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.  

Venue and Accommodation
The venue of the event is 
Hotel 2 Février (formerly Radisson Blu Lomé). The negotiated rate (single, breakfast included) is 95,000 CFA (145 EUR). Please make your room bookings as soon as possible by sending an email to Mr Edward Nouwossan  (edward.nouwossan@hotel2fevrierlome.com).

Special rates for bed & breakfast have also been negotiated at the following hotels (mention the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to book at these rates):

Please always copy conf2018@wacren.net so that we can assist you efficiently if the need arises.

All these hotels provide free airport shuttle service. If you don’t want to use this service, taxi fare to these hotels is between 3,000 and 5,000 XOF (approximately 4 to 7 EUR). Do negotiate the fare with the driver before you enter the taxi. 3,000 XOF is considered to be a fair price. The fare is regardless the number of passengers (we recommend not more than 3 passengers per taxi).

Money
Forex bureaus, as well as ATMs, are available at the airport and in most of these hotels.  Banks are generally open only from Monday to Friday (8 am – 4 pm) and Saturday morning, but ATMs are accessible 24/7.

Visa
If you need a visa for Togo and there is a Togolese embassy in your country of residence, we recommend that you apply for a visa there; this will save you time when you arrive at Lome airport. However, visa can be issued on arrival at a fee of 10,000 XOF (15 EUR); this visa is valid for 7 days and can be extended if necessary. See details here:
https://www.aeroport-lome.com/visa_togo.php.

If you hold a passport or national ID card from an ECOWAS country, you don’t need a visa to enter Togo.

Quick links:

Don’t miss WACREN 2018 and a historical event: the official launch of the WACREN network.

We look forward to welcoming you to Lomé!

Women in WACREN - Physical Computing with Python - Lagos Edition

This “Women In WACREN” training and community event is held in collaboration with the Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative, a cluster the Nigerian NREN (NgREN), the Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Centre and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and the AfricaConnect2 project.

 

Leveraging a broader promotion of maker culture and hackerspaces in NRENs, the event is part of a program aimed at reducing current imbalances in gender participation. It will support female students and staff to improve STEM skills through experimentation with robots and electronics and learning to program these devices.

The participants wind down at the end of the 5-day training workshop in the "ICT for Girls" community day, a networking opportunity open to faculty and guests from other women tech hubs with representation from government and industry.

Workshop Goal: Teach Python in a series of practical hands-on exercises that introduce the fundamentals of physical computing with the Raspberry Pi, GPIO breadboard and sensors.

Targeted Audience: Female students and staff in computing and engineering or from other disciplines with good computer skills and interest in intelligent environments.  A programming background and knowledge of Linux or other UNIX operating system is useful but not required. 

Expected Outcomes:  Over time, participants will be able to work on their own or in small teams to develop electronic or robotic projects at varying levels of complexity to solve problems. 

Language: Conducted in English with bilingual trainers

Logistics:

  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

  • Selected international participants who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organisations to attend the workshop may be supported for travel and/or accommodation, subject to availability of resources.

Deadline for application is 10 January 2018 at https://indico.wacren.net/event/61/

NEWS RELEASE: Angola Cables and WACREN collaborate to expand connectivity among West and Central African research & education institutions

(Luanda, Angola) 11 December, 2017 – Angola Cables today announced an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), the regional research and education network (REN) that facilitates interconnections between national RENs in West and Central Africa. The agreement will support the growing connectivity among academic communities across West and Central Africa, including services that at foster collaboration between research and education institutions within and beyond the region.

According to Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables: “WACREN is an important player in Africa’s growing connectivity requirements, and Angola Cables recognises the need for African scientists, researchers and other academics to have bandwidth comparable to their international colleagues.”

CALL FOR PAPERS – WACREN 2018 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

WACREN is organizing its 4th Annual Conference on 15-16 March 2018 in Lomé, hosted by TogoRER, the NREN of Togo.

The main theme of the conference is: "WACREN – Unleashing Potentials", with the following sub-themes:

i)        Advanced Network Technologies and Services (SDN, Cloud services, mobility services, NOCaaS, …)

ii)      Building and Strengthening User Communities (research communities, librarians, etc.)

iii)     NREN Business Models and Use Cases – Experiences Around the World

The conference is organized in a special context: the rollout of the WACREN network, with the promise of changing dramatically the IT landscape in higher education and research in the region.

This is a call for papers for the conference. Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts (500-600 words) on the main theme or sub-themes, as well as on related subjects.

The schedule (deadlines) is as follows:

1. Submission of abstracts:24 November 2017 8 December 2017

2. Notification of acceptance: 22 December 2017

3. Submission of full papers and presentations: 17 February 2018

4. Submission of presentations: 3 March 2018

All documents will be submitted online through the conference website 

For authors of selected papers who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organizations to attend the conference, support may be provided for travel or accommodation, subject to availability of resources (for maximum one author per paper).

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at cfp2018@wacren.net.

We look forward to your active participation.

The WACREN 2018 Programme Committee

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