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The big day for Oulu looms on Friday

The big day for Oulu looms on Friday

Innovation and job creation the theme of the Intelligent Community Forum annual Global Summit June 5-7 in New York. NYU/Polytechnic hosts gathering of world’s top seven Intelligent Communities. The City of Oulu, Capital of The Northern Scandinavia is among the great seven finalists.

Here is a link to the news release

(New York City, June 4, 2013) - The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) will hold its annual Summit this week in New York City. The invitation-only three-day event is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers and economic development officers from cities, states and regions around the world that are designated Intelligent Communities by the ICF. The theme this year is “Innovation and Jobs”.

Produced in partnership with the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the event brings the world's most dynamic communities together to discuss how to use information and communications technology innovation to create jobs and sustainable communities.

On June 7 at the Steiner Film Studios, the ICF will announce the name of the world’s 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year. Video of the announcement will be available on the ICF Web site later on the afternoon of June 7.

Speakers at the Summit include:Speakers at the Summit include:

Mike Lazaridis, Founder of Blackberry, and Managing Partner of Quantum Valley Investments will speak at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 7 and accept the 2013 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award.

Uzo Udemba, Founder and CEO of The Udemba Group will speak at the June 5 Alumni Dinner. The Udemba Group is a Nigerian Holding Company working in engineering, technology, media & entertainment as well as developing an Intelligent City in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, the only U.S. city in the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013, will be participating in a “conversation” with ICF co-founder Robert A. Bell on June 6th regarding his city’s economic success.

Other VIPs include:

Dana McDaniel, Deputy City Manager of Dublin, Ohio, USA, will receive ICF’s third-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Luncheon on June 7 at Steiner Film Studios.

Andrew Buss, Director of Innovation Management, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, will speak at the ICF Master Class discussion of ICF strategies on June 5.

Representatives from each of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 will be available.

Key Events:

The Master Class - June 5, 9:00am-5:00pm, at the offices of Hunton & Williams, in the MetLife Building, between 44th and 45th Streets on Park Avenue, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.

The Intelligent Communities Reception and Alumni Dinner - June 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm, at The Harmonie Club, 6 East 60th Street off of Central Park East.

The Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2013 Reception – June 6, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, 1 East 42nd Street. Hosted by Taiwan’s Ambassador Andrew Kao.

The Intelligent Community of the Year Luncheon – June 7, 12:30pm-2:30pm, at Steiner Studios Stage Six, Brooklyn Navy Yard Redevelopment, Brooklyn.

About Intelligent Community Forum

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help communities build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, ICF conducts research, hosts events and produces its high-profile international awards program. ICF has published three books, the most current “Seizing Our Destiny” in October 2012. During the past decade, ICF has become an international movement that attracts the attention of global leaders, thinkers, and media observers. The ICF Foundation consists of 119 cities and regions that have been designated as Intelligent Communities by ICF and which participate in an ongoing global dialogue to strengthen local economies. For more information, go to

Intelligent Community Forum Contacts

Louis Zacharilla
Co-Founder Intelligent Community Forum
Phone: 001-917-715-0711

Paul Brent
Senior Communications Specialist
market2world communications inc.
Phone: 001-613-258-3934

Oulu delegation Contacts

Outi Rouru +358 44 7031637, varalla +358 40 5881642
Senior advisor the City of Oulu

Pauliina Pikkujämsä +358 40 7434362
Head of Marketing & Communications BusinessOulu

Juha Ala-Mursula +358 40 5597020
Director BusinessOulu

Mikko Salmi +358 50 5011597
Local politican the City of Oulu

Anne-Mari Takkula +358 44 7034838, varalla +358 44 9581095
Local politican the City of Oulu

Ville Heikkinen +358 40 7507517
Venture Finance and M&A Specialist BusinessOulu

Matti Pennanen +358 44 7031110
Mayor the City of Oulu

Suvi Linden +358 50 5113179
Local politican the City of Oulu,
Visionary of the Year 2011 Intelligent Community

Timo Ojala /Oulu University +358405676646

Petri Sirviö / Cultural artist +358405874023

Jussi Haukkamaa/OAMK +358 50 5700900

The City of Oulu

Despite the difficulties, it really is possible to win. Oulu is the leading information and communications technology cluster in Northern Europe and in certain ICT fields, it is one of the most interesting clusters in the whole world. Oulu’s aim is to be the leading and most agile ecosystem in Europe, and it will cover the whole value chain from the design of components and devices, to producing end products and services. The northern dimension means that Oulu is natural gateway to the north, offering huge investment opportunities.

Oulu is the sixth largest City in Finland, the growing city of Northern Finland, and the largest urban centre in Northern Scandinavia. In 2013, the first merger of five municipalities in Finland will occur in the Oulu region, after which the new City of Oulu will have over 188,000 inhabitants. Metropolitan Oulu has near 250,000 inhabitants.