First knowledge sharing meeting for Tanzanian Living Labs

On March 5th 2013 we organized a full day working meeting for the living labs and living lab initiatives that we have been working with. Idea of the session was to share experiences and challenges, and come up with ideas for developing the activities and collaboration. Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs, was working with us this week, so he could also mentor the participants and share the RLabs experience of becoming largest living lab network in Africa.

As most participants hadn’t met before this meeting, we started the day with an introduction where each organization had to tell in 6 minutes their background, current activities, challenges and one success story. All the presentations are on our YouTube channel so you can also get to know them:

After the presentations we started to look for interlinking and common topics by writing our thoughts about the ecosystems and surroundings we work in, our challenges, our goals and what opportunities we see. Most important issues to be discussed were selected by voting stickers and thematic grouping as follows:

  • Funds, money, financial sustainability, social business
  • Working with people with disabilities
  • ICT, science & technology, “academies”, training, entrepreneurship
Karol and George working on the world around Elimu Academy, Yusuf writing about opportunities for living labs - click for more photos

Karol and George working on the world around Elimu Academy, Yusuf writing about opportunities for living labs – click for more photos

Discussions evolved into action plans on social media training for the deaf by CHAVITA, Business Model Canvases for living labs and community centers to better describe and quantify the value they generate, and into communication and collaboration between the different living labs in Tanzania.

We collected all the raw ideas and outputs into a summary document (pdf), which we have shared with the participants. Maybe reading the document will also give you some insight into what is currently happening in living labs in Tanzania?

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