Thursday, November 05, 2015

Futures - a new issue by the JVWR is published

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

Volume 8, Number 2:


Issue Editor: Yesha Sivan, Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Scool of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univiersity, HK.
This issue presents six papers, each reflecting on one angle to the future of virtual worlds: Four concrete views relating to bots, head mounted displays (HMD), neuroscience and meditation, and eSports; as well as two theoretical views relating to the focus of virtual worlds research and looking at virtual worlds as a mediator between “technology trends” and the “digital transformation of society and business.”
From 2015 point of view: The virtual is becoming the real and the real is becoming the virtual.

Editor in-Chief Corner




More from JVWR


Prof. Yesha Y. Sivan
Editor In-Chief
TheJVWR - The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research
Futures Vol. 8, No. 2

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

17-Oct-2015: Open Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Government Policy, Society & Technology

I will talk about The Global Venture Ecosystem and Its Implications to Hong Kong.
It is the opening lecture (13:10), free of charge (with registration).

See more details in the flyer images below.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 13:00 - 18:00
Place: Room V322 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Innovation Tower (V core).

The forum about Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Government Policy, Society & Technology. Economic growth in developed nations embraces innovation. Nowadays entrepreneurs, enterprises, and governments all need to collaborate together to shape new competitive ecosystems. Different countries would have their own unique experience and practice dealing with such innovation and entrepreneurship.

The forum invites leading international scholars, industry practitioners, and people from legislative and public sectors to share their opinions on how government policy may contribute toward the success of a society by development or adoption of technology.

Click here for Registration

Friday, September 25, 2015

3..5-Nov-2105: Come to meet me at Hong Kong AVCJ Forum

Welcome to the 28th Annual AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum!

Prof. Yesha Sivan participates in The Venture Capital Summit which is a 1-day event being held on the 3rd November 2015. A one-day interactive programme addressing the key trends affecting the venture capital industry across Asia.

I will talk on the panel The global dragon hunt: Tracking down tomorrow's trailblazing entrepreneurs (Tuesday, November 3 at 11.45am – 12.30pm.)

Every VC is on the lookout for the next bright young things with game-changing innovations. Yet VCs have to wade through a myriad of underdeveloped ideas, unproven concepts, and inspired commercial inspirations, all the time vying with their peers to strike the best early stage deals. What sets apart the true VC leaders who can predict technologies that win tomorrow's markets to create the future Fortune 500, and can they really only succeed through a global trek to find the best of the best?
  • How do the best entrepreneurs and opportunities differ by region, and are incubators, tech hubs and university campuses the best place to encounter them?
  • Do great innovative companies grow, evolve, and build talent for the long haul by snapping up other successful start-ups?
  • Why do inspired, creative, independent minds choose to work with VCs?
  • Is the fast pace of innovation across IT, mobile communications, social media and the internet of things simply overloading VCs?
  • How is competition from the big name tech firms affecting VCs ability to win deals at a realistic valuation?

The AVCJ Forum is the leading private equity and venture capital event in Asia. For 28 consecutive years, the AVCJ Forum has been the chosen platform where private equity's leading figures share their views on the Global and Asian market, debate their predictions and set the trends that shape the future of investments in the industry. Attended by a thousand senior delegates, the AVCJ Forum is the center of a week long ecosystem of investor meetings, VIP dinners and other high-level networking events that are supported by the biggest and most influential firms in the alternative assets industry.

The 28th Annual AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum is the largest and most influential gathering of private equity and venture professionals in Asia. It has 4 different summits held between 3 - 5 November, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong.

Full programme

More details & registration at the AVCJ Forum site

Also please note our own research-practice conference on the Future of Venture in Hong Kong on Friday, November 6th, 2015.

In this event we are asking: 
  • How new firms can be created more effectively,
  • How we cause investors to gain more value with less risk,
  • How we encourage LPs to invest more, again with more certainty,
  • and What are the right government policies to make it so.
See more details and registration in

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

06-Nov-2015: CIV2015HK The Future of Venture

I'm especially happy to connect my work on the Future of Venture and the work I do in HK.
CIV2015HK is Coller Institute of Venture prime annual research/practice event. We are bringing top industry and academia experts to one of the best venues (cyberport) in the one of best cities in the world (Hong Kong).
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Over 20 speakers, 5 sessions, 3 co-events, key sponsors, good people (over 50 people are already signed up), and relaxed (yes, mindful) spirit -- all -- to allow us to think creatively about the venture focusing on :
  • How new firms can be created more effectively,
  • How we cause investors to gain more value with less risk,
  • How we encourage LPs to invest more, again with more certainty 
  • and What are the right government policies to make it so.
All the details:
  • Conference site:
  • Registration (last tab) you can use the 20% discount promotional code YS3527
  • See our research co-event on Sat Nov 7th. With top researches.
  • See our HK GOV IT workshop  co-event on :how IT can connect with Venture" (by invite only).
  • See AVCJ conference -- one of the biggest industry events in HK on 2-5 Nov --
Need more details: email noa AT

Looking forward to seeing you in HK Nov 6th.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

26-Jun-2015 (HK): EMMI Forum: Nurturing Innovation Leaders

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 14:30
Venue: Jockey Club Tower (Design School) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Free by invitation.

Together with my esteemed colleagues I will give a lecture about China firms connecting with Israel:
  • Why McKinsey bought a top design firm? / Prof. Cees de Bont, Dean of School of Design, PolyU
  • Innovation at Stanford Research International (SRI) / Mr. Michael Bruck, SRI International
  • Why Alibaba, Baidu, Foson, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Li Ka-shing are investing in Israel? / Prof. Yesha Sivan, Programme Director of EMMI, PolyU
*** Discussion and Networking with EMMI Leaders

Hong Kong ranks 2nd in World Competitiveness

A recent survey by IMD positioned Hong Kong (China) as the 2nd most
competitive place to conduct business in the world.

Innovation is a Key Driver: Continuous success in the 21st Century, from sustainable competitiveness and economic growth to quality of work and life, will depend on innovation.

How do we join the ride and become Innovation Leaders in the private, public, or government sectors?

Join us at the Executive Master in Meaningful Innovation (EMMI),
a high level, high impact, interdisciplinary master level programme,
designed to nurture innovation leaders.

Come to our EMMI Forum to learn more about the programme, and hear from top leaders for their views on nurturing innovation leaders - for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and society at large.

To sign up to the event here.
For more info about EMMI see

Sunday, May 31, 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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 - Prof Sivan to be best Lecturer -- Tel Aviv MBA (Finance)

Thanks to Eti, Nurit and Shoshi for supporting me.

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 (extended) and Timeline
Authors submit full paper: June 30, 2015
Editors return review report & initial decision: July 15, 2015
Authors submit revised paper: August 15, 2015
Editors return final comments & decision: August 31, 2015
Authors submit final version: September 15, 2015
Planned Publication: September 30, 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.