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Tel Aviv has previously received official recognition from UNESCO as a world heritage site for its extraordinary and beautiful collection of more than 4000 original white Bauhaus buildings scattered throughout the city. Today, the White City is to enjoy an additional title of Creative City as Tel Aviv is now the newest member of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network in the category of Media Arts.


UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization established the Creative Cities Network in order to encourage cooperation between international cities as a means to promote local creative industries, harnessing entrepreneurship and creativity to strengthen the local economy and social development. This evening, Tel Aviv will join 41 other cities each recognized in one of seven categories: Literature, Film, Music, Craft and Folk Art, Design, Media Arts and Gastronomy. Other notable members include Dublin (Literature), Liverpool (Music), Sydney (Film) and Berlin (Design).


Link to UNESCO's website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/creativity/creative-cities-network/



Tel Aviv will become a member of the Creative Cities Network recognized in the field of Media Arts. Cities in this area are characterized by the existence of creative industries and cultural activity driven by the use of digital technology and the successful implementation of media arts for the benefit of improving urban life. This is measured by the accessibility of cultural events and products through digital technology and the existence of electronic art forms and their integration into the life of civil society and their ability to strengthening local working studios and media arts projects.


The city's flourishing high-tech scene and enterprises, especially in the media arts field - both earned Tel Aviv its place in the Creative Cities Network. Currently there are more than 700 early stage startups in Tel Aviv, a city with just over 400,000 residents. Tel Aviv has the second highest number of startups of any city in the world, and has the highest number of startups per capita.


The acceptance of Tel Aviv into the Creative Cities Network is a great honor for the city and will only strengthen the development of activities, projects and initiatives in the field of Media Arts and culture, and continue the Municipalities activities with the wide range of communities living in the city, academia, the business sector, industry, cultural institutions and more. Alongside local activities, an important aspect of the Network is creating international partnerships between the cities. Partnerships based on cooperative learning and the exchange of knowledge, enabling each partner to harness the creativity in their local economy and use it for social development. In order to retain the title, Tel Aviv will present annually to the organization and demonstrate the past-years cooperative initiatives with officials in the city and internationally.


Commenting on the achievement, the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai said:
"Ten years ago, UNESCO declared the White City of Tel Aviv as a world heritage site. The world recognized the importance of the city's architectural past. Starting from today, Tel Aviv's entrance to UNESCO's Creative Cities Network UNESCO reflects the world's recognition of the city's contribution to the present and the future - recognition of Tel Aviv as a vibrant center of cultural creation and breakthrough technology, the creative industries and the focus of the original visionary scene of digital innovation and initiatives".



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxvevYZ2suw         Urban Symphony featuring the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo






Comical clip about Tel Aviv with quotes from Barack Obama





photo by  Kfir Bolotin







Thirteen Israeli Life Science Companies to Hold More than 700 B2B Meetings in China in Next Two Weeks, with an Eye on Cementing R&D and Business Ties with Chinese Companies
Jerusalem, November 2nd, 2014 - The 4th annual Company Roadshow to China, organized by the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, commences today. This year's delegation is dedicated to life sciences and will visit seven cities at the heart of the Chinese hi-tech industry (Beijing, Jinan, Changzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen).

The delegation will include companies in the life science industries including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, medical communication and software, bio-informatics and others. The companies have more than 700 meetings scheduled with Chinese companies and business entities with potential for future cooperation. The roadshow is another part of the multi-tiered efforts the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Economy is making to increase accessibility to the Chinese market by Israeli companies.

Israel's Chief Scientist Avi Hasson: "In recent years, the Office of the Chief Scientist has been making significant efforts to increase cooperation with China in light of the huge, as-yet untapped potential of this market. Experience shows that the roadshow's activity yields real fruit for companies, by cementing deals and long term cooperation."

Avi Luvton, Executive Director, Asia Pacific at the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP, the executive branch of the Office of the Chief Scientist), said, "Within two weeks, a company that presents at the roadshow creates the same impact that it would need a whole year to achieve if it were to do so independently. The China desk at MATIMOP, in cooperation with the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) at the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, have invested months of work in creating an intensive, high-quality schedule with private meetings with each of the companies comprising this unique delegation."

The delegation's goal is to enable the Israeli companies to meet with hundreds of Chinese companies, venture capital funds, investment bodies, research institutions, representatives of industrial parks, representatives of major hospitals and others. The meetings, which are scheduled in advance, constitute a platform to create opportunities for cooperation in R&D, to create trade and business ties for the Israeli companies and to maximize their visibility in the Chinese market.

"The roadshow is effective in several ways," said Luvton. "The exposure the companies will receive would be hard to recreate in their normal day-to-day management. The costs for Israeli companies are significantly lower than if they would approach the Chinese market on their own. The activity is focused on the right sectors and therefore attracts several investment bodies, companies and representatives of business and economic players in China. More than anything, this roadshow creates a real opportunity for each of the participating companies for strong cooperation with Chinese partners working in compatible fields."



Photo Mr Avi Hasson





The Solution to Solving Security Vulnerabilities in all Devices and Protocols – Educating Developers Not to Release a Product until Thoroughly Tested


The solution to solving security vulnerabilities in all devices and protocols lies in the proper education of developers, who should be taught not to release a product until it has been thoroughly tested.


This is what was said by Professor Eli Biham at the Seminar Day on Cyber & Information Security, held this week at the Technion. The seminar was organized by Professor Biham, Dr. Sara Bitan and the Technion Computer Engineering Center (TCE), which was founded jointly by the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
Ohad Bobrov from Lacoon Security said at the seminar that it is very easy to plan a security breach for the purposes of spying on a particular person through any mobile device. "One in a thousand mobile devices contains a dedicated spyware. The problem is that manufacturers are aware of the loopholes, but it takes them a long time to respond," he emphasized.

According to Professor Biham, the problem is not connected just to the ability of hackers to break into computers and mobile devices, but to the vulnerabilities that make it possible. "There is a significant problem in the education of programmers around the world; institutions are less concerned about enlightening individuals studying to be programmers about all of the attacks that the software they are learning to develop may suffer from. All those trying to meet product release deadlines almost always sidestep security. The problem is that customers don't care either, and are willing to buy these products even if it isn't secure, whether in the mobile market, the PC market and any other product."

"Only after consumers start refusing to buy products that haven't undergone testing for security aspects will any type of modification be made to programming education," added Professor Biham. "I have yet to see a person who is ready to go to the post office and buy a transparent envelope at half the price, with which to send his/her secret mail. But when it comes to telephones or computers, no one asks if it's see-through."


As for the timing of the conference, at a date when massive attacks are plotted and carried out on servers all around Israel, Professor Biham stated that these types of security attacks are ongoing occurrences, usually not planned for any particular date. "Today we are getting ready for DOS attacks (Denial of Service)," he explained. "This kind of attack only succeeds if numerous requests are sent to a server simultaneously, and therefore, they are usually more coordinated than other kinds of attacks. Many have suggested that we shutdown servers on this day, and my answer to this is that this is precisely the hackers' intensions – that we shutdown our servers, why should we help them accomplish their goals?"

During the first session of the seminar, Professor Orna Grumberg from the Technion's Faculty of Computer Science presented a system she developed along with Dr. Gabi Nakibly – an algorithm capable of automatically routing out security breaches in OSPF network traffic protocols, which determines the data routes sent from computer to computer. An OSPF protocol studies the network structure in order to know how to transmit packets, and it is impossible to run a network without such a protocol. Until now, the only way of tracking breaches was by employing experts who examined the protocols manually. The algorithm successfully simulated a security breach event that amazed scientists.
Ohad Bobrov, co-founder of Lacoon Security, demonstrated how easy it is to download data from a network by simple and common means: how to hack into any phone, view a list of contacts, listen to a microphone, turn on the camera, and anything else that comes to the mind of the hacker.

"The examples were astounding. I always knew that it was awfully easy to break into any mobile device, but today I was amazed to see just how easy it is," concluded Professor Biham.
In the photo: Professor Eli Biham at the Seminar Day on Cyber & Information Security.

Photographed by: Shiatzo Photography Services, the Technion's Spokesperson's Office








The Emergency Department of the Ministry of Health recently adopted one of the most advanced computerized information and control systems in the world—developed at Rambam Health Care Campus. With the beginning of "Protective Edge" it is now being used for the first time.

During emergency situations hospitals must quickly adapt to the circumstances. To that end, this award winning innovation, called emergency System, facilitates multi-tasking and rapid transfer to emergency operations throughout a hospital. It also enables informed decisions by hospital management under emergency situations, based on integrated real-time data received from all other hospital systems together with essential and scenario-based information.

Following the Second Lebanon War, the system was conceptualized under the visionary guidance of Professor Shimon Reisner, the Deputy Director and Director of Rambam under Emergency Situations, assisted by Leora Otitz, the hospital's emergency situations coordinator. The system was developed by Rambam's IT Department, headed by Sara Tzafrir. Prior to its first use by the Ministry of Health, the system was tested during various emergency drills in which Rambam participated.

Rambam's Computing Division customized the system for the Emergency Department of Israel's Ministry of Health. The ministry has expressed interest in integrating the system with Israeli hospitals to facilitate communication between emergency operations rooms nationwide.

The Ministry of Health is also utilizing another system developed by Rambam—"Adam." The Adam System automatically provides a full picture of patients received by hospitals during security incidents and helps decision-makers follow their care based on up-to-date information. This system is being used during operation "Protective Edge," enabling the ministry to receive updates on all casualties evacuated to hospitals over the past few weeks.


 Photo  : Rambam's Emergency Staff working with the emergency system during a drill

Photo credit: Ben Yuster










On April 7, 35 new technologies in innovative fields were exposed. Among these technologies: 3D, multi-layered reality, user interfaces for technical applications, entertainment, robotics, machine learning, etc.

Developers: Israeli start ups, academic institutions and Microsoft laboratories


Microsoft's R&D Center in Israel opened its yearly Think Next innovation event at Hangar 11 in the Tel Aviv port, on April 7. This event is taking place this year for the 6th time. About 1,800 participants are invited from the hi-tech industry, including: developers, development managers, chief technologists, entrepreneurs and start up companies, venture capital funds, students and researchers from academic institutions, and more.


The event, which takes place in cooperation with Microsoft Ventures, deals with 'unlimited innovation in technology' and shows the special capabilities of the Israeli industry to continue breaking limits by means of creativity. Although Microsoft promotes the Think Next events, it provides a central stage for young Israeli entrepreneurs to expose their innovative ideas and products to Microsoft's international senior staff, and to the leaders of Israeli hi tech. The Israeli entrepreneurs and their developments are also exposed to delegations from abroad, among them, a delegation of 50 managers of accelerator start ups from the whole world, who have arrived to the event and examine the Israeli innovations.


In the event, 35 new technologies are exposed: about half of them belong to Israeli start up companies and academic institutions, selected as part of Microsoft Ventures' activities within these companies and institutions. The second part presents technologies developed by Microsoft's R&D centers in Israel and throughout the world.





Yoram Yaacobi, Chairman of Microsoft's R&D centers in Israel, said: "The Israeli industry shows in this event innovations in a number of hottest technological fields in the world; among them: 3D, multi-layered reality, user interfaces for technical applications, entertainment, robotics, machine learning, etc. These developments strengthen the user capabilities and enrich our lives by means of friendly devices that will soon be available to all. For example, new devices will enable everyone to develop an application without any knowledge in programming. Everyone will be able to easily design a 3D object and print it. I hope that the exposure of start ups to delegations from abroad and to Israeli industry leaders will pave their way to success in the world market".


The guest of honor this year is Harry Shum, senior vice-president, manager of Microsoft's R&D and technology in the world, who came in his first visit to Israel. Harry Shum appeared in the conference in a free talk with Dr. Kira Radinsky, former researcher in Microsoft's research laboratory, researcher in the Technion, founder of Sales Predict, and one of the leading entrepreneurs in Israel.


Harry Shum is responsible of Microsoft's technological strategy and on Microsoft's research group, which specializes in basic research, and research applied to computer science and software engineering. This research group, one of the largest in the world in this field, includes 850 researchers in 10 laboratories throughout the world, including Israel. Harry Shum is the last in a long chain of Microsoft's senior officials that have arrived to Think Next events. Among these: Steve Ballmer, Ray Ozzie, Craig Monday, Chi Lo and Rick Rashid.


Besides Harry Shum, also appeared on the event stage a series of lecturers that break-thru in technological fields; among them: Doron Meirsdorf, Oshri Even Zohar and Eyal Shahar. James Whitaker, one of Microsoft's leaders in the technology field, also presented his views on this issue.


 Photos  Silvia Golan