The Largest Meeting of the Innovation Ecosystem Begins

TİM Chairman Gülle: We will build innovative Türkiye together

Since 2012, Türkiye Innovation Week, the largest gathering of the innovation ecosystem, hosted by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce, will be presented online December 25-26, 2020 due to the pandemic this year. The 8th Türkiye Innovation Week, which will contribute largely to the settlement and development of the concept of innovation in Türkiye, will include world-famous speakers, industry giants, owners of groundbreaking technological inventions, innovation stakeholders, success stories, innovation-oriented projects, innovation awards ceremony. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and six ministries will attend the event, that many panels in which innovation will be handled in a multifaceted way.

Türkiye's First Virtual Innovation Week, expert names in their field globally, such as Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger, futurist scientist Ray Kurzweil who is an expert in the technologies of the future, and Cardiac Surgeon Prof. Dr. Mehmet Öz will also give speeches at the ceremony. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, “Türkiye's biggest project in the name of innovation was export. This year, together with our experience in the pandemic process, we designed Türkiye Innovation Week with a new understanding and have prepared a program full of export-oriented content. We are going to make the first Virtual Innovation Week millions. Innovation is our guarantee, and export is our future. In this sense, we should build innovative Türkiye together in no time. Export will rise with innovation and Türkiye will rise with export. Today, every step we take in the fields of value-added production, sustainability, branding, and innovation will be the guarantee of “Türkiye that Rising with Export.” he said.

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), which is the representative of 61 exporter associations, 27 sectors, and 100,000 exporters, continues to contribute to the development of innovation culture. Türkiye Innovation Week, organized by TİM under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce since 2012, which will be held on December 25-26 online due to pandemic, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will set sail for new horizons with panels and talkers which innovation will be handled in a multifaceted way. The 8th Türkiye Innovation Week will bring together all stakeholders who touch innovation, from senior executives of global companies, world-renowned speakers, international professionals who make a difference, idea leaders of innovation, young entrepreneurs, managers of Türkiye's leading companies, top representatives of the public. Innovation experts from the world's largest companies will share their inspiring experiences and advice to help make a difference and impact on projects during Innovation Week, which will include innovation-driven project presentations and success stories.

“We will reach the large masses the first Virtual Innovation Week”

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle shared the details with media representatives about the biggest gathering of the innovation ecosystem, at the meeting also with the participation of strategic partners of 8th Türkiye Innovation Week. İsmail Gülle, “As Turkish Exporters Assembly which is the only umbrella organization of more than 100,000 exporters, exports will increase with innovation and Türkiye will rise with export.” he said. Stating that they will carry out the eighth one of Türkiye Innovation Week is December 25-26 online, İsmail Gülle said, “The interest in Türkiye Innovation Week was so great this year that we did not think for a moment to postpone this important project that our companies and young people are looking forward. Carefully adapting to the conditions of the pandemic, we completed our shootings in 15 days. Although pandemic on behalf of “Innovative Türkiye”, valuable names came together to support the Innovation ecosystem. I would like to express my gratitude to all our stakeholders who participated in this great project. In such difficult times, we will bring the First Virtual Innovation Week to millions by interlocking with its academicians, exporters, entrepreneurs, and media. We continue our efforts to increase our added value and high-tech export in exports without slowing down. In this sense, we highlight R&D, innovation, and entrepreneurship issues that have become even more important during the pandemic process and recommend that our exporters focus on quality instead of quantity. We are on the eve of an important transformation process in global trade. In this process, the competition will not only be “Price-oriented”. In the new period, the headings “Sustainability”, “Safe and Environmental Production”, and “Value Added” will be the elements that will determine our competitiveness. This shows that we need to move to a brand-new export strategy focused on sustainability and technology."

“Now there is a Türkiye that exports the technology”

Emphasizing that there is now a Türkiye that dreams, designs, produces and export technology, Gülle said, "We must spread this success in our strategic sectors to all our sectors. In this sense, we have made Türkiye Innovation Week, an organization that covers all sectors, effective in all areas, from education to art, from science to health, from export to digital and social media. Easy to say, but innovation is a word profound. It is so deep; it extends to where history began. When we say where history began, of course, this land we are talking about is our land. Innovation in this land for thousands of years; Sometimes it was civilization, sometimes it was an invention, sometimes it was art, sometimes it was designed, sometimes it was conquest, sometimes it was defense. Innovation was sometimes a machine and sometimes a good decision for us. But our greatest innovation has been our people. Innovation has always been a part of our lives with our scientists, experts, investors, and statesmen who make dreams come true in Türkiye and all over the world. Today, Türkiye's biggest project in the name of innovation is export. We walk safely into the future with the strong export family that makes dreams come true with its man and woman."

“Export will rise with innovation; Türkiye will rise with exports”

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle continued: As we have always said, export will rise with innovation and Türkiye will rise with export. There are no obstacles for this family, no impossible, no stopping. Innovation is the solution, innovation is value, innovation is breakthrough, or, in a pinch, innovation is heroism, innovation is export. Export is our future, our innovation assurance. We believe that the New Reform Period initiated by our President with a great vision will carry our country to our national goals. In this context, we expressed that we are ready to take on all the duties and responsibilities that fall on us as an export family. Using the opportunity on this transformation in global supply chains, we should increase the added value in production, especially in our country, and consider the provision of technology transfer in domestic and foreign investments that will take place. Since 2018, when we took office, we have been expressing it on every platform; Our target is the aim of “Türkiye that Giving Foreign Trade Surplus" and we see this transformation process as a great opportunity for our country.”

“Our assurance is innovation and export is our future”

Noting that there are no obstacles that can stand in the way of innovation, Gülle said, "We say innovation is our assurance, export is our future. We will build innovative Türkiye together. Our export family, which is under the umbrella of Turkish Exporters Assembly, with InovaLİG which is Türkiye's first innovation development program, with our mentoring model InoSuit which is corporate innovation system that strengthens university-industry cooperation, with InovaTİM which is Türkiye's youngest and most innovative family and, with the TİM-TEB Enterprise Houses which are our country's most wide-ranging entrepreneurship family, supports the innovation ecosystem in every sector. Today, every step we take in the fields of value-added production, sustainability, branding, and innovation will be the guarantee of “Türkiye that Rising with Exports.”

What is going to happen during Innovation Week?

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle gave the following information about the program content of Türkiye Innovation Week, which is the first program that comes to mind when it is called innovation in Türkiye: "This year, together with our experience in the period of the pandemic, we designed Türkiye Innovation Week with a new understanding and prepared a program which is export-oriented with full contents. In the Türkiye Innovation Week, which is the first program that comes to mind when it is called innovation in Türkiye, our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu will honor us. Besides, including Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, inventor, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, our Head of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, world-famous Turkish Cardiac Surgeon Prof. Dr. Mehmet Öz, domestic vaccine developer scientist Prof. Dr. Aykut Özdarendeli and, the giants of the global innovation and digital transformation process will be among our keynote speakers. TOGG - Türkiye's Automobile Enterprise Group CEO Mehmet Gürcan Karakaş and President of the Office of Digital Transformation of the Presidency Dr. Ali Taha Koç will share their valuable views with us as our keynote speakers. Also, Dr. Umut Yıldız, one of the 4 Turkish employees at NASA, will tell us about deep space communication and star formation. The themes that panel, workshops, and working groups will process separately, cover many new trends, from Innovation in Exports, Innovation in Media, from Innovation in Digital to Next Generation National Economy and Innovation. As TİM, representing our 100,000 exporters, I would like to underline again that Türkiye Innovation Week, which is the meeting point of experience and innovation, which we organized 7 times and reached a total of 500 thousand visitors, will continue to be the most comprehensive program that comes to mind when it is called to Innovation in Türkiye in its eighth year.”

Representatives of Arçelik, TEB, Turkcell, and THY, strategic partners of Türkiye Innovation Week, also took part in the media promotion of the event.

Mendi: TİM has always been there for us

Gökhan Mendi, Senior Vice President of Personal and Private Banking, representing the Turkish Economy Bank, said: "We are very proud to be a supporter and strategic partner in the eighth year of Türkiye Innovation Week. Innovation should not be limited only to institutions, companies, and projects. Important work has been done especially in recent years to develop and spread our country's innovation culture. Türkiye's Innovation Week is the pioneer and guide of all these studies. In this sense, I can say that Innovation Week, one of the most important events in Türkiye, is a unifying force. Innovation is a concept that in our DNA as TEB and exists in all our processes. The innovative perspective on solving all kinds of needs in our sector has become one of the basic working principles of our bank. To date, we have signed many joint works with TİM to create a technology innovation-oriented entrepreneurship ecosystem in our country. TİM has always been there for us. Our collaboration was not limited to Innovation Week. We have long supported and continue to support entrepreneurs who will build the economy of the future with innovative ideas in TİM-TEB Enterprise Houses, which operate as innovation centers that we have opened all over our country.”

Öztürk: Türkiye Innovation Week has become a worldwide event

Stating that Türkiye Innovation Week has become a worldwide event, Executive Vice President of Information and Communication Technologies of Turkcell which is one of the sponsors of the event, Serkan Öztürk said that they have been supporting the event since 2015. Öztürk, “We are very pleased and honored to be part of the organization, which is one of the first events to comes to mind when innovation is called, where is organized hosted by TİM, with the contributions of our Ministry of Commerce and, under the patronage of our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” he said. As Turkcell, we pay attention to innovation since the day we were founded. Today, we have changed from a GSM operator to a digital operator with our infrastructure and technology investments. In this way, we served the telecom sector fully in the pandemic process, which is one of the most needed periods. We have offered innovative solutions to suit the needs of our people during this period. We carry out our innovation studies with our R&D engineer, which is in our company and numbers close to 1300. We have more than 1,700 patent applications in the national and international arena with many projects carried out by our engineers in the fields of high technology. As a company that has come out of this land, we always believe in the strength and potential of our country. We will continue to bring new technologies to our country with innovative solutions with the same belief and motivation and to wave Türkiye's flag all over the world by competing with global companies, especially the telecom sector. On this occasion, we eternally thanks to our Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, our TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle and all the employees involved in the organization, especially our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who gave great support to the event."

Pazar: The event will finger on the pulse of Türkiye

Utku Barış Pazar, Deputy General Manager for Strategy and Digitalization of Arçelik, one of the strategic partners of the event, said, "Arçelik is a global company operating in more than 150 countries today with its investment in R&D and innovation 65 years ago. Behind this global success story of Arçelik, there is the power of R&D and innovation. At this point, technological superiority besides economic and political power has become an important element of global competition. Türkiye Innovation Week, which was held for the eighth time this year, brings together the world of production, technology, and entrepreneurship and contributes very important to increasing the export power of our country with value-added production and increasing the importance given to innovation. Türkiye Innovation Week will again finger on the pulse of innovation with interesting speakers and topics from each other this year. As Arçelik, we are proud to be a part of such a valuable organization as a strategic partner from the beginning. We would like to express our gratitude to our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who embraces the event from the first day, our Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan and, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle.”

WORLD FAMOUS NAMES WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE

It will be organized panels with many topics such as Innovation in Digital, Innovation in Health, Innovation in Education, Innovation in Exports, Innovation in Service Exports in the Türkiye Innovation Week. Innovation champions for 2019 will also be announced at Innovation Week, which will be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Innovation Award Ceremony, which is Türkiye's First Innovation Development Program, will be held at Innovation Week which will be a worldwide event with its innovation-oriented panels. In addition to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar will attend the Turkish Innovation Week. The expert names in their field, such as Instagram Co-Founder Mike Krieger, futurist scientist Ray Kurzweil who is an expert in the technologies of the future, and Vice President of Columbia University, Cardiac Surgeon Prof. Dr. Mehmet Öz, will also give speeches at the event.

WHICH PANELS WILL BE ORGANIZED?

1-Innovation in Digital

2-Innovation in Health

3-Innovation in Education

4-Innovation in Exports

5-Innovation in Service Exports

6-Innovation in Social Media and Social Life

7-Innovation in Sports

8-Next Generation National Economy and Innovation

9-Innovation in Media

10-Innovation in Aesthetics

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