Cisco Opens Innovation Center in Istanbul
Company News, Digital Business, Innovation
Istanbul, Turkey: 20 April, 2018 – Cisco today announced the opening of its Innovation Center in the heart of Istanbul. The latest addition to Cisco’s global network of Innovation Centers will serve as a hub for open, creative collaboration and will develop solutions for the digital era.
The Cisco Istanbul Innovation Center will focus on innovations in country digitization and IoT solutions for logistics, transportation and manufacturing. It will bring together customers, partners, startups, government entities, and the academic community in a vibrant innovation ecosystem. Innovation partners will have access to Cisco’s expansive technology portfolio and worldwide network to push forward new ideas and accelerate the commercialization of new solutions.
“The future of any digital economy hinges on its ability to innovate. Strengthening that ability requires a collaborative effort that encourages fresh perspectives, fosters creativity, and facilitates access to tools and resources that bring it to life,” said Cisco Turkey General Manager Cenk Kıvılcım. “The opening of the Cisco Innovation Center in Istanbul is a seminal moment for Turkey’s fast-evolving innovation landscape. It offers an open environment to create solutions that address real-world business and operations challenges.”
The center is located in Istanbul Technical University's (İTÜ) Arı Teknokent, a leading Turkish technology park affiliated with the university. It includes solution demonstration areas, research labs, flexible collaboration spaces, and software and hardware development spaces, where new ideas and concepts can be co-created and tested.
With the aim to be a catalyst for growth in Turkey’s digital sector, the Cisco® Istanbul Innovation Center is already working with local and international companies and organizations. During the opening ceremony, Turkish startups Reengen, Blesh, and Borda Technology demonstrated the promising projects on which they are collaborating in the center. Some of the solutions they showcased include real-time location-based tracking and asset management, proximity marketing applications, business and data analytics, and industrial IoT.
“The Cisco Innovation Center offers us and other Turkish startups and solution partners immense opportunities to accelerate the development of our concepts and engage in rapid prototyping,” said Erdem Altunbaş, cofounder of Borda. “By connecting the right expertise and technologies, the center will attract some of the country’s best minds, who are keen to take advantage of its advanced facilities and network to access global markets.”
The launch of the Cisco Istanbul Innovation Center was attended by local government officials, as well as senior executives and leaders from the business community and technology industry and Cisco customers and partners.
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