Smart Villages

Smart digital transformation of villages in the Alpine Space

Alpine space rural communities are deprived of highly needed jobs, good provision of services as well as a favourable climate for entrepreneurship 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 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 smart village approach and bring together - in so called Regional Stakeholder Groups – policy makers, business, academia and civil society in a quadruple helix approach to improve the framework for innovation through new forms of stakeholder involvement facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies.

This includes the following elements, involving the Regional Stakeholder Groups on every step:

  1. In regional analyses to investigate the smart village ecosystem in test areas;
  2. A digital exchange platform is implemented for the exchange on the smart village approach;
  3. During the project, the smart village toolbox is developed in the test areas in parallel to pilot activities in order to enhance networks and services by means of digital telecommunication technologies, innovations and the better use of knowledge. The information will finally be combined into one transnational toolbox;
  4. Recommendations are formulated to facilitate the transformation of project results into policies

The “Smart Villages” project is a strategic initiative of EUSALP AG5 and follows an integrative, participatory approach implying a city - village dialogue. The direct beneficiaries are local/regional authorities and administrations, SMEs, public service providers, regional development agencies and NGOs which will receive a concrete guidance to implement the smart village approach.

Project Data

Duration: 17.04.2018 - 16.04.2021
Funding: Total eligible costs 2.685.381 EUR, ERDF grant 2.061.999 EUR

  • Univerza v Mariboru (Slovenia; organizational lead partner)
  • Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Berggebiete SAB (Switzerland; technical lead partner)
  • SmartiS City, poslovno svetovanje d.o.o. (Slovenia)
  • Poliedra - Centro di servizio e consulenza del Politecnico di Milano su pianificazione ambientale e territoriale (Italy)
  • Agenzia di Sviluppo Gal Genovese S.r.l. (Italy)
  • Energie und Umweltagentur Betriebs-GmbH Niederösterreich (Austria)
  • ADRETS - Association pour le Développement en REseau des Territoires et des Services (France)
  • Regionalverband Südlicher Oberrhein (Germany)
  • Bodensee Standort Marketing GmbH (Germany)
  • Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (Standortagentur Tirol) (Austria)
  • Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (Austria)
  • Region Luzern West (Switzerland)


Information Society Directorate Ministry of Public Administration (SLO); Ministry of education, science and sport (SLO); Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (SLO); Development centre Murska Sobota (SLO); Lombardy Region – Directorate General University, Research and Open Innovation (IT); National Union Municipalities, Communities and Mountain Organizations – UNCEM Piedmont (IT); Autonomous Province of Trento- Departement of Institutional and legislative Affairs (IT); Tyrolean regional administration (AT); Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima (IT); Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (FR); Auvergne Rhone-Alpes Region (FR); Ministry of the Interior, Digitisation and Migration Baden-Wurttemberg, Department for Digitisation (DE); German Environment Agency (DE); Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE (CH).

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This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.



Mario Pichler

Pichler Mario

International Cooperations Data Science & Software Science
Phone: +43 50 343 898