UbuntuNet-Connect 2008 | 11 November 2008 | Lilongwe, Malawi

“Driving Effective Research and Education Networking in Africa”

UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking holds an annual conference that brings together practitioners and stakeholders to address current challenges, share lessons, and plan for the continuing growth of research and education networks in Africa. UbuntuNet-Connect 2008 will be held in Lilongwe, Malawi on the 11th of November, a day before Open Access 2008 at the same venue. The theme for 2008 is: “Driving effective research and education networking in Africa”.

UbuntuNet-Connect 2008 will in addition provide opportunity for disseminating the findings and plans based on the studies carried under CORENA Phase 1, as well as engagement of development partners to fund this major networking initiative

Registration fees for attendance for both UbuntuNet-Connect and Open Access 2008 is US$350, while that for UbuntuNet-Connect only is US$150, and Open Access 2008 only is US$250.


0800-0815 Welcome remarks and Self introduction, Dr. francis Tusubira, Acting CEO
0815-0830 Opening remarks, Prof. Zimani Kadzamira, Chairperson
Sub-theme 1: Developing effective national research and educational networks
Chair: Dr Pascal Hoba
0830-0850 NRENS: Organisation, Infrastructure, and operations, Dr. Duncan Martin, TENET
0850-0910 Discussion
0910-0930 Supporting content and content networks, Dr. Nora Mulira, Makerere University
0930-0950 Discussion
Sub-theme 2: National and international fiber opportunities (existing and emerging)
Chair: Prof Mumuni Dakubu
0950-1015 Existing and planned fiber at the national level, Dr. Lishan Adam
1015-1050 Discussion
1030-1050 Group photo and Health Break
1050-1135 Panel on International fibre,
SEACOM Brief Overview, Suveer Ramdhani,SEACOM
Delivering high speed international connectivity for Africa,Chris Wood, EASSy
IXPs in Africa,William stucke, AfrISPA
1135-1200 Discussion
Sub-theme 3: Lesson from, and working with other regional RENs
Chair: Prof. Patrick Mangheni
1200-1300 Experiences, Lessons, and opportunities through regional and international RENs, Dale Smith, Internet2;
GEANT2 and University Connectivity to NRENs, Michael Nowlan, DANTE
Prof. Don Riley, IEEAF
1300-1315 Discussion
1315-1415 Lunch Break
Sub- theme 4: NREN Clinic
Chair:  Mrs Margaret Ngwira
1415-1530 Response to organizational, infrastructure and operational issues raised by participants, Dr Duncan Martin, TENET; Dale Smith, Internet2; Prof. Bjorn Pehrson, KTH
IP adressing and ASN assignment, Dale Smith, Internet2
1530-1550 Health Break
Sub-theme 5: FEAST
Chair: Dr. Carmen Mena-Abela
1550-1720 Overview of FEAST proposal and objectives, Prof. Bjorn Pehrson, KTH
A Task for NRENs: Services and Application Support, Gerti Foest, DFN
TERENA compendium and data collection from Africa, John Dyer, TERENA
1720-1730 Summing up and Closing, Albert Nsengiyumva, UbuntuNet Vice Chair


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