Smart technology is impacting all of us. It's changing our lives every day. In the rounds of education, of work and in our whole approach to social interaction the world is undergoing a digital transformation. How does a nation become a "smart country"? How will inclusion be achieved? We hosted these questions in a worldwide study conducted in conjunction with this year's Reinhard Mohn Prize and found answers in four different countries – Austria, Sweden, Israel and Estonia – that can also help to make a positive difference to life back home in Germany.