Ataturk Airport to host Teknofest in September

Alaturka Ekonomi Haberleri

By Ugur Arslanhan and Kenan Irtak</p> <p>ISTANBUL (AA) – Teknofest, Turkey’s largest aerospace, space, and technology festival, this year will take place on Sept. 17-22 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the event organizer said on Wednesday.</p> <p>&quot;Our goal is transform society through the work of our young people, which will propel our country to the top in the fields of high technology, aviation, and space,&quot; Selcuk Bayraktar, chairman of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation (T3), told a press conference.</p> <p>Last year, over 550,000 people attended the first-ever Teknofest at Istanbul's new airport.</p> <p>Teknofest can spread the word about Turkey's progress in technology to hundreds of thousands of young people, he said.</p> <p>Turkey has a long history in aviation, he added.</p> <p>At this year’s festival, several competitions will be organized in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, rocket science, unmanned aerial and underwater systems, turbofan engines, and model satellite design.</p> <p>Winning teams can get some 2 million Turkish liras (nearly $380,000).</p> <p>Teams can enter at www.teknofestistanbul.org through the end of February.</p> <p>The event is supported by Turkey's Industry and Technology Ministry, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, leading technology companies, public institutions, and universities.</p> <p><br>

*Gokhan Ergocun contributed to this story from Istanbul

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