Board members of Mid-Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and six member businessmen attended “ConnecTA 2014 Silicon Valley: Innovation in the Global World” on January 16-17, 2014. This business networking event was organized by California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and took place at Hilton Santa Clara.
Prior to the event, MACC board members and businessmen visited Twitter, Intel and San Jose Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, they met with San Jose Mayor and discussed the Silicon Valley.
The event was aimed to share innovation experiences in the US in general, Silicon Valley in particular, with the participants from across the US, Canada and Turkey. It was also an attempt to present business opportunities involving the world’s 17th largest economy, Turkey, to the US business world. Having this agenda, the entire presentations during visits, seminars, panels and dinners were engagingly vivid in order to be able to serve the purpose.
The event kicked off with the welcoming address from the President of CATA Chamber, Remzi Oten. Among the seminar presenters and panelists were FounderDating’s Founder and CEO, Jessica Alter; Open Garden Inc. CEO, Micha Benoliel; Jumpcam CEO, David Stewart; Coorliris Founder and CEO, Soujanya Bhumkar; General Catalyst Partners Principal, Niko Bonatsos; 212 Ventures Vice-President, Dilek Dayinlarli; Global Network Endeavor Vice-President Allen Taylor; Salesforce CTO, Kedar Doshi; Bitzer Mobile CEO, Naem Zafer; Yonja Group CEO, Dilawar Syed; senior scientist at Washington State University, Dr. Atakan Peker; Teknopark Istanbul Deputy General Manager, Ismail Ari; Hazelcast Founder and CEO, Talip Ozturk and PowerGo Inc Founder Steve Austin.
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Matthew Mahood, delivered his opening remarks at the dinner attended by officials from companies and institutions including Apple, Google, Twitter, HP, Facebook, Western Digital, Broadcom, Silicon Images, Skype, Applied Materials, Microsoft, AT&T, Cisco, eBay, Qualcomm, Apex Systems, Calix, California State Assembly, StubHub, Stanford Research Institute, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Innowest Inc., Mobile Action.
Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International’s Corporate Executive, Steve Ciesinski, who effectively covered the event’s theme “Innovation in a Global World” in his 40-minute presentation received a long round of applause from the audience.
Throughout the seminars and company visits on January 16-17, numerous officials from companies including Apple, Google, Twitter, HP, Facebook, Western Digital, the business organization TUSKON US and Turkey-based institutions GESIAD, TABID, TACC, TTACC, TCCC, Turk Telekom, IMMIB, THY had an opportunity to come together and exchange experiences.