Uppony is a small village of 280 inhabitants in Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen, one of the most lagging behind counties of Hungary. The beautiful natural environment of the village is in sharp contrast with its current socio-economic status. The micro-region of Ózd, where Uppony is located, is situated in north-east Hungary and is one of the most disadvantaged and poorest areas in Hungary. The region is mostly characterised by small-size villages. Population is decreasing and ageing, while the unemployment rate is high.
Our main motivation to become a ‘smart village’ is to demonstrate that even marginalised and disadvantaged communities like ours have a ‘way out’ if the right solutions are identified and implemented.
Our goal is to find innovative and inspiring solutions that can help overcoming our challenges and attract both visitors and young inhabitants to Uppony and neighbouring villages. In particular, we would like to build on our rich natural environment, archaeological sites and geological points of interest that offer a lot of potential for tourism and beyond as well as on our local entrepreneurial capacities.
A positive recent development is that young people started to move into the area and some local entrepreneurship started to emerge. We would like to exploit this momentum and to build our solutions on these assets.
We are also looking for smart ways of cooperation with other neighbouring villages to further strengthen our position within the micro-region and beyond.