ICF Smart21 Virtual Conference

Register for the global ICF Smart21 virtual conference, co-hosted by the Township of Langley and City of Maple Ridge February 22-24, 2021.

ICF Smart21 Virtual Conference

What is ICF?

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) is a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center with a mission to help communities in the digital age find a new path to economic development and community growth – one that creates inclusive prosperity, tackles social challenges, and enriches quality of life.

The ICF looks for six critical factors in member communities that fall within economic, social, and cultural growth, including ‘connect, work, innovate, engage, include, and sustain.’


What is Smart21?

The Smart21 announcement is the first stage in ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle. ICF selects 21 finalists with the potential to become one of the Forum's Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. Gaining a place among the Smart21 is considered a badge of honour as well as the first step to greater recognition as an Intelligent Community positioned to prosper in the broadband economy.

ICF considers an Intelligent Community to be one that engages local universities and technical schools, entrepreneurs, and established businesses as partners in planning and carrying out innovative projects.

Why should I attend?

Those attending the virtual conference will have the opportunity to learn from thought-leaders, advocates, and catalysts of innovation and change from around the world. Attendees can also take advantage of net­working opportunities with technology executives, educators, researchers, foundation executives, non-profit leaders, social entre­preneurs, and officials of state, provincial, and national governments.

Find more details on the conference, including a list of featured speakers.

Why is the Township co-hosting?

ICF provides communities with a platform for attracting international attention, stimulating investment attraction, and with the intent in building public support for progress. ICF’s multifaceted conferences are designed to showcase a city or region and attract delegates regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Township has made application to ICF to be considered amongst the Smart21 to be announced at this event.


Find more information on ICF.