The project Smart Skills Development (SMARTIES) is developed with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of EU. The project focus on the concept of smart cities/villages and the understanding of this concept by the municipalities who are the ones implementing smart solutions in their environment. It is based on a premise that the understanding of the concept of smart cities/villages by municipalities is on a low level due to the fact that the problem is too wide, solutions even wider and there is also the lack of experts offering comprehensive solutions for municipalities. Especially those small municipalities that can not afford to have such experts in their employment.
Based on the above the project’s goal is to prepare a training course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and comprehensive explanation of what smart cities/villages would mean in their specific environment. Moreover they will be also able to give a training to other trainers and thus contribute to further dissemination of project results. To achieve this goal a set of intellectual outputs will be achieved during the project period. It will start with the survey of needs of municipalities and trainers. Following will be curriculum development. Next it is course materials development and an organisation of a webinar for training of trainers. Once all course materials have been finalised, they would be internationalised, i.e. translated to local languages of the consortium. All the project’s course materials will be freely available in the form of a Moodle course also after the end of the project. In order to strengthen the outcomes of the project even more, its last part will be dedicated to organising international conferences in all the partner countries of the project.
The project’s consortium consists of five partners from Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Lithuania The project has started on 1st September 2019 and will last for 25 months until 30th September 2021.