ISRAEL21c on TLV1 takes you behind the scenes of Israeli innovation. Listen to some of Israel's most creative minds talking firsthand about cutting edge developments in technology, health, culture and social activism.
ISRAEL21c is the web's hottest source of information on 21st century Israel, offering topical reports on how Israelis from all walks of life and religion, innovate, improve and value to the world.
Smarter smartphones: Israeli start-ups with social impact
You know that feeling when you realize you've left your smartphone at home? No communication, information or navigation? For the visually- and mobility-impaired this can be a daily occurrence. But two Israeli high-tech start-ups have stepped into the frame to change all that.
Boaz Zilberman, Chief Executive of Project Ray, joins host Viva Press in the studio to explain how they developed the world's first smartphone for the blind. Also in the studio is Oded Ben-Dov, Co-founder and CEO of Sesame Enable, to talk about their touch-free smartphone that can be controlled with gestures.
28/07/2015 • 21 minutes 30 seconds
Israeli social tech: For profit, not charity
Israel has become a breeding ground for a new kind of start-up: For profit tech companies that use innovation to address social issues.
Today's guests tell host Viva Press how their social technology companies manage to address urgent problems at home and abroad - from an aging population, to child obesity, to poverty.
Interviewees:Amir Alon - CEO & co-founder of E2CBoaz Gordon - CEO of Sparke
14/07/2015 • 26 minutes 49 seconds
The cutting edge of modern machinery: Israel Technology Fair 2015
From laser technologies to 3D printing, robotics and pneumatics, Israel has been breaking boundaries in advanced manufacturing for over 50 years.
Every two years, Industry leaders meet at the Technology Fair in Tel Aviv, attracting over twenty-thousand visitors from Israel and abroad.
Host Viva Press went to preview the industrial technology of tomorrow at the 2015 Fair.
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30/06/2015 • 16 minutes 1 second
Israel's 24-hour Animal Emergency Room
Each Spring over half a million birds fly over Israel as they travel north to the cooler climes of Europe. The Israeli Wildlife Hospital, a joint venture of The Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Safari Ramat Gan Zoo, is one of the few places in the Middle East where injured migratory birds can take sanctuary and be rehabilitated.
In addition, The Safari Ramat Gan Zoo is also involved in various global conservation schemes, including the preservation of the white rhinoceros.
Host Viva Press visits the animal keepers th
16/06/2015 • 12 minutes 36 seconds
The Fantastical Future of Food: Israeli Food Tech
What if you could walk into cafe and ask for your latte with grade 10 sweetness? Or your soup grade 5 saltiness? And what if you could offer your kids or elderly parents a meal-in-a-mouthful protein cube that tasted of beef with sweet potato?
Host Viva Press meets the Israeli entrepreneurs who made this happen: Yuval Klein, Founder and CEO of Valiber Swizzle [http://www.valiber.com/default.aspx], the sweetness thermometer, David Kliger is the founder of ProtyPlus, the protei
09/03/2015 • 22 minutes 23 seconds
IsraAid extends Israeli expertise and empathy to disaster areas
The work of IsraAid includes disaster relief, search and rescue, medical and trauma care and agriculture and educational development.
02/03/2015 • 25 minutes 46 seconds
Israeli Brain Tech
Imagine being able to move prosthetic limbs using your thoughts alone or using magnetic stimulation to improve brain function. Welcome to the world of Brain Technology.
Miri Polachek, Executive Director of Israel Brain Technologies [http://israelbrain.org/] talks to host Viva Press about BrainTech 2015[http://conference.israelbrain.org/], the f
24/02/2015 • 23 minutes 22 seconds
How is Israel leading the ad-tech revolution?
Mobile ad-tech is one of the hottest technology trends of 2015: Interactive video ads and campaigns that transfer from smartphone to desktop to tablet are among some of things we can look forward to. How is Israel leading the mobile ad-tech revolution?
ISRAEL21c’s Viva Press asks Daniel Cohen, General Partner at Carmel Ventures; Gilad Hellerman, VP. Strategy at Crossrider and Roi Fainstein, Director of Business Development at Inneractive, whose programmatic platform “Story” is the first to insert native video ads into app content feeds.
17/02/2015 • 29 minutes 13 seconds
Is 2015 the year of Asian investment in Israel?
Israeli high-tech hit the headlines in January 2015, when it raised over $900 million in acquisitions in just seven days. Will Asian interest in Israeli ingenuity make 2015 a record year for foreign investment?Host Viva Sarah Press meets Ori Bendori, a veteran senior executive in the Israeli high-tech industry and general partner at Carmel Ventures [http:
09/02/2015 • 25 minutes 8 seconds
The Israeli Gaming Industry: Where the fun's at
Not many people know that the mobile games for Mission Impossible and Hunger Games and other blockbuster movies are made by Israeli production company Funtactix. Infact, as a whole, the Israeli gaming industry doesn’t make that much noise, given its relative size.Host Viva Press meets Yaron Leifenberg, founder and CTO of Funtactix, Ohad Barzilay, one of the founders of the Israeli Game Industry Association as well as game designer at Side-Kick and Vic Boaron, head of business development at TabTale, to discuss the future of virtual reality games, motion technology and why people are willing to spend mo
02/02/2015 • 26 minutes 28 seconds
The Real Revolution: Israel and Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on a molecular level, is one of the fastest growing fields in engineering: The artificial retina, self-cleaning windows and target drug delivery systems are just three examples of applications already under development.
Israel boasts six nanoscience centers that are scooping up a sizable share of international research money. Israel also had the honor of being invited to the ImagineNano 2015 conference as their ‘featured country’. One heart-warming repercussion of this international success is that Israel has managed to win back some of
26/01/2015 • 25 minutes 24 seconds
Unlocking the marvels of Medical Marijuana
Since the use of medical marijuana was approved in 1993, Israel has spearheaded research into its diverse applications that include alleviating symptoms of Parkinsons Disease, Crohns, cancer, PTSD, and epilepsy, to name a but a few.
Professor Ruth Gallily, is a professor emerita of immunology at The Hebrew University and was part of the team that isolated the medicinal component of cannabis - cannabinoid (CBD).
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20/01/2015 • 24 minutes 8 seconds
Israeli biotech tackles diabetes head-on
Estimates say that by 2050, 1 in 3 people will suffer from one form of diabetes or another. Israeli biotech has responded to the spread of this chronic disease from a number of different angles. Today, host Viva Press meets Nadav Kidron, CEO of Oramed[www.oramed.com], the company behind the insulin oral pill; Gadi Levin, CFO of Labstyle Innovations, who produce a mobile app for blood glucose testing called myDiario [mydario.com], and Ishai Knoble, co-founder and CEO of Helparound [<a style="color: #444444; cursor: pointer;" href="http://helparound.co/" target="_blank" rel="noreferr
13/01/2015 • 27 minutes 31 seconds
Israel, world leader in mHealth
Israel, world leader in mHealth
First there was eHealth or electronic health and then there was mHealth or mobile health, any health technology that uses a wearable or mobile communications device. This could include a nurse’s hand-sanitizer tracker or a fitness app. For the individual this means having more data to hand over to the clinician on your sugar levels, heart rate and mood. For the masses it means making population healthcare more efficient and less of a burden on the taxpayer.
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07/01/2015 • 16 minutes 48 seconds
Why every dollar DOESN'T count in the new age of charitable fundraising
“Every dollar doesn’t count” and “my network could be more valuable than my net worth” are just two of the controversial mantras that Give2gether stand by. Give2gether is a crowdfunding platform for charities and nonprofits that is here to turn fundraising on its head. Give2gether uses software developed along game theory guidelines to encourage people and their wider social network to make online donations to a good cause. We ask CEO and founder Arnon Shafir, how Give2together is achieving averages of $38,000 per campaign and what is the number one motive for people to make charitable donations? You're in for a surprise..
29/12/2014 • 26 minutes 23 seconds
Around the World In 80 Clicks: Israeli innovations in the Online Travel Industry
Gone are the days when you sat at surrounded by glossy magazines at the travel agent office. The travel industry is undergoing a dramatic upheaval that began with money-saving websites for flights and hotel (purchases) and is now headed toward a one-stop shop for personalized travel booking and planning. And “personalized” really is key, explain Boaz Lantsman, CEO of RoutePerfect and Jonathan Meiri, CEO Superfly, a website designed to maximize your air miles. Another interesting change is where travelers research their destinations: Have review sites such as TripAdvisor, replaced the travel writer?
Music : Im leaving on a jet plane by John Denver
22/12/2014 • 24 minutes 50 seconds
The Ones To Watch: Female Israeli Entrepreneurs 2014
At the end of 2013, Forbes magazine highlighted 10 female founders to watch from Israel. so, one year later, we decided to check in with them and see how the early hype helped them on their way.
Liat Mordechay Hertanu is the co-founder of 24me, a personal organizer app recently named by Apple as one of the best of 2014. Orit Hashay is the founder and CEO of brayola, a website that helps you find a perfect bra based on the ones you already own.
16/12/2014 • 24 minutes 16 seconds
SoftWheel offers wheelchair users and cyclists a smoother ride
'No need to reinvent the wheel,' the saying goes. But when Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf found himself wheelchair-bound for six months after breaking his pelvis, he couldn’t bear the shocks and bumps in the ride.
Fast-forward a couple of years and SoftWheel was born. SoftWheels have three compressible cylinders as spokes, which incorporate suspension into the wheel itself. Not only does that make the wheel shock absorbent, SoftWheels allow the user to set the level of suspension they need according to the terrain they’re on.
Viva Sarah Press talks to CEO Daniel Barel and Product Spe
08/12/2014 • 23 minutes 53 seconds
The future is crowdfunding
Gone are the days when you had to have a stash of cash to turn a bright idea into a business. Crowdfunding, or community fundraising gives entrepreneurs the support they need to get their business off the ground. It is estimated crowdfunding would have injected $65 billion into the global economy by the end of 2014.OurCrowd [www.ourcrowd.com<span style="color: #393939; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial,
11/11/2014 • 23 minutes 51 seconds
Israeli technology takes on car hackers
Despite having no history of car manufacture, Israeli engineers have a wealth offerings for the global automotive industry - from malfunction prediction to night vision systems and in-car health checks.
However, as the the automobile becomes more “connected” - think V2V (Vehicle to vehicle communication) and V2I (vehicle to infrastructure), the opportunity for hacking also widens: Imagine a hacker remote controlling your car as you were driving. Israel is at the forefront of developing firewalls to ensure vehicle cyber-security.
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02/11/2014 • 25 minutes 23 seconds
Introducing The Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva - a new, international, leader in CyberTech
Opened in September 2013, The Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva is a center for the development of cybertech in broadest sense - robotics, big data, cyber security and remote sensing, to name but a few.
The vision is to create an ecosystem where research and business development work hand in hand.
One striking feature of the venture is the collaboration between public and private bodies: Led by Ben Gu
29/10/2014 • 22 minutes 55 seconds
Pioneering non-invasive breast cancer detection
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are joined by Professor Hadassa Degani, who changed the face of breast cancer detection by pioneering not one but two non-invasive technologies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
3TP (three-time-point) uses MRI scans to map out a tumor and its vascular system, something which greatly assists monitoring treatment after detection.
In addition, Degani
21/10/2014 • 23 minutes 24 seconds
Israeli Doctors on the Highs and Lows of treating Syrian casualties
Since the start of the Syrian civil war, over 1200 Syrian casualties have received emergency treatment in Israeli hospitals. Dr. Amram Hadary, Director of the Trauma Unit at Ziv Medical Center, Tsfat and Dr. Samuel Tobias, Senior Neurosurgeon at the Medical Center of the Galilee in Nahariya, recall the twelve year-old amputee who crossed Mount Hermon into Israel on a donkey, and the woman who was shot in the head and walked out the hospital 17 days later. They discuss the doctor-patient relationship and whether one-on-one contact of this kind is capable of changing how Israel is perceived by enemy states.
06/10/2014 • 22 minutes 35 seconds
Satellite technology for satellite communities
How has Israel managed to build itself an impressive reputation as a developer of the latest satellite technologies?
Host Viva Press talks to Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks, based in Petah Tikvah.
A major player in satellite networking technology solutions and services, Gilat is currently working on bringing unlimited internet access to airplanes: Imagine the
29/09/2014 • 20 minutes 18 seconds
Rosh Hashanah special: The power of the pomegranate
The crowned fruit, as it is called, has symbolized fertility since the days of Adam and Eve. Today, alternative ayurvedic doctors still use it to increase fertility as well as improve lactation, alleviate constipation, and reduce cholesterol.Dr. Eran Magon, founder of the Israeli Center for Ayurvedic Traditional Medicine at Broshim College, reveals the powers of the pomegranate, both tapped and untapped, anit-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic... and that’s just the start.
Doron Holland, head of fruit tree sciences at the Agricultural Research Organization's Volcani Institute, explains how Israel be
23/09/2014 • 20 minutes 52 seconds
The Israeli Doctor Developing the Ebola Antibody
The current Zaire strain of the Ebola virus has killed 90% of infectants, making it the deadliest outbreak in West Africa and attracting worldwide media attention.Dr Leslie Lobel, a virologist from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, has long been workingwith Ebola survivors to develop n
16/09/2014 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
The Israeli doctor developing the Ebola antibody
The current 'Zaire' strain of the Ebola virus has killed 90% of those infected, making it the deadliest outbreak in West Africa and attracting worldwide media attention.
Dr. Leslie Lobel, a virologist from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, has long been working with Ebola survivors to develop neutralizing antibodies that would attack the virus more speedily than a vaccine.
Lobel is concerned by the Western
16/09/2014 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
In-focus: Israeli Animation
Israel's computer animation industry is swiftly building an international name for itself, boasting collaborations with Warner Brothers, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Baby TV and and Zodiak Kids. On the one hand the Israel competes well on the international computer animation market, at the same time, the scene is suffering considerable 'brain drain', where young bright things are trying their luck abroad. We also discuss the huge talent pool that came with the wave of Russian immigrants who arrived in the 1990's. Viva Sarah Press meets Gilad Rosenau, executive producer at PitchiPoy Animation and Michelle and Alex Orrelle, co-founders of Tel Aviv 3D animation studio Crew 972.
09/09/2014 • 22 minutes 58 seconds
Nazareth, the next Silicon Wadi?
Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, is fertile ground for the Israeli hi tech scene, as demonstrated by global neuroscience technology firm, AlphaOmega.
Two people taking strides to surface the untapped talent in the Israeli-Arab community are Fadi Swidan, director of the Nazareth Business Incubator Center and co-founder of NazTech and Paz Hirschmann director of development at Tsofen, an Arab-Israeli integration non-profit.
In this episode, they discuss with host Viva Sarah Press, the scale of available brainpower, as well as their vision for a local ecosystem to help push bright ideas to start up stage right through to exits.
Music: hadag nahash: hakol yistader
26/08/2014 • 22 minutes 16 seconds
How do you know where lightning will strike?
As our planet heats up, weather is becoming more extreme. Israeli professor, Colin Price, thinks his work tracking weather patterns could save lives.
19/08/2014 • 19 minutes 26 seconds
Israelis applying 3D imaging and nanotechnology to cancer treatment
Viva Sarah Press is joined in the studio by three pioneering Israeli scientists all working in the field of cancer detection and treatment. Boaz Arnon of Real Imaging describes how his award-winning dense-tissue detection system is changing the face of cancer detection. Similarly Galit Yahalom explains the science behind Octava Pink - the world’s first blood test for breast cancer. Finally, Lynn Golumbic details the applications of InSightec’s non-invasive ultrasound technology, that span from curing parkinsonian tremors to treating breast cancer.
Music: One Day You Will by LADY ANTEBELLUM
05/08/2014 • 23 minutes 31 seconds
Israeli Fashion Tech
Whether it’s virtual fitting rooms or social shopping games, Israeli experts are creating a redesigning fashion and technology.
04/08/2014 • 21 minutes 16 seconds
What makes someone a mompreneur or a dadpreneur, as opposed to a working mom or dad? Zoe Bermant and Ophir Sharon were thrust into the world of entrepreneurship upon the arrival of their respective children.When faced with the irksome task of measuring out powdermilk, Ophir's invented the Babyspenser, that led to a partnerhship with Holon University. Mom Zoe did for parenting what Waze did for driving: Her crowd-sourcing app for parenting services and products won her an invite to Google's Campus for Moms.<br style="color: #393939; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; fon
30/07/2014 • 21 minutes 25 seconds
In focus: Israeli Animation
Israel's computer animation industry is swiftly building an international name for itself, boasting collaborations with Warner Brothers, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Baby TV and Zodiak Kids.
On the one hand, Israel competes well in the international computer animation market. However, the scene is suffering from considerable 'brain drain', where young bright things are trying their luck abroad.
We also discuss the huge talent pool that came with the wave of Russian immigrants who arrived in the 1990's.
Viva Sarah Press meets Gilad Rosenau, executive producer at PitchiPoy Animation, and Michelle and Alex Orrelle, co-founders of Tel Aviv 3D animation studio Crew 972.
Shlomo Artzi – Tmunat Yelda
22/07/2014 • 22 minutes 58 seconds
Green Building - Blending the old and the new
What do mud-huts, ancient downdraft cooling towers and Pythagoras' solar windows have to do with cutting edge architecture and design? Everything - at least in Israel where sustainable construction and ecodesign are paving the way for the future: Today architects embrace a wider set of principles to include water conservation, passive cooling and even social equality.
Host Sarah Viva Press talks with Michal Bitterman, chair and founding member of the Israel Green Building Council; Eran Kaftan, director of architectural and consulting firm Research & Ecodesign (Rec
15/07/2014 • 21 minutes 18 seconds
Ronen Chen - Celebrating Twenty in Women's Fashion
Summary: Widely considered Israel's most internationally successful fashion designer, Ronen Chen looks back on twenty years in the business, starting from his initial leap from architecture to textiles.
Chen shares his perspective on the design of womenswear, describing his relationship with fabric as bordering addiction. He also describes his Israeli and European clientele and the place where he thinks they overlap.
07/07/2014 • 20 minutes 33 seconds
Pet Tech: A Labor of Love
It was only a question of time before Israelis' passion for pooches resulted in an invention or three. International channel DogTV [http://dogtv.com/] has been proven to keep your furry friend entertained alone at home. Founder Ron Levi, explains how the idea was triggered by his cat of all creatures.
What if there was a magic wand that made doggy poop disappear? Ashpoopie [http://www.ashpoopie
30/06/2014 • 19 minutes 1 second
Israeli Women in Hi-Tech
After making their mark in biotech and business, Israeli women are finally taking on the traditionally male-oriented world of high-tech.
In this episode of Israel21c, reporter Viva Sarah Press talks to Inbal Arieli, founder and head of 8200 EISP (http://www.eisp.org.il/), Shannon Delany, co-founder of Recardo (http://www.recardo.me/), and Karin Kloosterman, writer for ISRAEL21c and CEO of flux about what has been ach
23/06/2014 • 21 minutes 39 seconds
Medical Clowns and the remedial power of laughter
Israel is considered a world leader in the burgeoning field of medical clowning or clown care, as it is also known. Medical clowns interact with the patient and their family in a way that enables them to cope with their experiences.
In 2011 Israel hosted the world’s first International Conference on Medical Clowning, in which its potential contribution to modern-day medicine was explored.
To date there are some 100 active medical clowns in Israel, working in children's wards, delivery rooms and even IVF clinics.
To find out more, Viva Sarah Press talks to Tsour Shriqui, project manager and CEO of Dream Doctors, and medical clown, Dr. Shoshi Ofir from Poriya Hospital near Tiberias.
17/06/2014 • 21 minutes 35 seconds
Pink Tourism in Tel Aviv
Tourists generally come to Israel for the culture and food, its fine weather and beaches, not to mention its fascinating history stretching back to biblical times. More recently, a new sector of tourists is coming to Tel Aviv for something else – its vibrant gay scene.
Israel is considered one of the most gay friendly countries in the world, while Tel Aviv has been hailed as the ultimate gay city.
Just a few
09/06/2014 • 20 minutes 30 seconds
Israel goes gourmet
Gourmet restaurants and cafes, internationally celebrated chefs, award-winning wines and chocolates, beers and teas – in the last 20 years Israel has undergone a food revolution. With a population that hails from dozens of countries around the globe, Israel is creating a unique new cuisine that combines fresh, top-quality Mediterranean ingredients with a whole lot of Israeli chutzpah.
ISRAEL21c reporters Viva Press and Ruthie Blum talk to Leon Alcalai, a chef, culinary consultant and cookbook author, and Shir Hapern, a chef, journalist and one of the co-founders of the Farmer’s Market at Tel Aviv Port.<b
03/06/2014 • 19 minutes 42 seconds
SpaceIL and The World's Smallest Unmanned Space Capsule
This week on ISRAEL21c we leave the atmosphere and head to the galaxies.SpaceIL is a non profit organization participating in the international Google Lunar X Prize competition – a race to launch a robotic spacecraft to the moon.ISRAEL21c's Viva Press meets Kfir Damari, co-founder of SpaceIL, a person busy working on what he describes as the worl
27/05/2014 • 20 minutes 33 seconds
Goodbye tablet, hello smart-watch!
Forget portable devices; the future is wearable devices.
In this episode of ISRAEC21c, host Viva Press talks to two Israelis who can give us a snapshot into the future: Nir Kouris, co-founder of Innovation Israel and one of the organizers of Israel's first Wearable Tech Conference;Enon Landendberg, president of Israeli startup Infinity Augmented Reality.
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19/05/2014 • 21 minutes 11 seconds
Understanding Israeli Ingenuity
How did Israel become the Start Up nation? Why is entrepreneurship so highly valued? How did ideas become a central Israeli export?
Gil Canaani, founder of Start-up Stadium, Israel's largest online start-up community and Amos Avner, Education Director at Start-TAU join Viva Sarah Press to discuss Israelis' talent for thinking outside the box.
We will be on air every Tuesday at 2pm IL time, and 3pm EST.