Alpine space rural communities are deprived of highly needed jobs, good provision of services as well as a favorable climate for enterprenuership and social innovation, which result in a brain drain. Digitalization is a promising approach to counter the situation. However, the digital divide between rural and urban areas has even increased in the last years. A Smart Village (SV) approach for mountain areas could unlock the potential of local actors to make their region a more attractive place to live and work.
The project aims to apply a SV approach and bring together - in so-called Regional Stakeholder Groups (policy makers, business, academia and civil society) to improve the framework for innovation through new forms of stakeholder involvement facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
The project contributes to better framework conditions for innovation on two aspects – the organizational and societal part (working with Regional Stakeholder Groups) and the technical part (Digital Exchange Platform and Toolbox with new digital products) and combining the strengths of both sides.
Finally, the transfer of the results to the policy level contributes to improve the political framework conditions for digital innovation.
To Initiate understanding and mutual learning on the SV Ecosystem
The Analysis is performed on stakeholders’ identification, innovation resources, obstacles, opportunities and business models linked to the Alpine smart village approach. Synergies and inspiration will be sought to other programs such as the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities.
To Facilitate innovation through the development of tools and transnational exchange
DEP and Toolbox are developed in parallel. Whereas the DEP brings together different stakeholders to a transnational knowledge sharing, the Toolbox is tried out in the Test Areas on a local or regional level. Results are synthesized transnationally to a common Toolbox that can be transferred to other regions.
To Raise awareness for a SV Policy
Recommendations are elaborated and actions undertaken to facilitate the transfer of the projects results to the policy level. All results are accessible for all interested stakeholders on the project website.