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!

AfricaCERT Workshop on CSIRTs in NRENs - Ouagadougou October 15, 2016

AfricaCERT, the African forum of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), will facilitate a 1-day workshop to promote establishment of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).

The workshop is organised with WACREN in a program of the Africa Training Initiative (ATI) to establish the frameworks and build capacity to secure African NRENs.

The event takes place on Saturday October 15 2016 and is co-located with the 3rd WACREN regional workshop - Building resilient DNS Infrastructure and Introduction to DNSSEC

Building resilient DNS Infrastructure and Introduction to DNSSEC Workshop - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Oct 10-14 2016

WACREN organizes its third regional capacity building workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from the   10 - 14 October 2016

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Burkina Faso Research and Education Network (FasoREN), the University of Ougadougou and AfricaConnect2.

The workshop will be held in English

Goal:  The 5-day DNSSEC awareness and hands on-training workshop on resilient DNS infrastructure will include a refresher on guiding principles and best practices for building campus networks.    

Targeted at network/systems administrators and engineers from campus networks and NRENs,  it will cover configuring nameservers, managing forward and reverse zones, and basic security mechanisms to DNSSEC concepts, configurations, and operations for authentication of transactions and integrity of DNS data.

A laptop with wireless capability, understanding of general networking concepts and knowledge of UNIX/Linux 


  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants will be provided with free accommodation (from 9 - 15 October 2016)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Interested candidates who meet the requirements can apply.  Candidates from the UbuntuNet Alliance and ASREN regions are encouraged to apply.

Register your interest at

Deadline for application is  09 September 2016


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