Upon the recommendation of the Council of Administrators, the Ateneo de Naga University Board of Trustees in its meeting of 18 February 2012 unanimously approved the creation of Ateneo de Naga University Innovation Center (Ai). The Ai was conceptualized and proposed by Mr. Magno Edilberto Conag III, Faculty Member of Digital Arts and Computer Animation Department and Dr. Allan Sioson, Dean of the College of Computer Studies. It aims at achieving the following goals: (1) to establish a laboratory for the stimulation, incubation, and commercialization of technology-based ideas; (2) to establish an office for handling linkages, partnerships, and collaborations with technology companies, venture capitalists, and similar entities; and (3) to promote a culture of “geek creativity” towards technology entrepreneurship.
The Ai, which shall be under the Office of the President, had its soft-launching yesterday, March 12, 2012 at the Coko Café, Madrigal Building for Social Entrepreneurship. The event was attended by university officials and representatives from the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce. Fr. Primitivo Viray Jr., S.J., President, Dr. Allan Sioson, Dean, College of Computer Studies, and Mr. Magno Edilberto Conag III, Faculty Member, Digital Arts and Computer Animation Department, delivered their respective messages.