The project creates opportunities for a smart transition of municipalities and regions in mountainous areas through new forms of stakeholder involvement facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Alpine space rural communities are deprived of highly needed jobs, good provision of services as well as a favourable climate for enterpreneurship and social innovation, which result in a brain drain. Digitalization is a promising approach to counter the situation. 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 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.

The project contributes to better framework conditions for innovation on two aspects – the organisational/societal part (working with Regional Stakeholder Groups) and the technical part (development of 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.


Name: Smart digital transformation of villages in the Alpine Space (SmartVillages)

Program: EU, Interreg Alipine Space

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

Duration: 17.04.2018 – 16.04.2021

Project cost: 2.689.072,80

Project code: ASP623


  • University of Maribor, SLOVENIA
  • University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
  • 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
  • Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für die Berggebiete SAB, SWITZERLAND
  • Region Luzern West, SWITZERLAND