Featuring Professor Emeritus Shlomo Maital, Rafi Nave ’74, M.Sc. ’79, and David (Dadi) Perlmutter ’80

What is it exactly about the Technion that makes it such a hotbed of innovation? In a fascinating follow-up to the wildly popular book, Technion Nation, Samuel Neaman Institute Senior Research Fellows Shlomo Maital and Rafi Nave interviewed 100 of the most brilliant Technion innovators – including former Intel Chief Product Officer David (Dadi) Perlmutter – to find out what makes them tick, and how the Technion’s academics and atmosphere foster a powerful fusion of creative thinking with enabling technology.

In this one-of-a-kind discussion, Maital will interview Nave and Perlmutter as they share fascinating insights and shed light on startups, high-tech management, and other topics including the rapid evolution of health care technology. The questions posed by Maital, and the answers from Perlmutter and Nave, promise to be enlightening, candid, and full of valuable and inspiring advice for the next generation of world-changers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Technion innovation at its finest.

This event will be moderated by Eric Stein, who is a member of the ATS National Board of Directors and generously supported the publication of both Technion Nation and How Technion Faculty & Graduates Fuse Creativity with Technology to Change the World: Aspiration, Inspiration, Perspiration.

Featured Speakers

About the Speakers

Professor Emeritus Shlomo Maital is head of the Zvi Griliches Research Data Center at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion. He is also the former academic director of the TIM-Technion Institute of Management, Israel’s leading executive leadership development institute and a pioneer in action-learning methods, where he worked with some 200 companies, including global firms and startups, and some 1,000 managers and entrepreneurs. Prof. Maital was also a summer visiting professor for 20 years in MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Management of Technology M.Sc. program.

Prof. Maital is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 books, including Technion Nation; Dismantle: Build Your Personal Creativity Machine; Innovate your Innovation Process; and Executive Economics, which has been translated into seven languages. He was an early proponent of behavioral economics, and is co-founder of SABE-Society for Advancement of Behavioral Economics. More than 40,000 students are currently enrolled in Prof. Maital’s four-course online specialization in startup entrepreneurship, “Cracking the Creativity Code.”

Rafi Nave ’74, M.Sc. ’79 is a leader in Israeli entrepreneurship and applied technologies with lifelong ties to the Technion. He currently serves as a senior researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion, and publisher of Technion Nation. Previously, he managed the Technion’s Bronica Entrepreneurship Center, overseeing courses and competitions that helped students move their innovations from ideas to investors. Bronica’s BizTEC challenge spawned more than 30 startups. And at the Technion alumnus-founded Given Imaging, he led the development and delivery of the PillCam, the world’s first ingestible camera for imaging the digestive tract.

Mr. Nave earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Technion, and started his career at Intel Israel. In his 21-year tenure, he led the development of Intel’s math co-processors, managed its Haifa Design Center, and worked on the second-generation Pentium Processor. He went on to work at several high-tech companies, including NDS Israel, a world leader in pay TV, and Tower Semiconductor.

David (Dadi) Perlmutter ’80 is a technology and social entrepreneur and investor, focusing on investment in growing Israeli tech companies and activities to reduce social inequality and create opportunities. The chairman of tech startups Weebit Nano and Teramount, he was formerly executive vice president and chief product officer of Intel Corporation. During his 34-year career at Intel, Mr. Perlmutter was directly responsible for developing several of the company’s major products and breakthroughs, including the architecture of the Pentium®, Pentium® Pro, Centrino™ Mobile Processor, and Core™ Processor lines for the PC and Server markets.

He is an investor in various startups focusing on deep technology, AI, and other areas, chairs two technology nonprofits, and is active in two other nonprofits focused on closing social gaps. He is also a member of the Technion Board of Governors and the Israel Technion Society. The holder of two patents, Mr. Perlmutter is an IEEE Fellow, and was elected in 2018 as the Technion’s most successful electrical engineering graduate.

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