Applications Open: EthERNet e-Research Hackfest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – February, 13-24, 2017



In recognition of the need for the community to acquire the necessary skills to support the promotion of open and reproducible scientific research, EthERNet will host a 2-week e-Research Hackfest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event is supported by the European Commission through EthERNet’s participation in the Ubuntunet Alliance that is partner in the Horizon 2020 Sci-GaIA project.


Background and objectives

The main objective of the e-Research 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).

The past Sci-GaIA e-Research Summer Hackfest offers a first insight to the activities during the e-Research Hackfest to be held in Addis Ababa and what could be expected as outcomes from the participation in this venue.

Venue and dates

The e-Research Hackfest will take place from 13 – 24 February 2017 at the premises of Ethiopian Education & Research Network (EthERNet) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Applications and deadlines

Interested parties are encouraged to present use cases for adoption and integration into science gateways by applying for the event. The e-Research Hackfest will be conducted in English and the closing date for applications is 16th of January 2017.  Successful applicants will be notified by 24th of January 2017.

Participation in the e-Research Hackfest is by invitation, on the basis of proposed use cases. If you want to be selected to attend the e-Research Hackfest in Addis Ababa,  please complete the  EthERNet e-Research Application Form.

Applicants will need to upload the following documents in PDF format as part of the application:

  1. A description of your use case which you will also present during the e-Research Hackfest.
  2. Letter of interest and support of the applicant and subsequent related activity signed by the Chief Executive of your institution and/or the Head of Department or Dean of Faculty directly responsible for the project use case using your institution’s official letterhead.
  3. Applicant’s CV.
Prerequisite skills for applicants

Applicants will 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.

Costs of participation

The participation is free of charge. The costs of accommodation, subsistence and travel are not covered by the organising institution.