TRT World Forum’s new event for young people, “NEXT by TRT World Forum” was organized in Zorlu PSM, Istanbul with the participation of world-known professionals and thousands of young people. Various issues from technology to the metaverse, NFT to space tourism were discussed in the event.TRT World Forum’s new event for young people, “NEXT by TRT World Forum” was organized in Zorlu PSM, Istanbul with the participation of world-known professionals and thousands of young people. Various issues from technology to the metaverse, NFT to space tourism were discussed in the event.
TRT World Forum, which has been organized since 2017 and discusses the important problems of the world, creates a new platform with the participation of journalists, academicians, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs. In “NEXT by TRT World Forum”, which was held in Zorlu PSM on May 14, Saturday, experts in their fields met with young people and discussed the power and importance of youth in forming the future.
Director General Sobaci: “NEXT is an organization that brings together the youth and the future
Mehmet Zahid Sobaci, the director-general of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), attended the session “The Metaverse and Media: How Will Tech’s Hottest Trend Impact Journalism?”, addressed young people by saying “We have been organizing the TRT World Forum since 2017, but by adding NEXT to it, we wanted to involve the youth. NEXT is an organization that brings together the young people and the future, he said, noting that when the youth and future come together, hope emerges. We wanted to make young people, who use technology much more creatively and in a problem-solving-oriented way than the previous generation, a part of this roof.”
During the event, participants discussed several topics such as the environment, sustainable business models, non-fungible tokens, the metaverse, and the future of the media, said Sobaci.
The concepts of “improvement and change” were underlined in the panels
Young professionals from Turkey and all around the world attended “NEXT by TRT World Forum”, during which many issues from the problems of our universe to space tourism, improvement of the technology to new business models. One of these professionals that underlined the importance of “active citizenship” was Ece Ciftci, founder of SosyalBen Foundation. Ciftci stated, “As young people, what we want to do for our countries is what we want for the world. It’s about collaboration.”
Can Yurdakul, Faisal U-K, Sara El Jamal and Begüm Aydinoglu, the founders of the first metaverse agency of the world, attended a panel that discusses how the metaverse will shape the new world. Speakers, suggesting that metaverse removes boundaries and makes the world wider, underlined how young people working in this area.
The panel about climate crises, “Speaking Up for the Planet: Youth for Climate Action” was followed with great interest. Young climate activist Xiye Bastida suggested, “When I look adults in the eye, I want to tell them that I don’t want to be scared about my future. I don’t want to see 1.2 billion climate refugees by 2050. I don’t want to see 90% of the world uninhabitable.” Neeshad Shafi, speaking in the same panel, said “Lack of representation is why we started the Arab Youth Climate Movement. Young people from the region were lost in many of the climate conversations.”
Young people experienced many activities from NFT to the metaverse
Along with the panels taking place at the main stage, many other activities were performed at the parallel stage. Young people were able to experience many interesting activities from NFT workshops to digital graffiti, speeches of famous speakers to virtual reality were able to be in collaboration with national and international institutions as well as each other in “NEXT by TRT World Forum.”