|Left to right: Prof. Yesha Sivan, Israel President Shimon Peres , and
H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to co-chair the MIXiii 2014 conference — where we mixed Israel, Innovation and the International audience, etc. This is a short summary of my perspective mostly to capture my own learning as well as the highlights from MIXiii PR firm.
To my own lessons: we got over 1000 pictures, and I chose this one that portray some of these forces.
- President Shimon Peres, a leader who embodies the spirit of innovation for the last 60 years. May we wish him the best in the years to come.
- H.E. Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R.China — she symbolizes the growing importance of China and the east. In fact, over 400 people came to MIXiii from China, and about 200 people from India.
- Woman all around; you will notice in the background at least four women — in fact there are less men than women in the picture. I think this is a telling sign.
Highlights: MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, May 20-22, 2014
MIXiii Opened With Fireside Chat With President Shimon Peres
Over 6,000 In Attendance
300-Person Chinese Delegation
Large delegations also present are from India and Hong Kong.
Microsoft Israel announced its next accelerator program, with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, which will focus on health tech.
Israel inked several tech agreements with China’s Silicon Valley, with 350 delegates from China in attendance.
Samsung Electronics’ President Jung Son, announced new investments in digital health. According to Jung Son, the company will expand its operations in medical monitoring and will invest in several Israeli companies operating in the field.
US pharmaceutical giant Merck (known in Israel as MSD) signed a cooperation agreement with the Chief Scientist of Israel through which Merck will choose to collaborate with one of the Israeli life science companies identified in the agreement, and the Chief Scientist and Merck will provide matching support.
The CEO Panel, moderated by Dr. Yossi Vardi, featured Michel Combes (CEO, Alcatel Lucent); Weili Dai (President and Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group); Barry Greene (President & COO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals); and Charles N. Kahn III (President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals.)
Erez Vigodman, President and CEO of Teva presented a Keynote address on ‘Winning in the Age of Revolution.’
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke at the Happy Hour BioJerusalem reception.
Breakfast Reception with Matimop: Israel’s Chief Scientist discussed promoting a joint industrial R&D grant program.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes announced plans to open a Bell Labs research center in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv to help the French network-equipment company make advances in Cloud technology. Prof. Danny Raz of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology will manage the company’s CloudBand unit.
Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO and Chairman, Cleveland Clinic, presented a Keynote lecture on ‘The Role of Integrated Technologies in the Innovation of Medical Practice.’ “The Internet offers a new way of delivering healthcare to patients worldwide,” says Harris.
Prof Daniel Tsiddon, Deputy CEO of Leumi group and Chairman Leumi Tech opened the IATI Multinationals Companies Forum discussing Israeli Innovation and the nature of the StartUp Nation. The panel included top executives from Microsoft, Dell, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent and the Eastman Kodak Company
Yael Glassman, VP Marketing & Business Development for Sensible Medical, moderated a popular Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges of Connected Health.
Avi Reichental, CEO, 3D System, presented a fascinating talk on the various uses of 3D printing in medicine, manufacturing and even fashion.
Hanan Lavy, Director of Microsoft Ventures Tel-Aviv Accelerator, chaired the Top Startup Pitch Session showcasing new innovative companies.
Mr. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Economy, opened the ‘Building Innovation Ecosystems,’ session which was chaired by Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, Israel. Bennet says, “”Israeli innovation is more like thousands of speed boats rather than a huge ship. We are flexible, speedy and agile”
UK Ambassador Matthew Gould attended at a reception in the UK Israel Partnership Booth.
Yahal Zilka, Managing Partner at Magma VC moderated a fascinating discussion on startup investments. Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group, Vice President, IBM Corporate Strategy says, “Israel is THE most respectful innovation hub in the world.”
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