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Turkey’s biggest internet festival TFT opens its doors at Middle East Technical University

An event that will be attended by Turkey’s biggest internet and e-commerce website owners, Technology For Trade (TFT) will bring together sector leaders, academicians, students, and investors. The TFT Internet Festival, with GarantiBank acting as prime sponsor, will be held at Middle East Technical University (METU) on 23-25 May 2008.

TFT ’08 (Technology For Trade 2008) will open at Middle East Technical University on May 23rd and close on the 25th. The prime sponsor of the event is GarantiBank, one of Turkey’s leading financial institutions in the area of internet banking. Overall director for the project is B. Kemal Şahin, the owner of Ekspotürk.

A first of its kind in Turkey’ TFT will bring together the giants of the country’s internet and e-commerce sectors and provide a chance to hear the most qualified experts talk about and respond to a variety of questions such as “Is it really safe to shop over the internet?” METU rector Ural Akbulut will give the opening speech at the TFT Internet Festival, which will also be a platform for showing off internet-related investments.

Heading the list of speakers will be Google Türkiye’s general manager Bülent Hiçsönmez, who will be presenting an insider’s view of the world of global technology while also talking about new initiatives in the world of the internet. Sarp Demiray, non-branch banking & marketing manager for the event’s prime sponsor GarantiBank, will be giving important information about banking on the internet and highlighting such issues as GarantiBank’s internet banking strategy, banking applications that create added value for customers, and innovative services.

The heartbeat of the IT sector at TFT

With presentations scheduled by the giants of the internet and e-commerce sectors, TFT will provide important opportunities for new-generation entrepreneurs. Hosted by GarantiBank as the prime sponsor, the TFT Internet Festival’s cosponsors include,, and among others.

The internet auction website will be sponsoring the event’s panel discussion. Communication sponsors for TFT ’08 are,, and the magazine Digital Age.