Connected through Technology: AfricaConnect2

Connected through Technology: AfricaConnect2

Thursday, 30 November, 2017

Frustrated with long registration processes, students at Kyambogo University in Uganda invented a software to facilitate the process, which eventually led to the creation of start-up company, Zeenode Ltd. What started as a research project is now an initiative, which provides jobs not only for the students themselves but also for members of their community.

The creation of the start-up was made possible by improved connectivity at Kyambogo University and across Uganda through the AfricaConnect2 project.

Curious how they did it? Learn about their story through the latest video of AfricaConnect2:

Financed by the Pan-African Programme, AfricaConnect2 aims to provide high-band connectivity and dedicated services to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) across Africa, including to RENU, the Ugandan NREN.

By having access to affordable high-speed broadband connectivity, students, academic staff and researchers now have the opportunity to exchange and cooperate with their peers around the world. The project thus supports collaborative scientific research, which is highly needed – not only to catalyse innovation and economic growth – but also to address global challenges such as climate change and infectious diseases.​​​

The project involves the three African Regional Research and Education networks: ASREN for North Africa;​  WACREN for West and Central Africa and the UbuntuNet Alliance for Eastern and Southern Africa​, as well as GEANT, the pan-European data network for the research and education community.