Kazakhstan may establish its own Silicon Valley

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05 November, 2018, 14:34 289
Kazakhstan may establish its own Silicon Valley

World known specialists in information technologies highly appraise the work of Astana Hub.  

The Digital Bridge International Innovation Forum takes place in Astana, with the participation of world experts in innovative technologies and startups who have performed as speakers of one of the main innovative sites, BNews.kz correspondent reports. 

Dirk Ahlborn, the Director-General and co-founder of Hyperloop Technologies, believes that it is very important to develop digital technologies in any country. So he highly appraises the creation of the Astana Hub Technopark. 

"I believe that it is very important for the country to develop digital technologies. Without these, there can be no development of the country. So one should look 20 years into the future in this regard. I think that Astana Hub is very important," said Dirk Ahlborn. 

Startup Genome Director-General Jean-Francois Gauthier came from Canada to the Forum to assist Kazakhstan in developing the field of information technologies. He expressed the possibility to become a 'bridge' between Kazakhstan the USA and European states. 

"We will be able to connect Kazakhstan with the USA and Europe. Our mission is to share the experience gained in other states and to assist Kazakhstan to develop as well as companies from other states. It is because Kazakhstan has a nice huge potential for now, with many engineering and information projects that could facilitate the development of Kazakhstan in the field of innovative technologies," said Gauthier. 

Astana Hub's new CEO Joseph Ziegler will develop an ecosystem in Kazakhstan. According to him, he can see a great future in Astana Hub. 

"I am very glad that you offered me this job. Everyone wishes to copy Silicon Valley, which is wrong. We are looking forward to creating own Silicon Valley - Kazakhstan's. Silicon Valley was established long ago, and it has downsides for now. We are seeing to create our own, with its upsides. Being an engineer I believe in technologies and that we will create new technologies here shortly," said Joseph Ziegler.

Today Astana has given a start to 2018 Digital Bridge Forum. More than 50 Kazakh and international speakers will deliver their speeches.