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:
  • 17 Jul 2019

The Sunshine Coast made history in June 2019, putting the spotlight on our innovative, healthy, smart and creative region on the world stage in New York.

Mayor Mark Jamieson joined international representatives as one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2019, as rated by the global Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Achieving this award from a pool of hundreds of submissions, the Sunshine Coast was the only Australian city – and the only location in the southern hemisphere – named in this year’s Top7 and shared the global spotlight with communities from Canada, Taiwan and the United States of America, including Chicago. 

The announcement acknowledges those communities which exemplify best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion, sustainability and advocacy.

While Taoyuan, Taiwan took out the top position in 2019, Mayor Jamieson said it was an amazing accolade for the Sunshine Coast to be recognised as one of the world’s Top7 Intelligent Communities.

He said the Top7 was a significant achievement for the entire community and represented not only council’s investment in region shaping projects such as the international broadband submarine network and a 15mw solar farm, but also many other initiatives.

The Top7 announcement followed the Sunshine Coast’s inclusion as a Smart21 Intelligent Community of 2019 which included cities and counties from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Kenya, Russia, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam.

The Smart21 represent the best models of economic, social and cultural development in the digital age.


ICF connects delegates with community leaders from around the world interested in learning about smart infrastructure solutions and investment and business expansion needs. Representatives from ICF’s Smart21 and Top7 Intelligent Communities attended the Global Summit in New York from 11-13 June 2019, together with other aspiring communities, universities, research organisations and businesses. Matchmaking Day offered an opportunity for serious exploration of opportunities to:

  • Develop technology projects meeting the needs of advanced cities and counties in multiple nations.
  • Identify attract locations for expansion, from a single development or sales office to a full branch operation.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with companies and educational and research institutions offering unique expertise as well as market access.

Sunshine Coast representatives who attended the ICF 2019 Global Summit included: