About the SERERALI IoT Living Lab
We are a Local Government ecosystem real-life Living Lab, under real circumstance, in a real city and with real users. We accelerate urban ideas to market, to grow the economy and make cities better. We bring together businesses, universities, citizens and city leaders so that they can work with each to solve the problems that cities face, now and in the future.
From our Innovation Hub in South Africa, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models. We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the Republic of South Africa to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and create sustainable jobs.
Serekali Innovation of Things (IoT) has major ambitions. The Living Lab is envisaged to grow into the largest Living Lab in Africa for innovative smarter city applications.
Serekali Innovation of Things is a collaborative OPEN CITY effort; the aim of the initiative is to develop Smarter City Open Cloud-based Platform, as-a-service model which will drive efficiencies in infrastructure management and the provisioning of services. This will enable cities to collaborate, and eventually improve the performance of city operations.
Consequently, this will allow cities to re-allocate scare resource and put more focus on addressing their citizen’s expectations. This is a very significant milestone for South African municipalities.
More importantly, it will enable us to thrive as the first African open smarter city cloud platform in the 21st century. The ‘Open City’s initiative will firmly place South African local government on the global map as a vanguard of R&D, innovation and technology.
Therefore a summary of the Serekali Innovation of Things vision statement can be condensed as follows:
“…is to become the leading South African initiative that empowers cities to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges and creates economic growth and skilled jobs”
“Open City” is our unique Serekali Innovation of Things proposition dedicated to innovation in the local government sector. Serekali Innovation of Things uses an innovation-by-design methodology to understand user needs, come up with ideas, and pilot, test and refine solutions. We know that innovation doesn’t just happen (it needs a structure to get it going) but we believe that anyone can innovate with right tools, mind-set and support.
Our mission is to
- Contribute to the competitiveness of South Africa, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening synergies and cooperation among businesses, academia, cities and citizens
- Create favorable environments for creative thought, to enable world-class innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in South Africa.