Knowle West, Bristol, has been named as one of the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) Smart21 Communities of 2017. This select group of communities from around the world emerged from a group of nearly 400 – and are in contention to be named 2017’s Intelligent Community of the Year.
“The Smart21 list always has a few surprises,” said ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. “This one definitely does.” He noted that the list rarely includes the biggest cities with global reputations: ‘it is a group of cities, counties and rural communities that decided to apply digital tools to building local economies and societies to prosper in an age of digital disruption.’
Knowle West is the only community in the UK to make the shortlist and is named alongside seven communities from Canada, five from Taiwan, four from Australia, and one each from Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.
“We find that it is the ones who collaborate with national or state governments, fly under the radar, and are ‘No Name’ communities to most of the world that are most innovative and aggressive,” said ICF co-founder John Jung. “They are not afraid of new ideas and use strategies proven by Intelligent Communities around the world. They are places that the rest of the world can learn from and offer hope to people who are fighting hard to launch a new future, and create early stage investment opportunities to the outside world.”
KWMC is delighted that Knowle West has been recognised as a place of innovation, creativity and action: where passionate people make, challenge and explore new technologies in order to shape and improve their lives and communities. You can find out more about some of the work we’re currently doing here.
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global movement of nearly 150 cities, metro regions and counties with a think tank at its heart. ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world’s Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help cities and regions build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program.