From left:
Kris Carver, John Jung (ICF), Steve Huff, Will Shrapnel (HeliMods), Sandra Arico (HeliMods), Russell Gibbons, Anne Lawrence (SCC), Myles McNamara (EyeOnIT), Kim McCosker (4Ingredients), Paul Skillen (SCC), Gabrielle Troon (SCC), Tim Marchington, Mayor Mark Jamieson
Intelligent Communities Forum
  • Last updated:
  • 14 Feb 2020

The Sunshine Coast continues to strengthen its reputation on the world stage with the announcement the region is a global Top7 Intelligent Community for the second successive year.

The New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the finalists in the annual Top7 Awards on 10 February 2020 in Taiwan.

As a Top7 community, the Sunshine Coast is now in the running again for the prestigious Intelligent Community of the Year award, to be announced in June.

This acknowledgement follows the Sunshine Coast being named a global Smart21 community for 2020, the sixth time the region has achieved this recognition.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said being one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the world for the second time reinforces the impact and value to our community of the region’s economic, environment and community strategies and their emphasis on sustainability in all of its forms.

“The Top7 award demonstrates we are continuing to deliver world-class initiatives together with the community across the six indicators of broadband, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital innovation, engagement and sustainability,” Mayor Jamieson said.


Sunshine Coast - Intelligent Community
June 2019


 The Top7 finalists for 2020 (in alphabetical order):

  • Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Markham, Ontario, Canada
  • Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Westerville, Ohio, USA

Sunshine Coast - Intelligent Community awards

  • 2020 – Top7 and Smart21
  • 2019 – Top7 and Smart21
  • 2018 – Smart21
  • 2017 – Smart21
  • 2015 – Smart21
  • 2014 – Smart21


From Smart City to Intelligent Community ICF Sunshine Coast
April 2019


Each year, the ICF presents this awards program for Intelligent Communities and the public-sector and private-sector partners who contribute to them. It provides communities with a platform for attracting international attention, stimulating inward investment and building public support for progress.

Gaining a place among the year's 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.

The Top7 communities represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century. Each exemplifies best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy that offer lessons to regions, cities, towns and villages around the world.

The Intelligent Community of the Year is named on the closing day of the Global Summit in June of each year.