Teknofest

Teknofest, short for Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival, is the first and only aviation, aerospace, and technology festival of Turkey initially held at Istanbul New Airport in September 2018 by the Turkish Technology Team Foundation (T3) in collaboration with private companies, ministries, and academic institutions. [1] The primary goals of the festival are to raise public awareness about technology in society and to draw attention to the importance of national production.[2][3]

Teknofest
Teknofest
Teknofest 2019 entrance.jpg
Entrance to Teknofest 2019 at Itstanbul Atatürk Airport.
StatusActive
GenreFestival (Aviation, space and technology, air show)
FrequencyAnnually
VenueIstanbul Atatürk Airport
Location(s)Istanbul
CountryTurkey
Inaugurated2018 (2018)
FounderTürkiye Teknoloji Takımı (Technology Team of Turkey)
Websitewww.teknofest.org

The Festival is filled with seminars, technology competitions, exhibitions of domestic technology enterprises, Take Off İnternational Startup Summit. Visitors also can enjoy numerous attractions, such as aviation demonstrations including parachuting, air shows of "Solo Turk", "Turkish Stars", and many international aerobatic teams.ref name="ds1" />[3]

Technology competitions are organized in 12 different categories. People of all ages from primary school students to entrepreneurs can take part in the competitions with their projects and also benefit from the technical equipment support.[1]

For the contest "The HackIstanbul 2018 Capture the Flag", organized in cooperation with the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ECSO) and Romanian Government, computer hackers from all over the world competed. Winners were awarded money.[1]

Another award-winning competition is the "World Drone Cup" race.[4]


2021Edit

The festival was planned to be held in Istanbul between September 21-26. The newest competition categories were added to the festival to be held this year in areas such as simulation, artificial intelligence, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Over 5 million TL of material support will be provided to teams who pass the pre-selection stage. Winner teams will receive a total of over 5 million TL in prizes.

CompetitionsEdit

Year Level Competiton
2021 Primary and Middle School •   Technology For Humanity Competition

•    Education Technologies Competition

•    Smart Transportation Competition

•    Hack Istanbul

•    Robotics Competition

High School •    Smart Transportation Competition

•    Biotechnology Innovation Competition

•    Environment And Energy Technologies Competition

•    Digital Technologies Competition In Industry

•    Education Technologies Competition

•    Hack Istanbul

•    Technology For Humanity Competition

•    Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•    Culture And Tourism Technologies Competition

•    Robotaxı-Full Scale Autonomous Vehicle Competition

•    Robotics Competitions

•    Rocket Competition

•    Agricultural Technologies Competition

•    Turkish Natural Language Processing Competition

•    Flying Car Design Competition

•    World Drone Cup

•    Artificial Intelligence Competition

•    Fighting Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

•    Agricultural Unmanned Land Vehicle Competition

•    Mixed Swarm Simulation Competition

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate •    Smart Transportation Competition

•    Biotechnology Innovation Competition

•    Environment and Energy Technologies Competition

•    Digital Technologies in Industry

•    Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle Races

•    Educational Technologies Competition

•    Hack Istanbul

•    Helicopter Design Competition

•    Communication Technologies Competition

•    Technology For Humanıty

•    International Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

•    Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•    Jet Engine Design Competition

•    Mixed Herd Simulation Competition

•    Culture and Tourism Technologies Competition

•    Model Satellite Competition

•    Robotaxı-Full Scale Autonomous Vehıcle Competition

•    Robotics Competitions

•    Rocket Competition

•    Fighting UAV Competition

•    UAV Swarm Competition

•    Agricultural Technologies Competition

•    Agricultural Unmanned Land Vehicle Competition

•    Travel Hackathon

•    Turkish Natural Language Processing Competition

•    Turkey Drone Championship

•    Flying Car Design Competition

•    World Drone Cup

•    Artificial Intelligence in Transportation Competition

2020Edit

The festival was held in 21 different technology categories in Gaziantep on September 17, 2020. Comprehensive competitions that touch every aspect of life from health to agriculture and the environment, covering not only the defense industry but all civilian areas were organized. Biotechnology Innovation Competition, Agricultural Technologies Competition, Environment, and Energy Technologies Competition, Intelligent Transportation Competition, Educational Technology Competition, Helicopter Design Competition, and Jet Engine Design Competition were the competition categories added to the festival. The number of stakeholders also increased to 63 at the festival held in 2020. The festival, which is planned to be held in April, was postponed to September due to the pandemic. Only contestants were able to attend the festival. Approximately 20,000 teams and 100,000 young people from 84 countries applied to participate in the Teknofest competitions.[5]

CompetitionsEdit

Year Level Competition
2020 Primary and Middle School •    Technology For Humanıty

•    Flying Car Design Competition

•    Educational Technologies Competition

•    Environment and Energy Technologies Competition

•    Smart Transportation Competition

•    World Drone Cup

•    Hack Zeugma

High School •    Technology For Humanıty

•    Educational Technologies Competition

•    Environment and Energy Technologies Competition

•    Smart Transportation Competition

•    Helıcopter Design Competition

•    Flying Car Design Competition

•    Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•    Rocket Competition

•    Robotics Competition

•    Robotaxi-Full Scale Autonomous Vehicle Competition

•    Agricultural Technologies Competition

•    Biotechnology Innovation Competition

•    World Drone Cup

•    Hack Zeugma

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate •    Technology For Humanıty

•    Environment and Energy Technologies Competition

•    Flying Car Design Competition

•    Educational Technologies Competition

•    Smart Transportation Competition

•    Hack Zeugma

•    World Drone Cup

•    Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•    Rocket Competition

•    Robotaxi-Full Scale Autonomous Vehicle Competition

•    Agricultural Technologies Competition

•    Biotechnology Innovation Competition

•    Efficiency Challenge Electric Vehicle

•    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

•    Unıversity Students Research Projects Competitions

•    Model Satellite Competition

•    Jet Motor Design Competition

•    Swarm Uav Competition

•    Helicopter Design Competition

•    Travel Hackhaton

2019Edit

The festival was held on September 17-22, 2019 at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport. During the Teknofest, 17373 teams participated in the competitions.[6] The total participation in the festival was recorded as 1 million 750 thousand people with competitors and visitors. Turkey's first flying car prototype "Cezeri" was exhibited for the first time. Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet taxi and Medium-haul passenger plane MC-21 were also shown at the festival. Oher showcased jets were the multi-purpose fighter jet Su-35, Su-57 fighter jet, the latest generation Russian stealth aircraft, and the multipurpose amphibious Beriev Be-200. Unlike 2018, many new events were organized this year thanks to the festival’s huge success such as Flying Car Design Competition, Mini Jet Radial Compressor Design Competition, Turbo Fan Engine Design Competition, robotic competitions, Istanbul International Debate Fair, and TÜBİTAK University Students Research Project Competitions.[7]

CompetitionsEdit

Year Level Competition
2019 Primary, Middle, High School and Higher Education •   Smart Places Hackathon Competition

•   Technologies for Humanity Competition

•   Flying Car Design Competition

High School, Undergraduate and Graduate •   Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•   Rocket Competition

•   Robotics Competitions

•   Fighter UAV Competition

•   Artificial Intelligence Competition

Undergraduate and Graduate •   Efficiency Challenge

•   Robotaxi Competition

•   Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

•   Satellite Model Competition

•   Mini Jet Radial Compressor Design Competition

•   Turbofan Motor Design Competition

•   Swarm UAV Simulation Competition

2018Edit

At the festival, 14 different technology competitions were held at the Istanbul Airport on September 20-23. About 80,000 people registered for the festival in the first year. Within the scope of the festival, leading Turkish defense and technology institutions and organizations such as Aselsan, Baykar, İGA, Isbak, Roketsan, TUSAŞ, Turkish Airlines, TÜBİTAK and TÜRKSAT organized competitions in different categories.[8] F-16 Solo Türk, Challenger 605, Aston Martin The New Vantage, Tesla P100DL, Lotus Evora 430 GT, Redbull Racing F1, Kawasaki H2R races were also organized. During the festival, Rocket competition in Konya Salt Lake, Vertical Wind Tunnel Program in Taksim Square, Travel Hackathon, Hack Istanbul 2018, World Drone Cup, Take-Off International Startup Summit.[9]

CompetitionsEdit

Year Level Competition
2018 High School, Undergraduate and Graduate •   Satellite Model Competition

•   Fighter UAV Competition

•   Efficiency Challenge / Robotaxi Competition

•   Artificial Intelligence Competition

•   Swarm UAV Simulation Competition

•   UAV Supported Unmanned Land Vehicle

•   Technologies for Humanity Competition

•   Rocket Competition

•   Robotics Fetih 1453 Competition

•   Unmanned Underwater Systems Competition

•   Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

AttendenceEdit

In 2018, the first year of Teknofest, 4,333 teams made applications. In 2019, 10,288 teams applied to Teknofest, which has become the world's largest aviation and space festival. It received 1,720,000 participants in total. Despite the epidemic in 2020, a significant increase was observed in the number of applications with 16,034 teams. Applications received in 2021 broke a new record with a total of 36,984 teams.[10]

There were 12 different competition categories in the festival held in 2018. In the first year of the festival, around 80,000 people registered and welcomed 500,000 visitors.[11] In 2019, more than 50,000 contestants from 122 countries participated in the festival in 19 different categories.[12] The festival was not open to visitors in 2020 due to Covid-19. Despite this, it received applications from more than 100,000 people in 23 categories.[13] In 2021, the number of competition categories was increased to 34.[14]

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Countdown begins for TEKNOFEST Istanbul". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
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  10. ^ "Teknofest rekor kırdı: Yarışmalara 39 bini aşkın takım başvuru yaptı". www.hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-05-04.
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  13. ^ "Turkey's Teknofest getting better with every year". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  14. ^ "TEKNOFEST 2021'de Yarışma Heyecanı Başlıyor!". www.afad.gov.tr. Retrieved 2021-05-04.