Hackers from over 130 countries to meet in Istanbul

By Gokhan Ergocun

ANKARA (AA) – Hackers from more than 130 countries will exhibit their skills in Turkey’s first aerospace and technology festival “Teknofest Istanbul.”

"The HackIstanbul 2018 Capture the Flag" contest will be organized on Sept. 22, as part of the Teknofest Istanbul.

Thousands of hackers from 132 countries are expected to attend the contest, where well-known experts will also deliver their speeches, according to the contest’s website.

"Hackers' skills will be pushed to the limits by advanced real life cyber-attack scenarios prepared under the guidance of world's foremost experts," it said.

The contest will also be followed closely by the European Cyber Security Organization (ECSO) and Romania Science and Technology Ministry.

The winning, the second and the third teams will be awarded $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

Winners will receive prizes from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The 4-day festival will began on Sept. 20 in Istanbul's 3rd airport and will also include air shows, aviation demonstrations, technology competitions in 12 different categories, seminars on cutting-edge technology, and an international entrepreneurship summit among other activities.

Teknofest Istanbul is being organized by the Turkey Technology Team Foundation and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to promote and to showcase Turkey's rapid technological advancement.

More than 20 partners — including government bodies, private companies, academic institutes as well as the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation and Anadolu Agency — will support the event.