Thank you for another successful WACREN Annual Conference!

WACREN wishes to thank all of those who have contributed to a successful WACREN 2018 in Lomé on 15-16 March 2018, which featured the formal launch of the WACREN network.

The conference was preceded by a 3-day training workshop on BGP and Peering with more than 30 participants, as well as AfricaConnect2 and NEAAR meetings.

We recorded ca. 200 participants from 27 countries (many of the local participants did not register online) and we had 23 speakers, some of them remotely.

All presentations are available online at https://indico.wacren.net/event/59/speakers.

Photos and videos are also available online at http://flic.kr/s/aHsm8CEqiw (thank you to the GEANT communication team); more will be available soon.

Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, partners, the Programme Committee and of course to the participants.  And a special thank you to our local hosts, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Togo and TogoRER. Our gratitude also to the government of Togo, especially the patron of the event, HE Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé.

Don’t miss WACREN 2019. We will have another great host: GARNET. So, see you all in Accra, Ghana, on 14-15 March 2019!

Boubakar Barry, CEO


Registration for WACREN 2018 open!

Programme and Registration
You can now 
register for the WACREN 2018 Conference and Annual General Meeting to be held in Lomé, Togo, on 15-16 March 2018. The WACREN network will be officially launched at this occasion.

The Programme Committee has put together an exciting programme for the participants; please do also consult the General Schedule of the WACREN Week.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun and exciting social events. Each event offers a unique opportunity to experience some of the local culture and network with fellow attendees.  

WACREN IS HIRING

WACREN is recruiting staff to fill the following positions:

  1. Finance and Administration Officer – Read more
     
  2. Communications and Marketing Officer – Read more
     
  3. Network and Systems Engineer –  Read more

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WACREN forges strategic partnerships to support women in ICT

The West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) demonstrated its commitment to opening windows of opportunities for women, historically underrepresented in STEM fields, as it launched its first Women in WACREN event under the theme “Physical Computing with Python.”

In addition to providing an opportunity for women to enhance programming skills, the conference forged strategic partnerships with women and organizations committed to addressing the underrepresentation of women in the field and served as a model for member NRENs.

“The workshop exceeded our expectations as it served as a platform for training, networking, and building strategic partnerships with women and organizations that share our commitment to increasing participation of women in all NREN initiatives,” said Omo Oaiya, WACREN’s Chief Technology Officer. “We hope to replicate the training for women at WACREN member institutions,” he added.

The workshop introduced content for a 10-week training experience which will continue online. A total of 30 women representing 5 countries participated in the workshop co-sponsored by Eko-Konnect, the University of Lagos (UNILAG,) and AfricaConnect2, and held at the University of Lagos, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Center, January 22-26.

The workshop was followed by the Eko-Konnect ICT for Girls community day, an initiative to enhance opportunities for girls at the secondary and tertiary levels by improving their readiness to enter STEM fields.  The event featured presentations by women in ICT who shared words of encouragement, strategies for success, and research affirming the need for more women in STEM fields.

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