Espoo, Finland Is Honored as 2018 Intelligent Community
For the first time since 2009, the Intelligent Community Forum honored a Scandinavian city with its top award when it named Espoo, Finland as its 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year. Espoo was honored in its first year as a competitor in the program.
“It is very unusual for a community to be named Intelligent Community of the Year the first time they enter our program,” said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla. “ICF is about process improvement over time. But Espoo’s holistic philosophy of humanizing every aspect of its technology and teaching innovation as a way of life was extremely impressive. Espoo’s citizen engagement rates are extremely high, which democracies need, and its economic output speaks for itself. The city is a hidden gem in Finland. Now they have been ‘found out!’”
Espoo was selected as the 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year after a year-long evaluation that included a quantitative analysis of extensive data, site inspections by the Intelligent Community Forum and votes from an international jury made up of experts from around the world. Communities in the Awards program are evaluated based on six Intelligent Community Indicators that make up the ICF Method and in the context of ICF’s annual theme, Humanizing Data.
Espoo succeeds Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as the think-tank’s Intelligent Community of the Year. During the Summit, Melbourne Councilor Jackie Watts addressed the crowd on Melbourne’s year as the reigning Intelligent Community and was on hand to present the award to Espoo.
Espoo is the first Scandinavian city named as Intelligent Community of the Year since Stockholm in 2009, and the first European Intelligent Community of the Year since Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2011.
During the Summit in London, which began on June 4 and concluded with tonight’s Awards Dinner, there were business matchmaking, networking, master classes and onstage conversations with each of the seven finalists for the award.
The ICF Global Summit was produced in collaboration with UK-based NextGen Events. It was sponsored by Siemens – which hosted two days of the Summit in its space, The Crystal – as well as Becamex, the dinner sponsor, Arup, the Top7 Reception Sponsor, ICF Taiwan and other organizations.