WACREN Cloud Pilot - Open Call

WACREN is seeking collaborators from its NREN community for pilots of cloud and shared services hosted in the region.   These Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) pilots will be based on Synnefo, a complete open source cloud stack written in Python that provides Compute, Network, Image, Volume and Storage services, similar to the ones offered by AWS. 

“Synnefo manages multiple Ganeti clusters at the backend for handling of low-level VM operations and uses Archipelago to unify cloud storage.  To boost 3rd-party compatibility, Synnefo exposes the OpenStack APIs to users.”
WACREN has signed a technical collaboration agreement with GRNET, the Greek National Research and Education Network and developers of the Synnefo software for its expertise in setting up and organizing a IaaS cloud computing service.  
WACREN encourages participation of all stakeholders in the development of the NREN business model and envisages partners in the following categories.  


Please note new dates for WACREN 2017 in Abidjan: 30-31 March 2017

WACREN is organizing its 3rd Annual Conference on 30-31 March 2017 in Abidjan, hosted by RITER, the NREN of Côte d’Ivoire.

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

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

The authors are expected to address, among others, the following issues:

  •     What roles do NRENs play in catalysing quality improvements in education and research?
  •     How can trusted digital identities and frameworks help to secure and simplify access to content and services?
  •     What impact do communities of practice have on the development of applications and services in the REN?
  •     Which use cases and collaborations are available to highlight the possibilities and challenges involved in improving research and education quality?

Applications Open: WACREN e-Research Hackfest in Lagos, Nigeria - November 21-30 2016

In recognition of the need for the community to acquire the necessary skills to support the promotion of open and reproducible scientific research, WACREN will host a 10-day e-research hackfest in Lagos, Nigeria.  

The event is supported by the European Commission through WACREN participation in the Horizon 2020 Sci-GaIA project

The main objective of the hackfest is to integrate scientific use cases through a pervasive adoption of web technologies and standards and make them available to their end users through Science Gateways (entities connected to distributed computing, data and services of interest to the Community of Practice the end users belong to). 

Institutions and applicants from the region who couldn't participate in the Sci-GaIA Summer Hackfest which took place at the University of Catania, Italy in July 2016 now have the opportunity to do so closer to home and are invited to apply. 

Venue and dates
The hackfest will take place from 21 - 30 November 2016 at the Lagos State University (School of Transport), Ojo, Lagos.

WACREN 2017 Conference: 16-17 March 2017 - Save the date!

Save the date: WACREN 2017 (Annual Conference and AGM) will be held in Abidjan on 16-17 March 2017, hosted by RITER, the NREN of Côte d'Ivoire.

More information will follow soon. See you in Abidjan!


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