Birth of the African Internet Summit

The ceremony that heralded the formation of the African Internet Summit  – AIS  ( was very simple, yet historic and significant in Africa’s march to breaking the the cycle of under-development and retrogression.

Network Operators in the region, working under the aegis of the African Network Operators’ group (AfNOG) guided the birth of the African Network  Information center (AfriNIC) the Regional Internet Registry for Africa. Subsequently, the other groups have naturally colocated with this event such as the African Research and Education Network, the African Computer and Emergency Response Team (AfriCERT) etc.  14 days of pure work in advancing the growth of the INternet in Africa

This year’s event has the following on the menu:

Event Date(s)
Unix Boot Camp 6 May 2012 (Sunday)
AfNOG Workshop 7 – 11 May 2012 (Monday – Friday
CERT Training (AfricaCERT) 7 – 11 May 2012 (Monday – Friday)
Web Workshop 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
ISOC Standards Day 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
Internet Number Resource Management 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
AfriNIC IPv6 for Managers 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
AfricaCERT Cybersecurity Day 12 May 2012 (Saturday)
Ipv6 for Engineers 13 – 14 May 2012 (Sunday – Monday)
AfNOG Tutorials 13 – 14 May 2012 (Sunday – Monday)
AfREN Meeting / AAF 14 May 2012 (Monday)
AfGWG 14 May 2012 (Monday)
AfNOG-13 Conference 15 May 2012 (Tuesday)
African Operators Day (AfOPs) 16 May 2012 (Wednesday)
AfriNIC-16 Meeting 17 May 2012 (Thursday)
AfriNIC-16 Meeting 18 May 2012 (Friday)

The Venue is:

The Kairaba Beach Hotel
PMB 390 – Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel.: +220 446 1410/446 2940/1/2
Fax: +220 446 1107

It is easier and cheaper in some cases to travel to Europe and America for most Africans, than to travel within Africa. The opportunity to gather African Internet Stakeholders including Academics, Engineers, Entrepreneurs  and  veterans should not be a wasted one. It is therefore a plus that AfNOG and AfriNIC could pull this off, and re-brand the meetings as the Annual African Internet Summit.

Now … the task is for us to return to Nigeria and replicate.

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