About 4,000 leading visionaries from the worlds of technology and innovation will come together starting today (Monday) to share their ideas and offer a glimpse into the future at the DLD Live Tel Aviv Festival. The global innovation festival, which will be held digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is to take place for four days and include, for the first time, the InnoVision Ecosystem Awards, as well as a conference attended by dozens of speakers from around the world. The founder of the event, who also serves as chairman, is the world-renowned Israeli entrepreneur Dr. Yossi Vardi.
This year, DLD features sessions on topics such as how to cultivate an innovative ecosystem; the regional hi-tech scene and its opportunities; why Israel is attractive to so many multinationals; get to know the Palestinian hi-tech community; the race to cope with COVID-19; innovating in times of crisis; the future of cities post-COVID-19; AI, drones, robotics and the future; and horizons of collaboration in Japan, the UAE and Israel.
Among the speakers will be Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from The New York Times; John Chambers, the legendary former Chairman of Cisco; Harry Moseley, Global CIO, Zoom; Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO, O'Reilly Media; Martin Sorrell, Founder & Executive Chairman, S4 Capital PLC; and many others.
The first event today, starting at 16:00 Israel time, is "Get to Know the Palestinian Hi-Tech Community," which will take place in cooperation with the BTI (Breaking the Impasse) Forum. In the framework of the event, representatives of leading Israeli and global companies that are already working with Palestinian companies are to discuss the advantages of working with Palestinian developers.
Tomorrow, October 13, the InnoVision Ecosystem Awards, showcasing new technologies developed by local ecosystems that will be implemented internationally, will take place for the first time. Fifty-four ecosystems from 43 countries applied for this year's awards. Among them, an expert panel of 20 judges selected the finalists including Poland's Lodz Special Economic Zone, Croatia's Zagreb Innovation Center, Taiwan's Startup Terrace of New Taipei, the US State of Oklahoma's Tulsa Innovation Labs, and more.
The DLD festival, which celebrates the Israeli spirit of innovation and its contribution to the world, can be watched online throughout the globe.