Today I attended the conference at İstanbul Chamber of Commerce which I'm one of its member. For me it was very informative, learned about Innovation and how it is supported by government with Teknoparks, Teknokents and other organizations. There were very nice examples presented too.
Here were presenters with their memorable words:
"Now, it is necessary to say new things" İsrafil Kuralay ( Board member of İstanbul Chamber of Commerce - https://www.us-istanbul.com/)
"Patent number must be increased" Serhat Öztürk ( Koskeb Service Manager - https://www.kosgeb.gov.tr/Pages/UI/Default.aspx)
"Automation is important for efficeincy and productivity. Our scales must compete with world ones" Hasan Büyükdere ( Teknopark İstanbul board member )
Nazire Peker ( İstanbul Technical University's ARI Teknokent General Manager) gave many numbers about the Teknokent, all are promissing.
Hande Akçe ( TUBITAK - The Scientific and Technological Research Counsil of Turkey - Expert) gave some information about their donations and TUBITAK's support to firms for innovation, all are promissing. (https://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en/ot/10/;jsessionid=6EA38140B8700F03791F4E261E686F28)
Prof.Dr. Nader Nada ( Fatih University - https://fatih.edu.tr/?&language=EN) talked about their new department about Innovation at their University. He also mentioned about Innovations Centers which he wants to build in Turkey. He said strategy is important in innovation but overlaping the strategy onto organization is much more important than that.
Prof.Dr. Nader Nada also said there should be innovation in education in Turkey. And I agree with him. Innovation in education will trigger other innovations in the country.
İhsan Karataylı (TTGV expert - https://www.ttgv.org.tr/en)
Then we had lunch, here is another view :)
Well as you may guess in the morning they analyzed the present state of the Innovation in our country. In the afternoon Innovation examples from the world and from the Turkey were presented.
"First imitation then transformation and afterwards innovation happens." Salih Keskin (Innovation expert)
Necati Terziöz (Teknofil Mühendislik General Manager- https://www.teknofil.com.tr/)
Dr. Cüneyt Kalpakoğlu (Netsafe Bilgi Teknolojileri- Founder and Board of manager - https://www.net-safe.com.tr/www/ )
Orhan Ünal (Viko Elektrik & Elektronik A.Ş. - Ar-ge Center Director - https://www.viko.com.tr/viko.aspx?lang=en)
After seeing the examples we continued with Innovation policies in Turkey.
"Innovation must be our life style." Mehmet Akif Özyurt (İstanbul Chamber's parliamentarian)
Mr. Özyurt also mentioned the importance of education and he said the education system must also be support innovation. He also brought lacking processes into agenda.
Doc.Dr. Aykut Arıkan (Yeditepe University - https://yeditepe.edu.tr/?&language_id=2) began with what is not innovation.
"Problem > idea >ar-ge > solution > added value is the definitio of innovation" said Mr. Arıkan. He also mentioned about a center to strike ideas, a future museum and a center about learning on demand.
Recep Uzungil ( Expert at Minister of Science, Industry and Technology - https://www.sanayi.gov.tr/Default.aspx?lng=en) he talked about the support procedures and mentioned many types of support from government via some laws.
I found that conference very promissing about innovation. However there were some lacks almost in every kind of support coming from the organizations. As far as see there is no measuring and controlling. Without measuring the results how can we talk about innovation? At least added value should be measured, as far as I see there has been no measuring going on. What is the goal? support every innovative project? How can we manage that, we are not that much rich country.. Sectors must be analyzed and innovative ones must be determined. According to TUBITAK IT is highly supported so Energy, Water and Food sector must take place.. I'm not sure that IT is highly supported, because I'm not seen many innovations in IT in my country. There were some good questions asked too.. one was " is there any Turkish brand in IT at world scale that we do not avare of?" Asking the same question to all of you, please name it..
As all conference long said universities should collaborate with industry and industry should collaborate with universities.. I'm agree with Prof. Nada we definetly need innovation in education, I'm also agree with Dr. Arıkan we need places to stike ideas to eachother and I'm agree with Mr. Özyurt we need some controlling and measuring mechanizm not only for innovation support, in every area we needed..
I would like to thank İstanbul Chamber of Commerce inviting me such informative conference about innovation.
Here is my last picture;