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 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

25-Nov-2014: Meaningful Innovation Forum & Networking (12:00 nn - 2:00 pm)

PolyU will be launching the Executive Master in Meaningful Innovation* in September 2015.

Executive Master in Meaningful Innovation* in September 2015. To mark the launch, the Institute of Advanced Executive Education and School of Design are hosting a Forum and Networking Session, where top professors will interact with practitioners to exchange insights on the role of innovation and technology and their significance for senior executives from all walks of business.
Prof. Cees de Bont
Dean and Swire Chair Professor of Design, School of Design, PolyU
Prof. Yesha Sivan
Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University
Professor, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo
Prof. Cees de Bont has solid track records in helming two leading design schools in the world. Prior to his current appointment, he was the dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology (“TU Delft”), The Netherlands.

Prof. de Bont became a Professor of Marketing at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, after gaining ten years of strategic design and marketing experience from Philips. His research interests are in the areas of branding, consumer behaviour, innovation adoption, design methods and networked innovation.
Prof. Yesha Sivan is the Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University (Faculty of Management) and a Professor of Management Information Systems at the School of Management and Economy, Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.

Prof. Sivan is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL), a leading think tank focusing on connecting virtual and real worlds. His professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, high-tech, government and defense environments.
Innovation is vital to organisational growth and business success. The new Executive Master will integrate Design Thinking and innovation methodologies with Information Technology (IT), branding and aspects of advanced management relevant to senior executives’professional development.

Prof. Cees de Bont will discuss how design expertise can contribute to the innovation process and share design approachesthat generate meaningful solutions for business. He will share successful stories on how Design Thinking approaches can generate value for organisations and end-users (e.g. Apple, Philips and Huawei) and the reason why design should be regarded as one of the key disciplines in innovation.

IT is perceived as a critical part in enabling innovation, and IT-based innovation is accelerating. Prof. Yesha Sivan will share his insights on IT’s unique role in innovation and introduce five innovation platforms in which IT can play significant part in leading businesses.


Click here
to register online now

Seats are first-come-first-served+
Registration deadline: 18 November 2014
Agenda 12:00 nn - 2:00 pm
  • Networking
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Prof. Cees de Bont's Address
  • Prof. Yesha Sivan's Address
  • Introduction to Executive Master in Meaningful Innovation*
  • Open Discussion and Q&A
Prof. Sivan is available till 4:00pm to meet potential students who are interested in the Executive Master programme (by appointment).
The programme is subject to validation and final approval.
Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email before event.
CPD e-Certificate will be issued upon request.
Enquiry: (852) 3400 8476 |

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1..5-Dec-2014: HK APAC Innovation Summit 2014- Prof. Sivan Plenary Speaker re: Latest Trends on Venture

To mark the 10th anniversary of InnoAsia — the signature event of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation — it has been renamed as the APAC Innovation Summit (AIS) with “Shaping the Future” as the theme.

With the support from Hong Kong’s universities, R&D centres and over 70 trade associations, AIS aims to create a landmark forum where leading minds and influencers from Asian Pacific nations can converge to mutually inspire through new thinking models and engage in forward-thinking dialogue on policy implementation and market adaption with uniquely Asian characteristics.

Plenary Speaker: One-on-One Interview with Prof. Yesha Sivan on Latest Trends on Venture Investment
  • Friday, 5-Dec-2014 (Day 5), 09:10
    at Hong Kong Venture Capital and Angel Investment Conference (HKVCAIC), Hall 5FG, HKCEC
The Conference is designed for investors and investment-seeking entrepreneurs/ companies and is led by highly experienced industry practitioners - experts with years of experience in deal-making, structuring, corporate value-creation and exits. Speakers will utilize real cases as a way to illustrate and share insight gained through years of industry practice, providing in-depth technical and practical know how for interested participants.
The Conference provides a great opportunity and platform for companies to raise Angel & VC funding and / or locate business partners. Selected companies will be invited to present their business plans at the Investment Pitching Session among of Conference.

Furthermore, I will give a lecture on the 1st day: 

  • Monday 1-Dec-2014 (Day 1), 14:15-- The “Venture” University: Benefiting for the Next 1000 Years
    at KT for Entrepreneurship
International Knowledge Transfer (KT) Conference brings together university practitioners, industrial partners and entrepreneur start-ups to discuss KT models and best practices; social innovation and entrepreneurship to stimulate innovation and potential opportunities. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear “The Presidents Forum” as Presidents from Hong Kong and Overseas Universities will exchange their views on how to leverage knowledge transfer for institutional advancement.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

11..13-Nov-2014: Meet me at Hong Kong AVCJ Forum

For 27 years, the AVCJ Forum has brought together leading investors from across the globe for three days of high-level dialogue, debate and networking. In a programme that combines strategic and tactical issues, you'll hear from some of the world's most successful deal makers as they share their insights on the opportunities for private equity investors going forward.

 AVCJ Forum 11-13 November 2014

"The AVCJ Forum will continue its tradition of offering intellectually stimulating discussions. This year, we will dive deep into some of the most pressing issues Asian private equity currently faces. This will include the creation of a long-term private equity model for Asia; the industry's ever-changing relationship with regulators and how venture capital is coming back in a big way.'' - Allen Lee, Publisher, Asian Venture Capital Journal.

This year's Forum is made up of four Summits which are being held between 11, 12 & 13 November 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Prof. Yesha Sivan will be part of the Venture Capital Summit.
One-day interactive programme addressing the key trends affecting the venture capital industry across Asia.

On November 11, 2014 at 2:00pm I will be talking about
Finding entrepreneurs that will define the next era of innovation.

Sourcing business founders with fantastic ideas that are scalable and commercial is challenging. VC's have to search through a myriad of ideas and often battle with their competitors to strike a deal and invest during the early stage. So how do seasoned venture capitalists source and predict technologies that will align with consumer behaviours in the future and become the next Facebook or Alibaba, and what hubs outside of Silicon Valley are currently viewed as the regions for innovation?

  • Do you need to diversify and employ a broader approach to investible industries to match the markets and cultures you are targeting?
  • Are high seed-stage valuations making it difficult for start-ups to raise Series A? Are valuations unduly inflated?
  • In spite of soaring valuations, are we likely to avoid another crash because of the larger global opportunity that now exists for cloud computing, mobile tech and the Internet?
  • How are corporate VCs accelerating growth through early-stage investments that align with their core business?
  • How have accelerators, incubators, cluster groups and government initiatives in Asia helped to develop a community of start-ups and entrepreneurs?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Digital Leader: Master of the Six Digital Transformations

(Use the Promotion Code SIVANTRANSFORMATIONS to download the full 14 page report).

The purpose of the accompanying Executive Report is to define the nature and impact of “digital transformations” in the eyes, minds, and hands of CIOs and other CxO leaders: “eyes” in the sense of recognizing six concrete transformations; “minds” in the sense of understanding the meaning of these transformations for the organizations; and “hands” in the sense of driving some actions.
Much has been said about innovation. The argument is twofold. 
  1. On the positive side, consider innovative companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon (hard-core IT innovation), or companies like Walmart, Dell, CEMEX (Mexican cement global leader), and Progressive Insurance (“regular” firms that use IT). We can easily see and appreciate how they invent new products, services, and ways to conduct business.
  2. On the negative side, we have firms like Kodak (lost to the digital photo market), Nokia and BlackBerry (replaced by the smartphone), Microsoft (some say missed the tablet market), Borders (killed by Amazon Kindle), Tower Records (defeated by MP3 and iTunes), Blockbuster (lost to Netflix), and many more. These are firms that were once masters of their domain, yet killed by others through innovation, usually disruptive innovation (Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. Harvard Business Review Press, 1997.)
As it turns out, digital technologies have become the foundation of the new economic order. Understanding these technologies and managing them for the benefit of the firm is a daunting task. In the report, we offer a practical tool in the form of six digital transformations as a mental framework to master these changes.


Wherever we look, we see and use digital technologies: at work, at the mall, on the train, at the theater, in our pockets, while we learn, while we collaborate, and so forth. Almost every device today has embedded digital technology. Some products have become fully digital (e.g., music, books, maps, navigation tools), while others have been enhanced with digital technologies (e.g., cars, airplanes, TVs). Some services have been transformed into self-services powered by digital technologies, while other services are being delivered to customers over digital channels (e.g., call centers, websites, self-service kiosks).

Digital technologies completely change the business landscape, including the way businesses craft their strategies and envision their business models, how they create and implement competitive advantage, how they operate their value chains, how they engage and collaborate with all stakeholders (i.e., customers, employees, vendors, and business partners), how they structure and organize, how they divide work among business partners, and much more. In other words, digital technologies alter every aspect of the business environment.

To put it bluntly, organizations that do not recognize and act upon the digital transformations are destined to die. The death may be fast, or relatively slow, but likely to occur. In fact, due to the rate of transformation, opportunity grows quickly but so, too, does the danger. Lack of action causes a spiral of decline, a harbinger of demise. CIOs who do not innovate will be replaced, demoted, or simply lose their organizational relevancy.


The six digital-driven transformations are neither technologies nor business models per se; rather, they define the connecting tissue between digital technologies and business strategies. The first three are external transformations that describe how digital technologies are changing the market:
  1. From atoms to bits. The first transformation involves converting physical products and services into digital products and services.
  2. From places to spaces. The second transforms physical marketplaces into digital and virtual market spaces.
  3. From products to services. The third transforms physical products into digital services. 
The next three are internal transformations that describe how digital technologies have altered the models and tools we use for strategy and business model formulation:
  1. From sustainable competitive advantage to transient competitive advantage. Organizations must understand the dynamics of the new environment. Indeed, they must become more agile and responsive and operate in a world of short-term/transient competitive advantage.
  2. From disruptive innovation to “killer” innovation. When it comes to the digital landscape, the wellknown process of disruptive innovation, which in the past could sometimes take years to disrupt, has accelerated into a matter of months, or even weeks.
  3. From classical business models to digital business models. Digital technologies have augmented the standard business model and transformed it into a digital business model. 
These six transformations will provide CxOs a solid foundation to capture how digital technologies completely change the business environment. We assert that organizations and managers will have to devote considerable time and resources to evaluate how they will leverage these six transformations to create new value for their customers and new competitive advantage for their business — and, in parallel, thwart the threats and risks of digital technologies.


The six transformations present huge opportunities and challenges for business leaders. As such, all senior stakeholders from the board to the CEO, CIO, and all other CxOs must adapt and adopt new leadership skills and styles. The known CIO role, which by itself has changed several times over the years, is now undergoing a major transformation. CIOs must refocus and reshape their skills, mindset, and approach in order to embrace digital technologies. Due to the rapid pace of the digital age, these leaders can’t be passive; they must be proactive in leading their organizations to exploit digital opportunities, create new value for customers, and successfully deal with disruptive threats.

The report presents the turbulence created by digital technologies. Almost every aspect of the business is changing rapidly. Companies must understand the roots of this turbulence and ensure that they remain on the top of the tsunami waves. The six transformations described affect every facet of the modern business environment. Thus, organizations and their leaders must learn how to leverage the opportunities and, in parallel, avoid the threats. Remember, only the paranoid survive.


Sivan, Y. & Heiferman, R. (2014). The Digital Leader: Master of the Six Digital Transformations. Cutter Consortium Report: Business Technology Strategies (17) 2.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Should I move from Microsoft Watch to Apple iWatch (10 min movie about iWatch)

This is my watch today (it is 20 years old).  The top of the line of Microsoft and Timex. It had a sensor, memory, connectivity... and lots of "coolness".  Now iApple

Should I switch?

Join the Digital Innovation Challenge of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The Digital Innovation Challenge of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is an annual essay competition for students to explore how digital innovations influence business and society.

Visit LSE Challenge website for more details.

Two separate prizes one for last year undergraduates and one for Master students. Take the opportunity to explore a new interesting topic or develop your current work further to win great prizes!

The challenge is open for final year undergraduate and master’s level students in any field.

1. Choose an area of interest (i.e. Social media and democracy, e-Government, Open Source, Privacy & Security, Big Data; e-Businees, Organisational forms, business models, etc etc) and discuss a specific phenomenon of Digital Innovation

2. Review related body of work: academic journals, practitioner literature such as industry websites and other reliable sources.

3. Construct an argument where the main ideas and concepts from the literature are clear and well organised.

Each participating university will in December 2014 nominate one winner for each category (undergraduate and master students) to enter the global competition.

Visit LSE Challenge website for more details.

Eligibility & Rules.

The Prize
If your essay is nominated by your university and also be one of the two overall winners then....

You will be invited to visit one of the leading centers in Digital Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science for one week
(yes, travel & accommodation expenses are covered!)

You will have the opportunity present and discuss your ideas with faculty and staff at the LSE and join the global debate by attending lectures and seminars!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

27.. 28-Aug-2014: Baltic VCAs' Summer Symposium

I had the pleasure of visiting Lithuania for participating in the 3rd annual Baltic Private Equity & Venture Capital Associations' Symposium (a.k.a. Baltic VCAs’ Summer Event), one of the largest and most anticipated annual events in the Baltics.

The event has attracted more than 110 participants from the Baltic States, Israel, the UK, Poland and elsewhere. The event was hosted by the Lithuanian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LT VCA).

See more pics in the event page on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 27
12:00 – 14:00 Registration (Minge Village) & get together
14:00 – 14:10 Opening / Welcome Address
14:10 – 14:30 Keynote Speaker

  • MANTAS MIKUCKAS, co-founder and angel investor, "Vinted Limited" (Lithuania)

14:30 – 14:50 The Baltics VC/PE Markets in a Central European ContextEBRD’s experience in the Baltics and the next steps under the EBRD Baltics Integrated Approach

  • ANNE FOSSEMALLE, Director, Equity Funds, EBRD (UK).
    A review of EBRD’s experience in the Baltics and beyond and the next steps to be taken under the EBRD Baltics Integrated Approach: How does the performance of the Baltic States compare to that of their CEE peers? What challenges need to be addressed to support the development of the VC/PE Ecosystem in the Baltic States? What are the next steps under the EBRD Baltics Integrated Approach?

14:50 – 15:10 Venture Capital Market Trends

  • PRAVEEN PARANJOTHI, investment manager, European Investment Fund (EIF) ( Luxembourg).
    Venture Capital market trends’ is to expound on the VC trends in the market from a European perspective: Who is investing in VC in Europe and what are the LPs looking for? What are the hot opportunities that VCs are targeting and how are the global investors reacting to the European opportunities? What are the core drivers for a sustainable venture ecosystem and how could European VC ecosystem (possibly) get there?

15:10 – 15:45 Panel Disucussion I: Next steps in developing PE/VC markets in the Baltics?

  • Session Chair: AUDRIUS ZABOTKA, Managing Director, Investment and Business Guarantees. Ltd. (INVEGA) (Lithuania)
  • Panelists
    • Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, EU Structural assistance management department (Lithuania)
    • KLAVS VASKS, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Guarantee Agency (LGA) (Latvia)
    • ANDRUS TREIER, CEO, KredEx (Estonia)
15:45 – 16:15 Networking & refreshment break
16:15 – 17:00 Panel Disucussion II: The government role in the development of domestic venture capital ecosystem.

  • Session Chair: YESHA SIVAN, Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • Panelists: 
    • TROY WEEKS, Senior Banker, Equity Funds, EBRD (UK)
    • BARBARA NOWAKOWSKA, Managing Director, Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (PSIK) (Poland)
17:00 – 17:45 Panel Disucussion III: Boosting LPs confidence for investment in VC markets.

  • Session Chair: PRAVEEN PARANJOTHI, investment manager, EIF
  • Panelists
    • KRISTJAN TAMLA, CEO, Swedbank Investment Funds AS (Estonia)
    • IGNAS PLIUŠKYS, Head of Investment Management Department, SEB Asset Management (Lithuania)
    • JĀNIS ROZENFELDS, CEO, SEB Wealth Management (Latvia)
17:45 – 18:00 Closing Remarks
18:00 – 19:00 Closing Dinner
19:00 – 21:30 Boat Trip
21:30 – ... Social Networking & Activities

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lantern Part 2 of 2 - new Issue by the JVWR

Lantern 2/2 cover

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

We are happy to announce the publication of the 2nd part of JVWR Lantern issue:

Volume 7, Number 2:

Lantern (Part 2 of 2)

The editorial team:
  • Yesha Sivan, Metaverse-Labs Ltd. & Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, Israel
  • Abhishek Kathuria, The University of Hong Kong
  • David Gefen, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Maged Kamel Boulos, University of Plymouth, Devon, UK
In this issue, we take a review lantern and shed some light on some of this field’s aspects. Clearly, we do not cover everything. We will often see shadows and not the full image. Ultimately, we hope to encourage further exploring of the field.

The Lantern issue is published in two parts: Part 1 was published on Q1/2014.

Issue Editors' Corner
Peer Reviewed Research Papers
This issue concludes the publication of JVWR's Lantern issue with more unique reviews of the Virtual Worlds' field.

Enjoy your read!

More from the JVWR
  • We are taking our book publication (by Springer) to the next level:  Tentatively titled "The Handbook on 3D3C Virtual Worlds" this book will include new comprehensive chapters as well as enhancements of the manuscripts published in both parts of the Lantern issue. A large and unique review on Virtual Worlds.
  • We encourage researchers and scholars of technical aspects of virtual worlds, including Augmented Reality, Virtual money and new hardware technologies - to submit research papers to the JVWR.
    We are looking forward to hearing from you!
  • Enjoy reading previous published papers from all issues page on our web site.
  • Subscribe to our mailing list (on the top left of to receive JVWR news and updates (no spam guaranteed).
  • Join our Facebook page (TheJVWR) And follow us on twitter @TheJVWR.
Have a great summer vacation,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-chief

TheJVWR - The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Lantern Part 1 issue cover

© 2014 Journal of Virtual Worlds Research All rights reserved.

Monday, June 30, 2014

My MIXiii 2014 Summary: Peres, Liu, 6000 people and me

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.
Well, President Peres represents Isarel, Madam Liu represents the International. The people around -- led by ladies --  represent Innovation, and I - I represent the MIX :-)

Building such a mixed conference is always hard: lots of competing agendas and lots of egos. But at the end we made it. Many thanks to the co-chairs Yoav Chelouche (my Co-chair for the high-tech side), Ruth Alon and Benny Zeevi (from the BioMed Side). Of course to Avi Hason, the Government Chief Scientist who drove the government side and really enforced the international side of the event, and to to the team led by Lyne Ann. 

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.

The MIXiii Israel Innovation Conference, a first-of-its-kind event in the world, began on Tuesday, May 20 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Hundreds of startups and well-known companies presented innovations at this unique conference in which both Life Sciences and High-tech events were running side-by-side, each exhibiting in separate venues, with the audience free to move from one location to the other without limitation. MIXiii was presented by Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), the largest umbrella organization in Israel for the high tech and life science sectors. For more info, contact IATI here.

The event began with a Welcome Event hosted by MIXiii’s Chairpersons. Yoav Chelouche welcomed tech guests and Ruti Alon welcomed the BioMed and Life Science tech community. Israel's Chief Scientist Avi Hasson welcomed China's Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier, State Council, P.R China, who delivered the keynote speech. Liu highly praised Israeli innovation and spoke about the warm relations and bond between China and Israel.

Vice Premier H.E Mme. Liu Yandong: "China sees Israel as an important partner for innovation. Our two countries are complementary to each other in science and technology. We should explore the potential of sci-tech cooperation and facilitate joint research and development in a wide range of areas, so as to upgrade China-Israel cooperation to a new level."

This year’s conference had a special focus on China, underlined by the attendance of a 300-member Chinese delegation. There were also very large delegations this year from India and Hong Kong.

The keynote speech was followed by a Fireside Chat with The Honorable President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, hosted by Wired UK Magazine Editor, David Rowan. The highlight of the chat was definitely President Peres taking a selfie with David’s camera. The photo is already going viral across Twitter!

There were a number of significant announcements made during the event, including:

  • 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.

Day One Highlights included:

  • 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.

The first day ended with the MIXiii 2014 Gala Event.

Day Two Highlights included:

  • 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.

Day Three Highlights included:

  • 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.”

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Startup winners!

High-Tech: 1. Eco Wave Power, 2 VocalZoom, 3.SQreamTech

Even more coverage

*La start-up nation en mode demo |

*Podemos aprender de Israel pero no copiar su sistema

*Tecnología, al rescate de diabéticos

IT Firms Welcomed by Israeli Counterparts - The New Indian Express

Hong Kong Business Leaders Impressed With Israeli Innovation

Cap sur l'Asie au salon israélien de l'innovation, MIXiii

The Tower | You can see the whole Middle East from here.

Tecnología combate la pobreza: Israel -

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

11-June: Calcalist Ad: Impact with IT conference. David Intercontinental. Tel Aviv

I'm happy to share the Yediot Calcalist ad of our conference next week. Please join us.
Over 200 have already confirmed.  
Download PDF or visit the conference site
Join join us in the Bizzabo community site

Calcalist ECIS Impact Day Ad

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MIXiii - Israel Innovation Conference on May 20-22, 2014

Join me (as the chair of MIXiii 2014 conference) where we MIX Israel International Conference.

Networking is the name of the game. The unique and exciting international conference format - where Biomed and High-tech join hands - will enhance the chances you will have for interaction with young and mature companies, old and new friends.

The MIXiii conference will take place at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds May 20-22, 2014.

Registration is now open (Early Registration Until April 30, 2014)

The conference will serve as a meeting point for local and multinational companies, venture capitalists, private equity investors, corporate and institutional investors, technology transfer experts, licensing executives, business development executives, university, government and corporate research scientists and government representatives.

Hi-Tech program
Biomed program

More details at

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

16-Apr-2014: Hong Kong Polytechnic University "Lead the Change: Five IT based Platforms for Innovation"

The presentation “Lead the Change: Five IT based Platforms for Innovation” will be held on Wednesday 16 April 2014 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The purpose of this talk is to upgrade “innovation” in the eyes, mind, and hands of CIOs and other IT leaders:

- “eyes” in the sense of recognizing different platforms for innovation;
- “mind” in the sense of understanding the relevancy of such innovation platforms for the organizations; and
- “hands” in the sense of driving some actions.

Click for more details and registration

Should there be any questions, please contact Clement Lee at 34002708 or email <>.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

14-Apr-2014: Global, Messy and Fast and the Forward Thinking in 2014 Roundtable Discussion #2 (2014 Q2)

HK 3.0: The Venture ecosystem – Global, Messy and Fast and the Forward Thinking in 2014 Roundtable Discussion #2 (2014 Q2)

Prof. Yesha Sivan will review the state of the global ecosystem covering:

Date:  Wednesday 14 April 2014
Time:  7:00-8:30pm
Venue:  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, KLN

Event details

Three Trends Affecting the Innovation Side of the Venture Ecosystem:

  1. Rise of New Treatment of Ideas: The Intellectual Venture Case
  2. Rise of Innovation Platforms: The Amazon Cloud Case
  3. Rise of the Early Clients Factor: The Kickstarter Case
Three Trends Affecting the Enabling Side of the Venture Ecosystem:

  1. Rise of Corporate Virtual R&D:  The IBM GTU (Global Tech. Unit) Case
  2. Rise of Super Angles: The Ron Conway and “Hot Potato” Case
  3. Rise of Regulation: The AIFMD Case
Following the talk will be a roundtable discussion on:

  • Factors contributing / affecting HK 3.0 (e.g., Proximity to Mainland Chinese, "one country/two systems", financial infrastructure, family based economy, public/private partnership, signs of effort, unfair advantage, etc.)
  • Focus Areas for HK 3.0 (e.g., hospitals, air quality, tourism, etc.)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My First Full Day with Google Glass: 02-Apr-2014

Seldom I get to experience the feeling of something that is totally new. You can see why I smile?

While I have tested and demoed Google Glass in the past (for example in Milan in our conference about devices), and I have also talked with few other Glass Explorers (that is how call us lucky ones that own Google Glass), nothing beats the real thing: spending a day with Glass.
(ok not a full day = just few hrs)

Few initial insights:

  1. The physical DESIGN is SLICK. You really get the feel of Apple, when you open the box. The packaging. The connectivity etc. It sure gives you the motivation to play with Glass.
  2. BATTERY SUCKS. After 30 min.. already a drop to 70%. I may be able to play with settings. But there is a long way to go here.
  3. The SCREEN REALLY WORKS. This was my worse fear. That you will not be able to see clearly. The screen is sharp. and one could see in almost every light conditions.
  4. INTERFACE MEGA FAIL. It seems that Google hired 5 different teams to design the interface and they could not make decisions.  You can wink to get a picture, tilt to turn it on, voice to start OK glass (no way to cancel?), sounds are confusing. No clear notion of what is an application, what is a feature. So many things to fix.
  5. LOTS OF COOL THINGS: getting email notification, calling from your phone, taking a picture, posting in twitter, and sharing in plus ad Facebook.
More to come.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Call for Book Chapters: Handbook on 3D3C Virtual Worlds

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Call for Book Chapters: Handbook on 3D3C Virtual Worlds
Applications, Technologies and Policies for Three Dimensional Systems for Community, Creation and Commerce

Editor: Prof. Yesha Sivan, JVWR Managing editor; Metaverse Labs Ltd.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Germany

The field of virtual worlds / Augmented Reality / 3D / etc. is vast, interconnected and expanding. In that respect, "3D3C Worlds" is defined as a combination of four factors:
  • 3D stands for the three dimensional representation of worlds as seen in Google Earth, Augmented Reality, 3D printing and the like;
  • Community as in a collection of people work, play and act together. Consider Facebook and Twitter as one example, and enhance it by the dynamics of World of Warcraft guilds;
  • Creation is the ability to create new artifacts, as seen for example in Second Life or in Open Source movement;
  • Commerce is the ability to harness these previous factors to gain monetary real value (consider Bitcoin, exchanges, etc.)
Objective of the Book:
  • Become the official “handbook” on 3D3C Virtual Worlds
  • Highlight and enhance some earlier work conducted for the Journal
  • Further advance and augment the field with “topical reviews”
A “topical review” means a review of a corpus of knowledge of one aspect of the field. It can be a classic literature review, a more formal statistical meta-analysis or other forms suggested by authors.

Topics we already have chapters on:
  • Collaboration >> Virtual Worlds as Innovative Collaboration Media for Distributed Work
  • Taxation >> Taxation of Virtual World Economies: An Empirical Review
  • Medical >> Overview: Virtual Reality in Medicine
  • Education >> An Exploratory Research Agenda for 3-D Virtual Worlds as Collaborative Learning Ecosystems: Extracting Evidences from Literature
  • Art >> 1993-2013: A Survey of Two Decades of Artistic Works using Computational Ecosystems
  • Geography >> An Aspatial Economics? The Economic Geography of Virtual Worlds
  • Creativity >> Fostering Team Creativity in Virtual Worlds
  • Money >> Virtual Currencies, Micropayments and Fiat Money: Where Are We Coming From and Where Does the Industry Stand?
  • Legal >> Privacy, Law, and Virtual Worlds
  • Multilinguality >> Multilingual issues in virtual worlds: a general review
  • Money >> Blazing Trails: A New Way Forward for Virtual Currencies and Money Laundering
  • Collaboration >> Virtual Collaboration Spaces: Bringing Presence to Distributed Collaboration
Topics of interest that we are looking for include, but are not limited to:
  • Case studies
  • Augmented Reality
  • 3D Printing
  • Commerce / business
  • History
  • Security
  • Design
  • Military
  • Users
  • Standards
  • Social behaviours
  • Gender
  • Cases of projects, constellations, and "islands" -- Could be visual depiction (as the book will be in color)
  • Cases of firms, and business endeavours
  • Impact on special audiences for virtual worlds
  • Technical review of research trends in the field (metrics)
  • Measurements and evolution of usage in virtual worlds.
  • Defence Related Virtual worlds
  • Devices for virtual life
  • Mobility

How to submit:
The final chapter length should be 15-25 pages in the Springer format. Initially please email your 2-3 page chapter proposals including:
  • Chapter title
  • Author names, current affiliation, and email addresses
  • Short author/s bio
  • Chapter intent / purpose / abstract
  • Chapter structure outline
  • List some key publication(s) on which your chapter will be based
Editorial Process: All accepted chapters will undergo a rigorous peer-review process.
Email submissions to

Authors are encouraged to send proposals as early as possible to get a quick response.
March 28, 2014: Book chapter proposal submission deadline.
April 30, 2014: Notification of chapter proposal acceptance.
July 30, 2014: Full chapter submission.
September 15, 2014: Peer-review results returned.
October 15, 2014: Camera-ready chapter submission.
December 15, 2014: Planned publication.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
JVWR Managing Editor
Metaverse-Labs Ltd.

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