Monday, May 25, 2015

28-May-2015 (NEW DATE): “Meet the Professor in PolyU HK: "Design Your Next Future"” Session

PolyU will be launching the Executive Master in Meaningful Innovation (EMMI) in September 2015.

For those interested - I will be meeting potential candidates during my coming visit to Hong Kong. 

Join our "“Design Your Next Future"” session to learn more about the programme from our Programme Director, Prof. Yesha Sivan, and discuss your aspiration to become an innovation leader in our unique cove on the 13th Floor of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower.

Date:   Thursday 28 May 2015 (Thursday)
Time:   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: V1101, 11/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower (V Core)

Contact to reserve your place:
Tel:          (852) 3400 8483

To learn more visit our website:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

20..21-May-2015 BOAO Youth Forum for Asia (Hong Kong)

“2015 BOAO YOUTH FORUM FOR ASIA (HONG KONG)” held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20h & 21st May, under the theme “Asia in Restructuring: Vision and Action of Youth”.

The two-day forum endeavors to bring an in-depth exploration from the aspects of education, science and technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and culture:
  • Looking back at University Life from a Job Employment: Reform of a Modern Education System
  • Intelligent Society in the Mobile Internet Era
  • The age of Asian innovation - creative talents and innovative culture
  • Outlook of the Global Economy in 2015: New Market Environment faced by Asian Enterprises
I was invited  by the Y Elites Association to participate in the panel: Intelligent Society in the Mobile Internet Era (Day 1, 20-May-2015)


  • The popularity of intelligent computers and mobile internet are instrumental in revolutionizing commercial, societal and even our daily lives. How does the intelligentization trend change our modern society and lifestyles? What kind of changes would take place? 
  • What are the development trends and current highlights of intelligent technology?
  • At the time when intelligent technology brings us great convenience and our society are getting more dependent on internet, what are the new threats emerged from internet security to personal data privacy that should be highly addressed and concerned?
  • Chee Sing CHAN, Content Strategist, Edelman
  • Herbert CHIA, Vice President of Alibaba Group
  • Witman HUNG, The President of InternetProfessional Association
  • Philip KANG, Co-founder and CEO of Smart2on Limited
  • Yesha SIVAN, The Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University
News item video

More about the BOAO Forum and the Y Elites.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CfP: Futures of Real and Virtual Worlds

Futures of Real and Virtual Worlds A Special exploratory Issue by #TheJVWR
Planned Publication: August 31, 2015. See details below.

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

CfP: Futures of Real and Virtual Worlds
A Special exploratory Issue
Edited by: Yesha Sivan, Editor in Chief, the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research ( is an online, open access peer-reviewed academic journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect with virtual worlds’ research.

Design the future
This call is about the future, or more so, possible futures. We are looking for reflective papers (1000-3000 words) that will describe specific angles to the real and virtual worlds. We are exploring and defining our future.  The collection of reflective futures will help us design the next 7 years of the journal.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • 3D fun
  • Mini robots
  • Social networks that change our mind
  • Artificial limps
  • New forms of hardware
  • Augmented and mixed environments
  • Wearables
  • User generated content
  • 3D printing
  • Visual data streaming
  • Immersive technologies
  • Shopping from home
  • Projections of the real
  • Wireless people
  • Portable friends
  • The Internet of Things
  • Virtual currencies
  • E-readers
  • And more…
The journal, JVWR, is celebrating its 8th year anniversary in 2015. In 2015 we will also publish the book “3D3C Platforms: Applications and Tools for Three Dimensional Platforms for Community, Creation and Commerce” published by Springer, as a summary of this field’s state of the art.

In 2008, when Jeremiah Spence founded #JVWR, the excitement of a flexible, user-generated world was very high. It seemed that the world of Second Life(R) had taken years of hardware, software, and social-ware experiences into a new level. That it would change” the world. This was yet another wave of promise of virtual reality.

In 2008, users, business analysts and academics alike used to be at awe because Second Life had millions of users; commerce was done virtually; there were grievers in virtual worlds, and people could create 3D objects by themselves.

In 2015 today, 7 years later, Facebook has more than 1.35 billion monthly active users; commerce is done with a fingerprint via Apple pay; cyber criminals are attacking real companies, and people are printing their own outfits and objects. Much has changed. The virtual is becoming the real and the real is becoming the virtual. It seems that the term “virtual worlds” as a key term for an academic domain, does not make sense anymore.
It is time for us, as an academic journal, to take an “academic sabbatical” to define the future of our Journal in light the possible futures of both worlds (real and virtual. Of course, this will be an active Sabbatical where we try to grapple with several questions that revolve around the nature of the field, and on how we best advance it as an academic journal.

Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit original scholarly papers of 1000-3000 words including footnotes, references, and appendices. Interested authors should submit a full paper by the deadline indicated below. All submissions should be made via the JVWR publishing system (see > About JVWR > For Authors). All submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be published online in the Volume 8, Number 2 (2015) of the Journal.

Deadlines and Timeline
Authors submit full paper: May 30, 2015
Editors return review report and initial decision: Jun 15, 2015
Authors submit revised paper: July 15, 2015
Editors return final comments and decision: July 31, 2015
Authors submit final version: August 15, 2015
Planned Publication: August 31, 2015

Further Information
Please contact:
Yesha Sivan yesha.sivan AT jvwresearch DOT org
Tzafnat Shpak tzafnat.shpak AT jvwresearch DOT org

And of course, you are always welcome to:

Prof. Yesha Sivan
Editor in Chief

Tzafnat Shpak
Coordinating Editor

The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

© 2015 Journal of Virtual Worlds Research All rights reserved.

Friday, March 06, 2015

JVWR published its new issue: Assembled 2015

Assembled 2015 a new issue by #TheJVWR

Official announcement below.

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

We are happy to announce the publication of NEW ISSUE from the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (JVWR):

Volume 8, Number 1:

Assembled 2015

The editorial team:
  • Stephanie Blackmon, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA
  • Patricia Anderson, East Carolina University. Greenville, NC, USA
Our journal, JVWR, is celebrating this year its 8th year anniversary. This Assembled 2015 issue (our customary beginning of the year assembled issue) includes again the top of the crop of papers in our field. It contains selected peer-reviewed articles that start, and in some cases continue, discussions about the vastness and versatility of virtual worlds.

Editor in Chief Corner

Possible Futures
Yesha Y. Sivan

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

Alexandria - A Virtual Repository of Knowledge
Joseph Michael Graham, Eva Comaroski

From Voxel Vistas: Place-Making in Minecraft
Tyler Quiring
Lessons from Recruiting Second Life Users with Chronic Medical Conditions: Applications for Health Communications
Jodi Swicegood, Saira Haque

Professors and Virtual World Professionalism: A Qualitative Study
Stephanie J Blackmon

The Influences of User Experience, Aesthetics and Psychology in the Design Process of 3D Avatars (Theoretical model)
Thomas Photiadis, Nicos Souleles

Gaming Experience and Spatial Learning in a Virtual Morris Water Maze
Suzanne de Castell, Jennifer Jenson, Hector Larios
Enjoy your ride in the current research of the virtual as reflected in these papers; sail among the "floating" islands of knowledge; meet professors and their professional avatars; read about gaming experiences and Minecraft place-making; learn about Second Life(R) environment for health communications, and check a theoretical model in the design of 3D avatars.

More from the JVWR
Looking forward to hearing from you on twitter @TheJVWR and on our Facebook page (TheJVWR).

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-Chief

TheJVWR - The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

© 2015 Journal of Virtual Worlds Research All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

03-Feb-2015: INNOVEX2015

In recent years, Israel has gained global reputation as a major source for creativity and innovation. In order to encourage Israeli creativity and innovation, a long list of leading high tech companies joined hands and initiated the annual international innovation conference called iNNOVEX.

iNNOVEX2015 Panel: Open Innovation in Focus - How to select the best technologies and bring them into your organization.
On the right the panel moderator: Prof. Yesha Sivan - Executive Director Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University 

I lead the panel: Open Innovation in Focus - How to select the best technologies and bring them into your organization with the speakers:
  • Dr. Hans Nikol - Head of Open Innovation, Philips
  • Esther Barak Lands - CEO, Nielsen Innovate
  • Yossi Smoler - Chief Open Innovation Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Israel
  • Guy Horowitz - Managing Director, Deutsche Telekom BD&V Ltd.

iNNOVEX2015 focus is on promoting innovation in the Israeli high tech industry, in the academic research facilities and  more specifically in young companies involved with advanced technologies.

Friday, November 07, 2014

07-Nov-2014: ISTA 19th Annual General Meeting Knowledge Transfer Management Forum:“University Venture Management & Regional Innovation”

Knowledge Transfer Management Forum Series titled “University Venture Management & Regional Innovation” was held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting on 7 Nov 2014. The Forum brought together university administrators and experts from the region to share their experience, approaches and practices in developing and managing university ventures.

Around 80 delegates from ISTA, Guangdong Science and Technology Department, Tel Aviv University, Sabancı University, Guangzhou University, Nanjing Medical University and Zhong Da Capital attended the event.

ISTA 19th Annual General Meeting cum ISTA Knowledge Transfer Management Forum:“University Venture Management & Regional Innovation”

Forum Agenda (November 7, 2014):

11:30 – 12:10 Presentation Session:

  • How University can scale their Start-ups Operations – A Disciplined VC Approach
    Mr Nicholas W. YANG
    Executive Vice President
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

14:00 – 15:20 Presentation Session:

  • Promoting Regional Innovation: Role of University Venturing
    Prof. Yesha Y. SIVAN
    Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture
    Tel Aviv University
  • Contribution of University Technology Start-ups to Regional Economic Development – Cases from Sun Yat-sen University
    Prof. XU Yong
    President, Zhong Da Capital
    Sun Yat-sen University

15:35 – 16:45 Panel Discussion Session

  • Moderator:
    Prof. CHEN Dong-min
    Dean of The School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Director of The Office of Science and Technology Development
    Peking University
    • Mr Nicholas W. YANG, Executive Vice President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • Prof. Yesha Y. SIVAN, Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University
    • Prof. XU Yong, President, Zhong Da Capital, Sun Yat-sen University
    • ISTA members
Full program.

About ISTA - International Strategic Technology Alliance