Top events and organizations
1. Hackathons: Originally, hackathons were events where computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively over a short period of time in order to solve a specific problem. In addition to a very large amount of Israeli computer-related hackathons in areas such as cyber security, advertising, big data and more, there has recently been an expansion of the hackathons concept to new and diverse areas, such as:
- Haclimaton12: A hackathon run buy the Herzliya municipality aimed at reducing the use of private transportation and diminishing traffic problems and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Hackathon on Wheels13: Run by the TinyLove Company, aimed at designing creative and smart solutions and products for babies.
- Hacking the Psoriasis Journey14: Hackathon aimed at the development of technological solutions that will improve the quality of life of psoriasis patients.
2. Innovation events & conferences: Israel is a natural home for start-up and innovation events and conferences. These events make it easier to form connections between relevant players in the industry and find new opportunities for cooperation.
The highlight of these events is the global DLD conference, held in Tel Aviv for 6 consecutive years.15
Digital Life Design (DLD) is a global conference network that acts as a platform for an exchange of visions and experiences, driven by the mission to create a network of innovation, digital prospects, science and culture. The conference is held in major cultural centers around the globe, such as New York, Beijing, San Francisco, London, Moscow, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Munich.
3. The Israeli Innovation Center: The center, located at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv, was launched in June 2016. The center aims to present Israel’s transformation from an arid and desolate desert into the international technological powerhouse it is today to visitors from around the globe. Alongside the museum, it will also function as an entrepreneurship hub and a center for innovation events, hackathons, courses and education.
4. IATI16:Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) is Israel's umbrella organization of hi-tech and life science industries. Its 700+ members belong to every level and aspect of the ecosystem: entrepreneurs, start-ups, incubators, accelerators, R&D centers, local and international MNCs, VC funds, private investors, TTOs (Technology Transfer Offices) and service providers. IATI is active in networking locally and globally, in business development, Knesset lobbying, promoting STEM education and organizing many events and conferences.
5. Governmental entities: The Israeli hi- tech industry is highly diverse, sharing a common interface with almost every aspect of daily life in Israel. There are several governmental entities that are in charge of different features of the hi-tech industry, which operate under several ministries:
- Ministry of Economy and Industry: Operates the Israel Innovation Authority, MATIMOP – the Israeli center for R&D, and the incentive programs for FDI.
- Ministry of Science, Technology and Space: Operates the National Council for Civil R&D.
- Ministry of Education: Operates the Council for Higher Education which monitors the institutes of higher education in Israel.
- Ministry of Defense: Operates the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure and partially some of the large defense industry corporations: IAI, Rafael, IMI and Elbit.
- Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources: Operates in the fields of renewable and conventional energy, water technologies and cleantech.
- Ministry of Health: Involved in health, medical devices and pharmaceuticals R&D through universities, hospitals and other health research institutes in Israel.
- Ministry of Environmental Protection: Conducts research and distributes grants for environmental research.