SK Planet announced on Oct. 25 that it will strengthen support for startups and foster more mobile business professionals in order to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Open Innovation Center (OIC), which has been established for mutual growth with startups and support for mobile business professionals.
Established on Oct. 25, 2010, the OIC has been the nation’s first startup and mobile expert training organization. The center has operated diverse step-by-step programs in the last five years in a bid to create a mobile information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem, spreading the culture of startups’ creative economy and training 130,000 mobile business professionals in Korea.
In particular, the Smarteen App Challenge, a program aimed at fostering teenage mobile developers, has attracted the participation of more than 5,000 high school students and helped 110 of them become developers since 2011. It also incubated 19 teams to become startups.
The center’s T Academy trained a total of 80,000 developers, helped developers commercialize a total of 129 mobile applications, and the employment rate of its professional course graduates stands at 79.8 percent. Its new campus was opened at the Daejeon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation in Feb., securing its position as a smart ICT training center.
SK Planet said the Dong Go Dong Rak Test Center, the nation’s largest mobile testing center for developers, has 1,000 mobile devices, and 43,000 developers have used the center’s devices to test their development free of charge so far.