Murat Kader, the Spokesperson and Leader of the Social Technology Institute (STE), has taken steps towards Turkey’s goal of ranking in the top tiers of digitalization. STE is taking a significant initiative to promote technology literacy across Turkey.
Within the scope of the “Software Van” project, which is being carried out in collaboration with Van Technopark, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, and Van Metropolitan Municipality, Murat Kader brought together 40 software developer candidates and 15 academicians. Kader conducted an informative seminar on the software industry and technology literacy, providing essential insights to the participants.
Strategic Importance of Eastern and Southeastern Anatolian Regions
Murat Kader emphasized the strategic importance of the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolian regions in technological development. He highlighted that regions located on the border, in particular, have the potential to nurture qualified software developers and become technology hubs.
The Impact of Software on the Economy
Kader pointed out that software has the potential to create a chain reaction in the economy. He mentioned that in the last decade, investments in internet, mobile phones, and corporate information technologies have led to the emergence of digital sectors such as gaming, digital transformation, and mobile applications. These sectors have grown significantly, with their total size approaching five times that of the software sector. The growth rate in these sectors is at least three times that of the software sector. Kader explained that a country’s economic growth is directly related to the digital transformation of its sectors, the efficiency of its companies, the continuity of traditional professions, and the development and spread of the software sector.
Increasing Demand for Software Developers
Kader highlighted the constant increase in the demand for software developers by technology companies, coupled with an insufficient supply of developers, creating an imbalance in the market. It is for these reasons that STE has taken action. They are starting to contribute to organizations that train software developers and share their experiences with software developer candidates. They initiated their journey by visiting the city of Van, the easternmost point of Turkey.
Transforming Turkey into a Technology-Producing Society
As the Social Technology Institute, they aim to transform Turkey into a society that produces technology. They particularly focus on expanding the software ecosystem in universities and technoparks and providing guidance to entrepreneurs.
Digital Competence and Technological Development
Kader stressed the importance of high digital competence in transforming Turkey into a technology-driven society. He mentioned that they collaborate with public and private sector leaders to strengthen Turkey’s position in the global digital economy.
Future Plans and Software Summit
Murat Kader mentioned that they will continue their visits to universities and technoparks. They also plan to organize a software-focused summit, bringing together thousands of university students, technoparks, and leaders of technology companies from both domestic and international domains.
The Social Technology Institute aims to contribute to Turkey’s success story in the field of technology while making a significant impact on the widespread adoption of digital transformation across the country.