Meraka Institute - Monash University

Meraka Institute - Monash University

Living Lab in Southern Africa network 17 May 2011 Marlien Herselman Agenda What is LL & elements LLiSA where we started Purpose of LLiSA Challenges Value proposition It is not the strongest of the species that

survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin British Naturalist (1809-1882) 3 Key elements of a LL

User driven In real-life context Multidisciplinary Cover different domains/themes Impact on community to improve Involves different stakeholders Is supported by a specific funder/stakeholder Unique set of values with different approaches Helsinki LL MERAKA hosting LLiSA DST Mandate Establish LL as centres of gravity enabling community-academia-industry interaction with a national agenda and fast results Build critical mass consisting of infrastructure, R&D, students and leadership Establish local and international networks and co-operation of SA researchers Increase number of quality of scientific publications in the field of ICT4D

Collaborative partners DST, COFISA, SAFIPA, ENOLL, Industry partners, HEIs, regional & local governments, SMEs, students, Communities, NGOs Purpose of LLiSA network Create capacity for understanding, establishing and developing LL activities in Southern Africa Support pilot projects in Southern Africa Facilitate local and international collaboration and linkages Links developers, research organizations, industry and government together for advancing regional LL activities Sustainable Innovation for rural or urban communities

Excellen t BAD or So So Innovation on Vision + Invention = 1. Technology 2. Business Mode 3. User Experienc Excellen t Assessing Next

Opportunities (Scale with Big Challenges of LLiSA since 2009 How to increase skills base Manage user expectations Balance/manage partner roles /stakeholder interventions Role out innovation products within communities which will increase economic development of communities Reward system for communities where LL are researching IPR within LL (ownership) What is Innovation Governance of LL Difference between project and LL Since 2009: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 Guidelines on setting up and maintaining LL lessons, experience gained 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 Has database of users for companies to access for test bed type research Recent developments in LLiSA network LLiSA launch on 24 February 2009 Annual LLiSA conference on 23,24 November 2009 at Convention centre at CSIR, Pretoria Conference presentations/articles on LL 1st

ENoLL collaboration (visit from experts (Daan Velthausz, Tuija Hirvikoski, Minna Fred in February/March 2011) New additions to LL network and ones who is non-existing Upgrading of wikipedia to include social networking updates new webpage Two workshops before June 2011 to assist established and new LL with support, development and processes, evaluation Market the network to broader audience Site visits to all LL & Monitoring and evaluation Data of LL in LLiSA Main area of focus 2 1 Rural Peri urban Urban 9

Living Labs m ain drivers 3 3 Industry Government (provincial) 1 5 Academic NGO LL information Status of LL in LLiSA 4 Operational Beginning operations

9 Planning phase 4 LL in Southern Africa 1 1 1 1 0 1 1

2 Mpumalanga North West Eastern Cape Western Cape Gauteng Northern Cape KZN Mozambique Sustainability and business model LLiSA will provide advise and support to new LL and existing ones on possible future products; Incubation of LL can provide better innovation deliverable developed a toolkit of how to start and maintain a LL (guidlines, processes) In kind contributions by industry partners LLiSA board to develop sustainability plan, business plan,

communication strategy and marketing strategy Leverage other science councils and research partners as well as industry Lobbying LLiSA at government dept. Donor funding International proposals with partners (univ, industry) LL Workshop RLabs March 2011 Focus on sustainability, evaluation, funding and integrating social media into LL websites Recent visits to LL: Current Activity of the Living Lab Alignment of the Living Lab to LLISA guidelines

Meet Stakeholders Interview Stakeholders Assess Community Involvement Sustainability model Future developments ENoLL collaboration MoU Research papers

Self evaluation Focus on measurement/evaluation (market, operational, financial, human, process capital, technology, renewal & development, competitive advantage) Ask other LL to evaluate each other Evaluation based on purpose/objectives of each LL Every LL business model, purpose & process, network matrix, use a specific M&E framework Inventory of document, participation papers as trail, white paper, case studies Make use of LLiSAs small entity to use to our advantage to coordinate LL activities, communication and document materials Sustainability = value proposition & leverage funding opportunities, grants for specific purposes leverage cooperate social responsibility moneys, look international and share innovations across LL & international Use social media more Next LL workshop in June and last one in November 2011 use specific theme/focus What makes LLiSA a success?

Hosting entity independent (Meraka) LLiSA board insight & transparency 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 Have regular face-to-face interactions and workshops Focus on successes of existing LL best practices and why LL fail

also product testing between LL Research LL from all angles Share networks, knowledge & skills transfer & ideas Databases of users, industry involvement, stakeholder maps and unique focus of LL Write collaborative papers Market LL to each other and to potential funders/partners Uniqueness of each LL focus = contributions not only on ICT Thank You Contact Details (LLiSA board) (Meraka host the network) Chair: Prof Marlien Herselman ([email protected]) Members: Meraka: Mario Marais ([email protected]) Meraka: Mmamakanye Pitse-Boshomane ([email protected]) NGO: Deon Manuel ([email protected]) Reconstructed LL: Rene Parker ([email protected])

Siyakhula LL: Sibukele Gumbo ([email protected]) SAFIPA: Thiru Swettenham ([email protected]) URLs: www.meraka.org.za http://www.llisa.net

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