Summary of ngNOG VI, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: 16 - 22 October 2011
The distribution of the 77 delegates to the 2011 workshop tracks is given below:
- 12 System Administration (SA)
- 19 Internet Infrastructure (II)
- 12 Internet Services and Applications (IS)
- 07 ICT Strategy, Policy and Management (SPM)
- 27 Applications and Content Development (ACD)
ngNOG VI at OAU Ife was also dominated by Academic Network Operators: 79% of participants were from the HEIs. Beyond that, however, ngNOG 2011 featured the highest number and diversity of participating research and education institutions in the history of the event. For the first time ever, there was very significant participation of institutions from sectors of Higher Education other than universities. Eleven (11) universities maintained a sub-sector lead by accounting for 45% of the 77 delegates. This year, however, three (3) Research & Development Institutes also sent delegates, while the National Board for Technical Education and 13 Polytechnics from across the country accounted for 34% of delegates to ngNOG.
University Libraries were also present in force this year, thanks to the synergy grown with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. A special side-meeting of University Librarians took place and a cocktail party was hosted by them and the OAU Ife. This was to be the end of the project intervention by the Mortenson Centre, but it marked a new beginning as the University Librarians decided to really own the intervention by maintaining the relationship with other sources of funds: it was most delightful to observe Aisha Schnuer and Alade Dorman getting used to their new Nigerian names and attire.
On the other hand, the participation rate for women at ngNOG Ife was 12%, which is lower than was ever recorded. It was 26% in 2006; 13% in 2007; 14% in 2008; 19% in 2009; and 33% at ngNOG 2010.
We are grateful to the various Institutions and Firms, who contributed instructors and presenters. They include: Yaba College of Technology, Lagos; American University of Nigeria, Yola; University of Jos; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Benin; University of Ibadan; Bayero University Kano; NISTech Ltd; Datasphir Ltd; GDES/ SKANNET; Google University Access Program; and the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.
With very great appreciation to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the MacArthur Foundation, and Google Inc. for supporting this event; to the Network Start up Resource Centre, which donated books and networking equipment; to the Mortenson Center; and Meed Networks, which donated T-shirts for this event.
Delegates, observers, our volunteer instructors and presenters, and their employers; as well as our Membership, the ngNOG host institution, LOC, Interns and organizers, are deeply appreciated.
This workshop built-upon foundations laid at the preparatory-ngNOG Workshop that held at the University of Ibadan in July 2006, and the five full editions that were hosted at UniJos, BUK, Unilag, Unilorin and Uniport. These were in turn, made possible by earlier editions of the INET and AfNOG workshops at which fora ngNOG instructors were mostly trained over the years, and will continue to be updated.
We remain deeply grateful to all our supporters and those who inspire us, including the very many who were not specifically mentioned in this summary.