Eko-Konnect To Host Lagos Edition of Women In WACREN - Physical Computing with Python

In collaboration with the the Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Centre and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Eko-Konnect will be hosting the Women in WACREN - Physical Computing with Python Lagos edition

The 5 day workshop will run from 22 January to 26 January 2018 followed by a community day on Saturday 27 January where women from faculty and the tech industry will discuss ways to bridge the gender gap in ICT and STEM development in Nigeria. The Women in WACREN Workshop will help support Eko-Konnect's Girls In ICT initiative aimed at encouraging girls at all levels of education to adopt STEM based subjects in secondary and tertiary education and to fully participate in pursuing careers and entrepreneurship endeavours in the technology sector after graduating from higher education.

Off the back of the workshop, Eko-Konnect will formally relaunch its Campus Technology Internship Program - CTIP in the University of Lagos working in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship & Skills Development Centre and Faculty of Engineering to develop challenge driven education projects with Unilag student interns to use technology to solve challenges in society.

To register for the workshop go to: https://indico.wacren.net/event/61/
Registration deadline is 10 January 2018 and the event is open to females only.

Ford Foundation Awards Grant To Support ICT For Girls

The Ford Foundation has awarded a grant to Eko-Konnect to support its ICT For Girls initiative in the country. The grant will support Eko-Konnect in its development of coding skills for secondary school girls in specific underserved areas of Nigeria.

Commenting on the grant, Mr Owen Iyoha, General Manager of Eko-Konnect said the organisation was pleased with the continued support from Ford Foundation and expected that with this support Eko-Konnect will develop sufficient STEM skills particularly programming for young girls in secondary skills and students in universities. He also hoped that the skills developed would be impactful in the Nigerian research and education network ecosystem. Mr Iyoha also said that a particular focus of development would be on Python coding skills using robots as a learning tool and using raspberry pi's and other IoT platforms to stimulate creativity among students in higher education that would lead to wider entrepreneurship initiatives.

Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Repositories

Eko-Konnect in collaboration with the Nigerian Universities Library Consortium (NULIB) invites you to a two day interactive and practical workshop themed: “Tracking Research Outputs and Populating Your Repository”.   The workshop is aimed at addressing some of the issues raised at the meeting of Libraries in support of effective research in WACREN held in Abuja last year.   

Building on regional efforts to promote researcher visibility and other collaborations to enable improved access to local content, the event will be a participatory design workshop with outcomes that lead to follow-on activity in participant campus networks.

Objective
Co-design a collaborative project for increased awareness and uptake of ORCID identifiers on Nigerian campuses, and employ them to efficiently track research outputs and other institutional data outputs through the integration of Institutional Repositories with the ORCID API.

Target Audience
Senior Librarians and Library systems support staff who currently manage or plan to deploy Institutional Repositories and want to achieve more impact from their deployment.

Date: 12th and 13th December, (Tuesday and Wednesday) 2017 
Time: 8am – 5pm 
Venue: Eko-Konnect Secretariat, 11b Taiye Olowu Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Cost
Registration is required for this workshop and costs N50,000 per participant. There are limited spaces for the workshop so please register early! There is a 10% discount for registration and payments is completed before the registration deadline.

For further information and registration please visit:
https://indico.wacren.net/event/60/ If you don’t have an indico user account click the ‘create one here’ link on the page to create an account and access the registration page
or email secretariat@eko-konnect.org.ng

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

NgREN Signs Agreement With WACREN On AfricaConnect2

The Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), recorded a mile stone in its efforts of connecting and enabling Nigerian universities and institutions to share resources, communicate, collaborate and partner with member institutions and other countries for effective research and learning, as it signed an agreement with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), in order to maximise the benefits of the 2nd phase of the AfricaConnect Project, (AfricaConnect2).

This agreement which signals a new vista for the Nigerian University System (NUS), through the NgREN, has provided more opportunities for the Nigerian Universities to collaborate with other country’s universities for global research.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, held at the NgREN secretariat, on Monday, 22 May, 2017, the Chief Executive Officer of WACREN, Dr. Boubakar Barry said Nigeria is the 5th country to connect the AfricaConnect2, after Mali, Togo, Cote d’ Ivoire and Burkina Faso. He said that the Project, expected to run from 2015 to 2018 would consolidate on the achievements of the AfricaConnect, adding that Lagos and the NgREN secretariat would be among the hubs of the project.

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