Originally, hackathons were events where computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively over a short period of time in order to solve a specific problem. In addition to a very large amount of Israeli computer-related hackathons in areas such as cyber security, advertising, big data and more, there has recently been an expansion of the hackathons concept to new and diverse areas.
2. Innovation events & conferences
Israel is a natural home for start-up and innovation events and conferences. These events make it easier to form connections between relevant players in the industry and find new opportunities for cooperation.The highlight of these events is the global DLD conference, held in Tel Aviv for 6 consecutive years.
3. The Israeli Innovation Center
The center, located at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv, was launched in June 2016. The center aims to present Israel’s transformation from an arid and desolate desert into the international technological powerhouse it is today to visitors from around the globe. Alongside the museum, it will also function as an entrepreneurship hub and a center for innovation events, hackathons, courses and education.
4. Governmental entities
The Israeli hi-tech industry is highly diverse, sharing a common interface with almost every aspect of daily life in Israel. There are several governmental entities that are in charge of different features of the hi-tech industry, which operate under several ministries, such as the Ministry of Economy and Industry, which operates the Israel Innovation Authority, MATIMOP – the Israeli center for R&D, and the incentive programs for FDI; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Defense; the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources; the Ministry of Health; and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.