Five Taiwan cities and counties named among 2017 Smart21 Communities

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Four cities and one county in Taiwan - Chiayi, Keelung, Tainan, Taoyuan Cities as well as Yilan County were named among the “Smart21 Communities” of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), standing out as the best performer in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Intelligent Community Forum in New York on Wednesday named its Smart21 Communities of 2017 among 140 communities worldwide as semi-finalists for the Intelligence Community of the Year Award, which the ICF will in February select from this group its Top7 as the finalists for the annual award, and in June announce the final winner in New York.

The award program salutes “the accomplishments of communities in developing inclusive prosperity on a foundation of information and communications technology,” the ICF website said, using six intelligent indicators including broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital equity, sustainability and advocacy.

The five Taiwan cities and counties this year will take on 16 contenders from Canada (7), Australia (4), Kazakhstan (1), New Zealand (1), Russia (1), the United Kingdom (1), and the United States (1).

Russia’s capital city, Moscow, is the surprise contender and newcomer this year, given it is the only community on the list with a population of over 10 million.

Once the Top7 Intelligence Communities are selected, each of them will be examined further through deeper inspection of the questionnaires and visit from an ICF co-founder, after which an international team of jurors will cast their votes and select the final winner, according to the forum’s website.