- about us
Co-creation Hub OLL is Nigeria’s first living lab and we’re located in the fastest growing and most populated city in the country. We are the physical nexus of a community (12,650+) of progressive individuals and organizations (technologists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, tech companies, investors and hackers) interested in the application of technology to solve social problems in Nigeria. CcHub’s OLL aims to:
● Facilitate creative thinking and collaborative problem solving
● Encourage technology innovation in Nigeria
● Encourage shared accountability between technologists & innovators
● Serve as a living lab for prototyping and testing
● Knowledge platform where members share, build new skills and competencies
● Connect, share, create and find expertise
Benefits and Challenges
As the leading social innovation centre in Nigeria, we play an active role in the engagement of citizens, civil society, civil servants, researchers and development practitioners in development of novel solutions to local challenges.
Since establishment, CcHub has supported the development and launch of more than 50 innovative technology startups solving social challenges in Nigeria in areas including budget transparency, physical fitness, education, culture preservation, healthcare delivery and environment
Through our open living labs, we bring together diverse stakeholder groups including subject matter experts, technologist, marketing & business professionals to co-create innovative solution to clearly defined social problems in Nigeria. We have run 17 living labs in the last 5 years on themes including Governance (Indigo Trust), Water & Sanitation (World Bank), Trade Transparency (DFID), Culture & Creative Industries (British Council), Financial Literacy (Visa), Education, Health etc. These have led to the creation of more than 45 tools and apps some of which have launched as products of new startups.
Funded by the Omidyar Network, Indigo Trust, Google and Schmidt Family Foundation; CcHub is well positioned as a trusted Innovation Advisor to government, Civil Society and the Creative Community in the application of collective intelligence for the accomplishment of societal common goals in Nigeria.
Living Lab methods and tools
CcHub OLL is organized around the key processes required to take the journey from discovery/co-creation of a new idea that can solve a social problem through the idea having impact on the world. This approach is illustrated below:
Community: At the heart of the operations of our living lab is a community of diverse stakeholders outlined in the petal below.
Co-Creation: The magic in our living lab happens when these stakeholders are brought together to co-create solutions around specific clearly defined social challenges in sectors important to quality of life for the average Nigerian.
Pre-Incubator & Incubator: The better ideas coming out of this process are supported to go to market through our pre-incubator & incubator.
Unique Characteristics of our Living Lab
Our Space is a hive of activities where work to create social change in Nigeria happens everyday. Everyday 250 to 300 people pass through our facilities working on projects and businesses aiming to change the way people, live, work and do business in Nigeria
Relationships: We have working relationships with organisations across all sectors including universities, large and small corporate organisations, local and international NGOs, government agencies at all levels and institutions in other countries. We are also firmly embedded in Nigeria’s startup ecosystem. These relationships help us push the envelope around the kind of things we can try out while allowing us sustainability
Experimentation: We are constantly experimenting new approaches to solving local problems in Nigeria leveraging web and mobile technology. Whether driven by us or by members of our community, we understand that not every idea will work but we give them a chance to try at varying stages starting with ideation and prototyping.
People-driven: We work with local people to find solutions to their own local problems. We believe Nigerians are very smart and if given opportunity and if they collaborate, they can find unique solutions that can even be scaled to other parts of the world. Our Open Living Lab is the Innovation & Collaboration Station
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CcHub OLL is Nigeria’s first open living lab. Our community (15,350+) of progressive individuals and organizations (technologists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, tech companies, investors and hackers) converge to develop smart applications of digital technology to solve social problems in Nigeria.
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