14-15 March 2019
Accra Marriott Hotel
Africa/Accra timezone
Beyond Networks: Applications and Services

Programme

PROGRAMME
(as of 7 March 2019)

Monday 11th March 2019
LIBSENSE Workshop – Marriott Hotel

Tuesday 12th March 2019
LIBSENSE Workshop – Marriott Hotel
WACREN Members Meeting (by Invitation)Marriott Hotel

Wednesday 13th March 2019
AfricaConnect2 Admin / AfricaConnect3 Preparation Meeting - AM (by Invitation)Marriott Hotel

15.00 – 21.00 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
Venue: Marriott Hotel

18.30 – 20.00 WELCOME RECEPTION
Venue: Marriott Hotel

Thursday 14th March 2019 --- Venue: Marriott Hotel

08.00 Registration continues

09.30 – 11.00 OPENING CEREMONY (PARTICIPANTS AND GUESTS TO BE SEATED BY 09.00)
Chair: HE Nana Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana (TBC)
- Welcome Remarks: Dr. Boubakar Barry, CEO, WACREN
- Welcome Remarks: Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, Chairman of the Board, GARNET
- 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, NEAAR/Internet2.
- Sponsor’s Presentation: Microsoft (Platinum Sponsor)
- A Discussion with Internet Pioneers from the NREN Community
• Nii Narku Quaynor, Erik Huizer
• Moderator: Boubakar Barry
- Opening Address: HE Nana Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

11.00 – 11.30 Group Photograph
Tea Break

11.30 – 13.00 PLENARY SESSION I – Paper Presentations
Chair:
Rapporteur:
- Time Check: Ten Years of IR at the University of Jos (Stephen Akintunde)
- National Repository to bring Researchers’ Work into Spotlight (Dagim Y. Mengesha)
- The development and implementation of a Reading List Management system as a tool for facilitating educational resource discovery (Samuel Kotei Nikoi)
- Building Survey on Librarians' Capabilities for Open Access Repository Development in the Higher Education Sector (Pamela Abbott)
- Sponsors’ Minute: HUAWEI (Silver Sponsor)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

`14.30 – 16.00 PLENARY SESSION II – Paper Presentations
Chair:
Rapporteur:
- A Pedagogical Approach for Developing a Firmware from Open Source
(Thomas Djotio Ndie) --- Remote
- Engagement, Advocacy, and Outreach: Strategies for Optimizing REN Impact on International (Dimple Sokartara, Edward Moynihan)
- Politics of science communication: could Librarians be the perfect interface between science and communication? (Esther Obachi)
- Tele-Learning Facilities - Optimizing NREN Connectivity and Room Design for Higher Education (Brian Moyer, Sara Rudolph)
- Developing a Science Gateway for Physical Activity Lifelong Modelling & Simulation (Anastasia Anagnostou)

16.00 – 16.30 Tea Break

16.30 – 18.00 PLENARY SESSION III – Paper Presentations
Chair:
Rapporteur:
- United States International University - Africa Web-Scale Discovery Platform: Offering Users Limitless Search Capabilities (Mary Ngure)
- Crypto-Ransomeware Identification via Behavioural Analysis (Olumide Orija)
- A discussion on Africa’s multilateral response to personal data security breaches
(Alunge Rogers)
- An inference mechanism to predict wrong combinations when assigning permissions and roles in cloud computing data warehouses (Grâce Y. E. Johnson)
- Proposition d’un Modèle de Routage Efficace dans un Réseau Maillé Sans Fil Programmable (Soulamite Judith Nouho Noutat) --- Remote

20.00 – 22.30 Gala Dinner
Venue: TBD

Friday 15th March 2019 --- Venue: Marriott Hotel
08.00 Registration continues

09.00 – 10.30 PLENARY SESSION IV – Paper Presentations
Chair:
Rapporteur:
- The collaborative role of NREN’s in the provision of Data Services (Nobubele Shozi)
- Is the Global NREN community ready to support Transnational Education? (Esther Wilkinson)
- How the World Bank is assisting RENs in Ghana, Malawi and Somalia (Timothy Kelly)
- ICANN Identifier Technology Health Indicators - ITHI (Yaovi Atohoun)

10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30 PLENARY SESSION V – Paper Presentations
Chair:
Rapporteur:
- National Research and Education Networks are a platform for data science capacity development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Ssentongo Lloyd)
- National Research and Education Network (NREN) Implementation in WACREN Zone: A Comparative Study, (Kanya Rislan, Yahaya Coulibaly)
- AfricaConnect3 (Cathrin Stover)
- Sponsor’s Presentation: Vodafone (Connectivity Provider)

12.30 – 12.45 CLOSING

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 WACREN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

  • Applications and Services

    Cloud Services and Collaboration Tools, Trust and Identity, Cybersecurity

  • User and Science Engagement

  • Teaching and Learning

  • NREN Business Models and Use Cases

  • Advanced Network Technologies

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