24.10.2019

Tallinn aspiring to be among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world

The Intelligent Community Forum shortlisted Tallinn as one of the Smart21 communities that are in the running for February 2020 selection of a top seven that will continue competing for the title of the Intelligent Community of the Year.

Headquartered in New York, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a non-profit organisation that has been organising contests to find the most intelligent communities of the world since 1999. It was in 2007 when Tallinn achieved, for the first time, this important recognition for its ITC development in a competition with other communities of the world, being selected by the IFC from more than 300 candidates as one of the global Top 7 Intelligent Communities. Tallinn was also named among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013, that is, in all the years when it competed for the award.

According to Toomas Sepp, Head of Tallinn City Office, the Estonian capital decided to return to the competition after taking a break for a few years because we have things to be proud of and to be shared with others. “Tallinn is an active participant in the annual work of the Forum. It provides us with plenty of exciting knowledge, while enabling us to share our experiences. Tallinn has been a highly successful participant in this movement and has been notable for being named in the Top 7 Intelligent Communities for several years in a row, even though so far we have not been awarded the top spot,” Sepp said. “However, IT is a rapidly developing field with increasing global competition that poses a challenge for all nations and communities. There are several organisations in Europe that offer competitive awards for IT solutions, innovative ideas and smart city initiatives. The added value provided by the ICF is the opportunity to keep up with global trends and solutions. Indeed, in addition to European communities, many larger and smaller communities from North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa have been represented among the participants and award winners.”

Competing for the award is an eight-month process where the first stage – reaching the top 21 – has been successfully completed, while a more detailed presentation will be required from Tallinn in the upcoming second round.

In February next year, the Smart21 Intelligent Communities will be whittled down to seven communities in Taoyuan, Taiwan, the winner of the Intelligent Community of the Year 2019. In June 2020, the IFC Global Summit will return to the United States where the winner of the 2020 award will be announced.

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a global movement of 185 cities and regions. The ICF collects best practices and shares this knowledge with its members to support them in maintaining and developing their communities.

In 2010, the Tallinn City Council endorsed accession of Tallinn to the Intelligent Community Association (ICA). Membership of the ICA is only open to communities that have been named by the Intelligent Community Forum among the Smart21.

More information: https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/icf_names_the_smart21_communities_of_2020

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