By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade
Azerbaijan will host the 1st InnoFest Innovation Festival, Tural Karimli, director of Azerbaijan's High Tech Park LLC under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, said at a press conference on May 15.
The festival will consist of 12 events and will be held from May 29 to June 4.
Karimli said that the festival will be held on the initiative of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, and the event is organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijani Youth Foundation, UN Development Program, US Embassy in Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijani mobile operator Azercell.
He added that summits and forums with the participation of global organizations, international companies and influential individuals, robotics competitions will be part of festival. Esports tournaments, innovation and start-up competitions, exhibitions, technoparties and a concert with the participation of a famous artist are also included in the program of the event.
In addition, Tural Karimli noted that the large-scale Monex Caspian summit will be held in Baku on May 30-June 1, which is held annually in the regions of Europe, the Middle East and the CIS countries.
Monex Caspian organization is aimed at creation of new business opportunities in Azerbaijan, improvement of cooperation and identification of the latest trends. The event will bring together leaders in financial technology and the banking industry.
More than 300 local and foreign companies and more than 70 speakers and representatives from approximately 50 countries will attend the summit. Moreover, one the main guests of the event will be Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor and creator of the Internet, the speaker of the Web Summit and the World Economic Forum in Davos, the world's largest technology conference, as well as the winner of the Turing Award and Queen Elizabeth Award.
Further, Azerbaijan’s Karimli said that Azerbaijan’s first Youth Internet Forum will be held from May 31 to June 3 within the framework of festival. The primary goal of the forum is to attract the young people of the country, as well as the countries of the region, to discuss trends in the development of the digital sphere.
Made in Azerbaijan: Innovations and Technologies (MAINTECH-2019) forum will also be hosted by Azerbaijan on June 3. Supported by Azerbaijan’s State Fund for Development of Information Technologies under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, its main purpose is to widely disseminate innovative and technological products and services and also to support their export.
Also, an exhibition of goods of local manufacturers will be held with the support of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, together with Mars Academy at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, where achievements in the field of high technologies will be presented. Mars Academy will present information about STEAM educational programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics). The goal of the program is to help young people choose professions.
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