Teknofest, Türkiye’s first aerospace and technology festival, kicked off in the Black Sea town of Samsun on Tuesday.
Organized at Samsun Carsamba Airport by the Turkish Technology Team Foundation (T3 Foundation) and the Ministry of Industry and Technology of Türkiye, the six-day event features activities such as air shows with warplanes, drones and helicopters, as well as seminars, summits and competitions. .
The 2022 festival will hold tech competitions in more than 40 different categories, including semiconductors, drones, satellites, rockets, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Selcuk Bayraktar, chairman of the T3 Foundation, said at the opening ceremony that the strongest countries often oppress the weak, adding that his goal is to bring justice and peace to the world for which the development of cutting-edge technology is essential.
“The pain of Bosnia, Karabakh and Palestine, where the whole West has turned its back, is still fresh in our hearts,” he said.
Bayraktar also spoke of the destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan to “bring democracy”.
“In our northern neighbour, Ukraine, women and children continue to be murdered in front of the whole world,” he added.
Mustafa Varank, Turkey’s Minister of Industry and Technology, said nearly 600,000 people applied to compete in the event and 5,252 teams advanced to the final stages. The winners will receive 10 million Turkish liras ($550,000) in total, he added.
Varank said their efforts are important for the technological development and the future of Türkiye.
Ismail Demir, the head of Türkiye’s defense industries presidency, said countries cannot be strong in defense without technological advancements.
Participants are transferred to the event from the city center by domestically manufactured electric buses.
Last year, the event was held at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, while its first international version was held in Baku, Azerbaijan in May.
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