Earth Hour!!

March 27, 2008 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Business, Environment, Technology 

Tonight’s the night, mes petits amis. It’s Earth Hour.

If you’re in Tel Aviv, join the cause & turn off those lights from 20-21:00. But why sit in the dark? Head out to Rabin Square for a city-sponsored concert in the dark utilizing new alternative-energy power generation.

And yes, Tel Aviv’s Earth Hour IS 2 days earlier than the rest of the world. It’s not a typo.

Don’t know what we’re going on about?

Click to find out.

Future Vision

March 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: A New Reality, Life, Politics, Profiles, Technology 

The link to this video came up on one of the email lists I belong to.

It was shot during the opening ceremony of the Robotic Competition, an annual event by FIRST international innovation organization for youth. The content shows Israel’s President Shimon Peres addressing an audience of young people & offering up pearls of wisdom regarding following visions, the future of this world and their place in it therein.

I can’t replicate it here but follow this link to check it out.

HOWEVER, I promise it’s worth clicking over to watch.

It ain’t for nothing that Mr. Peres is a Laureate.

Silicon Wadi

March 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Business, Israeliness, Technology 

Interested in a compare/contrast of Israel versus Silicon Valley high tech success?

The Economist site has posted a semi-analysis piece from the print edition titled Land of milk and start-ups that characterizes Israel’s technology entrepreneurs, comparing them to their global counterparts.

IF HIGHWAY 101 south of San Francisco, Silicon Valley’s main artery, were mysteriously to connect to one of the roads around Tel Aviv, many drivers would not even notice. The office blocks with large, tinted windows, housing technology start-ups, are hard to tell apart. Indeed, many people would argue that the world’s second most important technology cluster, called Silicon Wadi (“canyon” or “gorge” in Hebrew), is essentially a clone of the first.

When it comes to entrepreneurial infrastructure, the similarities between the Valley and the Wadi are certainly striking. In both places corporate hierarchies are despised, risk-taking is rewarded and failure tolerated. Israel also boasts several elite universities, such as Technion in Haifa, and research centres run by big technology firms such as Cisco and Intel. Entrepreneurs have their pick of providers if they need legal or other services. And, as in California, there are plenty of well-funded venture-capital (VC) firms providing cash.

Head to The Economist site for the rest.

Tks, IsRealli.

What’s that, Lassie?

March 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Life, Technology 

Lassie WAS trying to warn Timmy. Don’t laugh! There WAS trouble at the mine.

But nowadays, instead of trying to guess what a Collie is indicating, Beer Sheba scientists are tapping into canine warnings with sharpened accuracy.

Bio-Sense Technologies recently raised half a mill in investment capital for its “Dog Bark Analyzer” – a system that analyzes a dog’s bark to determine if a real threat or emergency is present.

This interesting technology is successfully in operation at several governmental agencies including the Israeli Air Force and Prison Service, as well as at commercial sites and private residences in Israel, cites Israel Start-Up News.

Cool.

In the interim, check out this old classic. Whew! Growing Pains indeed.

A “Just” Jerusalem

March 23, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Israeliness, Politics, Technology 

When the “A Team” isn’t resolving the problem it’s time to call in back-up support.

On Friday MIT, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced the winners of a global contest aimed at choosing the most innovative proposals for developing Jerusalem, a city at the heart of this Middle Eastern conflict.

They chose four teams of students and professors in architecture and international affairs from among some 1,100 entries to the contest dubbed “Just Jerusalem,” set in motion last year.

The winning proposals include a plan to collect rainwater runoff as a potential solution to water shortages in the arid region, and ideas for creating a network of services for Palestinian areas isolated from much of the city by a barrier Israel has built in the last decade due to security concerns.


The winners hail from the United States, Austria, Malaysia and the Palestinian territories; they’ll spend three months this fall on a $50,000 fellowship at MIT trying to turn their ideas into a workable blueprint, project director Diane Davis, an author and sociologist at MIT, told Reuters.

More on the story here.

Isn’t Bibi an MIT alum
? Okee Dokee.

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