Sparks Innovation Summit Returns to Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv Sparks Innovation event will take place between April 10th to 12th at Expo Tel Aviv, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, and throughout the city. Tickets are available for registration on the festival's website - free of charge with advance registration

Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik

The Tel Aviv Sparks Innovation  Summit (formerly DLD) is back and will take place at Expo Tel Aviv and various venues throughout the city this week.

The event is initiated and chaired by Yossi Vardi, considered the father of the Startup Nation, an entrepreneur and investor, who brought the festival to Israel, and Amir Rapoport, founder of the Cybertech Global conferences. It is supported by the Israeli Innovation Authority, the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel, and Tel Aviv University.

This annual innovation event will host dozens of groundbreaking startups as well as participants and visitors from around the world, alongside leading figures from the high-tech industry, international investors, opinion leaders, and young entrepreneurs. Among the speakers: Eynat Guez, CEO of Papaya Global; Prof. Karnit Flug, former Governor of the Bank of Israel; Dror Bin, CEO of the Innovation Authority; Prof. Moshe Zviran, Chief Entrepreneurship and Innovation Officer of Tel Aviv University; and more.

Given the current situation in Israel, this year's conference will feature a special panel discussion dedicated to promoting innovation in the Western Negev. During this panel, entrepreneurs from the Gaza-adjacent Israeli communities will meet with Various high-tech leaders to discuss challenges, business activities, future investments in the sector while promoting peripheral development, and more.

Another relevant panel will focus on the unique technologies of elite units in the military and their impact on the technological ecosystem in the country. Additionally, topics such as virtual reality, open-source code, tools for aspiring entrepreneurs, women in tech, and more will be discussed.

During this coming week, over 10 meetups, open to the public, will take place throughout the city of Tel Aviv, all part of Sparks’ urban happening. They will comprise

lectures, workshops, and panels by top experts on diverse topics such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, tools for aspiring entrepreneurs, open-source code, learning technologies, fundraising, hackathons, women in tech, natural language processing, data science, and more.

These events provide a glimpse into the wonder of the Israeli technological communities by inviting the general public to experience up close the engines of innovation of the startup nation.

Additionally, there will be tours around Tel Aviv and Jaffa – Neve Tzedek, Old Jaffa, and historical heritage sites throughout the city. On the final day of the festival (Friday, April 12th), the traditional and successful Unconference event will take place – bringing together leaders in high-tech and politics alongside the general audience, who can actively participate as speakers.

Why “Unconference?”

Due to its simplicity. In short, anyone interested can present their chosen topic in a lecture. All they need to do is write the topic of the lecture on a whiteboard outside the room, and based on the topic of the event, attendees decide whether to enter the lecture or not.

The Unconference will take place at Microsoft Reactor, Midtown Tel Aviv (Menachem Begin 144), between 9 am and 1:30 pm. Additionally, there will be a meetup event featuring meetings between students and graduates with young entrepreneurs, led by the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University.

Entrepreneur and Sparks Innovation Summit Chair, Yossi Vardi: "This is the 11th time we are holding the conference, aimed at exposing the Israeli high-tech industry to numerous foreign entities – dozens of international delegations. In this current period of war, the conference's existence signifies the resilience of the Israeli high-tech industry on the global stage.

Tel Aviv as a top global innovation hub

"This event also continues to position Tel Aviv as one of the leading hubs worldwide and opens doors for startups and the global industry. On a local level, Sparks emphasizes the importance of strengthening hi-tech in the peripheral areas, and we are confident that the connections formed during it will further support its growth.”

Former Governor of the Bank of Israel, Professor Karnit Flug: "Participating in the Sparks Tel Aviv Innovation Summit reflects our commitment to nurturing a culture of innovation, driving economic growth, and promoting social advancement."

The Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University has partnered with Sparks given its values of innovation and entrepreneurship that lead the faculty's activities. This collaboration spans various activities in research, teaching, and industry engagement, aimed at creating a shared ecosystem for mutual benefit.

Professor Moshe Zviran, former Dean of the Coller School of Management and the current Chief Entrepreneurship and Innovation Officer of Tel Aviv University: "We are excited to take part in the groundbreaking innovation conference. The event epitomizes fruitful international and interdisciplinary dialogue among industry leaders, paving the way for ideas from change-makers and boundary-pushers. This opportunity will facilitate learning, collaboration, and driving change for a more promising future."

For registration and additional information about the Sparks Tel Aviv Innovation Summit

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