From photo: True Corporation Plc., represented by Dr. Kittinut Tikawan (right), President (Co), and True Digital Park, represented by Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee (left), President, announced their collaboration with Google Thailand, represented by Mr. Ben King (center), Country Director, to create an innovative digital skills development center, “Academy Bangkok – A Google Space,” the first of its kind in Asia and second in the world. The center will be located at True Digital Park, Southeast Asia’s largest digital innovation hub, and the only hub in Thailand that fully meets digital lifestyle needs.
Bangkok – 24 July 2018 – True Digital Park, Southeast Asia’s largest digital innovation hub, and the only hub in Thailand that fully meets digital lifestyle needs, recently announced a partnership with Google to help boost the digital knowledge and skills of Thais. Google is providing support as a global digital technology partner fulfilling True Digital Park with a complete ecosystem of incubators, accelerators and academies with a learning program designed to embed digital innovation in start-ups and entrepreneurs through collaborative trainings, workshops and networking activities. In addition, Google is establishing a digital incubation center called “Academy Bangkok – A Google Space.” When completed in late 2018, it will be Asia’s first and the world’s second digital incubation center located at True Digital Park on Sukhumvit 101.
Dr. Kittinut Tikawan, President (Co) of True Corporation Plc. said, “True Group is strongly committed to supporting the Thai government’s economic development policy through innovation to move the country towards Thailand 4.0. We decided to initiate the True Digital Park project to become Thailand’s digital innovation hub to transfer and integrate the important knowledge needed to develop and benefit from digital innovation, to create constant improvements, and to foster domestic and foreign talent. The partnership with Google in establishing the Academy Bangkok – A Google Space at True Digital Park originated from a mutual vision and commitment to promoting digital education and skills development among Thais to further support the country’s business sector, resulting in boosting digital innovation to benefit both Thailand and the world. This will also support the Thai government’s digital economy policy by developing and enhancing the country’s competitiveness as well as supporting different economic sectors.”
Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee, President of True Digital Park added, “Successfully teaming up with Google is considered a key milestone and everyone at True Digital Park should be proud of this endeavor. This is also a regional achievement as the Academy Bangkok – A Google Space was designed to be Google’s first digital incubation center in Asia and the second in the world, and will be located in True Digital Park, Southeast Asia’s biggest and Thailand’s first and only digital innovation center that fully supports digital lifestyles. Google’s decision to set up its digital incubation center in Thailand offers Thais a tremendous opportunity to learn and improve their digital literacy and competencies, and to be more compatible with the fast-moving world of digital technologies through training programs and activities that will be launched jointly with True Digital Park. Additionally, this will help build a community that is fully equipped with the relevant knowledge, exchange of ideas, and inspiration that contributes to digital innovation. This, in turn, will emphasize True Digital Park as a global destination for the digitally savvy under the concept of Digital Lifestyle-Connecting Possibilities in a complete startup ecosystem.”
Academy Bangkok – A Google Space will serve as a two-month training venue for the Google Ignite project, which is a skills training center for digital marketing designed to prepare students for employment. In addition, the digital incubation center will serve as a training center for Google’s other projects such as software development and cloud computing. The center is designed to accommodate up to 200 participants at a time. Academy Bangkok – A Google Space will be located on the 6th floor of True Digital Park which is connected by skywalk to Punnawithi BTS station, and will be officially launched at the end of 2018.