Israeli resilience technology being taught to the world

Sderot is a living incubator of resilience”, says Yigal Bracha, head of the Employment and Economic Development Department the border city of Gaza, “because we are in a permanent state of emergency”.

Over the past 22 years, Sderot’s roughly 32,000 residents have suffered the brunt of tens of thousands of missiles, rockets and missiles other incendiary devices fired at Israel by terrorists from the Gaza Strip.

Sderot has been dubbed the “bomb shelter capital of the world” and the majority of its youth suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. But the population continues to grow and cultural and academic institutions flourish.

All this makes Sderot the ideal place to incubate high-tech ideas strengthening the operational and economic resilience of municipalities, and the emotional and physical resilience of citizens following disaster events.

The Sderot Resilience Incubator (SRI), which is about to open will be a hub for technology entrepreneurs Resilience will be able to leverage the city’s two decades of experience in identifying unmet needs to develop and test solutions.

The concept is unique. Several resilience centers across the United States are primarily designed to provide renewable energy and disaster relief during climate-related events.

“We have a lot of information,” said Bracha.
“Thousands of people have been treated at the Sderot Resilience Center and we have first responders with 20 years of experience supporting people struggling with resilience issues.

The hub, which is currently being built next to the Sderot Resilience Center, will provide simulators to train first responders and mental health clinicians around the world to use resilience technology for better outcomes.

“In Sderot we have rockets, but this is just one example of urgency says Bracha, a former Amdocs employee whose long-term goal is to promote high-tech job opportunities in Sderot, where 90% of industries are low tech.

A few years ago he gave a lecture to visiting government officials from the Philippines to learn how Sderot is helping his civilian population cope with trauma. Filipinos don’t have rocket attacks, but they do have an average of 25 earthquakes a year.

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Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi worked with Bracha and other partners including the veteran the armaments industry Moshe Shemi, in the last nine months to realize the vision of resilience technology.

Yisrael Ben Shitrit, a high-tech entrepreneur and business development consultant, was elected CEO of the Sderot Resilience Incubator.

“We held a hackathon on November 29th where people from the city’s security, education, social and health departments described their vulnerabilities and presented 15 challenges for the teams to overcomesaid Ben Shitrit

In addition to these local projects, SRI launched a call for startups and now selects the five most promising proposals for the first cohort of the hub.

From the most modern municipal communication technology to the most modern therapy technology, everything is included. The idea is a hotline in the form of a buzzer that could be given to vulnerable populations request immediate assistance in an emergency.

The city tour is involved in the selection process with IDF and industry specialists, including the former head of Israel Intelligence Corps Unit 8200 Hanan Gefen ; former Major General of IDF Southern Command (retired) Sami Turgeman; and Oz Jacob, vice president of Bynet Data Communications.

Selected startups will apply for grants from the Israel Innovation Authority, says Ben Shitrit. While the IIA typically provides financial support of up to 50% of a startup’s approved budget, i.el Grants 75% support to startups in Gaza’s “envelope” region.

“Right now we’re looking for venture capital and other forms of investment,” explains Ben Shitrit.

“Sderot is the biggest POC [preuve de concept] what we can do, and we can offer the model overseas. Resilience technology is needed worldwide ‘ he emphasizes.

Turgeman, currently Chairman of Noga, a company that directs development, operations and la management of the Israeli electrical system, stresses that SRI’s aim “is to use our knowledge and experience to help others while improving Sderot’s economic situation. ”

“Social entrepreneurs can use technology to build resilience anywhere,” Turgeman said.

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