27-31 March 2017
Azalai Hotel
Africa/Abidjan timezone
Catalyzing Quality Higher Education and Research

WACREN 2017 CONFERENCE, ABIDJAN, 27 – 31 MARCH 2017

PROGRAMME

Monday 27th March 2017
Cybersecurity Workshop –  Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
Librarians Workshop – Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques , Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
ISOC-AFREN Workshop on IETF  Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
WACREN NREN CEOs Meeting (on Invitation) – Azalaï Hotel
WACREN NREN CTOs Meeting (on Invitation) – Azalaï Hotel

Tuesday 28th March 2017
Cybersecurity Workshop – Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
Librarians Workshop – Centre de Ressources Numériques et Pédagogiques , Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
AfricaConnect2 Coordination Meeting (on Invitation) – Azalaï Hotel, Salle CACAO
TANDEM/Scia-GaIA/MAGIC Joint Workshop – Azalaï Hotel, Salle CITRONNELLE
RITER Workshop – Azalaï Hotel

Wednesday 29th March 2017
TANDEM/Scia-GaIA/MAGIC Joint Workshop – Azalaï Hotel, Salle CACAO
TANDEM Final Event – Azalaï Hotel, Salle CACAO
WACREN Board Meeting (on Invitation) – Azalaï Hotel

18.30 – 20.00    WELCOME RECEPTION

Venue:    Azalaï Hotel

19.00 – 21.00    REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS

Venue:    Azalaï Hotel

Thursday 30th March 2017  ---  Venue: Convention Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel

08.00        Registration continues

09.00 – 10.30    OPENING CEREMONY

Chair: Prof. Ramata Bakayoko Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire

  • Welcome Remarks: Dr. Boubakar Barry, CEO, WACREN

  • Welcome Remarks: Prof. Tiémoman Koné, Coordinator, RITER

  • Opening Remarks: Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chairman of the Board, WACREN

  • Goodwill Messages: AAU, African Union Commission, European Union Commission, AfDB, ECOWAS, UEMOA, UbuntuNet Alliance, ASREN, GEANT, ICANN, RENATER, NSRC

  • Sponsors’ Presentations:

    • AfricaConnect2 (Platinum Sponsor)

    • XON (Gold Sponsor)

    • Glo1 (Gold Sponsor)

  • Remarks: Prof. Octave Nicoué Broohm, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Togo (Patron, WACREN 2018)

  • Opening Address: Prof. Ramata Bakayoko Ly, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Côte d’Ivoire

  • Keynote Address: Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex, African Development Bank

10.30 – 11.00    Group Photograph   --   Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30    PLENARY SESSION I – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Pascal Hoba, UbuntuNet Alliance

Rapporteur:  Agnes Carbon, IRD

  • From State Administration to Blockchain: A Policy Perspective on Fundamentals of Identity  (Mawaki Chango)

  • Optimisation du délai de transmission dans les réseaux de données avec SDN (Gilles Armel Keupondjo Satchou)

  • Algorithme de gestion du trafic multimédia basé sur les SDNs dans les NRENs (Koffi Ghislain Pandry)

  • Security Architecture for Preventing Malicious Attacks in Software Defined Networks (SDN) (Oluwaseyi Osunade)

  • Sponsors’ Minute: Main One (Silver Sponsor)         

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 15.30    PLENARY SESSION II – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Yousef Torman, ASREN

Rapporteur:  Benjamin Eshun, GARNET

  • Practical Experience from emerging NRENs Around the World (Dale Smith)

  • Global Research and Education service sharing: MAGIC and VI-SEEM projects (Ognjen Prnjat)

  • Networks for European, American, and African Research (NEAAR) (Jennifer Schopf)

  • AfricaConnect2 – R&E networking for West and Central Africa (Cathrin Stöver)

15.30 – 16.00    Tea Break

16.00 – 18.00    PLENARY SESSION III – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Cathrin Stöver, GEANT

Rapporteur: Tiwonge Banda, UbuntuNet Alliance

  • NREN Software Defined Data-Center Network, a critical foundation for advanced research and future services in Africa (Babatunde Omogbai) --- Remote presentation

  • IDN and the role of the academia (Pierre Dandjinou)

  • Smashing the Stack for Fun and Non-profit"  - Business model and shared experiences (Melanie Rieback)

  • Déploiement de EDUcation ROAMing (Eduroam) dans une institution de recherche d’un pays émergent disposant de ressources limitées (Sidy Soumaré)

  • Gestion dynamique de l’information contextuelle dans l'Internet des Objets: Applications aux systèmes éducatifs (Digrais Moise Mambe)

20.00 – 22.30    Gala Dinner

Venue:   Restaurant “Le Réservoir”

Friday 31th March 2017 ---  Venue: Tamarin, Azalai Hotel

08.00        Registration continues

09.00 – 10.30    PLENARY SESSION IV – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Tiémoman Koné, RITER

Rapporteur:  Owen Iyoha, Eko-Konnect

  • E-servicies implementation to enhance ICT's use in a new environment of e-learning and access to scientific information in Cote d'ivoire (Cecile Coulibaly)

  • The Role of Librarians in African Higher Educational Institutions as Central Actors in Embedding NREN Digital Services (Pamela Abbott)

  • E-learning and ICT in higher education institutional strategies: Drawing lessons from Europe and optimizing e-infrastructure in Africa (Ane Johnson)

10.30 – 11.00    Tea Break        

11.00 – 12.30    PLENARY SESSION V – Paper Presentations

Chair: Sabine Jaume, RENATER

Rapporteur: Manuella Abram, GEANT

  • Forging Meaningful Synergies between NRENs and CSPs  - The Case of Uganda’s NREN RENU (Isaac Kasana)

  • REN Startup win-win Program (Ibrahim Alio Sanda)

  • A contextual approach to NREN service development: A case study of Eko-Konnect in the WACREN Cloud Pilot (Owen Iyoha)

  • Building Capacities to Access and Communicate Research Evidence for Development: Lessons of Collaborative Initiatives in Sierra Leone (Thomas Songu)

  • Sponsors’ Presentation: Orange CI (Connectivity Provider)

12.30 – 12.45    CLOSING

12.45 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 16.00    WACREN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING