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Meraka InstituteLiving Lab network in Southern Africa (LLiSA)SAFIPA conference20 October 2011Marlien HerselmanChairperson:...
Presentation Outline     •    The concept     •    Defining LL in African context     •    The Purpose of LLiSA and LL in ...
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Defining LL in Africa context    •  Living Labs are environments, a methodology or an       approach which caters for user...
Purpose of LLiSA •  Create capacity for understanding,    establishing and developing LL activities in    Southern Africa ...
2006                     2007                   2008                 2009                2010              2011   1      M...
Living Labs in LLiSASlide 7 of 35
Data of LL in LLiSASlide 8 of 35
Value proposition of LLiSA•     Context we can provide – specific rural communities – poverty reduction – skills developme...
What makes LLiSA a success?   •  Hosting entity – independent (Meraka)   •  LLiSA board – insight & transparency with port...
SAFIPA support to LLiSA •  Strengthen and market concept as solution to innovation in    SA •  Collaborating with experts ...
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Living Lab network in Southern Africa (LLiSA) - Marlien Herselman

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Living Labs are environments, a methodology or an
approach which caters for user-driven open innovation
within real-life rural and urban settings/communities, where
users can collaborate with multiple committed
stakeholders (whether NGOs, SMMEs, industrial,
academic/research, government institutions or donors) in
one or more locations, to become co-creators or codesigners
of innovative ideas, processes or products
within multidisciplinary environments.

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Living Lab network in Southern Africa (LLiSA) - Marlien Herselman

  1. 1. Meraka InstituteLiving Lab network in Southern Africa (LLiSA)SAFIPA conference20 October 2011Marlien HerselmanChairperson: LLiSA
  2. 2. Presentation Outline •  The concept •  Defining LL in African context •  The Purpose of LLiSA and LL in LLiSA •  Value proposition of LLiSA •  What makes LLiSA a success •  SAFIPA supporting LLiSASlide 2 of 35
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  4. 4. Defining LL in Africa context •  Living Labs are environments, a methodology or an approach which caters for user-driven open innovation within real-life rural and urban settings/communities, where users can collaborate with multiple committed stakeholders (whether NGOs, SMMEs, industrial, academic/research, government institutions or donors) in one or more locations, to become co-creators or co- designers of innovative ideas, processes or products within multidisciplinary environments. •  Successful deployments can result in improved processes or service delivery, new business models, products or services, and can be replicated (with necessary socio- cultural adaption) to improve overall quality of life and wider socio-economic impact (including entrepreneurship) in participating and other communities”. •  Leveraging Living Labs methodologies and Living Labs Networks in Africa provide an important opportunity to collaborate, co-create, prototype and test new products and services, technologies, processes, business models or ideas customised for developing marketsSlide 4 of 35
  5. 5. Purpose of LLiSA •  Create capacity for understanding, establishing and developing LL activities in Southern Africa •  Support Living Labs in Southern Africa •  Facilitate local and international collaboration and linkages •  Links developers, research organizations, industry and government together for advancing regional LL activitiesSlide 5 of 35
  6. 6. 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 1 Meraka visit to Meraka researchers 1st living lab LLiSA official Provincial road 2nd Annual Europe invited by Telematica practitioners launch shows Conference focus Instituut workshop held in along with on RSA SAFIPA sustainability (Ingrid Mulder, Daan and funding Velthausz) 2. Telematica Instituut Establishment of Living Lab research Establishment of Living Labs MoA between visit to South Africa Living Labs Research agenda (draft) the evaluation ENOLL and Group at CSIR, Board of LLiSA (conducted by LLiSA Meraka Institute Deon) 3. Living Lab research 1st annual Living Labs Web 2.0 for plan (short, medium conference Business Plan LLiSA & long term goals) llisa.net 4. C@R meeting, 1st international COFISA closing Living Labs @ Prague online journal conference IST Africa Article published Conference 10 May 5. Living Labs tour in LLiSA branding Incubation of new Finland (funded by completed LL & toolkit, COFISA) comm strategy 6. Sekhukhune LL Siyakhula LL LLiA task force & accepted as ENOLL Accepted as white paper; member ENOLL member Paper on LL & design research to journalSlide 6 of 35
  7. 7. Living Labs in LLiSASlide 7 of 35
  8. 8. Data of LL in LLiSASlide 8 of 35
  9. 9. Value proposition of LLiSA•  Context we can provide – specific rural communities – poverty reduction – skills development – from a SA rural perspective•  Network with NGOs, local municipalities, government, HEI, industries, SMMEs, community representatives•  Lessons on scalability, impact & evaluation•  Guidelines on setting up and maintaining LL – lessons, experience gained (toolkit)•  Allow communities access to new innovation creation (co-creation) as they are drivers of the process•  Trust relationships, diversity of network, community owned•  Quality feedback on community engagement with new ideas, inventions and innovations•  Access to depth of network and wide range of customer base•  Support to SMMEs on valuable lessons learnt and best practices•  Can provide links between different projects within LL•  Credible network with lot of members and access to communities to test products and do research collaboratively•  Technological products & success: JAMiiX, baseline studies, feasibility needs assessment framework•  Grew together: sponsored workshops, outsource case studies to NWLL, Communication strategy and webpage (RLabs), workshop hosting (Rlabs & Siyakhula) Slide 9 of 35
  10. 10. What makes LLiSA a success? •  Hosting entity – independent (Meraka) •  LLiSA board – insight & transparency with portfolios, broad representation •  Using specific community focus with DI and CI as key area for comparing and collaboration in Africa & international •  Use our small entity as a strength to get work done & leverage LL expertise •  Have regular face-to-face interactions and workshops with specific focus/ theme •  Focus on successes of existing LL – best practices/replication and why LL fail – also product testing between LL •  Research LL from all angles •  Share networks, knowledge & skills transfer & ideas, replication of models •  Databases of users, industry involvement, stakeholder maps and unique focus of LL •  Write collaborative & scientific papers •  Market LL to each other and to potential funders/partners •  Uniqueness of each LL focus = contributions not only on ICT •  Established and new LL – part of networkSlide 10 of 35
  11. 11. SAFIPA support to LLiSA •  Strengthen and market concept as solution to innovation in SA •  Collaborating with experts in ENoLL and Finnland •  Workshops on specific themes and to bring all stakeholders together •  LL to co-create and collaborate across SA •  White Paper on growing LL into Africa •  Visit ENoLL on logistical issues (share best practices) - MoU •  Develop toolkit to set-up and grow LLs •  Develop social media type webpapge •  Provide leadership on LL activities •  Support new and established LL •  Evaluation of LLs •  Scientific papersSlide 11 of 35
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  13. 13. Thank YouSlide 13 of 35

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