WACREN is organizing its 3rd Annual Conference and 4th Annual General Meeting on 30-31 March 2017, hosted by the Ivoirian Research and Education Network (RITER).  

WACREN 2017 will be held at the brand new Azalaï Hotel, Abidjan, in a vibrant part of the city: Marcory, which is situated half-way between the airport and the business district Plateau.

This year’s conference brings together policy and decision makers, scientists, researchers, network managers, collaboration specialists, e-learning, identity and access management experts, and connectivity and equipment providers from across Africa and the rest of the world. 

The conference will take place on on 30-31 March 2017 and is preceeded by two workshops on cybersecurity and engagement with librarians as interfaces with the end-users.  

An AfricaConnect2 meeting,  a joint MAGIC/TANDEM/Sci-GaIA workshop and the Final Event of the TANDEM project are also colocated with the conference in a week of activities commencing on 27 March 2017 with the workshops and ending on 31 March 2017 with the WACREN AGM.

The main theme of the conference is: “Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research“, with the following sub-themes:

  1.     Advanced networks, applications and services (SDN, Cloud services, NOCaaS, …)
  2.     Trust, Identity and Security
  3.     NRENs and communities: Business models, Communities of Practice, Use cases and Collaboration

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.  

Travel and Accomodation:
Delegates requiring a visa for Côte d’Ivoire can apply at the diplomatic représentation of Côte d’Ivoire of their country of residence.  There is also a visa on arrival option; however, delegates choosing this option need to apply beforehand at http://www.snedai.com/

The negotiated room rate at Azalaï (single, breakfast included) is 94,000 CFA (144 EUR).

Room reservation (at Azalaï) can be made through Mr. Almamy Ly (almamy.ly@uvci.edu.ci).  Please copy secretariat@wacren.net.  Mr. Ly can also be reached at +225 75 57 65 55 and +225 78 28 73 03.

Participants can also book directly in nearby and other hotels, including

Quick links:

Conference Web Site:  http://indico.wacren.net/e/Abidjan2017
Workshops : https://indico.wacren.net/category/25/
TANDEM Final Conference : https://indico.wacren.net/category/16/

You can register here for the conference and workshops.   We look forward to seeing you in Abidjan, on the Ebrié Lagoon!

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