The traveler to Israel walks through history: from windswept crusader castles to ports where seamen, pilgrims and famous travelers spent some time and then moved on; from desert landscapes that were home to traveling tribes, half forgotten armies and merchants in camel caravans, to sheikhs’ tombs with whitened domes, silent monasteries and ancient synagogues decorated with colorful mosaics.The State of Israel was created in the Land of Israel which was promised to the People of Israel according to Jewish tradition. It was where Jesus, the Christian Messiah, was born and the place where Mohammed, the Moslem Prophet, ascended to heaven. The meeting place of three continents and two seas, the country is a skein of cultures, customs and traditions, a country that was home to many people, cultures and changing religions. On the crossroads of ancient routes of commerce, the land also saw waves of conquering armies: the Canaanites, Hebrews, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottoman Turks and the British, made this much-desired small country into a battlefield where they strove for eminence, built fortifications, castles and royal palaces.
Israel has become known worldwide as the “Silicon Wadi”, having more hi-tech startups than any country other than the USA; dozens of companies traded on the NASDAQ; research and development facilities of tech giants such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Google, HP, Philips, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and CA; and industry leaders such as Teva (pharmaceuticals), Amdocs (software), Comverse (telecom)and Checkpoint (data security). Israeli companies routinely win international contests in the start up industry; the venture capital industry is vibrant; and the per capita patent rate is the highest in the world. During the conference, you will be able to have a taste of Israel’s tech industry through the conference exhibition.