Thank you for a successful WACREN 2017

From the feedback we got from the 160+ participants, the WACREN 2017 Conference and parallel events have been a great success.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to this success, including those who couldn’t make it to Abidjan, especially the Programme Committee Members and the partners of H2020 projects WACREN is participating in (MAGIC, Sci-GaIA and TANDEM).

The conference presentations are available at, the videos of the various sessions at  and photos at

The Abidjan Declaration on NRENs in the WACREN region is also available at Please share widely, especially with the policy and decision makers in West and Central Africa.

A special thank you is due to our hosts (Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire, RITER and UVCI), our Platinum Sponsor (AfricaConnect2), our Gold Sponsors (Glo and XON), our Silver Sponsor (MainOne), our Bronze Sponsor (ICANN), our Training Sponsors (FIRST, Radically Open Security and Université Félix Houphouët Boigny) and, last but not least, our Connectivity Sponsor (Orange CI).

Thank you again, and see you and other new friends at WACREN 2018 in Lomé, Togo.

Boubakar Barry

WACREN 2017 conference - Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research

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

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 (  Please copy  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:
Workshops :
TANDEM Final Conference :

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


Call for Tenders: WACREN Equipment Framework Contract

WACREN and partners GEANT are about to embark upon a Competitive Dialogue process in respect of the AfricaConnect2 Cluster 2 Equipment Framework Contract.  

Potential bidders are invited to register on the procurement portal and express interest.


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