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 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!


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.

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.  


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