Call for Smart Rural Area & Intelligent Cities
The European Commission has currently open two calls targeting two opposing but interconnected communities: cities and villages.
100 Intelligent Cities Challenge
The Intelligent Cities Challenge will unite EU cities in seizing the opportunity for green smart sustainable growth, improving the quality of life and fostering new opportunities for citizens. 100 cities will receive world-class support – in person, online, and as a community.
Expressions of Interest has been extended to the 29 May 2020. MORE INFORMATION.
Become a smart rural area
17 villages will receive guidance and technical support through the project. 5 villages have already been selected in Ireland, Finland, France, the Czech Republic and Greece, and further 12 villages will be selected until June 2020. MORE INFORMATION. Deadline for application is 11 May 2020.
Your village is an ideal candidate if it…
✓ needs support, ideas and inspiration to become a smart village,
✓ has enthusiastic leaders who are committed to develop and implement a smart village strategy,
✓ has the relevant human capacity to mobilise for the smart village process,
✓ would benefit from specific expert guidance to progress with village development plans,
✓ ideally has some basic technical capacity, including sufficient broadband connectivity or relevant infrastructure (e.g. community spaces) – although this is not a pre-condition,
✓ ideally has some initial ideas, flagship projects or planning activities done that the smart village process can build on – although this is not a pre-condition,
✓ is open to knowledge exchange and cooperation with other villages and stakeholders.