About the project

The common challenge facing the six areas is how to sustainably deliver quality public services in remote areas due to the long distances over which services must be delivered, shortage of skilled staff to operate services in many cases, high cost per head of developing and maintaining service (relative to urban areas) and lack of access to latest solutions due to innovation restrictions.

The main objective is to increase the innovation capacity and knowledge awareness of the six regions in the project in the field of developing technology-driven public services by strengthening linkages between all stakeholders in the innovation chain and by using transnational cooperation to fill knowledge gaps.

While the use of technology in public service provision has been a trend for some years now, its use in combination with a public services co-production model and with open innovation and living labs is a new novel approach to public services development for local authorities, communities and their citizens and businesses.