Living and working in rural Alpine areas can be hard, when few services are available and social innovation and entrepreneurship find many obstacles. While digitalisation can be a promising approach to improve services for remote areas, it doesn’t generate development in and of itself. SmartVillages project explores the synergies between this approach and bottom-up participation, by researching both co-creation techniques and digital tools, adapting them to best suit mountain villages and testing a toolbox for digitally facilitated co-creation in 6 pilot areas.

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