Türkiye’s biggest tech event has officially expanded to Azerbaijan as the two countries seek to strengthen cooperation and develop critical technologies.
Teknofest Azerbaijan, the 2022 edition of Türkiye’s major technology and aviation fair, has kicked off in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
Teknofest, which was first held in Türkiye in 2018, is officially expanding to neighboring Azerbaijan this year and is set to be held May 26-29.
Last year, Azerbaijan participated for the first time in Türkiye Teknofest with 11 local companies and startups.
Selcuk Bayraktar, head of the board of directors of the Turkish technology team event organizer, visiting the event area before the start of the festival, told reporters that the enthusiasm of Teknofest is felt everywhere in Azerbaijan, adding that he expects all “Azerbaijani” “brothers and sisters” in the event.
Bayraktar said he decided to hold Teknofest in Azerbaijan to strengthen cooperation between Ankara and Baku and develop critical technologies.
The four-day Teknofest Azerbaijan will feature 10 technology competitions in different fields such as rocketry, agriculture and unmanned aerial vehicles.
At the Baku event, companies and entrepreneurs are ready to present their products and technical solutions.
On the entertainment side, the festival includes aerobatic flight shows from the Azerbaijani Air Force, Turkish Air Force Turkish Stars and Solo Turk, vertical wind tunnel, water attractions, flight simulators and robots.
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“Champions of Technology”
Bayraktar stressed that the “champions of technology” will be rewarded on Saturday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev.
“The pride of our nation, Nobel laureate scientist Aziz Sancar, who attended Teknofest in Türkiye, presented our students with their prizes and also gave them good advice…He will come to Azerbaijan and give prizes to our students,” he said.
Bayraktar also pointed out that Teknofest is a paradigm shifting event.
“We organized Teknofest in Turkey” with the motto: “let a child come and touch an airplane. Maybe this child will work in our country’s space program in the future”. In Azerbaijan, we say, ‘let a child come, touch a plane, maybe it will take our countries into space,'” he said.
He pointed out that Teknofest is an event to “inculcate self-confidence” in people to develop high technology.
Some 5,000 competitors out of a total of 1,000 teams applied for the competitions organized within the framework of the event, while more than 250 of the 1,000 candidate teams qualified for the final.
A total of 32 countries including Germany, USA, Ireland, Pakistan, Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Azerbaijan and other European countries participated in Take Off Baku , an initiative summit held at Baku Crystal Hall as part of Teknofest Azerbaijan.
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