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Intelligent Waterloo

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The City of Waterloo was named the world's Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF).

This great honour acknowledges the community that best exemplifies the development of a prosperous economy based on broadband and information technology.

Waterloo's success illustrates the power of getting critical things right and then working together over the long haul to nurture and manage the resulting success. It was possible thanks to the work of many partners.

Awards ceremony

We received the Intelligent Community of the Year honour at an award ceremony at the 2007 ICF conference in New York.

ICF recognized us there for our commitment to fostering institutions that drive technology innovation and share its benefits through a culture of learning and technology growth within the community.

Our strategy

For more than three decades, we have followed a strategy of supporting and encouraging innovation.

The strategy is a direct result of the University of Waterloo's policy on the ownership of intellectual property (IP). This revolutionary policy gave students and faculty ownership rights of IP developed at the university and resulted in a wave of entrepreneurship that propelled technology and innovation culture into the community. This rapidly encouraged leading-edge intellectual and educational ideas at a grassroots level.

Today, Waterloo's intelligent community strategy aims to ensure that technological achievements are developed locally and celebrated internationally. These initiatives can be used to link social and economic entrepreneurship across communities and to share our skills, services, applications and other broadband achievements within the region, across Canada and around the world.