Lagos, Nigeria to host 10-day e-Research hackfest in November

In recognition of the need for the community to acquire the necessary skills to support the promotion of open and reproducible scientific research, WACREN will host a 10-day e-research hackfest in Lagos, Nigeria. The event is supported by the European Commission through WACREN participation in the Horizon 2020 Sci-GaIA project

The main objective of the hackfest is to integrate scientific use cases through a pervasive adoption of web technologies and standards and make them available to their end users through Science Gateways (entities connected to distributed computing, data and services of interest to the Community of Practice the end users belong to).

Institutions and applicants from the region who couldn’t participate in the Sci-GaIA Summer Hackfest which took place at the University of Catania, Italy in July 2016 now have the opportunity to do so closer to home and are invited to apply.

The hackfest will take place on November 21-30, 2016 at the Lagos State University (School of Transport), Ojo, Lagos.

Interested parties are encouraged to present use cases for adoption and integration into science gateways by applying for the event. The hackfest will be conducted in English and the closing date for applications is the November 4, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by November 7, 2016.

Those keen to participation in the e-Research Hackfest need to complete the WACREN eResearch Application Form.


Applicants also need to be familiar with the use of REST APIs and should know the full stack (both front-end and back-end) of the use case they want to propose. While possessing the prerequisite technical skills is mandatory, applicants must also be affiliated with the research use case and/or the researchers responsible for the use case.

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