Project Family Meeting: analysis, discussions, and further planning
At the beginning of July, the third Project Family Meeting of the Digital Villages project took place at Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern. Representatives of the Ministry and of the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency, of the municipalities, and of the institute jointly analyzed the results of the second test phase and intensified their planning for the third test phase, which is scheduled to take place in the fall of this year.
Clear highlight from the May test phase: Regional everyday food items such as eggs, bread rolls, etc. were at the top of the citizens‘ order lists. However, the stores of the regional producers are often located along less frequently traveled routes so that a delivery system using voluntary drivers is not sufficient in this context. The project family agreed that the concept must be extended particularly for these goods, for instance by means of central packing stations.
The project members then discussed the design of the third test phase, which will take place in October. It is certain that the people living in the municipalities will be able to benefit not only from the already popular online market place of the local retailers, but also from other offers from a wide variety of areas; conceivable ideas in this regard include, for example, car sharing models or online medical consultations. The establishment of local Digital Villages shops is also under discussion. The bartering app “TauschBARApp” will be available to citizens from both municipalities. Here, services can be offered or requested. Will do babysitting! Willing to loan out my drill! Who can take my dog for a walk? Who can help me set up a wardrobe? The special highlight is that services will be reimbursed in DigiTaler (digital tokens) and that those who offer services can collect such DigiTaler. Details about the envisioned point system and about the design of the third test phase will follow shortly.
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