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While Turkey's Government Cries Coup, Tech Startups Keep Coding

A presentation at Startup Turkey 2014. Photographer: Etohum
A presentation at Startup Turkey 2014. Photographer: Etohum

Entrepreneurs from some of the world's most crisis-stricken countries convened in Turkey last week. They were there to put Middle Eastern politics aside to connect with like-minded technology enthusiasts and hopefully raise some cash to get their passion projects off the ground.

The StartupTurkey conference kicked off in 2009 as an intimate networking event for Turkish entrepreneurs. Since then, it’s morphed into a showcase for tech startups in a sprawling region spanning from Pakistan to Greece and claiming more than 750 million inhabitants.