Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) focuses on reconstructing communities through training, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The organization applies this three-pronged approach to solving community problems such as unemployment, substance abuse, poverty, and lack of education.
RLabs’ Academy provides access to skills training with a specific focus on technology, media, entrepreneurship, community development, leadership, and management. Through its Living Labs, the organization nurtures prototypes and pilot programs born from hackathons, open-design events, co-working desks, research and development, and social innovation activities. Finally, RLabs provides an innovation incubation program for social entrepreneurs and provides seed funding for mobile and technology entrepreneurs.
Founded in 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa, RLabs partners with academia, governments, businesses, and NGOs in more than 20 countries.