Covenant University, OIIE to Collaborate on Future Garage
Covenant University and the Office for ICT, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, would soon be working out modalities to partner on what they called Future Garage.
This was the outcome of a presentation by the government agency to the University management on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the Vice-Chancellor’s conference room.
The leader of the team and National Coordinator, OIIE, Mr. Bunmi Okunowo, explained that Future Garage is an incubator which is a tech-driven venture community building programme for undergraduates to spark, nurture and build innovative solutions or startups. He explained further that it would be managed by the students for the students, but the programme would be supported by OIIE and the host institutions.
According to the National Coordinator, the criteria for admission into the Future Garage would be innovation and creativity, adding that there are lots of interested partners like Google and Intel among others.
The goal, according to Okunowo, was that the students would be connecting their research work in the school to the industry. “There would be lots of programmes, workshops and startup coaching for these young people that will hack into the future to provide value. And because we have some of your Alumni in our team who carried these values even in their raw state which can be developed, that is why we are seeking partnership with Covenant University,” he said.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, promised that the idea would get receive all necessary support from the University because it was an idea whose time has come. He added that, though the University already has similar ideas in the Dreamers, Visionary and Enactus teams, he assured the visiting team that the University management would buy into the ideas.
“We are currently running with the Vision 10: 2022, that is, to be one of the leading world-class universities by 2022 and we cannot afford to dissipate energy into what will not contribute to that. This is an idea born in due season and it will get all necessary support,” he said.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Steven Oluwatobi; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Deputy Directors, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Dr. Obinna Nwinyi and Dr. Oluseye Ogunnaike.