Big Data Experts to Convene at Conference in Tel Aviv

Alongside the Mind the Data conference, Calcalist will also be hosting a competition for startups focused on big data

Omer Kabir 14:5922.11.17

Calcalist will host its annual Mind the Data conference on November 27 at Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental hotel. The conference will feature speakers in the domains of tech, medicine, biology, the military, and also from the automotive and defense industries.


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One of the main speakers at the conference will be Julia White, a senior vice president at Microsoft who is in charge of marketing the company’s cybersecurity and cloud products. Ms. White joined Microsoft in 2001 as a product manager in the company’s industrial servers team. She began managing the company’s sales and marketing initiatives in the U.S. in 2005 before being appointed to a senior role as marketing manager for Microsoft’s Exchange product line. In 2012, she became the manager of the Microsoft’s Office division, a position which she held until 2016 when she assumed her current position.

From left to right: Ilan Zachi, Karina Odinaev, and Gil Rosen From left to right: Ilan Zachi, Karina Odinaev, and Gil Rosen
Brigadier General Rami Malachi is the commander of Lotem, an Israeli military unit that focuses on introducing advanced technology into combat operations. Previously, Mr. Malachi was in a charge of various computer and engineering units in the military.


Retired Brigadier General Ariel Karo is a director at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., heading the ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) Systems Directorate. Mr. Karo will speak about a unique technology for managing and deciphering big data that the directorate is developing. Mr. Karo previously held various senior intelligence roles, including top posts during two major combat operations in Gaza, before retiring from the military.


Adi Ofek is the general manager of Mercedes-Benz’s research and development center in Israel, heading the research into autonomous driving, connected cars and electric drivetrains research and development. Ms. Ofek previously held various positions in Daimler’s financial division.


Benny Schnaider is vice president of development at Oracle Corporation, having joined the company in 2016 after the software company acquired his startup, Ravello Systems Inc., for $430 million.


Yehezkel Yeshurun is a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s School of Computer Science, and a co-founder of cybersecurity firm ForeScout Technologies Inc., which recently filed for an IPO at a valuation of $800 million.


Serial entrepreneur Ariel Maislos, the co-founder and CEO of Stratoscale Ltd., which provides cloud-based software for managing data.


Big data and medicine


Roy Sasson is a senior product analyst at Google and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, specializing in the field of econometrics and data science. Mr. Sasson will discuss big data and economics.


Oren Sagi is the general manager of Cisco Israel and one of the most influential people in the local tech industry. Mr. Sagi previously worked as a lawyer.


Harel Tayeb is the CEO of Tel Aviv-based Kryon Systems, a company developing robot automation software. The company raised $10 million in an investment round last month.


Efi Cohen is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Datorama Ltd., a company developing artificial intelligence-powered software for marketing.


Saar Wilf is the founder of Rootclaim, a startup developing statistical models for assessing the validity of news reports, using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence.


Mining text for insights


Ely Razin is the founder and chief executive of New York-based CrediFi Corp. a startup that offers data about the commercial real estate market, including information about assets, liabilities and risk factors.


Prof. Ronen Feldman of Hebrew University is a founding partner of Amenity Analytics, a company that develops text mining software. Mr. Feldman is one of the leading experts in artificial intelligence and text mining.


Yuval Baharav is a general partner at venture capital firm State of Mind Ventures. Mr. Baharav previously served as the CEO of several startups.


Yaniv Erlich is the chief scientist of Israel-based MyHeritage Ltd., an online genealogy service. He is also a professor of computer science at Columbia University.


Karina Odinaev is co-founder and chief operating officer of Cortica, a Tel Aviv-based startup that develops computer vision technology that enables machines to emulate how humans see.


Israel-based Bank Leumi will be sending several speakers to the conference, including Chief Technology Officer Ilan Buganim, head of big data Eyal Barzilai, and head of cybersecurity Moti BenMocha.


Accounting firm KPMG will be represented by Moran Ben Gigi, a partner at the firm and its head of data and analytics, and Roni Michael, who is the head of IT Advisory at KPMG Israel.


Telecommunications company Bezeq Group will be sending Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Gil Rosen.


Online directory company Zap Group will be represented by CEO Ilan Zachi and VP of marketing Amit Sagi.
In parallel to the conference, Calcalist will also be hosting a competition for big data-oriented startups. The judges will include Shelly Landsmann, the general manager of Microsoft Israel; David Gussarsky, a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners; Liat Aaronson, a partner at venture capital firm Marker LLC; Erez Shachar, founder and managing partner at Qumra Capital; Arik Kleinstein, founder and managing partner at Glilot Capital Partners; and Nir Blumberger, a partner at ‎Accel Partners.


The award for the first place will include a special visit to Microsoft’s worldwide headquarters in Seattle and to the company’s Executive Briefing Center in Brussels, as well as meetings with senior executives at Microsoft’s research and development center.

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