Bangkok gets a new creative space

Art July 15, 2017 12:23

By The Nation

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With the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) now settled in its premises at the Grand Postal Building on Charoen Krung Road, its former home – the Emporium’s fifth floor – has morphed into a new creative centre.

Called AIS D.C, it’s being run by the leading mobile phone operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) in partnership with the Centre.

The new space is designed to provide a full range of support to start-ups and people with creative minds to share their ideas, inspiration, and knowledge, so they can further sharpen their creative edge and create their own businesses.

The AIS D.C. consists of six zones: a library, meeting room, an exhibition area, a space for seminars and workshops, a studio, and a playground, all wired with the broadband Internet network boasting the highest Gigabyte-level connection speed. One of the highlights of the venue is the Playground zone. A first for Thailand and Asia, it’s a place where program developers and start-ups are allowed to try the API connection system on their products and services using the AIS digital platform. More than 100 test devices are available at no charge. Moreover, the zone offers a simulation of an NB-IOT network on which program developers can test their IOT equipment and services and benefit from the advice of AIS experts.

“Over the past six years AIS had provided the full range of support to the new generation through its ‘AIS the Start-Up’ project. Our close collaboration with start-ups has enabled us to understand the different desires and needs of various groups. One of these is a desire to access world-class infrastructure and supporting tools in order to turn their creative ideas into reality and then get their businesses off the ground. They also need mentors from various fields to share business management knowledge in marketing, human resources, public relation, law and more.

“That’s why AIS decided to set up the AIS D.C. space, which aims to be their new community and a new centre of creativity. It’s where they can enjoy the creative power of technologies, design, and business ideas, all in one place,” said AIS’ acting chief marketing officer Pratthana Leelapanang.

The annual membership fee for the general public is Bt1,200 per person and Bt600 for students.  AIS D.C. members can also use the facilities at every branch of the TCDC. Apply for membership at For more information, visit the “AIS D.C.” page on Facebook.