EIPO is a valued partner of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). Every year, ICF names the Most Intelligent Community of the Year, during their annual summit. Eindhoven was awarded this title in 2011. This year, the summit took place in New York City.
EIPO attended this year’s summit for more than one reason. First of all, EIPO introduced Binh Duong into the ICF global network as the first region ever from Vietnam to join the ICF and the award cycle. Binh Duong aims at reaching the Smart 21 in 2018 or 2019. The summit provides a lot of opportunities for sharing knowledge, tapping into the experiences of others and finding new partners to work on Smart City development. Dr. Viet Long Nguyen (Becamex IDC) and mr. Joost Helms (EIPO) were invited to deliver the Revolutionary Community Keynote.
This year, EIPO also introduced the Brightlands region / province of Limburg from The Netherlands into the ICF network. This region has a strong focus on innovation around four campuses embracing the following areas of expertise:
- Smart materials and sustainable manufacturing (Brightlands Chemelot Campus, location Sittard-Geleen),
- Regenerative medicine, precision medicine & innovative diagnostics (Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, location Maastricht),
- Data science and smart services (Brightlands Smart Services Campus, location Heerlen),
- Food and nutrition (Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, location Venlo).
Brightlands and EIPO are now defining follow-up steps and investigating the possibilities and opportunities for Brightlands to join the ICF award program.