15-16 March 2018
Hôtel 2 Fevrier
Africa/Lome timezone
WACREN – Unleashing Potentials


(as of 11 March 2018)

Monday 12th March 2018
Workshop: Routing and Switching in NRENs, BGP and NREN Peering – Hôtel 2 Février

Tuesday 13th March 2018
Workshop: Routing and Switching in NRENs, BGP and NREN Peering – Hôtel 2 Février
WACREN NREN CEOs Meeting (by Invitation) – Hôtel 2 Février
WACREN NREN CTOs Meeting  (by Invitation) – Hôtel 2 Février
WACREN Board Meeting (by Invitation) – Hôtel 2 Février

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Workshop: Routing and Switching in NRENs, BGP and NREN Peering – Hôtel 2 Février
AfricaConnect2 Admin Meeting - AM (by Invitation) – Hôtel 2 Février
AfricaConnect2 Coordination Meeting – PM (by Invitation) – Hôtel 2 Février

Venue: Hôtel 2 Février

Venue: Hôtel 2 Février

Thursday 15th March 2018  --- Venue: Hôtel 2 Février

08.00        Registration continues

09.00 – 09.05    WELCOME REMARKS

  • Welcome Remarks: Dr. Eyouléki Venant Palanga, Coordinator, TogoRER

09.05 – 10.30    PLENARY SESSION I – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Pascal Hoba, UbuntuNet Alliance

Rapporteur:  Daouda Meïte, RITER

  • Technologie de l’information et de la communication et représentations des usages des apprenants en ressources numériques en Côte d’Ivoire (Laby Clément Lobo)

  • Une Roadmap des services pour WACREN et les NREN (Jean-François Guezou)

  • Performance Monitoring and Verification in the WACREN network (Antoine Delvaux)

  • Building Collaborative Capacities for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Lessons of NREN-Library Consortium Ecosystem in Sierra Leone (Miriam Conteh-Morgan, Thomas Songu) --- Remote

  • Sponsors’ Minute: HUAWEI (Silver Sponsor)


10.30 – 11.00    Tea Break      

`11.00 – 13.00    PLENARY SESSION II – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Yousef Torman, ASREN

Rapporteur:  Urszula Chomicka, Internet2

  • GEANT - Tour du Monde (Cathrin Stöver)

  • The NEAAR Collaboration: Developing Strategies for International End-User Engagement (Edward Moynihan)

  • International collaboration to help build capacity for open access in Africa (Kathleen Shearer & Pedro Principe- Remote

  • In The Field is happening around you (Veronika Di Luna)

  • Numérisation, bibliothèques électroniques et libre accès : entre renforcement de capacités et perspectives en Afrique francophone (Pier Luigi Rossi)

13.00 – 14.15    Lunch


Chair:     HE Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo

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

  • 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, ISOC, RENATER, NSRC, Internet2.

  • Sponsors’ Presentations:

    • XON (Gold Sponsor)

    • MainOne (Gold Sponsor)

  • Opening Address: Prof. Octave Nicoué Broohm, Minister of Higher Education and Research of Togo

  • Official launch of the WACREN network: HE Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo

  • Videoconference with REN leaders around the world (GEANT, ASREN, CLARA, NORDUnet, RENATER, RENU)

16.30 – 17.15    Group Photograph

        Tea Break

17.15 – 18.30    PLENARY SESSION III – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Cathrin Stöver, GEANT

Rapporteur: Hastings Ndevbu, UbuntuNet Alliance

  • Internet2: supporting the US R&E Community into 2018 (Urszula Chomicka)

  • R/NRENS as Catalysts for Development: Learning from Eastern & Southern African Networks (Ane Johnson)

  • African Open Science Platform (Ina Smith)

  • Bibliothèques et NRENs (Cecille Ouattara Coulibaly, Minata Traoré)

20.00 – 22.30    Gala Dinner

Venue:   TBD

Friday 16th March 2018 --- Venue: Hôtel 2 Février

08.00        Registration continues

09.00 – 10.30    PLENARY SESSION IV – Paper Presentations

Chair:  Sabine Jaume, RENATER

Rapporteur:  Owen Iyoha, Eko-Konnect

  • Cybersecurity as a service: The POC tool/platform for design and implementation (Elisabetta Zuanelli) --- Remote

  • Universal Acceptance (Yaovi Atohoun)

  • Bootstrapping the African eduroam Confederation (Chris Rohrer)

  • Is the Global NREN community ready to support Transnational Education? (Esther Wilkinson)

10.30 – 11.00    Tea Break        

11.00 – 12.30    PLENARY SESSION V – Paper Presentations

Chair: Koffi Akpagana, TogoRER

Rapporteur: Veronika Di Luna, GEANT

  • How National Research and Education Networks (NREN) can assist universities to cope with the growing student numbers and to qualify lecturers (Margareth Gfrerer)

  • Availability, accessibility and acceptance of of advanced digital technologies among higher education students with special needs in Oyo State, Nigeria (Kelechi Lazarus)

  • Unleashing Potentials in Network & Security Automation in an era of Software-Defined everything (SDx) (Joel Amao) --- Remote

  • Sponsors’ Presentation: Togo Telecom (Connectivity Provider)

12.30 – 12.45    CLOSING

12.45 – 14.00    Lunch