On the 11th of March 2014, Siyakhula Living Lab's Sibukele Gumbo joined other established and emerging South African and Tanzanian Living Labs, and other ICT bodies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for a one day workshop entitled, “Living Lab workshop for co-creation and innovation between South Africa and Tanzania”. The event was jointly organised by Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLISA) and CSIR Meraka (supported by the NRF).
The 44 attendees featured delegates from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University LL, North West University LL, WIN LL and Reconstructed Labs in South Africa and the Ministry of Community, Science and Technology, TANZAICT, RLabs Iringa, Arusha Ecolab, Mbeya, Kegamboni Community Centre (KCC), Tanzania Youth Icon (TYI) and Sengerema Living Lab based in Tanzania.
The goals and outcomes of this workshop included awareness creation, exchange and sharing of knowledge and information borne through experiences in our centres. The attendees also had the opportunity to conduct group discussions on the advantages of Living Lab involvement to stakeholders, namely government, academia, industry and developmental bodies.