Saturday, July 18, 2015

Berkeley's Israel Innovations Fair

There is so much we can learn from Israel, the "start-up nation". Until the recent discovery of natural gas this tiny nation was without appreciable natural resources for most its 67 years. Yet through the tenacity, creativity and drive of its people, Israel has accomplished much.

On Sunday, August 30, an Israel Innovations Fair will be held at the David Brower center in Berkeley, showcasing some of the new technologies that have emerged from this "start-up nation". Sponsors include AFMDA, Contra Costa Bridges to Israel, Israel Ideas, The Arava Institute, StandWithUs, American Technion Society and the Jewish National Fund.

From the Israel Innovations Fairs' website

The Israel Innovations Fair brings together high-tech companies with residents in greater San Francisco Bay Area interested in the latest developments in technology, including solar, medicine, software architecture and environmental conservation. The Fair will also provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to share their resumes with companies and to learn more about job, internship and volunteer positions. The event will showcase the real core of Israeli society, its innovative spirit, creative energy and compassion. 

The Fair includes exhibitions, interactive displays and video presentations from more than fifteen Israeli high-tech companies and institutions and environmental experts. The Fair also features award-winning start-ups Sesame Enable and Voiceitt, which developed life-transforming mobile applications for people with disabilities. 

One of the afternoon’s keynote speakers will be Mohammed Atwa, a Palestinian who grew up in Gaza and later made a life-transforming decision to study at the Arava Institute. As a result of his stay at this innovative graduate program where students learn about sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and water conservation, Atwa has become a champion for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence. 

See you at the fair!

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