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Think Next Special Edition

Hangar 11, Tel Aviv | 05/11/2012 13:30 - 19:00

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and Avi Hasson, Israel's Chief scientist in a one on one conversation. 
Demo Fest  - all the latest innovations in Israeli and global technology. 
Best Ways to Think Next- Prof. Dan Shechtman ,Mr. Peter Molynoux and others, in an on stage marathon. 

See what happened at Think Next - Special Edition. 

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"A festival of ingenuity, Think Next has become the most highly anticipated and leading event in the Israeli high tech industry, providing a center stage for industry leaders, mind provoking speakers and ground breaking developments. This celebration of innovation brings together dozens of demos, from companies big and small, in a variety of technological fields which offer a highlighted view of everything that is new from Israel and around the world. This buzzing arena is followed by rare appearances on the main stage by some of the most globally renowned names in the business sharing their thoughts about what's coming next…."

 

 

Best Ways to Think Next

  • Shahram Izadi
    Professor and Senior Research Scientist within Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Shahram Izadi
    Professor and Senior Research Scientist within Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Professor Shahram Izadi is a senior research scientist within Microsoft Research Cambridge. He co-leads the Interactive 3D Technologies (I3D) group, and holds a visiting professorship in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics (VECG) group at University College London (UCL). He describes his work as: mashing together exotic sensing and display hardware with signal processing, vision and graphics algorithms to create new interactive systems, which enable users to experiences computing in magical ways. His group has had many notable projects and publications to date including: KinectFusion; KinEtre; Vermeer; HoloDesk; Mouse 2.0; SurfacePhysics; SecondLight; and ThinSight. Shahram has been at Microsoft Research since 2005 and prior to that spent time at Xerox PARC. He received a TR35 award in 2009 and was nominated one of the Microsoft Next in 2012. He lives in Cambridge, UK, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Dan Shechtman
    A Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa and a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2011.

    Dan Shechtman
    A Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa and a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2011.

    After receiving his doctorate studies at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, Danny Shechtman was an NRC fellow at the Aerospace Research Laboratories of Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed research for three years. In 1975 he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Technion where he is currently a Distinguished Professor. During 1981-2004 he was several times on Sabbatical at the Johns Hopkins University, (joint program with NBS-NIST). During this period he discovered by TEM the Icosahedral Phase which opened the new science of quasiperiodic crystals and performed research on other subjects. As of 2004 he is also a Professor at MSE and Ames Lab, Iowa State University. His current research efforts center on developing strong and ductile magnesium alloys for a variety of applications, and deformation mechanisms in B2 intermetallics. Shechtman is a member of several Academies, including the US National Academy of Engineering, he is an Honorary Member of professional societies around the globe and was awarded many prizes including the Wolf Prize in Physics, the Gregori Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the EMRS award and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011. As of 1986 he teaches a Technological Entrepreneurship class at the Technion attended by hundreds of students every year. By now the class was given to about 10,000 engineer and scientist. In the past quarter century Israel has become a "startup Nation"

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  • Peter Molyneux
    A Designer/Director of computer entertainment

    Peter Molyneux
    A Designer/Director of computer entertainment

    Peter Molyneux is one of the best-known names in the international world of computer games. He co-founded Bullfrog Productions in 1987 and created a new genre of computer games, “the god game” with the release of Populous. Since then Peter has been responsible for a string of massive selling games including Powermonger, Theme Park, Magic Carpet and Dungeon Keeper. Cumulative sales of these Bullfrog games are above ten million worldwide. Bullfrog was sold in 1994 to Electronic Arts and Peter became Vice-President.

    In 1997 Peter left Bullfrog Productions and Electronic Arts to form a new games development company Lionhead Studios. The company has released five games; Black & White in 2001, Fable in 2004 Black & White 2 (PC), The Movies (PC) and Fable the Lost Chapters (PC and Xbox) in 2005. Cumulative sales are exceeding the 5 million mark. In April 2006 Lionhead Studios was sold to Microsoft Corp, and they released Fable II and Fable III (Xbox360, PC) in 2008 and 2010. Peter was appointed as Creative Director MGS Europe in 2009.

    In March 2012, Peter left Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Corp, to start a new company 22Cans with their first project Curiosity - What’s inside the cube releasing in October 2012 on mobile devices. Their motto is “a great team with a great idea leads to a great success”.

    Peter is recognised as one of the computer games industry’s most articulate and eloquent speakers on the subject of the development of computer games. He has been awarded four honorary doctorates and was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Peter was also awarded an OBE in the 2005 New Years Honours List for services to the computer video games industry. In 2007 the French government recognized his services to the game industry with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters).
    Peter can be found on Twitter

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  • Eyal Gever
    A Digital Artist

    Eyal Gever
    A Digital Artist

    Eyal Gever is a digital artist with 18 years’ experience in 3D technologies. He uses his extensive knowledge of art and technology to develop computer simulations of extreme events, and 3D print some pinnacle moments from his simulations and transform them into cutting-edge physical sculptures.
    Eyal studied at the Jerusalem's renowned Betzalel Academy of the Art and Design.
    More about Eyal Gever

    Artist Statement
    "Using my own proprietary 3D physical simulation technologies, I have developed computational models for physical simulation, computer animation, and geometric modeling. Combining applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering, my work captures and freezes catastrophic situations as cathartic experiences".

    At Think Next - Special Edition, Eyal Gever, together with Sharon Eyal, will show a new vision of combining the art of movement with technology.

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  • Nimrod Elmish
    Partner at ERB & CEO of IGCB

    Nimrod Elmish
    Partner at ERB & CEO of IGCB

    Nimrod is an expert in leading early stage start-ups from seed to maturity.

    Nimrod Elmish has a rich and wide background and experience in leading early stage start-ups from seed to profitability. In 2004 , Mr. Elmish established and managed one of the major angel clubs in Israel and evaluated hundreds of early stage start-ups annually, acted as the lead and seed investor in 5 of them and accomplished as Investment banker more than 40 seed investments, 8 of them in 2012.

    Mr. Elmish brings a vast network of connections throughout the Hi-tech sector in Israel, and a wide experience in the building and implementation of business roadmaps of early stage technological start-ups, holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management (SCL), prior to that, graduated the Israeli Naval Academy and has served 7 years in the Israel Navy Seals.

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  • Avi Hasson
    Chief Scientist, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor, Israel

    Avi Hasson
    Chief Scientist, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor, Israel

    Mr. Hasson is the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel since January 2011. The Office of the Chief Scientist (the "OCS") in the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is the government entity in charge of the execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel’s scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel, stimulating high value-added R&D and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally. A variety of ongoing support programs developed and offered by the OCS play a major role in enabling Israel to be a key center for high tech entrepreneurship.

    For ten years prior to his appointment, Mr. Hasson was a general partner at Gemini Israel Funds, one of Israel's top tier Venture Capital firms. At Gemini, Mr. Hasson managed the Fund's investments in the communications, storage and consumer electronic sectors. In addition he supported and supervised portfolio companies throughout their life cycle. Mr. Hasson was an active board member of a number of Gemini's portfolio companies. He traveled and lectured extensively both in Israel and in the United States on Venture Capital and High-tech subjects.

    Prior to his time in Gemini, Mr. Hasson spent a decade in leading telecommunication companies, such as ECI Telecom, ECtel and Tadiran Systems, where he fulfilled several duties in the fields of marketing, business development and consulting. His work there involved operations such as market and technology research and analysis, together with supervision of R&D activities as well as product definition and specification (ECI Telecom); designing and redirecting the company (ECtel) towards Telecom Operation Support Systems as well as managing this company's first product in this area – a Fraud Management System.

    Mr. Hasson holds a Bachelor Degree (BA) from Tel Aviv University in Economics and Middle East Studies (1999) as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tel Aviv University (2004). He is a graduate of the IDF's elite HAMAN-TALPIOT, Program, where he served as an Intelligence Officer of the Israel Defense Forces.

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  • Yoram Yaacovi
    GM, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Yoram Yaacovi
    GM, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    As General Manager of the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, Yoram is responsible for all technological activities in Israel, including the R&D sites in Haifa and Herzeliya, new core R&D projects, partnering with the local venture-capital and start-up communities, and collaborating with Israeli academic institutions.

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  • Shai-Lee Spigelman
    Marketing Director, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Shai-Lee Spigelman
    Marketing Director, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Shai-Lee leads all the marketing and community affairs activities of Microsoft’s Israel R&D Center, bringing diverse experience in strategy, marketing and corporate affairs from leading Israeli companies.
    Prior to her return to Microsoft in 2007 when she joined the Israeli R&D Center, Shai-lee served as the Deputy Manager of Bank Ha’Poalim’s Strategy Department. Prior to that, she worked at Microsoft Sales and Marketing group in Israel. She also served as a Team Leader at Shaldor, a leading Management Consulting Firm.
    Shai-Lee holds a BA in Law from Tel-Aviv University, and a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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  • Zack Weisfeld
    Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Zack Weisfeld
    Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    A veteran startup founder with 20 years of working with startups, VCs and large corporations, Zack is the Senior Directory of Strategy and Business within the Israel Development Center.

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    Zack’s role at Microsoft Israel R&D Center includes industry outreach, bringing the vibrant and innovative Israeli startup community closer to Microsoft.
    Zack brings extensive experience in executive management, strategy and business development, mostly in leading edge technology companies. Prior to re-joining Microsoft, Zack was Founder, Business and marketing officer at Mintigo Ltd. The Social Biometrics company as well as Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at modu, the modular mobile handset company. Before that, Zack held the position of Director of Business Management at Microsoft Corp. and General Manager Americas and Corporate Vice President for the Mobile Market at msystems (NSDQ: FLSH), which was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for 1.6B at the end of 2006. Zack Weisfeld holds an International Executive MBA from Kellogg Business School and Tel Aviv University, as well as B.A. in Economics with Honors from Tel-Aviv University.

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