The following paper is discussing the concept of smart cities in the nexus with social innovations. The objective of these two concepts should be increased quality of life in the urban areas. Paper critically examines smart cities and focuses on their use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as tools for reaching the objective of better and sustainable cities. Case study method is utilized in order to examine how the environment for social innovations can be fostered and how ICT can be used to achieve change in citizens behavior and improve the quality of life in the city of Poprad in Slovakia.
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This contribution is the result of the project implementation: SPECTRA+ No. 26240120002 “Centre of Excellence for the Development of Settlement Infrastructure of Knowledge Economy” supported by the Research & Development Operational Programme funded by the ERDF. The key finding will be used in outputs (assessment of HBA governance system at national level, local strategy for Poprad HBA) developed under the INTERREG project Bhenefit CE 1202 “Build heritage, energy and environmental-friendly integrated tools for the sustainable management of historic urban areas” and national grant scheme Vega 2/0013/17.
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Husar, M., Ondrejicka, V. Social Innovations in Smart Cities – Case of Poprad. Mobile Netw Appl 24, 2043–2049 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11036-018-01209-z
- Smart cities
- Social innovation