Calcalist’s innovation and technology conference series Mind the Tech is returning to Tel Aviv on November 25. This year, the conference will focus on the intersection of data, artificial intelligence, and people, out of an understanding that through this intersection the new technological revolution will arise. The conference will showcase the leading trends, companies, and speakers in these fields, and provide an opportunity to be inspired by the rich and exciting world we are facing and the burning challenges that are emerging from these changes.
Some of the conference speakers include:
Jeremi Gorman, the chief business officer of Snapchat developer Snap Inc. Earlier this year, Snap unveiled its latest edition of Spectacles, its sunglasses with two built-in cameras.
Gal Chechik, the head of Nvidia Corp.’s research center in Tel Aviv. Nvidia opened a research and development center in Israel in 2017 and in March this year, it acquired Israeli chipmaker Mellanox Technologies Ltd. for $6.9 billion.
IBM’s vice president of artificial intelligence technology Aya Soffer. Working out of IBM’s research and development center in Israel’s northern port city Haifa, Soffer has been with the company for more than 20 years and has headed teams developing technologies for text and video search, natural language processing, artificial emotional expressions, augmented reality, and computer vision. Soffer has also taken part in the development of Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence-based question-answering computer system. Prior to joining IBM, Soffer was a research associate at NASA.
Irad Ben-Gal, head of the industrial engineering and management program at Tel Aviv University. Ben-Gal currently heads Digital Living 2030, the university’s joint program with Stanford University titled which brings together faculty and students from both institutions to spearhead the development of infrastructures, processes, methods, and algorithms that will be implemented by hardware and software components to support the processing of vast amounts of data.
Israeli surveillance company NSO Group’s President Shiri Dolev. Over the past two years, NSO has repeatedly fended off accusations that its technologies were being misused, claiming it only sells its product to governments and law enforcement agencies and that its spyware has saved tens of thousands of lives. In December 2018, an associate of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi sued the company,
claiming it played a role in Khashoggi’s murder.
Oren Kaniel, co-founder and CEO of marketing analytics company AppsFlyer Ltd. Last month, Calcalist reported that
the company was raising a $200 million series D round led by growth equity firm General Atlantic.
Zeev Farbman, CEO of Jerusalem-based content creation app developer Lightricks Ltd. In July, the company announced it has completed a $135 million series C funding round
at a $1 billion valuation. The company’s best-known product is selfie-editing app Facetune. Lightrick’s apps have been downloaded over 180 million times and have nearly 3 million paying subscribers, according to company statements.
Yossi Naar, co-founder of cybersecurity company Cybereason Inc. In August, the company announced Japan’s SoftBank Group invested $200 million in
the company, bringing Cybereason’s total funding raised to date to $400 million.
Shay Basson, the head of Israel’s Bank Leumi’s technology division.
Harel Locker, Chairman of Israeli government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI).
Brothers Aviv and Matteo Shapira, two of the founders of augmented reality company Replay Technologies Inc., acquired by Intel in 2016 for $175 million.
Yossi Wolf, founder and CEO of robot company Temi Global Ltd. Temi develops a voice-activated robotic personal assistant on wheels, capable of following its masters from room to room while carrying small objects, playing music, making video and voice calls, and controlling smart-home devices.
Omri Palmon, co-founder of file storage company WekaIO Inc. In May, the company announced it had raised a $31.7 million funding round
participated by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Nvidia Corp., and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Palmon also co-founded data storage company XIV Ltd. that was acquired by IBM for $300 million in 2008 and XtremIO that was acquired by New York-listed EMC Corp. for $430 million in 2012.
Three of the boldest names in the Tel Aviv venture capital scene will share the criteria that investors look for in startups they choose to back. The three venture capitalists are Daniel Cohen, a partner at Israeli early-stage firm Viola Ventures, Michael Eisenberg, co-founder of Tel Aviv-based Aleph Venture Capital, and Gigi Levy-Weiss, founding and managing partner at Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm NFX Guild.
Isaac Benbenisti, CEO of Israeli telecom operator Partner Communications Company Ltd., and Yael Fainaro, head of SynaMedia’s operations in Israel, will converse about the online streaming wars. Partner’s streaming service Partner TV has approximately 170,000 customers, according to company statements. Jerusalem-based SynaMedia, formerly NDS Group, was acquired in 2018 by private equity firm Permira Holdings Inc. for $1 billion.
Nimrod Kozlovski, partner at Israel-based law firm Herzog, Fox, Neeman and lecturer at Tel Aviv University.
Elad Aharonson, general manager of Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd.’s intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance division.
Elite Caspi, deputy general manager of Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd.
Sagi Dagan, head of the growth division at Israeli government investment arm, the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA).
Einat Guez, CEO of payroll management startup Papaya Global Ltd. Earlier this month the company announced it had raised a $45 million funding round.
Udi Levy, co-founder and CEO of web intelligence startup Cobwebs Technologies Ltd.
Rita Singh, a research professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s school of computer science’s Language Technologies Institute and a lecturer at The World Economic Forum.
Eyal Dror, CEO of food and beverage manufacturer Strauss Group Israel.
Danny Goldstein, CEO of Israel’s national post service, Israel Postal Co.
Roni Michael, who is the head of IT Advisory at KPMG Israel, Haggi Hochberger, head of digital innovation at Israel’s Bank Leumi, and Ido Ron, head of digital transformation at KPMG.
Asi Schmeltzer, chairman of Shlomo Group Holdings.
Harel Taybe, CEO of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and Tel Aviv-based company Kryon Systems Ltd. Kryon develops and markets virtual agents, or bots, used to automate organizational processes such as outpayments and insurance claim processing. Microsoft and insurance company Allianz and are among Kryon’s clients.
The conference will conclude with a set by stand up comedian Eran Zarahovitsh.