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Catalyzing Innovation: From Concepts to Commitments
Catalyzing Innovation: From Concepts to Commitments
May 26-28, 2014Istanbul, Turkey

The "How-to” of Technology Acquisition, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" Conference will take place on May 26-28, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. This initiative is a practitioners exchange and learning series for the Middle-East and North Africa region seeking...  to advance policy implementation by distilling operational lessons on the “how” of public support to technology acquisition, entrepreneurship and innovation-driven growth.  See More

The "How-to” of Technology Acquisition, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" Conference will take place on May 26-28, 2014 at the Hilton Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  This initiative is a practitioners exchange and learning series for the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region seeking to advance policy implementation by distilling operational lessons on the “how” of public support to technology acquisition, entrepreneurship and innovation-driven growth. It comprises a series of cross-regional Innovation Forums, Study Tours and Knowledge Notes for Bank client counterparts and experts/practitioners in the field to collaboratively work policy and program solutions for specific challenges leveraging knowledge from the latest research and working in thematic based groups.

This year's conference will be co-hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Finance and Private Sector Unit, the Turkey Country Unit, and the Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Unit of the World Bank under the theme Catalyzing Innovation: From Concepts to Commitments. The two-day conference will be followed by site visits of key Technology parks and centers of science and research in the Istanbul area organized by the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV).

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Flight:
Please plan to arrive on May 25 and depart on May 28 late evening flight or May 29.
Please make your flight reservations as early as possible. 

Visa:
Participants should ensure that they have the necessary passport and visa required for entry into Turkey and for any other country they may have to transit. 

Hotel Accommodation:
Negotiated rate with Hilton Bosphorus
Euro 170 net per night inclusive of breakfast per room accommodation.  Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by using this link.

Conference Venue:
Hilton Bosphorus
Cumhuriyet Cd, 34367
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel:  +90 212 315 6000

Working Language: English

Dress Code: Professional (Days 1 and 2); Casual (Day 3)

No Conference Fee

LUNCH, AM/PM Snacks provided during the 2-day Conference

Study Tour on the 3rd day (May 29) will include lunch

Airport Transfers – Mayza Tourism:
Contact:  Bulent Gudulluoglu
Email:  bulent@gudulluoglu.org
Tel: +90 532 424 46 34
Regular taxi can be used upon arrival at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport to hotel.
For reference, rate is provided here by Mayza Tourism:
Hotel - Airport round trip : 85 Euro or 115 $
Hotel - Airport one way : 45 Euro or 60 $


Conference Venue
  • Hilton Bosphorus: Cumhuriyet Cd, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey - Tel: +90 212 315 6000
  • CONTACT: Marjorie Espiritu
  • mespiritu@worldbank.org