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The objective of SMARTY is the creation, development and stabilization of a network of like-minded youth organizations from across Europe, active at grassroots level and able to engage, connect and empower young people to build a society in where all young people, especially those in rural areas, are environmentally active, educated and able to make a difference, contributing to the European Youth Goal 10: Green Europe sustainability, through the concrete development of smart village projects.
The path to the summit.
Local Living Labs
The labs took place between March/June 2022
Living Labs are youth-centered exchange occasions to be held at local level and facilitated by the partners. These are open innovation ecosystems based on a co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities and rural/remote settings. The Living Labs set the youth at the center of their communities’ transition towards Smart villages, decentralized green services, sustainable energy solutions, zero-emission digital societies.
The event took place in summer 2022
The Virtual hackathon brought multi-nationality teams of young people from across Europe together, in a virtual environment, uniting them under a single purpose: infusing creative energy to solve rural policy challenges, following the “Green and sustainable Europe” pole star towards the realization of Smart Villages. It represents a promising methodology for enabling young people to take part in policymaking processes from an unusual, innovative, and highly creative perspective, also in line with “Europe fit for the digital age”.
Dates for the workshops
Greece: 25/09 – 30/09
Poland: 24/10 – 29/10
Austria: 28/11 – 3/12
The Prototyping Workshops encouraged active citizenship among young people in the form of policy creation/local programming, by equipping them with hands-on/prototyping techniques which are best suited to match young people’s needs and attitudes, put ideas into practice, developing models and prototypes, with great impact in terms of self-esteem and a more optimistic approach to the future and one’s role in it. Sensitize policy makers about the sustainability potential of a truly co-creative,
bottom up approach to policy design.