Within the scope of TEKNOFEST Aviation, Space and Technology Festival, the first stage of the Turkey Drone Championship, organized by STM Defense Technologies, was held in Elazig. Having successfully completed the first stage, 24 athletes qualified to compete in the second stage of the championship in Bergama. Elazig Governor Erkaya Yırık, Elazığ Mayor Şahin Şerifoğulları and Turkey Technology Team Foundation Manager Ömer Kökçam attended the first stage opening of the championship.
The first stage of the race, in which the best 32 licensed pilots of Turkey participated, witnessed exciting moments. The pilots participating in the championship competed on the track specially prepared for the competition with the vehicles designed and assembled by themselves. Athletes matched in groups according to the results of the qualifying rounds were included in the scoring as a result of the competition in accordance with the Turkish Air Sports Federation UAV Competition instructions. In the first stage, where Turkey's fastest pilots competed, Atakan Mercimek, second Batu Erilkun and 9-year-old youngest athlete of the competition, Doruk Cengiz, came third.
As a result of the second stage races of the Turkish Drone Championship, the 16 athletes who get the best score will be eligible to compete in the Grand Final, which will be held at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on September 2021-21 as part of TEKNOFEST 22. The winner of the Turkish Drone Championship Grand Final race will represent our country at TEKNOFEST 2021 World Drone Cup. Our Turkish Drone National Team, which will be formed from the top 3 athletes after the grand final, will also have the right to represent our country in the International races to be held in 2022. In the championship, in which vehicles with high speed and maneuverability and designed entirely based on the user's control ability will take place, the first prize will be 7.000 TL, the second prize will be 5.000, and the third prize will be 4.000 TL.
The Contest That Excites Technology Enthusiasts!
TEKNOFEST Turkey Drone Championship, which was held for the first time in Elazig, excited technology enthusiasts in the surrounding provinces and Elazig. Making the opening speech of the competition, Kökçam said, “As a foundation, we are very pleased to be in Elazığ. Turkey Drone Championship is an important competition we organize within TEKNOFEST. It is an event that has been held for 5 years and today we are performing its first phase in Elazig. 32 of our athletes will compete and we will hold the second stage with 24 of our athletes in İzmir in August. Later, 16 of our athletes will compete in TEKNOFEST in Istanbul, and then two of our athletes will compete on behalf of Turkey in the World Drone Championship.” used the phrases.
Expressing that it is very important to organize the Championship in Elazig, Yırık said, “As a result of these studies, this country will take very strong and important steps in the national technology move. For the last 20 years, we have started to see the works in the countries we envied yesterday in this country today. We see that we are approaching the days that will look to the future with more confidence. I would like to thank our young people who contributed.” said.
From Dream to Reality with TEKNOFEST
Aiming to raise awareness of technology and science in the society as a whole, and to increase Turkey's human resources trained in science and engineering, TEKNOFEST also offers many opportunities for young people participating in Technology Competitions to develop both their personal and professional skills. Young people participating in the competitions have the opportunity to participate in technical trips to Turkey's leading technology companies and to gain network by meeting experts in their fields. In addition to material support, finalists are also provided with training camp, transportation and accommodation support so that they can realize their projects. TEKNOFEST, which also offers the opportunity to do internships in Turkey's leading technology institutions, opens the doors to a bright future for young people. With the aim of increasing the interest of young people in producing and developing national technology, in order to support the projects of thousands of young people working in these fields, a total of over 7 million TL of material support is provided to the teams that passed the qualifying stage this year. Teams that compete in TEKNOFEST and qualify for the ranking will be awarded more than 5 Million TL.