Innovation Ecosystem Professionals from around the World Predict the Future at the 34th IASP World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

The knowledge economy is the way of the future, and it flourishes where international networks are there to nourish it with new ideas. The IASP World Conference is a knowledge community in action, a global gathering of 62 speakers and over 500 delegates, including leading government, business and innovation figures from 46 countries. The last few days in Istanbul have demonstrated just what can be achieved when innovators and innovation managers from across the world collaborate

Issue 78 - November 2017

Teknopark Istanbul, İTU ARI Teknokent and ODTÜ Teknokent, hosted the 34th IASP World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey from September 26th – 29th 2017. With the theme of “Science parks and natural innovation ecosystems: Articulating future strategies,” the conference offered new insights into how Science Parks and other Areas of Innovation can prepare for the future and continue to lead their innovation communities (businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and technicians) as well as their cities and regions through a world of rapid technological change. 

As with other concepts laden with potential, science and technology parks and their ecosystems have already shown a relentless evolution since their inception. We have seen many different models follow on from each other, and the event explored how science parks are developing new concepts of space, from FabLabs to Living Labs; how they are offering new specialized services, and creating innovative funding mechanisms to keep themselves ahead of the curve when it comes to new trends and technologies. In other words, speakers from around the world rose to the challenge of predicting the future, of our own industry and beyond.