Eko-Konnect is a cluster of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (ngREN). Its aims to support network connectivity and collaboration between education and research organisations in the Lagos area as part of wider efforts to establish a functional and sustainable National Research and Education Network (NREN).
It was established in December 2009 in an initiative led by the University of Lagos to exploit the geographical proximity to sea cables and telecommunication companies to secure high speed and affordable Internet connectivity for the research and education community.
Eko-Konnect has as it's objectives:
- Connecting participating institutions in a high speed network suitable for academic activity.
- Good inter-operability between research organizations and higher education networks that enable secure anytime, anywhere access by students, teachers and researchers.
- Fostering of collaborative research in network technology and the development of internet resources, training, and usergroups amongst participating institutions.
- Collaboration with other stakeholders to establish the national Nigerian Research and Education Network (ngREN) and regional West and Central African network (WACREN).
Eko-Konnect is registered in Nigeria as a non-profit association to further these aims and objectives.
- ATI. The “Africa Training Initiative” is a 4-stage sustainable program developed jointly by Eko-Konnect and TeamCymru, a US-based Internet Security and Research Organisation, to help the Internet community in Africa meet this challenge through:
- Training and Education
- Collaboration and Intelligence building through data sharing, research and industry networking
- Development and deployment of operational practices
- Development of relevant support and facilitating bodies – CERTS, NOGs, etc.
- EkaLib. Eko-Konnect KohaAutomated Libraries (EkaLib) is a collaborative project for libraries dedicated to creating a shared catalog and an integrated system for libraries using Koha, the free and open source software library automation package.
- Eko-Geeks are students from various disciplines of the member institutions of Eko-Konnect. The group seeks to empower its members with technological knowhow irrespective of discipline and is focused on spreading the use, development and deployment of open source tools and services in their various institutions of learning.
- Girls in ICT is a program to equip girls and young women for a career in ICT. It aims to encourage girls to actively participate in ICT careers and provide opportunity for girls to learn the fundamental skills they need to be competitive in an increasingly technological world. Through specially tailored activities, the program will help young women think outside the box in the use and production of technology.
- ng-Mobicon is a series of activities related to mobile application and usage that will lead to the following program outputs:
1.A comprehensive report on the use of mobile applications in Nigeria
2.A capacity building workshop on Android mobile development for Eko-Konnect students
3.Participatory design sessions with civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations with a view to understanding the requirements for their mobile applications.
4.Development of 5 mobile applications that can impact areas of social change, citizen engagement, youth and gender rights and education in Nigeria.
5.Develop Mobile Software Innovation Labs on Eko-Konnect campuses beginning with University of Lagos.