May 25, 2012–The high-tech industry in Israel is now looking toward sustainability.
A new event–the TentTech conference, an invitation only technology camp–was recently held in Israel for the first time in an effort to promote sustainable technology. The conference was open to 100 participants in industries ranging from science to art. The goal of the three-day event, which ran from May 10 to May 12, was to create the stepping stones for the development of environmentally friendly technology.
The conference focused on redefining sustainability in four areas: water, energy, shelter and communications.
Ilan Gracier and Gilli Cegla, both of whom are high-tech entrepreneurs in Israel, founded TentTech. They previously organized the GeekCon Conference, an event that brings programmers, entrepreneurs and others together to encourage technological innovation.
One conference attendee, Muhammad Almaki, a student from Mali who had been living in Israel, challenged the experts in attendance to find a way to improve access to drinking water in his native country. Another participant took a particular interest in this challenge. Oranit Avidar met with Almaki to discuss how his startup, WaterWays, is exploring solutions to the sort of problems that Almaki posed.
The first year of the conference was a success, according to YNetNews, as a number of prototypes were presented.