Tartu awarded Smart House Ambassadors11 Jun 2019
As part of the social innovation experiment developed by the University of Tartu, the Tartu partners launched its Smart House Ambassador program in April 2019.
The core idea of the experiment is based on the fact that a city is not only smart because of smart solutions but also through smart citizens, who are aware of the benefits and able to make use of the smart devices.
In this context, a special training program was developed to encourage pilot area residents to learn from each other. So-called ambassadors were qualified in every pilot area building to advice the residents. The ambassadors were trained to help and support their neighbours in various aspects of smart homes and smart city living.
The program consisted of five trainings, each focusing on another important smart living area such as home expenses and how to live in a smart apartment; inside climate, ventilation and environmentally friendly interior design solutions; waste, recycling and sustainability; smart home system and the rights of an apartment owner and green mobility solutions. These trainings took place every other Monday from 8 April to 29 May. All in all, nearly 40 people attended the trainings with 8 people attending at least 4 out of 5 trainings. These eight Ambassadors were awarded with a diploma and practical prizes at the pilot area summer event on 29 May 2019.
The overall feedback to the Smart House Training program was very positive with all participants regarding the trainings as “useful” or “very useful”. Many participants were also interested in follow-up trainings which indicate the importance and usefulness of such initiatives. More information (in Estonian) is available at http://tarktartu.ee/targa-linna-saadikud/