Istanbul (Turkey), 12 April 2023 — Organized by TURKPATENT (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office), Bilişim Vadisi and World Design Organization (WDO), the Türkiye 2030 Design Vision workshop took place from 30-31 March 2023. Hosted at the technology and innovation hub, Informatics Valley Istanbul, the two-day event brought together WDO Board Members, leading industry stakeholders, academics, designers and design students from Turkey and around the world, to develop a roadmap for Turkey’s future design policies and strategies.
“As of today, more than 7,700 design personnel are employed in 319 design centres in Turkey, and nearly 10,000 projects have been completed in these design centres,” said Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology during the event. Stating that more than 2,300 design projects are ongoing in design centres, Kacır noted that “we see that if we take one step, our private sector responds with ten steps. We will continue to pave the way for our private sector, entrepreneurs, and all individuals working in the creative industries.”
Recognizing the Turkish design ecosystem’s enormous potential, WDO President David Kusuma stated that the country “is capable of producing high-quality goods, so they have a wide-open road ahead of them.” Emphasizing that highly competent experts from all over the world attended the workshop, Mr. Kusuma also noted that this event will only facilitate further synergies between Turkey and WDO. At a ceremony held prior to the workshop, Bilişim Vadisi also celebrated their recent induction as a WDO member. Those in attendance at the ceremony included Mehmet Fatih Kacır; Cemil Başpınar, President of TURKPATENT and WDO President David Kusuma, while Mr. Ahmet Serdar İbrahimcioğlu accepted the membership on behalf of the company as General Manager of Bilişim Vadisi.