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Passport2016 FIRE Award winner Caleb Ndaka travelled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to attend the Seed Alliance Award Ceremony and to promote his project, Kid’s Comp Camp, to a global audience. In this blog post, he shares his experience.

Guadalajara Here We Come

I remember this random afternoon when an email came into my inbox. It read: ‘We are happy to announce that the project “Kids Comp Camp” from Kenya has been selected as a winner of the FIRE Africa Awards 2016’. The next thing was to forward to the team beginning with a line ‘Wow, Is this for real?’ It was truly an unexpected joy.

Preparing travel documents went quite well. Oh, I remember travelling via road a night before my Mexican visa interview from one of our program's events held 350 km away from Nairobi in Vihiga County, only to show up in the embassy and realize I had forgotten my passport at home. Thankfully, the officer was kind enough to let me collect it and present it after the interview.

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Didas Passport size imageDidas Mzirai is the founder and CEO of Mucho Mangoes, an organization that empowers rural smallholder farmers in Kenya. In December 2016, as part of his FIRE Award, he travelled to Mauritius to attend the AFRINIC-25 Meeting and then onto Guadalajara, Mexico, to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He tells us his story below.

 

 

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nov.roundupNovember kept us all busy with the AFRINIC-25 Meeting. Here's a quick wrap up of what we got up to in November.

Monthly Statistics

New members in November: 9

Total new members in 2016: 159

Total members at end November: 1,431

IPv4 address space allocated in November: 108,032/32s

Total IPv4 allocated to date in 2016: 10,699,776 /32s

IPv6 address space allocated in November: 13 (all prefix sizes)

Total IPv6 allocated to date in 2016: 106 (all prefix sizes)

ASNs assigned in November:14

Total ASNs assigned to date in 2016: 158

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fire1The 2016 IGF took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 6 – 9 December. AFRINIC staff and several FIRE Africa grantees made the trip to participate in this important global Internet governance event. We've put together an overview of the week's highlight's below:

Seed Alliance Award Ceremony

The FIRE Africa Award winners received their trophies during the Seed Alliance Award ceremony which took place on 6th December, alongside the winners from the other Seed Alliance sister programmes, LACNIC's FRIDA and APNIC's ISIF Asia.

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This November I was lucky enough to attend my first AFRINIC meeting. Despite the temptation of the beach, I made my way to the Sofitel Hotel in Mauritius each and every day. This was an interesting experience for me. As an academic, I’m very used to attending conferences, but AFRINIC provided a unique vantage into the more practical world of operators and policy. I, myself, am a Internet measurements specialist, who spends his days (and sometimes nights) collecting data to understand the functioning of networks, often in Africa. Hence, I landed in Mauritius with an open mind for how the meeting could feed into my own research.

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