WINNIPEG is on a smart-city run.
For the fourth year in a row, Manitoba's capital has been named to the Intelligent Community Forum's (ICF) list of the world's top 21 smart cities.
This year's list includes 10 cities from North America, four from Australia, three from Taiwan and one each from Kenya, Greece, Brazil and New Zealand. It also includes four other Canadian cities -- Kingston, Montreal, Parkland County, Quebec City and Toronto.
The naming of the top 21 is the first stage of ICF's annual Intelligent Community Awards cycle, which is followed by the naming of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year.
The ICF says intelligent communities are not necessarily the world's most advanced technology centres, the most wired cities or the fastest-growing economies. Rather, they are communities that successfully use broadband technology to facilitate social and economic development.
Each year, a theme is chosen that relates to this overall objective, and this year's theme asked applicants to consider the power of culture in the emergence of intelligent communities.
Winnipeg's submission showcased the city's cultural landscape in three complementary capacities: culture as art and craftwork, culture as heritage and culture as attitude. Local features and institutions highlighted included the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Exchange District, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the Composites Innovation Centre and the University of Winnipeg's Cisco Centre for Collaboration Technologies.