While the IAA premiered in the Bavarian capital Munich, around 200 invited guests gathered at the BMW World, to discuss one of the most pressing topics of our time: sustainability.
Israel is being regarded as a thriving country for founders and investors from all over the world – Tel Aviv in particular has a vibrant start-up scene which continues to drive innovation.
Innovative strength at the Mediterranean
This innovativeness also attracts renowned companies from the technology sector such as Deutsche Telekom, Facebook and Samsung. Anyone who sets foot on the site of the closed-down train station in Tel Aviv-Yaffo, which is again the venue of the DLD Tel Aviv conference, immediately senses the spirit of innovation and the relaxed atmosphere the Israelis create.
Therefore it is no surprise that an only ten-year-old boy opens the conference playing a virtuoso percussion solo! “We are pleased to be able to welcome delegations from 75 countries and more than 150 speakers to our sixth DLD Tel Aviv innovation conference”, said Yossi Vardi, DLD chairman and Israeli investor, who opened the conference together with DLD directors Steffi Czerny and Dominik Wichmann.
Start-up community and digital elite
The first conference day was characterized by exciting discussions about the latest technologies such as the future of robots, financing models and development opportunities for young entrepreneurs as well as the attributes a country needs to have to be attractive to start-ups. How highly coveted this digital elite is at the moment became clear when the French digital minister Axelle Lemaire vigorously promoted France as an attractive center for innovation and development, which also offers special visas to visionaries and young entrepreneurs.
Off-stage at DLD, various tech companies and start-ups use the networking areas and workshops for making contacts and pitching their own visions. After the end of the conference, these discussions continue over a drink in one of Tel Aviv’s many restaurants and bars. Besides the start-up community, the city at the Mediterranean is also known for its lively nightlife after all.
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