Intelligent Community Forum 2020 Smart21 Global Cities Announcement Event and Conference

  "Building Prosperity at Home in the Information Age"

Each year, the Intelligent Community Forum names the world’s most Intelligent Community.

This process starts with the announcement of the Smart21 Communities of the Year, semi-finalists for the award. The 2020 Smart21 Announcement will take place in Rochester, New York this October as part of a day-long conference on the digital revolution in cities and towns. 

  The event will bring together the founders of the ICF, representatives from Rochester area companies and organizations along with Intelligent Communities from around the USA and the world. Any city leader, stakeholder or business interested in smart and Intelligent cities is invited to attend this educational and fantastic networking event.

The City of Rochester is the host for the Intelligent Community Forum’s 2019 Smart21 Communities of 2020 announcement. The conference and announcement event will take place on Tuesday, October 22 in Rochester, NY, USA. It is a wonderful time of year to be in our famous “Finger Lakes” region! 

Events calendar

Planned events around the conference are as follows: 

Mon. Oct. 21 6 - 8:30 p.m. Reception event at the Magic Center at The Rochester Institute of Technology
Tues. Oct. 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Conference event at the Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa
Tues. Oct. 22 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner and announcement of ICF Smart21 for 2020 (location being finalized)
Wed. Oct 23 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Hosted bus tour of City of Rochester

Conference topics

The conference event, in collaboration with the Intelligent Community Forum, will welcome participants from cities around the world. We are currently in the process of finalizing the program and associated speakers. The themes are:

  • Topic 1 - Economic Development & Tech Transfer: From Idea to Business
  • Topic 2 - How Cities are Driving Regional Economic Change Beyond City Limits (Overlaying Technology on the Physical World)
  • Topic 3 - Digital Equity, Inclusion and Literacy (Getting Technology "Right")
  • Topic 4 - How can a CIO help take a city from merely ‘smart’ to Intelligent? What does the Smart City of the Future Look Like?


 Please register via EventBrite

Hotel accommodations

Strathallan Rochester Hotel

  • By phone, use Group Name:  Intelligent Community Forum/Smart21
  • Online, use Group Code:  ICF

About Rochester 

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