The Jakarta Post
12 four-person coworking offices are available at the Jakarta Creative Hub. Selected users will be able to utilize the rooms and other facilities in the new space. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)
There are only two weeks left until the Jakarta Creative Hub (JCH), a government-run coworking space, welcomes its first cotenants and working partners in April.
As previously reported, selected businesspeople will be able to utilize the JCH and its facilities, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and fashion grading machines at a low price. They can also conduct paid or free workshops in the JCH’s makerspace and classrooms.
Although the selected applicants are set to be announced on April 1, Leonard “Leo” Theosabrata, a JCH consultant, said many discussions were still ongoing about the JCH’s rules of usage.
“It is very hard to set a standard operational procedure because there is just so much bureaucracy to get through,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. He also noted that there were worries about the utilization of products at the hub. “Since the launch event earlier this month, there is already an item missing,” he said.
However, Leo said the JCH management team, which consists of professionals from private sectors and Jakarta administration staff, were doing their best to formulate appropriate usage rules for the JCH.
Due to space and management capacity limitations, Leo predicted that only a few dozen applicants may be selected for the JCH’s first run. He said the management wanted to prevent a usage monopoly. “We also want to build the spirit of [using] the given facilities without abusing them,” he said.
The selected applicants, be they official working partners or cotenants, will be able to utilize the JCH facilities for a year. After that, the management will select new businesses to be incubated in the coworking space.
The JCH has gained huge interest from the public since it was launched at the beginning of March. It currently hosts three tours a day to raise public awareness about its facilities and functions. Workshop administrator Paquita Sitompul said up to 150 people could visit the space every day.
The JCH is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. (asw)
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