Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire,27-31 March 2017 – Dr. Julio Ibarra introduced AARCLight project (NSF Award #1638990 ) at the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).
WACREN organized its 3rd Annual Conference and 4th Annual General Meeting on 30-31 March 2017, hosted by the Ivoirian Research and Education Network (RITER). This conference brought 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 took place on 30-31 March 2017 and was preceded by two workshops on cyber-security 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 co-located 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 had 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 networks with fellow attendees.