May 31, 2018 | TechCrunch, the leading US tech industry news publisher, is hosting its first one-day conference in Tel Aviv next week, focused on the mobility sector. “The mobility industry is ripe for disruption. It is gaining speed in astonishing ways and Israeli tech is on the forefront,” TechCrunch said when first announcing the event which is drawing top speakers from the industry and beyond. Featured guests include Ariella Grinberg, innovation manager at the Israel Advanced Technical Center for General Motors, Raj Kapoor, chief strategy officer of Lyft, and Natalie Refuah, a partner at Viola Growth, an Israeli-based global tech growth capital and buyout fund focused on driving expansion. Other international speakers include Byton Senior Director of Connectivity, Cloud and Security Abe Chen, head of mobility services at Daimler Financial Services Joerg Lamparter, and founder and CEO of advanced sensor tech company Luminar, Austin Russell,. There will also be speakers from notable Israeli-based mobility companies and VC firms including Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO and founder of airplane manufacturer Eviation Aircraft, Eran Shir, co-founder and CEO of car software firm Nexar, and Chemi Peres, managing general partner and co-founder of leading Israeli venture capital firm Pitango. Oren Shoval, co-founder and chief technology officer of Via, and Yossi Matias, vice president of engineering at Google and head of the Google R&D center in Israel, will also speak at the event. Panel discussions will focus on drones, autonomous cars, cybersecurity, the future of transportation, and investing in the Israeli tech ecosystem. The conference will also include an exhibition area for startups to demo their products.
Ahead of the event, TechCrunch is co-hosting a Tel Aviv Innovation Week in conjunction with The Builders, a venture capital firm. The activity, starting on June 3rd and culminating in the TechCrunch mobility conference, consists of a series of events focused on various technologies and startups, featuring mobility innovation in Israel and around the world. Events during the week include a Deloitte Storytelling Workshop, a “Fifty Shades of Social Impact” mingling event hosted by Yazamiyot, the leading community for Israeli women entrepreneurs, and a Unit 8200 Alumni Networking Conference, an event for veterans of the famed Israeli intelligence corps unit. This isn’t TechCrunch’s first time in Tel Aviv. The publication also organized a Pitch-Off and a Meet-Off event in the city in 2016.
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