Science & Technology
- Written by Former President Shimon Peres Spokesperson
Ninth President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shimon Peres is looking out for MENA youth and launching the Israeli Innovation Center
Peres is utilizing innovation as a tool to bring people from around the Middle East together to build peace
Peres "I implore our neighbors - Let us cooperate and create a startup region. Let us adopt the path of peace and innovation, which is always preferable to war and pain."
"Finally, I have one small request – Israel is a dream that came true. Permit me to continue to dream."
President of the State of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin: “The Innovation Center inaugurated this morning shall create a link between the past and the future. With one eye, it looks back to the accomplishments we have achieved, with its other eye, it looks ahead to the future, planning its next step.” "The nature of innovation is that it cannot stay put - innovation, too, should be innovated"
Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu: “Innovation and Peace complement one another” “We will continue to be on the cutting edge”
This morning, 21.7, the Ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres launched the establishment of the Israeli Innovation Center together with President Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, and leading figures from the Israeli innovation and high-tech industry.
The Israeli Innovation Center, located at the Peres Peace House in Jaffa, will be an educational hub and visitors' center, drawing guests from around the world to learn about Israel's historic achievements, absorb the core values of innovation, optimism and the pursuit of peace, and be inspired and empowered to positively impact their communities and the world.
Ninth President Peres, who heads the Peres Center for Peace and is leading the establishment of the Israeli Innovation Center said: "The Innovation Center that will be established here will showcase our national pride and will advance peace between people. It will highlight inventions already created as well as those yet to be developed in fields such as science, technology, medicine and healthcare, agriculture, and industry. This Center will, of course, showcase achievements of the past, but its primary focus will be on the path to the future .We will prove that innovation has no limits and no barriers. Innovation enables dialogue between nations and between people. It will enable all young people – Jews, Muslims and Christians –to engage in science and technology equally. Here we will emphasize that we can promote peace from childhood, and we will spark the imagination of every boy and girl and enrich their dreams."
Peres shared his perspective based on his personal experiences since the establishment of the State of Israel and its technological development and said: "All my life I have worked to ensure that Israel's future is based on science and technology as well as on an unwavering moral commitment. They called me a dreamer. But today, when I look at Israel, we all can see clearly that the greater the dream, the more spectacular the results. I am proud of our young people. They have created a new reality. They are gifted with independence, creativity, and Israeli chutzpah. They overcame the obstacles along the way and answered every challenge that appeared. Who would have believed that the entire world would one day use Israeli navigation software in their daily lives? Who would have believed that this stubborn and infertile land would produce an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, and that Israel would become self sufficient in water? Who would have believed that millions of people would utilize an Israeli developed stent implanted in damaged heart arteries allowing sick patients to breathe? Who would have predicted that we could give paralyzed individuals the ability to walk through robotic legs that were created in Israel? Our innovative spirit has been recognized the world over, and of course, my heart swells with pride when I see how many nations turn to the tiny State of Israel to learn from our bold innovations, to learn how to turn the impossible into the possible."
President of the State of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin said: "In Israel in 2016 it is impossible to talk about innovation without mentioning a man who is also a legend, a young man whose trademark is innovation, Shimon Peres, the Ninth President of the State of Israel. Young people want to devour the world. They have big dreams, visions of "Tikkun Olam". As the years pass, they succumb to reality and give up on their lofty dreams. But you, Shimon, are the opposite. You led the way in atomic research in Israel. Since then, your vision has become bolder, more innovative. Every dream that came true was, for you, just one more step toward the next destination. Shimon, in Israel today you are a leader of innovation, and it is impossible not to be envious. At almost 93 you are leading, creating and challenging yourself every year."
Rivlin added: "The Innovation Center inaugurated this morning shall create a link between the past and the future. With one eye, it looks back to the accomplishments we have achieved, with its other eye, it looks ahead to the future, planning its next step. With its one hand it promotes science and technology, with the other, its vision for a model society. This is a winning combination that I am confident will accelerate and motivate continued creativity, innovation and empowerment."
Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“We will continue to build upon our immense advantages, first and foremost our heritage, which always sought knowledge. We will ensure that our state will be vibrant, progressive, developed, inquisitive, operating in fields that no one has ever before considered, all while we help many people around the world, and we will remain on the cutting edge. Shimon, you have seen the way to get there.”
Peres has always been a dreamer, an optimist. From building the Israeli air force to developing the nuclear reactor, from the Oslo Accords to peace with Jordan and Egypt, he has been at the forefront of Israeli innovation, always in the pursuit of peace. The Israeli Innovation Center is yet another milestone along Peres' lifelong journey. With the goal of opening similar Innovation Centers in countries across the MENA region, Peres is dreaming big, but as he often says, "Our only mistake was not dreaming big enough".
A nation with more startups per capita, where "impossible" is not in the vocabulary, and where organizations like the Peres Center for Peace are ever searching for new avenues to promote peace, Israel has much to share with its neighbors in the region. And this Innovation Center will be the first step on the long path to building a startup region, an innovation region, a region of peace.
The Innovation Center itself will be made up of four floors that tell the story of Israel and its transformation into the Innovation Nation:
This full sensory journey begins at the entrance, where visitors will experience a large, kinetic art exhibit of interactive screens, and will be exposed to Israeli innovations that changed the face of the world. A unique digital library, the only one of its kind in the world, will provide visitors with the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about Israeli innovations.
The story of Israel as a startup nation will be shared with visitors through exhibits based on cutting edge technology and information sharing, touch tables and an interactive game, illuminating historically significant events such as the Israeli Military Industry, the development of new agricultural methods, launching the first satellite into space, and more.
Visitors will learn about Israeli innovations that are used around world in fields such as medicine, water, food, agriculture, communication, and more, with a focus on inventions such as cherry tomatoes, Rewalk, Waze, ICQ, drip irrigation, USB flash drives, coronary stents, and more. Visitors will learn about Israeli inventors, the processes that led to their ideas becoming life-changing inventions, all with the goal of developing and enriching the next generation of inventors.
As Israel has been and continues to be a leader in innovation, the Innovation Center will devote a section to contemporary innovation and future technology, showcasing leading Israeli companies. This exhibition will allow every child or tourist to try thinking outside the box and finding creative solutions to the challenges of the future and the problems that lay in store around the world.
Finally, there will be a space for entrepreneurs and developers to meet, take courses, engage in hackathons, and become introduced to leading Israeli innovations that will serve as a tool for training the next generation of Israeli startup leaders. This will be offered in a variety of languages for individuals around the world through a digital platform. With educational components providing every child – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim alike – with the opportunity to learn about technology, persistence, and determination, the Center will fan the spark of creativity and bring each child into the global revolution of innovation, science, and technology. It will offer accelerators, tech hubs and workshops, courses on entrepreneurship, leadership, and the fundamentals for being a part of the tech world, and will teach young people how to reach for their dreams and never give up.
By using technology to build peace and shared-living, for the first time, there will be a safe space for thousands of Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians to innovate—together.
This Center is a deep source of pride for Peres, as he views the sharing of science with Israel's neighbors, the promotion of peace through innovation, as the most imperative initiative today.
At the age of 93, Peres is still looking to the future, and is just now launching the startup of a lifetime, an initiative that will reshape the way peacebuilding is viewed and conducted in the Middle East, a new phase on his lifelong quest for peace – peacebuilding through innovation.
- Written by MFA
PM Netanyahu meets with global cyber industry leaders in Davos
Israel has set for itself being a cyber power as a top priority. In the new age, it is cyber defense that makes the future possible and constitutes a precondition for growth and security.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 21 January 2016), at the World Economic Forum in Davos, held a unique meeting on advancing cyber defense with managing directors and senior figures in the global cyber industry, including from Sony, Hitachi, Lenovo, Intel, IBM and Hewlett Packard. Participants discussed cyber threats and their implications on the development and assimilation of innovative technologies, the economic, social and strategic risks posed by these threats and the unique cooperation required between governments and the business sector in order to be prepared to ensure the ability to use the cyber revolution for the benefit of global social welfare and economic growth.
Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized that the rapid development of cyber is creating unprecedented opportunities for human society and the global economy and said that cyber has substantially changed basic elements of our lives both as individuals and nations. In the new age, it is cyber defense that makes the future possible and constitutes a precondition for growth and security. In light of this understanding, Israel has set for itself being a cyber power as a top priority, this by becoming a global cyber greenhouse - in which the spirit of innovation and technological assets create pioneering strategies and solutions for Israel and the world. The Prime Minister noted that Israel is carrying out various improvements in order to reduce the organizations' vulnerability to cyber threats and referred to the establishment of a national cyber defense authority that is working with the private sector on an ongoing basis even as it leverages the capabilities and know-how of the defense establishment.
The company leaders expressed appreciation for Israel's cyber activity; Prime Minister Netanyahu invited them to invest in Israel and join the cyber companies that are already in Israel.
Prime Minister's Office Director General Eli Groner, Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB) Head Dr. Eviatar Matania and National Economic Council Chairman Prof. Avi Simhon also participated in the meeting.
INCB cyber industry data for 2015:
Exports – approximately $3.5 billion, or around 5% of $75 billion global market. Regarding products only, Israel's share is approximately 7%.
Private investments – Estimated at $500 million, more than double the figure for 2014. Esimates on global private investments have yet to be issued. As of the first half of 2015, Israel's share was almost 20% (second to the US). It is not expected that this will change significantly vis-à-vis he entire year.
Mergers and acquisitions – Estimated at $1.3 billion, almost double the figure for 2014.
Photo : GPO/Haim Zach
- Written by Rambam Health Care Campus
In recent weeks, two extraordinary stroke cases were successfully treated at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus, thanks to a unique, time-saving “Red Carpet Treatment.”
The first patient, a 93-year-old woman, made history as the oldest stroke victim in Israel to successfully undergo mechanical thrombectomy to remove the blockage in her brain. Admitted to Rambam, she received the fast-track Red Carpet Treatment for suspected stroke patients under the supervision of Professor Gregory Talman of the Department of Neurology and Dr. Yaakov Amsalem, Director of the Interventional Neuroradiology Unit. One day after surgery the patient was fully functioning and laughing with her family.
In the second case, a 67-year-old Gazan woman was at Rambam visiting her grandson when she suffered a stroke. Seeing that something was terribly wrong, the boy called for help. Upon transferring her to the emergency department it was learned she had suffered an ischemic stroke with a total blockage of the artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the left side of her brain. For her too, a mechanical thrombectomy was considered the best approach.
“The patient was lucky to be here when she had the stroke,” said Dr. Amsalem. “Time is a critical factor, and the needed treatment she needed just happened to be available. From the moment she reached our emergency department to the time the blockage was cleared, an hour and 15 minutes passed—record time for patients like this.”
Mechanical thrombectomy is a complex and delicate procedure. A catheter is guided to the blockage site, and the thrombus is “captured” and removed by means of a specially fitted stent. This treatment is available in only six hospitals in Israel—Rambam is one of them. This procedure is yet another example of how state-of-the-art interventional approaches are transforming the standard of health care and saving precious lives.
Photo : Inessa Azarov and Prof. Gregory Teleman by Pioter Fliter
- Written by The CyberTech 2016 Conference
State Leaders and International Cyber Experts Convene for CyberTech in Israel, Tel Aviv 26-27 January
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, State Leaders from around the world, Global Cyber Security executives and Investors will take part in the second largest exhibition of cyber technologies worldwide
Hundreds of delegations from across the globe will attend CyberTech, including a large delegation from Japan, a US delegation led by the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, a delegation from developing countries organized by the World Bank, as well as a Canadian delegation comprising Senior Executives of Canada's Central Banks
Distinguished international speakers in the field of cybersecurity will discuss a variety of subjects including an exclusive panel discussion with The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on the topic of security and cyber threats and a conference with electric companies from around the world led by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
Convening January 26-27, 2016, at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, Pavilion 2
The CyberTech 2016 Conference held for the third year in Israel at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center, Pavilion 2 on the 26-27 of January is the most significant conference and exhibition of cyber technologies outside of the United States. CyberTech will bring together leading multi-national corporations, startup companies, major Israeli companies, investors, entrepreneurs, distinguished international speakers in the field of cyber security as well as an exhibition hosting over 250 companies and 100 startups to present innovative problem solving strategies and solutions to challenges in a wide range of sectors.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who launched the Israel National Cyber authority devoted entirely to cyberwarfare, will open the CyberTech Conference as the keynote speaker. Opening the conference alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the Head of the National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister office of Israel, Dr. Eviatar Matania, President and CEO of CyberArk, Udi Mokady and senior executives of HP and IBM.
The CyberTech Conference will host other prominent speakers, including Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Minister of Science, Ofir Akunis, distinguished Governors, Ministers and senior executives from around the world and global cybersecurity leaders. Member of Knesset and Head of the Cybersecurity lobby in the Israeli Parliament, Erel Margalit will lead a discussion on cyber in the presence of member of parliaments from across the world. CyberTech will hold a Start-Up Pavilion presenting the 10 most promising and innovative Israeli start-ups from the field of cyber and will host the first 'hacker meeting' in Israel.
Hundreds of delegations from around the world, major corporations and international investors will attend the event to learn about the breakthroughs in cyber technologies achieved by innovative Israeli companies, including a large delegation from Japan, attending the exhibition to find suitable technologies to secure the Tokyo Olympics 2020 from potential cyber threats as well as a delegation from the US headed by the deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, a large delegation from developing countries organized by the World Bank and a Canadian delegation comprising the Senior Executives of Canada's central banks, as well as delegations from Germany, the UK, Italy, Holland, France, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, South Africa, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, Estonia, the EU and NATO.
The event will provide a unique platform for discussion about the latest technological developments related to cyber protection, security and the growing popularity of cyber media, including an exclusive panel discussion with The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on the topic of security and cyber threats in the global stock exchange markets and a panel hosting electric companies from around the world led by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).
In addition to the unique opportunity to learn about and discover the latest innovations in the cyber field, CyberTech presents problem solving strategies and solutions to challenges in a wide range of sectors including finance, defense, transportation,utilities, R&D, energy, manufacturing, service sectors, health, media, government, and more.
The event will allow B2B, startups, investors, government officials, military personnel, ambassadors and exhibition visitors to focus on networking, strengthening existing alliances, and forming new ones.
This year for the first time ever, two large CyberTech Conferences took place in Singapore and Toronto. An additional CyberTech Conference will take place in Los Angeles in April 2016.
CyberTech 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1bHb6BZbJg
Photo & Video provided by The CyberTech 2016 Conference PR
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Israeli Startup Emaze Challenges PowerPoint and Releases the Next Generation of Presentations
Advanced Tool for Automatically Transforming PowerPoint Slides into Beautifully Designed Presentations in Just Minutes
Tel-Aviv, October 15, 2015 - Everyone who presents before an audience knows the difficulties involved in creating a presentation that will impress your audience and convey your message in a compelling manner. Certainly, the templates offered by PowerPoint fall short with their limited and uninspiring designs.
Israeli startup emaze aims to solve this problem with it’s new feature, Automaze, which enables users to transform PowerPoint slides into well crafted and beautifully designed presentations – in just a few minutes. The Automaze feature, based on advanced algorithms involving Big Data and Machine Learning, scans the text and photos in the PowerPoint slides and offers a visually stunning version that is best suited to the content of the slides. With this new technology, everyone can present like a pro with an elegant, impressive presentation- created in just minutes with no additional design required.
In addition to Automaze, emaze offers innovative presentation making capabilities such as the ability to add in gifs, media, live data, hyperlinking, and more. Video, pan and zoom and 3D transitions, guide your audience through a fascinating visual journey that captures the essence of your narrative.
In addition, these presentations can be shared easily via social media, thereby transforming into valuable marketing tools. Each presentation can also be tracked based on how many views it received, where those views occurred, and further segmentation options to meet the needs of each user.
How does it work?
The user enters emaze through the website and uploads their existing PowerPoint presentation and chooses from any of their designer templates. Automaze technology scans the contents of the Powerpoint presentation and then utilizes its extensive database of 10M presentations to beautifully redesign the original presentation. Within minutes, the user receives their new and improved version.
Motti Nisani, the founder and CEO of emaze, notes that “we all have occasion to present before some kind of audience – students, investors, potential clients, etc., and we spend hours, even days, designing a presentation that will convey our message and make the desired impact. But, at present, there is a gap between the boring templates offering by PowerPoint and the compelling content that we create. emaze bridges that gap by enabling us within seconds to transform our PowerPoint slides into fantastically designed emaze presentations that captivate audiences by bringing them into our story through dynamic, state-of-the-art features. All of this is possible without any design skills and within literally a few blinks of an eye. In a world in which more than 30 million slide presentations are created every single day, we’re striving to be the Wix of the presentation universe and to set the industry standard for years to come".
Is there a cost?
emaze is available for free, or with premium upgrades, available to individuals at a cost of $9 a month, or $14 a month for businesses.
emaze currently operates out of The Time accelerator, is led by advertising executive Ilan Shiloah, and has 11 employees.
Photo Silvia Golan