We are a village 35 km away from our capital Prague with 2500 permanent inhabitants (and some 500 residents who have houses in the village, but are not officially registered here). Our municipality consists of three formerly independent villages: Mukařov-Buda – an ancient settlement with our church, school, medical centre and shops laying at the crossroads of traditional trading routes, Srbín – a former agricultural village with extensive recent construction of new family houses, and Žernovka – a village known for its stonemasonry tradition.
Mukařov is getting smarter
For the Mukařov village, ‘smarter’ means better and more efficient communication with and among its residents. There are already plenty of actions, planned or under way, to ensure just that – and they are targeted at specific groups too, youngsters and the elderly.
Rewarding recycling and proper garbage disposal
Mukařov has implemented an incentive programme for the management of community waste since September 2019. All waste bins – now labelled with unique QR codes – enable every household to monitor its waste generation, and in case of a good recycling level and reduced production, benefit from bonus points.
Mukařov seniors becoming digitally savvy
Besides regular consultations on gardening, the village has recently organised a workshop focused on using smartphones and tablets for seniors. For more of the activities organised by the Mukařov cultural centre, look on their website and Facebook page.
Mukařov youth gets ‘4Teens’
Following two events organised in June – a sports and social afternoon and a movie night, Mukařov is setting up a formal Teens Club which is already implementing indoor activities, such as board games (8 October).
Village library digital upgrades
The Mukařov library has recently undergone a significant IT expansion: it obtained a its own screen and projector and is preparing to expand its collection to e-books. Additionally, it offers an online catalogue in which village residents can search and reserve books or prolong their leases.
Mukařov engages with residents online
Mukařov is actively communicating with residents online: via the official municipal website, anyone can signpost an issue or error via specifically designated forms available on the homepage or subscribe for e-news, available via newsletters and sms. An online payment portal is currently in the works.
Smart Rural Communities Cafés are organised for selected and Come Along! Smart Rural 21 villages. Each café is hosted by the representative(s) of a local community who talk about the community’s approach to ‘smart villages’, community engagement, inspiring initiatives and much more… During the Smart Cafés village representatives can discuss informally ideas, approaches and questions ... Read more
Smart Village Academy
Two Smart Rural Academy online events were organised within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project, with the participation of over 100 village representatives (from the 21 participant and Come Along! villages), Smart Rural 21 core team members and national experts. The main purpose of the meetings was to inspire participants through presenting and ... Read more
The Smart Rural project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.
- Dec 2019 - Smart Rural 21 project started.
- Jan 2020 - Strategy development started with five preselected villages.
- Jan – Jun 2020 - Application to become one of the additional 16 villages.
- Jun 2020 - 16 additional villages selected & started strategy developement.
- 27 Oct 2020 - 1st Smart Village Academy
- Dec 2020 - All selected villages complete their smart strategies
- Feb 2021 - Smart action planning starts in all 21 villages
- 23-24 Feb 2021 - 2nd Smart Village Academy
- Jul 2021 - Selection of 2 villages to complete strategic actions in full
- Sept 2021 - 2nd Regional Workshop
- Jun 2021 - 1st Regional Workshop (Northern Region)
- Dec 2021 - Strategic action support completed in 21 villages
- Apr 2022 - Final Conference
- Jun 2022 - Smart Rural 21 project ends