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Walsh University and Northeast Ohio Become First to Host Smart21 Announcement Oct. 21

What's New, 2013-10-07

Smart21 Announcement Highlights the 2013 Intelligent Community Forum Institute's Global Symposium at Walsh University

Symposium speakers to address key issues including education, Ohio's leading edge broadband network and how intelligent Communities create thousands of jobs

For the first time, Walsh University and northeast Ohio will play host when the 2014 International Smart21 Intelligent Communities are announced on October 21, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. in the Barrette Business and Community Center on the Walsh University campus.

Chosen from submissions from around the world by a panel of seven judges from the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum, the Smart21 have all embraced broadband technology to deliver economic opportunities that lead to new jobs, investment and social development. The announcement will be made by Intelligent Community Forum co-founder and Walsh alum Louis Zacharilla and will be streamed live on the Internet at www.walsh.edu/institute-videos as well as www.intelligentcommunity.org

The Smart21 announcement will kick off an annual two-day symposium presented by Walsh University's ICF Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community. The Institute is attracting international experts in the fields of education, technology, and business to discuss successful strategies for building prosperous and sustainable communities for the 21st Century.

The Intelligent Community Forum shares best practices of communities from around the world with other cities striving to improve their standards. An international panel of judges uses a rigorous selection process to determine the Smart21. Based on multiple criteria, communities must outline their challenges, opportunities and results. A quantitative analysis of the information produces an aggregate score for each community. Judges then narrow the Smart21 to the Top7 communities from which the Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced next June. Last year Columbus, Ohio was the only Top7 community from the U.S.

On the evening of Oct. 21,Deputy Secretary General Ching-Chih Liao of Taichung City, Taiwan, winner of the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year Award, will discuss Taichung's success story.

Highlights of the public symposium on Oct. 22 include presentations and workshops given by Trung Le of Cannon Design's Education Group, Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind Inc., and Lev Gonick, futurist and OneCommunity CEO.

The Oct. 21 event is open to invitees and media only.

The public is invited to attend the Oct. 22 symposium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $40. Please pre-registration at http://icfsymposium.eventbrite.com or call 330-490-7442. Space is limited and registration must be completed by Oct. 15.

"Connecting by Design: Leveraging Technology to Close the Gaps" - Symposium Schedule

October 22, 2013 – 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Challenge: Connecting Learners in a Knowledge Economy

Trung Le of Cannon Design's Education Group will unveil the blueprint for an inspiring and comprehensive exploration of the role of design thinking in the future of teaching and learning.Corinne Hill, director of the Chattanooga Public Library, will examine the evolving role of public libraries as a key resource for business entrepreneurs and describe the innovations she launched, including connecting library patrons to the city's 1 Gig economy.Patrick Murphy, program director of the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, will describe how solar energy and Wi-Fi are being used to connect learners in Northern Uganda.

October 22, 2013 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

The Promise: Connecting to our Future

Suneet Sing Tuli, CEO of DataWind and recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the World's Impact 15 in the field of education, will discuss his firm's Aakash 2, a low cost computer tablet with the potential to revolutionize education in developing nations.

October 22, 2013 – 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The Practice: Connecting or Collapsing

Lev Gonick, futurist and Ohio's OneCommunity CEO, will moderate an interactive discussion with:

Ken Hays, former Mayoral Chief of Staff, Chattanooga, Tennessee, who played a lead role in the design and development of Chattanooga's $120 million Waterfront Plan and the efforts to leverage their 1 Gig Network for economic development.Dana McDaniel, Deputy City Manager, of Dublin, Ohio who helped attract and retain 12,800 jobs in a city of 41,000. The community used innovative economic development projects, including the deployment of Dublin's fiber-optic network, Dublink.Ching-Chih Liao, Deputy Secretary General for Taichung City, Taiwan who helped this 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year post a 4.4% unemployment rate and played an integral role in the partnering of city and telecom companies to connect more than 90% of the Taichung City's population.

About the Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a nonprofit think tank focused on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy which impacts local communities around the world. The ICF has become an international movement that has attracted the attention of global political and technology leaders, community activists, thinkers, media observers and academic institutions that study the Intelligent Community Forum and its communities. In 2012, the Intelligent Community Forum was invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo. The ICF Foundation consists of 119 cities and regions that have been designated as Intelligent Communities and which participate in an ongoing global dialogue to strengthen local economies. For more information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org

About the Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community

The Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community provides resources for local and regional communities interested in the Intelligent Community movement to connect to over 100 international partner communities. The Institute provides a venue for thought leaders from around the world to share ideas and solutions, and to explore new models for the preparation of educators for the knowledge economy. The Institute is part of Walsh University, an independent, coeducational Catholic liberal arts and sciences institution that promotes academic excellence and diversity and provides close faculty-student interaction. It is dedicated to teaching its more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 31 countries to become leaders in service to others through a values-based education with an international perspective in the Judeo-Christian tradition.