You might have sunshine on a cloudy day, but you definitely don’t have the month of May unless you know what’s going on this month!
Here are some of the hottest business events going on in Israel this spring-time:
May 4, 2010. Ramat Gan, Israel. Techonomy 2010! 6 new companies will present their new products for the first time on stage in front of the Techonomy crowd and an expert panel of judges. Live updates will be taken by twitter from the audience and those watching on-line.
May 6, 2010. Jerusalem, Israel. Next Jerusalem Tweet-up HaGov / The Lion’s Den is a great new kosher bar and the perfect location for this event. Happy Hour specials last until 9:30. (That’s why the little Twitter Bird up there has passed out — no, he is not dead.)
May 17, 2010. Haifa, Israel. Web Personalization: From ICQ to Facebook. Personalization involves the use of technology to accommodate the differences between individuals. Personalization is increasingly becoming a factor in Web applications in education, healthcare, and business settings. This lecture will focus on current Web personalization trends in the hi-tech industry.
To check out what other exciting event are happening this may visit our May calendar page. To plan ahead, view illuminea’s calendar page.
We know how tough it can be to keep track of all the exciting events going on in your local, networking and business communities. So, because we care sooooooo much, we have decided to do it all the work for you! We put the AWESOME events in one easy-to-find place on our website at http://illuminea.com/events/.
In addition, because its fun, we will highlight the top events at the beginning of each month on our blog.
Check out some of the most popular and exciting April 2010 events below:
April 15, 2010. Ramat Gan, Israel. Meet the WordPress Developers. Come meet the Israeli WordPress developers and learn about the upcoming 3.0 edition. Sign up now, space is limited.
April 12, 2010. Tel Aviv, Israel. Innovate!2010 Pitch Slam. Guidewire Group, a global market intelligence and advisory firm passionate about technology entrepreneurship, is teaming up with leading partners and sponsors to host a global competition to identify and accelerate the world’s 100 top technology, media and telecommunications startups.
We are sorry to inform but the innovate2010 event actually took place on April 12, 2010. Sorry for the mix-up.
April 26, 2010. Tel Aviv, Israel. IMA Mobile Hybrid Challenge. This full day workshop for developers will cover the challenges of developing a mobile application in the 3 different architectures – Native, Web, Hybrid. Get the discounted price of 320+VAT (only offered to MobileMonday Tel-Aviv members) when you register.
To view the rest of the events for April 2010 click here.
To view the whole calendar click here.
Here are some upcoming events posted on our Israeli hi-tech and business events calendar. Check out the calendar to see a full list of all the events and conferences in March 2009.
March 2, 2009. Avenue, Airport City, Israel. GameIS2009 – 5th Yearly Israeli Game Convention. This is a full day event about interactive entertainment and the people who make it all happen. They will cover everything from high end international business trends to how to get in the industry.
March 2-3, 2009. Tel-Aviv, Israel. IPv6 Forum Israel Day Conference at ISOC. The agenda includes speakers from the IPv6 Forum , Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, the IDF, Bechtel, STKI, ECI Telecom, PurePeak and Tel-Aviv University.
March 3, 2009. Jerusalem, Israel PresenTenses’s Leaders in Philanthropy Panel will bring together three leading foundation executives who will share their experiences approving funding for the best and the greatest Jewish causes, reveal insider fundraising secrets and discuss the Jewish philanthropy climate during the financial crisis. *A unique, individual Q&A session will follow the panel, providing opportunity for brief one-on-one introductions.* (Hebrew)
March 4, 2009. Ramat Gan, Israel. MySQL User Group Meetup. Agenda: 16:00-16:30 – Gathering & Registration; 16:30-17:15 – Eliran Malki, MORE IT – MySQL success story; 17:15-17:25 – Break; 17:25-18:10 – Shlomi Noach, InterBit – MyISAM & InnoDB Tuning Fundamentals; 18:10-18:20 – Break; 18:20-19:05 – Moshe Kaplan, Rocketier – Sharing Design overview
March 12, 2009, Holon, Israel. GarageGeeks Session: Lost in Conversion? “Future of Web Analytics” Web analytics and conversion optimization is probably the biggest untapped opportunity within online marketing, particularly in a time of economic downturn. Within this GarageGeeks session, you be exposed to best practices and new developments in measurability, user behavior analysis and proven conversion rate tactics.
March 29, 2009. Airport City, Israel. TheMarker.Comvention and Social Media Summit: Israel which will explore the state of Social Media, where things are headed in the future and where the money is today and will be tomorrow.
March 31, 2009. Tel Aviv, Israel. Techonomy The event that delves into the business and economy behind the Web 2.0 technological revolution.
See all upcoming events and conferences in Israel for March 2009
Here are some upcoming events posted on our Israeli hi-tech and business events calendar. Check out the calendar to see a full list of all the events and conferences in February 2009.
February 12, 2009, Jerusalem, Israel. Jerusalem Twestival, over 180 cities worldwide will be hosting Twestival 2009 to raise money for Charity:Water which provides clean drinking water to villages in Africa. More details.
February 15-20, 2009. Jerusalem, Israel. Jerusalem International Book Fair is a unique biennial event which draws over 1200 publishers from more that 40 countries who display more than 100,000 books in different languages. More details.
February 16, 2009. Ranaana, Israel. Lecture by Prof. Judith Donath on social media and networks “ Visible interactions: The Design of Sociable Media “Designers of online environments shape the social potential of these spaces far more profoundly than do the architects of our familiar physical spaces: they determine whether participants are anonymous or named, whether history persists, whether reputations are prominently displayed or privately discussed.
February 17-19, 2009. Eilat, Israel. International Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition. Technologies, Investments, Implementations and Regional Development. The focus will be on formulating strategies to fight the global energy crisis. Examples of successful industrial or governmental strategies will be presented. Networking will be conducive to transforming specific threats into business opportunities. More details.
See all upcoming events and conferences in Israel for February 2009
December 1-2,2008. Ramat Gan, Israel. The World Summit of Cloud Computing IGT Annual Event & Exhibition. This year the IGT Annual event IGT2008 will focus on Cloud Computing, and its impact on the enterprise IT, the next generation data center, SaaS and Utility Computing. Speakers from cloudera, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Forrester, DataLine, Microsoft, Reservoir, NYSE Euronext, HP, Salesforce, Animoto, Sun Microsystems, Merill Lynch, and many more. More details.
December 3, 2008. Tel Aviv, Israel. John Bryce is hosting a seminar series on Web2.0 – 4 meetings of 4 hours each to discuss web2.0 – blogging, social networking, wikipedia, Ajax, enterprise2.0, and more. More details.
December 3, 2008. Tel Aviv, Israel. Amazon Web Services, Tel-Aviv Meetup. At the Afeka Tel Aviv College of Engineering, The Ficus Building, Room 30. From 6:30 to 11:00 PM. Come meet the Amazon Web Services EMEA team and learn about how Cloud Computing is enabling Israeli companies to flourish in these troubled times.
December 3, 3008. 9 Hamenofim St. Herzeliya, Israel. “Head to Head” with Rich Zippel, VP CTO Sun Microsystems. At Ackerstein Tower A, 8th floor. From 13:00 – 15:00 you can be part of an open forum with Rich and ask him whatever you like. For instance: the future of cloud computing; how does Sun Labs manage its project flow; what is new with Sun; etc. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to interact with one of Sun’s driving forces.
December 3, 2008, Jerusalem, Israel. The Jerusalem Investing Meetup. Meet others interested in investing in stocks, bonds, options, and whatever financial strategy you care to learn more about. Join us at the Jerusalem Investment Group’s December meeting to learn and discuss how to persevere through this bear market and begin rebuilding your portfolio and wealth with an eye towards the future. Starts at 6:30 PM; join the meetup group for a precise location.
December 4, 2008, Petach Tikva, Israel. Job Search 2.0 – A workshop to help you build your profile on LinkedIn, tips for networking, good practices for dealing with human resources, and more. More details and to sign up.
December 4, 2008, Israel. Welcome, Herzeliyya Entrepreneurs and Investors! Meet a new network of local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to share tips and problem solving techniques, get advice on profitability and career and discuss mentoring and business models. Swap business cards and watch your personal business directory grow! Join the meetup group to receive a location.
CNN Money maintains a section of their site for displaying 20 Great Employers for New Grads. Their first pick: Lehman Brothers.
Oops. I think new grads are going to have to look elsewhere to find great employers. I think a lot of people may have to look elsewhere to find great employers.
Of course this affects Israel, as it does the rest of the world. The TASE is already slipping as a result of Lehman’s collapse, and the repercussions will probably trickle down.
So what does this mean for us? Rising prices of basic food staples, weak dollar, collapsing financial giants.
We’d better start tightening our belts.
And it gives us something else to pray about for Rosh Hashanah.
More and more professionals are starting their own blogs. There is a growing realization that blogging can help advance a person professionally, or market a business. It helps establish them as thought leaders, create relationships with people they wouldn’t normally connect to, and increase search engine rankings for their corporate sites.
But it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some tips that can help you start off on the right foot, so that you can grow as a blogger and head in the direction of becoming a “really professional blogger” (RPB):
- Really professional bloggers have self-hosted blogs. A self-hosted blog is a blog that is hosted on a person’s own hosting account, as opposed to a blog that is hosted for free on WordPress.com or Google’s Blogger. To self-host your own blog, you need to install one of the blogging platforms on your hosting. This means an investment of about $10 a year for a domain name, and about $8 a month for hosting. So when I say investing, we’re not talking thousands. But it shows that they’re taking their blogging seriously. This also means that they are not at the mercy of WordPress.com and Google’s Terms of Service, and they also avoid the risk of being blocked in certain countries that block entire social networks like WordPress.com.
- Really professional bloggers have their own domain name. This means that the domain name of their blog is not something like miriam.blogspot.com, but is www.miriam.com, or www.company.com/blog. If the idea of hosting your own blog makes you nervous, but you do want to have your own domain name, sign up for a blog at www.wordpress.com, and then upgrade to their paid service that allows you to have your own domain name. This will also make it easier for you to move to your own self-hosted blog with that domain name in the future. (We just did that for a client and the move went really smoothly. All their URLs were preserved.) But just note that people will still know that you are using the WordPress.com hosted blogging service because their favicon appears next to your URL in browsers. That just means you can’t personalize your favicon, but it’s not the end of the world.
- Really professional bloggers use WordPress as their blogging platform of choice. Some may argue with me, but many if not most of the leading bloggers (except Seth, maybe) use WordPress for their blogs. Bloggers love WordPress because: 1. It has a large user community; 2. It is really flexible and many cool and wonderful things can be done with WordPress; 3. It is pretty optimized for search engines out of the box, and can be optimized even more by WordPress designers and developers. If you don’t want to invest right now in your blog, and you’re just getting your feet wet, it’s a good idea to get started with a free blog at WordPress.com. This gives you a few advantages: 1. You can easily migrate (move) your blog over to a self-hosted WordPress blog when you feel ready; 2. You will be used to the WordPress user interface and features, since the admin is basically the same for the hosted and self-hosted versions of WordPress; 3. You look much savvier than a blogspot blogger. (Ok, that’s very subjective, but at least I’ll think you’re cooler!)
- Really professional bloggers have customized blog designs. This is a serious investment in your blogging career, but in a world of millions of blogs, it’s important to find a way to differentiate yourself and show people you are serious about what you are doing. But you don’t have to worry about that right now – WordPress makes it easy to change your blog’s appearance at any time. It’s like putting a different dress on your content: the content all stays the same, but it’s now wearing its fall wardrobe.
So if you’ve been bitten by the blogging bug, and want to get started on the right foot, I think the above tips can help you start a blogging career that lets your blog grow with you, and vice versa.
Two separate studies conducted on the topic of women’s impact on businesses – one in Europe and one in the US – indicate that having women at the top of a company is good for the bottom line:
McKinsey research released a study showing better-than-average financial performance by European companies with the highest proportion of women in influential leadership roles. The study found that these companies do better than their sector in terms of return on equity, operating result and share price growth.
The management consulting firm also reports that companies around the world where a third or more of the senior team are women score higher, on average, than those with no women on nine criteria of “organisational excellence”. These criteria include accountability, innovation and work environment.
Recent research on the US boardroom indicates that Fortune 500 companies with the highest proportion of female directors are more profitable and efficient, on average, than those with the lowest.
It is not clear why this is the case. But what is clear is that there is one less reason to prevent women from climbing the corporate ladder; we’ve proven that, in Israel at least, women actually miss less work then men. And now, it seems that it can’t be claimed that women damage the bottom line either.
So…who wants to promote me? Nobody? Did I hear someone say to get back in the kitchen? Sigh.