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Open lab for content makers to launch in Daehangno

An open lab where cultural content creators can initiate, develop and execute their ideas will be set up in Daehangno in northern Seoul in May 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Monday.

The lab, dubbed “Contents Korea Lab,” will be located inside Hongik University Art Center in Daehangno, consisting of seminar and networking rooms, exhibition halls and studios equipped with 3-D printers, media facilities, audio equipment and others that could support budding content producers from the incubation stage to commercialization and promotion, according to the Korea Creative Contents Agency, the operator of the project.

The 3,051-square-meter space will be comprised of three sections: an “open space” for everyone; “establishing space,” for registered start-ups; and “nurturing space,” where those selected through competition could be mentored in actual business activities.

Modeled after YouTube Space of Google, Round House in the U.K. and MIT Media Lab, Contents Korea Lab aims at becoming the convergence platform of ideas for the creator ecosystem, the operators said.