Eko-Konnect Users Conference 2019

Centre For Information Technology & Systems (University of Lagos)

Centre For Information Technology & Systems

University of Lagos

Akoka Yaba Lagos
Charles Uwadia (Eko-Konnect) , Owen Iyoha (Eko-Konnect)

This is a 3-day annual conference for Eko-Konnect institutions, members and interested parties from the wider research and education networking community in Nigeria to connect to activities and developments happening in the community.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Role of Library in Open Science and Open Access".


Day 1 will include presentations and interactions to address the roles of the library and researchers in the promotion and development of open science and open access through the use of networked repositories. Insights into how institutions, their communities and works gain higher visibility in the global research and education space through the use of repositories and connecting to the REN will be covered.

Attendees will discuss the WACREN led "Library Support for Embedding NREN Services and E-infrastructures" initiative (LIBSENSE), the report of a recent workshop held in Zanzibar, and participate in the next iteration of the survey targeting librarians in the WACREN region on their role as information custodians and repository managers.

Day 2 will be a continuation of the previous day's activity and conclude with the 9th Eko-Konnect Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the afternoon.  

Day 3 will host the launch of the Nigerian Youth Internet Governance Forum - NYIGF.

The NYIGF day is held in collaboration with other stakeholders including the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum(NIGF) and the Nigerian Internet Society(ISOC).

Targeted at students and young graduates, the event will kick-off a forum aimed at youth inclusion in issues of policy, usage and governance of the Internet so the Internet is used in a more informed and responsible manner.  Participants will be exposed to various avenues and platforms through which they can participate, make their voices heard, and influence policy and decision making.

The Eko-Konnect Campus Technology Internship Programme (CTIP) and relationship with NYIGF will be introduced to students in higher education institutions.

    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
      Registration and Networking
    • 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
      Open Science for Sustainability
      • 10:00 AM
        Opening Remarks and Welcome Address 30m
        Speaker: Prof. Oluwatosin Ogundipe (Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos)
      • 10:30 AM
        Open Science for Sustainability 30m
        Speaker: Prof. Charles Uwadia (Chair, Board of Trustees, Eko-Konnect)
    • 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
      Health Break and Group Picture 30m
    • 11:30 AM 1:30 PM
      Open Access Repositories and FAIR data
      • 11:30 AM
        Research Visibility and impact with Open Access Institutional Repositories 30m
        Speaker: Iryna Kuchma (Open Access Programme Manager, EIFL)
      • 12:00 PM
        Making Sense of Repositories 30m
        Speaker: Dr Stephen Akintunde (Librarian, University of Jos)
      • 12:30 PM
        FAIR Data for Open Science 30m
        Speaker: Iryna Kuchma (Open Access Programme Manager, EIFL)
      • 1:00 PM
        Questions & Answers 30m
    • 1:30 PM 2:30 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 2:30 PM 4:00 PM
      LIBSENSE - Library and NREN Collaboration
    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
      Exhibition and Networking
    • 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
      Campus Networks & Science Engagement
    • 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
      Eko-Konnect Annual General Meeting
    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
    • 10:00 AM 10:15 AM
      Welcome Address
      • 10:00 AM
        Welcome Address 15m
        Speakers: Ms Mary Uduma (Nigeria Internet Governance Forum ) , Ms Uffa Modey (Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative)
    • 10:15 AM 12:00 PM
      Internet Governance Fundamentals
    • 12:00 PM 12:40 PM
      Tea Break, Group Photo and Networking 40m
    • 12:40 PM 1:00 PM
      Messages from Nigerian Internet Organsations
    • 1:00 PM 2:45 PM
      Opportunities for Youth in the Global Internet Ecosystem
      • 1:00 PM
        Opportunities for Youth in the Global Internet Ecosystem - Panel Session 1h
        Speakers: Adaora Okoli (Tech Culture Nigeria) , Adenike Ajuwon (African Academics Network on Internet Policy) , Bolutife Adisa (Ernst and Young) , Kemi Adepoju (NiRA) , Ridwan Oloyede (Internet Society Nigeria Chapter) , Sophina Kio-Lawson (SheSecures) , Temi Afeye (Bleep.me)
      • 2:00 PM
        Interactive Discussions 45m
    • 2:45 PM 3:00 PM
      Closing Formalities
    • 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
      Lunch 1h