Smart Village Scotland

Our Smart Village platform is a complete digital enablement program for Scotland's rural communities.
A Digital Scotland Action Project

Action Projects are community-driven initiatives to help realize an overall goal of Scotland becoming a world leading digital nation.


Smart Village Platform

Unlocking the £2.5 billion digital potential of Scotland’s rural communities

Scotland’s rural communities face a devastating future.

As the Scotsman reported in 2018 Scotland’s rural communities face losing up to a third of their working age population by 2046, losing more than a quarter of their population within the next thirty years, with Western Isles, Argyll and the Southern Uplands among the worst affected.

Our Smart Village platform is intended as a solution to address and reverse this trend.

It offers a complete digital enablement program for Scotland’s rural communities, developed around the best practices identified by Scotland’s Rural College that would unlock £2.5 BILLION in new economic growth as a consequence of adopting rural digital innovations.

They recommend:

1. Digital portals

“1. Set up a single portal for information and local directories giving guidance and support that fulfills the digital needs of rural businesses.”

Digital Scotland has developed and deployed a massively scalable Cloud platform, for providing each and every town with their own digital portal.

Check out our first pilot showcase sites: VisitLanark.com and SmartStrathyre.scot.

These can be easily and quickly set up and tailored to the unique needs of each town.

For Lanark the primary goal is a tourism portal for showcasing the town to a global audience of potential tourist visitors, and for Strathyre a community that helps residents better access local digital services, such as flood alerts.

Business Plan and Strategy for Rural and Tourism Development in a Digital Scotland.

The Rural College goes on to make a number of other key recommendations:

  • Establish ‘Digital Enterprise Hubs’.
  • Training and Skills Development.
  • Accelerated business broadband adoption.
  • Stronger rural policies and strategies.

Our goal is to develop a complete program to meet all of these needs, building on our first Digital Portal foundation. Having self-funded that first step we are seeking financial support to scale to this second stage of rollout.

Download the full business plan. We are seeking £55k to fund the project for two years.

Local Chapter Partners

The first projects are intended to develop a ‘template’ so that the model can be repeated for communities across Scotland, achieved through local chapter partners who will lead the effort for their town, to develop it’s self-resilience through building capacity for the On Demand Economy.

The Smart Village initiative was inspired through Kenny Higgins who has spent around two years researching and a further two years stimulating development ideas to enhance the village of Strathyre and its tourism appeal, which is so vital to the local economy of the village.

The entire process provided the essential components of a strategy that can be replicated in so many rural communities all over Scotland.

Contact us if you would like to lead a local Smart Village chapter.

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Support this project through our crowdfunding page, or contact us to discuss a direct Sponsorship.

Sponsorship options offer vendors an ideal press positioning campaign, demonstrating support for grass roots Scottish innovation as well as showcasing your brand across this site.

Business Sponsor : Donations of £500+

  • Sponsorship logo across DigitalScot.net site

Keynote Sponsor : Donations of £1,000+

  • + Press Release Announcement

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