The fair will include exhibitions from more than 15 companies, as well as presentations by Silicon Valley and Israeli hi-tech and environmental experts. There will also be speakers from a variety of leading Israeli research institutions.
(Consulate General of Israel to the Pacfiic Northwest, San Francisco)
The Israel Innovations Fair on to be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 will bring together hi-tech companies with San Francisco Bay Area residents interested in the latest developments in solar technology, medicine, software architecture and environmental conservation.
Dr. Elliot Lavey, one of the individuals behind the all-day event, explains that the fair will provide students and recent graduates with the opportunity for them to share their resumes with companies and to learn more about internship positions. "It is also a great way for people to educate themselves about how much his small country has contributed to the world. Unlike many programs that are politically focused, our event will showcase the real core of Israeli society, its innovative spirit and creative energy."
The fair will include exhibitions from more than 15 companies, as well as presentations by Silicon Valley and Israeli hi-tech and environmental experts. There will also be speakers from a variety of leading Israeli research institutions including Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The latter boasts a diverse student population, with Palestinian, Jordanian, Bedouin and Jewish environmentalists studying side by side and learning how to build a more sustainable future for the world.
In addition to interactive displays, exhibitions and video presentations, the fair will feature addresses by leading researchers and executives of hi-tech companies and organizations. 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.
Another presenter will be Yishai Cohen of SmartBus, a Jerusalem-based startup that uses the latest software architectures to make buses and shuttles run faster, cheaper and on time, thus saving governments and municipalities millions in revenue.
Innovation: Africa will also offer an exhibit. This non-profit brings Israeli innovation to African villages. Founded in 2008, it has provided light, clean water, food and proper medical care to more than 700,000 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal.
Sponsors include AFMDA, Contra Costa Bridges to Israel, Israel Ideas, The Arava Institute, StandWithUs, American Technion Society and the Jewish National Fund. The event will be held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.