandaria has funded creation of an innovation and incubation center at Kenyatta University which builds on the success of iHub a hacker space for the tech community established in 2010 Rising incomes in Africa are attracting investment by media companies and led DSTV of South Africa to build a US 7 million studio in Nairobi With

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    s manufacturing base and is exposing shortfalls in roads public transport telecom waste and stormwater systems Nearly 80 of today s local businesses are classified as small Only 10 are involved in export and only 25 sell products or services online Whittlesea s political leaders are determined to create a robust local economy on Intelligent Community principles Since 2001 the city has required developers to install fiber optic ready conduit into their projects and transfer ownership to the city The conduit network now passes more than 14 000 premises Installing dark fiber in the network the Council has leased or sold capacity to four carriers and motivated the National Broadband Network NBN to make the region a deployment site The city expects that 70 of premises will have access to 100 Mbps service by 2015 For broadband services available today Whittlesea has the second highest take up rate in Australia To turn that infrastructure into economic value Whittlesea has led the launch of a regional survey of ICT readiness for business The program has produced scorecards for 1 600 companies and connected them with ICT firms that can help them close technology gaps A Digital Enterprise program conducts classes for

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    and supply chains for high performance composites based on agricultural materials such as hemp and flax which reduces costs for employers like Boeing and Magellan Aerospace CIC s success has led to the creation of a national consortium Canadian Composites Manufacturing R D to conduct pre competitive R D for multiple companies CIC also has a training program that gives Winnipeg students on the job experience and supports skills development in companies The Digital Voices Project originated at Winnipeg s largest secondary school Oral storytelling is a vital part of aboriginal culture in Manitoba and the Project provides students with digital skills training and supports them in building personal familial and cultural stories across multiple media The University has established a drop in facility for inner city residents the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre where visitors benefit from free computer access as well as academic traditional language and homework help programs This supplements the free Internet access and ICT workshops available throughout the Winnipeg library system Among Winnipeg s most innovative developments for its First Nations residents is the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN the first national aboriginal TV network for which more than 80 of programming originates in Canada A

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    in North America Most of this economic activity is concentrated in the east within Edmonton s economic zone The small cities towns villages and hamlets to the west for all of their natural beauty lack employment opportunities and see a steady exodus of youth One factor in the west s isolation is lack of access to broadband which has the potential to level the economic playing field In 2012 Parkland County completed the core of a network of 18 communication towers ten in the west and eight in the east Capitalized by grants the towers have power and terrestrial connectivity and are open to operators of first responder networks mobile and wireless Internet Service Providers WISPs who need only rent space on a tower and install a radio to be in business Parkland County has rugged terrain and is heavily forested so plans call for construction of an in fill network of smaller towers to extend service to even more of the population The business model projects breakeven on operating costs within four years with the more popular towers in the east helping to subsidize the less popular ones in the west and take up by WISPs systems integrators and government agencies is strong Parkland County has adopted the Intelligent Community model of broadband based development and is now focused on growth of a knowledge based workforce innovation and digital inclusion It has partnered with Green Hectares an Alberta based nonprofit that delivers tech based education mentorship and knowledge sharing to build vibrant rural economies centered on agriculture Village halls were long the center of rural life in Parkland County and the government has launched a Rural Community Network program that equips the halls with free Wifi linked to the tower network WiFi access gives new life to the halls

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    city where 70 of employees work in services and a rural county where 50 work in industry and agriculture is a significant source of income The city s leadership under Mayor Chih Chiang Jason Hu was determined to create a whole much greater than the sum of its parts The city and telecom companies partnered to create thousands of WiFi hotspots fiber based broadband and 4G WiMAX now reaching more than 90 of the population Through imaginative applications developed by public private partnership ICT has become a driver of greater global competitiveness The backbone of Taichung s manufacturing economy is a network of 1 500 precision machinery makers and tens of thousands of SME suppliers Smaller companies now benefit from a shared cloud based ERP system that reduces their purchasing costs and time to market An RFID system at the port automates the clearing of shipping containers for exit slashing the time trucks spend idling at the gate Taichung is also helping farmers apply ICT to improve yields and profitability while expanding their international markets To power this new economy the city and its 17 colleges have created a truly lifelong learning system ranging from basic digital education and vocational

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    the mayor and a community college dean convened a High Tech Taskforce to figure out how to channel some of California s high tech growth into their community It became the Riverside Technology CEO Forum which led a multi sector effort to change the city s destiny The city built a fiber network to connect its operations as well as the University Research Park A free WiFi network now offers up to 1 Mbps service through 1 600 access points and exploding demand has led multiple commercial carriers to deploy high speed broadband across the city Riding the network is an array of award winning e government applications from dynamic traffic management to graffiti tracking and removal Riverside has also worked to leverage its universities in multiple ways College 311 a Web based hub for educational social and community services aims to double the number of Riverside youth who complete college Targeting five knowledge intensive industries Riverside and its partners have launched innovation efforts from a highly acclaimed virtual secondary school to an Innovation Center offering incubation space business acceleration and interaction with angel and venture investors These efforts have already attracted 35 high tech companies and established 20 tech start ups In 2006 Riverside started a digital inclusion program called SmartRiverside using its free WiFi network to provide technology training free computers and software to all of the city s low income families Making it happen is Project Bridge which provides recycled IT equipment to 1 500 new families each year The equipment is refurbished by reformed gang members who learn valuable skills Project Bridge is southern California s largest recycler of e waste and the project is funded by eBay sale of excess equipment From the streets to the research lab Riverside is ready for the digital age

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    of the Year Founders Awards IC Visionary 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 Click here

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    communities to the list There were one Chinese and two Australian communities on the list as well as three from Canada which has had more communities named by ICF than any other nation ICF noted that several communities on the 2010 list reported serious challenges caused by the global Great Recession but that as a whole the commitment made to broadband innovation and a knowledge based economy was serving as a hedge Most continue to invest in research and development facilities the creation and aggressive support of small business and clusters of industries that continued to produce new jobs Despite the slowdown in the financial and private sector ICF noted that the 21 reported continuous reinvestment in schools educational programs linked to knowledge work and broadband related networks and applications We certainly saw the impact of the recession in the data and reports from these communities The downturn is taking a toll with a few exceptions However these communities remain confidently on course knowing that the work they are doing is an investment in the long term and to the shaping of a community of the 21st Century said ICF Co Founder Louis Zacharilla ICF noted that while the number of repeats from previous years is surprising it may represent the fact that these communities have been putting their Intelligent Community building blocks into place for a long time and continue to make progress each year that ICF judges as substantive Becoming an intelligent community is not an overnight activity said ICF Co Founder and Chairman John G Jung It really does take an enormous amount of commitment human capital political leadership collaboration and an embrace of ideas and approaches that are new and I would say still a little scary to many communities We are all proud of these communities and wish them well in our awards program The Smart21 of 2010 The Smart21 of 2010 includes communities from 13 nations from every continent except Africa this year with a mix of different size communities in terms of population No community in this year s rankings has over 2 5 million inhabitants Arlington County Virginia USA population 210 000 Ballarat Australia population 88 000 Besancon France population 122 000 Bristol Virginia USA population 17 590 Dakota County Minnesota USA population 398 500 Danville Virginia USA population 42 000 Dublin Ohio USA population 40 000 Dundee Scotland population 142 000 Eindhoven The Netherlands population 733 000 Gold Coast City Queensland Australia population 500 000 Moncton New Brunswick Canada population 65 000 Ottawa Ontario Canada population 1 148 000 Porto Alegre Brazil population 1 416 000 Riverside California USA population 296 800 Suwon Korea population 52 000 Tallinn Estonia population 404 000 Taoyuan County Taiwan population 1 970 000 Tel Aviv Israel population 391 300 Tianjin Binhai China population 2 020 000 Trikala Greece population 51 900 Windsor Essex Ontario Canada population 393 400 The ceremony was streamed live via Internet and is available for viewing at the ICF website www

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