In a landmark occasion for the UAE business community, TeknoPark – Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, and Trade and Export joined forces to host a high-profile networking evening – Tekno Turkey Connect event.
On May 20, 2014, Tekno Turkey Connect – powered by TeknoPark – Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, and Trade and Export Middle East magazine – provided the perfect platform for companies in the UAE to meet and network with potential technology partners from TeknoPark Istanbul. Held at the prestigious venue of Fairmont The Palm in Dubai, Tekno Turkey Connect introduced the frontrunners in the field of technology and presented a chance for the visiting companies to forge long-term business relationships in the UAE.
Technology has been a major driver of business performance in the UAE. Recently, the World Economic Forum ranked the UAE as one of the most tech-savvy nations in the world. That's not all. Earlier this year, reports predicted that IT spending in the UAE will increase 8.3 per cent year-on-year to reach US$ 4.36 billion in 2014. Recognising this potential for growth, the event unveiled the strong business proposition of TeknoPark – Yildiz Technical University, which is one of the leading technology development regions in Istanbul. Attendees enjoyed a fair overview of the free zone and its reputation for unrivalled innovation and excellence.
In his welcome address, Chris Stevenson, Commercial Director, Business Division, CPI Media Group, said: "TeknoPark has already raised the bar internationally in terms of its significant role in sectors such as aerospace, aviation, energy, health and defence – its client businesses are pre-eminent in their fields. It's a place that prides itself on the ability to turn high-end break-throughs into practical and relevant products; that provides a truly world-class facility, with resources and networking opportunities second to none; and which is dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources with the very best international partners."
The event was also successful in highlighting the fact that Turkey and the UAE are very much aligned in that they are both outstanding economic success stories. The countries show what's absolutely best about this region and have governments committed to progress and the highest achievements in every sphere of life.
Dr. Mahmut Karaman, General Manager, TeknoPark, shared his plans of establishing a branch in Dubai with an aim to develop and promote ICT products and solutions of the companies from Istanbul within the region.
The champions of technological growth
Amongst the companies from TeknoPark that were present during the networking evening were: Done Communication and Information Systems, a pioneer in developing high-tech mobile applications and services; Pordiva Information Technologies, a software agency developing innovative softwares in mobile and web technologies; Vendeka ITS, a developer of RFID system projects and solutions in Turkey; Ardela Technologies, a software company specialising in Mobile 'Enterprise Applications' for financial, pharmaceutical, automotive and retail sectors; SIGMADEL, a company founded with the purpose of building a telematic device to be used by insurance companies and commercial fleet; Getron, an industry leader in R&D software development; Senkron Yazilim, an organisation specialising in research and development and developing ERP solutions on specific sectors such as F&B and health & wellness.
Also present were companies such as IPera Technology Solutions, an R&D company which focuses on developing innovative, ergonomic and cost-effective solutions for the telecommunication sector; etugra, an Electronic Certification Services Provider and an expert on providing e-signature; Crypttech, specialises in the increasingly important field of information security; Minerva, a software company focused on producing ERP and business solutions; Karash, an expert on IT solutions and services on offer for banking and financial institutions; Rintek ARGE, a production-oriented software company which operates in SaaS (Software as a Service) model and a specialist on social media monitoring.