It’s about to begin: two main speakers, three tracks for startups at all stages, the Startup Arena competition, and all the people to know in Israel’s high-tech community: who’s coming, and what they will talk about. All the details are below
One of the two main events opening the Geektime Techfest festival is the ninth consecutive annual Geektime Conference. The conference will feature lectures and panels on the hottest items on the Israeli startup scene. Israel’s leading entrepreneurs and investors will take the stage. The Startup Arena, the annual startup competition, will give 10 promising young startups their first exposure.
What exactly awaits you at the David Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, November 21? The conference will start with coffee and breakfast snacks, and continue with the main lecture by serial entrepreneur Tzameret Fuerst. She will talk about how she went from the idea to developing the revolutionary Prepex device for preventing the spread of AIDS in Africa, which became the first Israeli device approved by the World Health Organization.
The next item on the program is a talk with Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges, after which the conference will split into a number of tracks.
At 11 AM, following a coffee break and networking, the conference participants can attend various lectures on three tracks encompassing all the startup stages: the startup stage, the growth stage, and the future of tech stage. The tracks are open to all those attending, and participants are free to attend any of them.
Startup Stage – Successful entrepreneurs talk about entrepreneurship
11:00 – Serial entrepreneur Dov Moran discusses everything he knows about entrepreneurship: the challenges, solutions, successes, and determination.
11:30 – A talk with HoneyBook CEO Oz Alon – within two years of its founding, HoneyBook raised $32 million, made an acquisition, and became one of the most desirable workplaces at Glassdoor.
12:00 – The first session of the Startup Arena, a startup competition and exposure of promising young companies.
14:00 – The second session of the Startup Arena.
15:00 – Announcement of the winning startup in the Startup Arena competition.
Growth Stage – A special program for marketing and product managers in growing startups
11:00 – Dan-ya Shwartz, Alooma: How Do You Do Growth in B2B Marketing?
11:30 – Nir Pochter, Lightricks: Paid Apps Economy
12:00 – Panel: Pitch the Press
Moderator: Blonde 2.0 co-CEO Ayelet Noff
Panelists: WIRED Magazine associate editor Rowland Manthorpe, Associated Press and Swedish TV4 technology reporter Jonas Källgren, Wall Street Journal reporter Rory Jones, and Bloomberg technology reporter Gwen Ackerman
12:30 – Yanai Sela, Appsee: Outbound Marketing
14:00 – Growth Case Studies on a TED Format:
Viber: Moshi Blum, User Acquisition Lead
Moovit: Yovav (Jay) Meydad, VP marketing
Jellybutton: Ron Rejwan, Co-founder and CTO
Fitness22: Benny Shaviv, CEO
Future of Tech Stage – The Hottest Trends and Technologies Today and for the Next Two Years
11:00 – Panel: Autonomous Vehicles – What Next?
Moderator: Beni Hakak from Geektime
Panelists: Emanuel Timor, Vertex Ventures; Omer Keilaf, Innoviz
Technologies; Dr. Ran Gazit, GM Israel
11:30 – Apache Foundation president Ross Gardler: Future of Open Source
12:00 – Panel: Insurance Tech
Moderator: Leumi Digital innovation head Michal Kissos
Panel: Lemonade cofounder and CTO Shai Wininger, FinTLV founder and general partner Gil Arazi, Sequoia Israel general partner Shmil Levy
12:30 – Panel: Medical AI: Doing Good with AI – How AI Will Disrupt Healthcare
Moderator: Zebra Medical cofounder Eyal Gura
Panelists: Allen Kamer and Ronen Gadot
14:00 – Panel: Future of Consumer UX & Conversational Bots
Moderator: Chatbot Summit founder and editor-in-chief Yoav Barel
Panelists: Assist co-founder and CEO Shane Mac, bCRM founder Paul Walsh, LastMile cofounder and CEO Alexander Weidauer
Thanks to our partners
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners who are accompanying us, and who constitute an integral part of Geektime Conference 2016