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CALL FOR PAPERS – WACREN 2018

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WACREN is organizing its 4th Annual Conference on 15-16 March 2018 in Lomé, hosted by TogoRER, the NREN of Togo.

The main theme of the conference is: "WACREN – Unleashing Potentials", with the following sub-themes:

i)        Advanced Network Technologies and Services (SDN, Cloud services, mobility services, NOCaaS, …)

ii)      Building and Strengthening User Communities (research communities, librarians, etc.)

iii)     NREN Business Models and Use Cases – Experiences Around the World

The conference is organized in a special context: the rollout of the WACREN network, with the promise of changing dramatically the IT landscape in higher education and research in the region.

This is a call for papers for the conference. Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts (500-600 words) on the main theme or sub-themes, as well as on related subjects.

The schedule (deadlines) is as follows:

1. Submission of abstracts: 24 November 2017

2. Notification of acceptance: 8 December 2017

3. Submission of full papers and presentations: 17 February 2018

4. Submission of presentations: 3 March 2018

All documents will be submitted online through the conference website that will be activated in the next couple of days; please visit WACREN’s website for updates.

For authors of selected papers who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organizations to attend the conference, support may be provided for travel or accommodation, subject to availability of resources (for maximum one author per paper).

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at cfp2018@wacren.net.

We look forward to your active participation.

The WACREN 2018 Programme Committee

Women in WACREN - Physical Computing with Python

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This first “Women In WACREN” training and community event is held in collaboration with SenChix, a women in technology group hosted by snRER, the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) and the AfricaConnect2 project.

Leveraging a broader promotion of maker culture and hackerspaces in NRENs, the event will kick off a program aimed at reducing current imbalances in gender participation. It will support female students and staff to improve STEM skills through experimentation with robots and electronics and learning to program these devices.

The participants wind down at the end of the 5-day training workshop in the Senchix community day, a networking opportunity open to faculty and guests from other women tech hubs with representation from government and industry.

Workshop Goal: Teach Python in a series of practical hands-on exercises that introduce the fundamentals of physical computing with the Raspberry Pi, GPIO breadboard and sensors.

Targeted Audience: Female students and staff in computing and engineering or from other disciplines with good computer skills and interest in intelligent environments.  A programming background and knowledge of Linux or other UNIX operating system is useful but not required.

Expected Outcomes: Over time, participants will be able to work on their own or in small teams to develop electronic or robotic projects at varying levels of complexity to solve problems.

Language: Conducted in French with bilingual trainers

Logistics:

  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.
  • Selected international participants who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organisations to attend the workshop may be supported for travel and/or accommodation, subject to availability of resources.

Register at https://indico.wacren.net/event/55   - The deadline for application is 25 October 2017. 

 

 

2nd WACREN perfSONAR Training Workshop - Accra, Ghana - October 9-13 2017

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WACREN organizes its 4th regional capacity building workshop in Accra, Ghana from the  9 - 13 October 2017

The workshop will be organized in collaboration with International Networks at the Indiana University, Ghanaian Academic and Research and Education Network (GARNET), the University of Ghana and AfricaConnect2.

Goal:    Focused on perfSONAR measurement meshes, participants will learn how to set up a new mesh and what it means to have a measuring point participate in a mesh.  These NREN and campus network administrators will also be connected to the WACREN regional perfSONAR deployment.  

Engineers from NRENs who have subscribed to the AfricaConnect2 project and will be connected to WACREN are the priority.   Others will include participants from the 1st WACREN perfSONAR workshop or experienced network engineers who have successfully deployed perfSONAR in their home organisations.  All participants will require exposure to network monitoring, network performance measurements and perfSONAR.  

Expected Outcomes:  Measurements will be taken by participants from NRENs connected to the WACREN network as well as those from countries connected via other international transit. These participants would then be able to quantify the network reliability and performance improvements with the WACREN network compared to commodity Internet services.  

Language:  Conducted in English with bilingual trainers

Logistics:

  • All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable.
  • International participants will be provided with free accommodation (from 8th October to 14 October 2017)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop.

Applications from the ASREN and UbuntuNet Alliance regions are welcome and encouraged.

Please visit the workshop website to apply - https://indico.wacren.net/event/54/registration/

Deadline for application is August 31, 2017

 

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