SLL researchers in Italy

University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University recently sent two researchers, Sibukele Gumbo and Fortunate Gunzo for an enjoyable 6 weeks summer visit to Italy. This visit was part of the Marie Curie Actions International Staff Exchange Scheme project, ICT in Low Resource Settings: Innovating for Africa and Europe through Living Labs.  Project collaborators include Fondazione Bruno Kessler(FBK, Italy), Fraunhofer FOKUS (Germany), Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

In Italy, the researchers enjoyed the warm and generous hospitality by the ICT4G Unit in FBK, Trento. Together, a seminar entitled A Story of a South African Living Lab was organised and presented to members of the interlinked FBK and University of Trento communities. Subsequently, further discussions with people interested in ICT for Development occured.

Siyakhula Living Lab attends South Africa / Tanzania ICT Research Partnership Project workshop

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.

A Natural Instinct for Community Engagement

Compliments of the New Season! May 2014 keep you healthy and happy, kind and generous, and also, offer you success and happiness ;-)

To kickstart the year, we would like to share an article published last year here ;-) This article is by Sarah-Jane Bradfield, and featured in page 8 and page 9 of the Rhodes University Community Newsletter in September 2013. It highlights the contributions of myself, Sibukele Gumbo, Dr Mosioua Tsietsi and Prof Alfredo Terzoli in the Siyakhula Living Lab and Reed House Systems. The full Rhodos Newsletter is available here as well.