Second Living Lab workshop between South Africa and Tanzania

The 2nd Living Lab workshop between South Africa and Tanzania was held on the 17th of March, at Meraka Institute premises in Pretoria. The event was sponsored by the NRF in South Africa and COSTECH in Tanzania. It hosted delegates from our hosts Meraka Institute, the Department of Science and Technology, together with research institutions and living lab managers from both South Africa and Tanzania. The forum was kick-started by a suggestion from the Department of Science and Technology for the delegates to consider discussions on extending living lab partnerships to more African countries.

Then, each of the living lab managers had an opportunity to present the business models used within their living labs. These presentations demonstrated the similarities and differences in living labs, the need of technology as an enabler, the vastness of entrepreneurship skills and strength of social media in enhancing activities. After the presentations the delegates had the opportunity to identify the success factors in living labs (considering that every context is unique) together with lessons learnt towards building sustainability.

A workshop report document is currently being prepared.

Siyakhula Living Lab and Makana Apps Factory at the Eastern Cape ICT Summit

On the 21st of October 2014, four Siyakhula Living Lab researchers and Makana Apps Factory developers joined provincial and national ICT enthusiasts in the 10th annual Eastern Cape ICT summit held at the East London International Conference Centre. The theme of the event was “Technology Breaking Boundaries”. It was attended by dignitaries such as the Honourable Premier of the Eastern Cape province Pumullo Masualle and SITA’s CeO, Mr Freeman Nomvalo.

Our contribution was two fold; as exhibitors in the iKamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI) and Eastern Cape e-Skills CoLab exhibition stand to demonstrate the pre-versions of the applications Hitch-hike!, MicroTourism, Sell! and HealthMessenger, and also, through a presentation entitled ICT Research, Innovation and Development: An economic opportunity for the Eastern Cape.

The EC ICT Summit is designed as a tool for business development oppotunities through matchmaking sessions as well as to create platform to discuss topical ICT issues.