Name of the project: Smart Visegrad
Duration: 27. 9. 2018 – 31. 3. 2019 (6 months)
Funding: This project has been supported by the Visegrad Fund
Project website: https://www.itapa.sk/7338-en/smart-visegrad/
EPMA’s role: Partner
About the project
The project aims at forging smart and innovative digital solutions in the Visegrad region in order to deal with social challenges on regional and local level. The project aims to help to improve regional strategies and policies for demographic and other social and economic challenges in municipalities and regional authorities mostly by incorporating the concept of “smart regions and smart cities” into strategies. The smart solution concept also includes the creation of an environment favourable to citizen participation, community cooperation, innovations as well as education and human, social and regional development in a broader sense. Therefore, by incorporating smart solutions into regional strategies and policies, the project can greatly increase the ability of local authorities to deal with all types of societal challenges such as migration, population ageing, or even other challenges such as environmental issues, economic restructuring and so on.
Strategic outcomes of the project:
Enhancement of the Visegrad group countries in the digital realm;
Boosting the V4 countries’ place among EU leaders;
Supporting and intensifying cooperation in the V4 region.
The project follows up cooperation with our partners from last year. The scope of activities that are carried out within the framework of the project cover the following events:
In Slovakia the V4 ITAPA International Congress 2018 is organized on November 13th-14th titled HackIng the FuTure. This is a leading annual strategic event dealing with digitalization of the society in the V4 region. This year ITAPA has become an official event of the Slovak Presidency 2018/2019 of the Visegrad Group. The congress will create a constructive platform within which the Visegrad countries can exchange best practices and share their national digital policy approaches. Along with the ITAPA Congress, the project is organizing:
- V4 Cyber Security Workshop focused on the exchange of experience and cooperation of public and private sector.
- V4 Smart Cities Workshop for municipalities, city representatives and innovation experts from all V4 countries focused on the implementation of the smart city concepts and principles in practice.
- The ITAPA V4 Project Award for projects contributing to the development of the smart solutions in the V4 region. Winners will be awarded in a special award ceremony on November 13th 2018.
In Hungary, a 3 day conference Infoter in Balatonfured is organized. The three-day event taking place from October 9th till October 11th in Balatonfured is one of the biggest digital innovation related conferences in Hungary with more than 2000 participants (decision makers, government, municipality representatives, SMEs, NGOs, etc.) The program focuses on several strands of digital innovation, especially on the social aspects of ICT. The event is also dedicated to trends on the European and global level with the aim to inspire participants and speakers from the V4 region.
In Poland, the project is organizing a V4 Smart Cities Conference titled: Intelligent solutions for the intelligent metropolis. It brings together municipalities, experts, entrepreneurs and media from the V4 region, taking place on October 16th, 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
In the Czech Republic, a one-day workshop titled Smart cities and regions: A systems approach for better lives, is organized in Prague on December 19th. Bringing together public administrations, innovation experts, and representatives of private and third sectors to discuss implementation of smart city concepts and principles effectively in practice through a systems approach. After introductory key note speaches, participants will work in various streams, each focusing on a specific system e.g. transportation system, health and social care system, education system etc. While each of these systems can be considered independently, their interoperability thanks to technology is essential for the creation of a smart and welcoming environment. Participants will thus then work together discussing how technology infrastructure lays the basis for interoperability across systems towards better lives in a smart region/city.
With all of above mentioned events and workshops we are creating a platform with a goal to directly facilitate exchange on regional strategies and policies and thus achieve the changes of the current regional problems and change them into part of solutions. All together will build upon one another and aim to encourage adoption of smart solutions into regional strategies and policies, build partnerships and foster cooperation of the subjects from the V4 region.