This past week, a delegation of 30 women from Mantova Province in Italy arrived in Israel to participate in a women’s empowerment seminar with their Israeli counterparts. The aim of the seminar was to bring together women from these two very different communities so they could share and learn from each others’ experiences.
During their trip, the Italian delegates were exposed to a variety of sectors in which women are involved in the Israeli economy.
They met with inspiring Israeli women leaders who explained how Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular, is a vibrant center for social entrepreneurship. Both the Italian and Israeli delegations of women were excited to engage in professional dialogue with each other and take advantage of this great opportunity to network with one other.
The Italian delegation was headed by Francesca Zaltieri, the vice president of Mantova Province and a member of the Italian state education committee. She is also closely connected with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
One of the highlights of the week was the delegation’s meeting with Adi Sisso Juran, the director of assistance and social involvement at Azrieli College. Sisso Juran told the intrigued Italian women all about the Israeli college’s women’s leadership project.
They were then given time to discuss ideas with students and graduates who hail from a variety of backgrounds.
Another day, the Italian delegates toured the AtoBe Accelerator at the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem. They met with CEO Michael Mizrahi, who spoke about the various projects the accelerator has worked on and is currently working on. One example is NovoLaka, which participated in the accelerator’s second year and was founded by Azrieli women’s empowerment program graduate Riva Novikov.
LivePerson engages Facebook Messenger LivePerson, a leading global provider of mobile and online messaging services, announced on April 12 at F8 – Facebook’s annual global developer conference – that it has developed a platform called LiveEngage that will seamlessly connect Facebook Messenger with consumers.
This integration will ensure that companies’ connections with their customers are direct, consistent and meaningful.
LivePerson is one of the first companies to create a direct link between automatic and robotic systems with human representatives in real time. This platform enables customer-service representatives to focus on providing immediate and quality service by managing customers’ requests and phone calls in a single interface that engages all of the digital channels of communication. One of the most innovative advantages of the LiveEngage platform is its ability to analyze a message from a customer and rate its importance and urgency.
This increases customer satisfaction with the brand over time.
The LiveEngage platform currently serves more than 18,000 customers around the world and is conducted in more than 27 million interactions with users in real time.
The company currently has 1,150 employees, including more than 400 workers in its technological development center in Ra’anana.
GeekCon Green 2016 This year’s GeekCon Green, Israel’s creative make-a-thon in the desert, took place on April 14-16 at Khan Be’erotayim in the Negev.
The invitation-only maker event, which was held for the first time in 2005, is part of the GeekCon movement that encourages entrepreneurial activity and sustainability in Israel in five categories: water, energy, shelter, communication and food.
The make-a-thon went on for 52 straight hours, during which participants were encouraged to focus on ecological innovations. The people who partake in GeekCon’s annual competition hail from a variety of disciplines, including technology, sciences, academia and the arts.
New people come together each year to create projects that will somehow improve the water, food, energy, housing and telecommunication industries.
GeekCon takes place in an open desert location where there are only 10 hours of electricity provided each day and no Wi-Fi availability at all (accessing Wi-Fi somehow could be a great idea for next year’s project).
Among the projects attempted this year were an app that measures the amount of compostable garbage that was separated from the rest of the garbage and the resulting financial gain, a structure built out of natural materials alone, an advanced prototype of a rooftop garden, a device that can generate and store electricity in the ground in the desert, a detector of dust particles and air pollution, a light fixture made out of recycled plastic soda bottles, and a portable personal air conditioner.
Geekcon Green is a nonprofit event that was established and is operated by a team of volunteer hi-tech entrepreneurs.