Category: Featured

12 Feb

IDC Exec-Ed Workshop: Forces Shaping the Future of Health

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Medicine is advancing by leaps and bounds, and one of the key barriers for adoption of the numerous available improvements is human beings. Medicine is inseparable from the doctor and the patient, and creating innovative healthcare solutions without understanding the psychology and decision-making process of both physician and patient may fail miserably. The distant future […]

28 Aug

Hosting Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Daniel Lubetzky at Collective Collection on Sep 13th for a talk about doing the KIND thing.

סלון לובצקי

KIND CEO and founder Daniel Lubetzky is The New York Times Best Seller of Do the KIND Thing. In 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). The event is open for registration here.

28 Oct

Feels great to be on TNW’s 100+ tech & business women speakers you need at your next event

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The full list of women in tech and business from all over the world, and featuring great Israeli women speakers, is here on The Next Web News. 

14 Oct

Hosting IAC2015, where over 2000 space stakeholders from 58 countries gather to celebrate: Space – The Gateway to Mankind’s Future

Maya Elhalal Levavi hosting IAC 2015

For a few moments on Monday morning, in Jerusalem, before all hell broke loose, over 2000 global leaders from 58 countries got together at the opening ceremony of IAC2015, to celebrate space — the gateway to mankind’s future. ‪#‎unity‬ ‪#‎hope‬ ‪#‎future‬ ‪#‎space‬ ‪#‎exploration‬ ‪#‎science‬ ‪#‎technology‬ ‪#‎ingenuity‬ I had the honor of hosting the gathering, to […]

30 Sep

So excited to be hosting the 66th International Astronautical Congress this Oct 12


All about the program and how to join here at IAC2015

27 Aug

Honored to be on Forbes list of 50 Influential Women in Israel

Maya Elhalal Forbes
29 Jul

At Orly and Guy Morning show – about exponential technolgies

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29 Jul

A day with channel 10 news about our digital future

מיה אלחלל לבבי
08 Jul

About our digital future – for Lady Globes [full article]


At the airport on my way to a vacation today I saw this and it was weird in a wonderful and exciting way. And the full article text below.

02 Apr

April 27th, Israel – A talk about Innovation-Aversion for Singularity University at Innovation Endeavors

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12 Mar

March 10th – a talk at Singularity University Conference in Israel – How political passions undermine basic reasoning skills and why compelling conclusive and widely accessible scientific evidence doesn’t change people’s opinions


With coming elections in Israel next week, it’s interesting to look at recent articles that shed some light about the battle between innovation and the status quo. It turns out that some things are a lot more powerful than and an idea whose time has come. I have a few guests passes left. If this […]

22 Feb

Feb 22: Your Brand: Because It’s Personal – Hosting EO Israel monthly learning event

EO Branding Invitation

I’m looking forward to featuring Eitan Chitayat founder and executive creative director of Natie and interviewing Dorie Clark author of “Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future”, and “Stand Out”, this Sunday at Viola for EO Israel monthly learning event.

06 Jan

Format Is Queen – a talk at the Events Producers Convention on Feb 1st 2015


2015 events production convention is coming up and around mid day, I’ll be leading a discussion on how content formats can win attention and engagement for great content. Would love to see there those of you who are in the biz of making an impact with public speaking.

31 Dec

[video] Interview with G.Yafit about personal brand and working with family



23 Dec

[video] Women Entrepreneurs in The Frontier Conference – Pies of Career/Family/Self balance and

Saloona Event


11 Dec

Israel Entrepreneurs Handbook 2015 together with EO Israel

EO Israel

Thanks Guy Spier for the cool idea and Eitan of Natie for the beautiful execution.

08 Dec

[video] Presentations are just like chess – Content Is King, Format Is Queen (a talk for Amdocs International Sales Kickoff)

maya elhalal levavi amdocs sales kick-off
24 Nov

Moderating the Entrepreneurship Track at Saloona’s 2014 *Women @ The Frontier* Conference

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I’m really looking forward to moderating this track. They curated women who are bravely in the forefront and I’ll get to explore the experience of being a woman entrepreneur with them. Would be great to see you there. And it’s also going to be streamed live.

08 Nov

[video] Demoing OrCam and having fun with Amnon Shashua at TED MED Live in Jerusalem [source: YNet]

Maya Elhalal Levavi interviewing Amnon Shaashua at TED MED
03 Sep

Sep 11 – Hosting TED MED Live in Jerusalem – and all this ingenuity, love for people, and devotion to tackling the big challenges in medicine is making me feel hopeful.

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TED MED Live is coming to Jerusalem with a rich local program featuring 11 brilliant speakers and an inspiring artistic performance. I was thrilled to join the TED MED Israel professional committee and even more so when I was asked to host the event in the Jerusalem Theater. With now a week to the big […]

06 Jul

[photos] The best of Bubbles – a new format of gathering that’s serious on questions and light on everything else


Passionate speakers burst intellectual bubbles (and some created new ones), the panels went in all sorts of unpredictable directions, there were laughs, and a whole lot of drinking.  People said they had fun and learned a lot. And so did we. It was a good pilot night. And these are the best moments, in photos.  […]

03 Feb

Some people have life and their business all figured out. I’m not one of them. Together with a group of Israeli entrepreneurs, I recently co-founded EO Israel – a local chapter to join a network of 9500 EOers worldwide. ​Entrepreneurs join for different reasons. For me it’s about stripping off the omniperfect facade with peers, and learning from each other. There’s also the guilt-free travel.

EO Israel Maya Elhalal

Failcon, a global initiative to reshape the negative cultural sentiment towards failures, and create a platform for learning from other’s failed ventures, happened for the first time in Israel on Jan 23rd, 2014. One speaker I admire for sharing his role in a business failure is Ofer Vilenski, CEO and co-founder of Hola. He  candidly shared […]

10 Jan

Hosting Failcon TLV on Jan 23rd – an afternoon that’s all about entrepreneurs sharing their failures and what they learned


Few people are brave enough to attempt audacious goals. Far fewer are big enough to admit they failed and be willing to share what they learned. Many have said NO to the request to speak at this event and I admire Yanki Margalit, Naftali Benet, Liad Agmon, Noam Lanir, Ishay Green, Daria Shualy, Yosi Taguri, Ofer Vilenski, Gigi Levy, Emma Butin, Eden Shochat,Yoni Dariel, Yoel […]

12 Nov

Hosting the live stream of SF TEDWomen program in TLV, Dec 5th


Thousands of women in more than 150 TEDx events around the world will take part in watching TEDWomen live from SF on Dec 5th. Together with my bosom buddies Abigail Tenembaum [TED speakers’ coach] and Liat Aaronson [TEDxTelAviv and TEDxHolyLand co-organizer], I’lll be hosting the live viewing of TEDWomen at a small TEDx event – TEDxTelAvivWomen, in a cinema […]

21 Oct

I’ll be Hosting the ‘Young Adults on the Fast Track’ session @ the GA Nov 11th


Join me this November for 8 talks by extraordinary young leaders who are changing the Israeli society and world jewry.

30 Jun

Bringing Techonomy to Israel to ask: Can Israel Be the Tech Capital for the Next Five Billion?


In partnership with Campus Tel Aviv (powered by Google Entrepreneurs), Techonomy will facilitate a series of conversations on June 5th in Tel Aviv about Israel’s emerging role as a tech superpower. The two-hour event will begin with a talk by Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick, followed by a panel discussion entitled “Can Israel Be the Tech Capital […]

08 Jan

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I didn’t become a better person!

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But I have gained Zoe, well earned pounds, and some important life lessons. From Cape Coral, this is Noam and me, sharing our new-found wisdom with you, and wishing you a year which you will one day be strangely nostalgic for..

25 Jul

The Behavioral Economics Summit for Startups 2012 is Back

BE Summit 4

And so is the Israeli extension of it. We’re keeping everything that worked last year and fixing the broken. Here’s when, where, who, why and how.  Last year I was pumping during breaks and saving the milk in the yogurt department of the Google HQ fridge. This year I’ll be joining you on Google hangout […]

25 May

The conversation continues this June at the first TEDxTelAvivSalon


I’m thrilled to join forces with TEDxZurich co-organizer Guy Spier in keeping the TED conversation going, the spreading of elevating ideas by Israeli thought-leaders flowing, and the people who made TEDxTelAviv happen connected. The first TEDxTelAvivSalon features Avi Barliya, Enon Landenberg, Yanki Margalit, Lior Manor, Doron Marco and Itay Talgam. Their talks will be released […]

02 May

Singularity University Executive Program should come with a warning


Don’t be fooled by this seemingly innocent graduation class photo. Or by this well put Guardian introduction to the people creating our future. Singularity University at the serene NASA Research Park in CA is a dangerous place. I just returned from a week of SU EPA12 – codename for The 7-day Singularity University Executive Program, […]

02 Jan

2012, Singularity or Apocalypse? [our new year’s video greeting]

Maya Elhalal-Levavi in Guatemala

From what was once an old Mayan village, Noam and I look back at 4000 years of human evolution and look forward to 2012 and the future of our species. Our traditional new year’s greeting, this time from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, with our own 8 months old version of evolution. Happy New Year!

24 Jul

Hosting the live streaming of The Behavioral Economics Summit for Startups in Israel this August

Behavioral Economics

My friend Abigail Tenembaum and I are both behavioral economics sworn fans and now we have the huge privilege of delivering the above incredible gift from Dan Ariely to about 20 Israeli startups. If your startup fits the bill, apply! It will change how you do business. The main website of The San Francisco Behavioral […]

20 Mar

[animated presentation] The Secret Ingredient in Kickstarting Ideas that Spread Far and Wild

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Inspring stories of successful entrepreneurs, artists, visionaries who follow their passion for an idea. They all share a healthy disrespect for the traditional way of getting things done and a flair for the New Media. Key viral marketing strategies and the secret ingredient in their success revealed… This is the 3 minute, click-to-advance, version of […]

10 Mar

Upcoming talk: Idea Driven GPSs. And why we insist on taking the longest route to ourselves

Maya Elhalal Poke The Box

I’m giving a talk this Monday, about the shift in the the way ideas are spread and about how now, like never before, companies and individuals can change an industry, reinvent science or reshape politics. Specifically, about how TED and Seth Godin’s new Domino Project do it. More specifically, why more often than not, we ignore our inner […]

05 Feb

What do TED, The Domino Project and anti-aging eye serum have in common? Bees.


You’re not supposed to admit you favor one piece of your published work over the rest. My favorite is QuotesDaddy. Why? Because it’s the only one I built for me. I wanted to find, save, tag, share, contribute and show off all my favorite quotes. Nothing out there came close. One night, working on an […]

31 Dec

[updated] Running for best in education: The Brain for Entrepreneurs – The Frontal Lobe vs. the Amygdala.

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The inner battle of the seat of entrepreneurship and the brain’s panic button. And how you can win. Sprinkled with tips and tricks on how to use cutting edge neuroscience discoveries to get your ideas across in a memorable way. Vote it up on slideshare if you enjoyed it? (contest ends Nov 8th) Update: Thrilled […]

27 Nov

I’m hosting a 2-day TEDWomen simulcast at Saro Bistro – home of TEDxLowerEastSide


TEDxLowerEastSide joins this global dialogue over the course of a two-day event at Saro Bistro. Menu includes a live streaming of the complete TEDWomen program, engaging conversations, Balkan delicatessens, surprises and after party in the TED tradition. I’ll be hosting a group of about 40 friends. TEDxLowerEastSide is free & open but Saro is cosy and space […]

18 Sep

Some of my most favorite moments with my favorite people. Yet.

Because it’s HD, it’s best viewed in full screen and after clip completes loading… and the ‘before’: A huge thanks to God of HD Video – Guy Sadot and to the Master of Dream Making  – My TEDxTelAviv and Wedding Producer Shay Windman

23 Aug

Even though my environment is different than my thinking, my thinking is more important.


Size Matters. Big Time! The size of the Frontal Lobe, that is. Our  frontal lobe is larger in reference to the rest of the brain, than in any other species: It’s almost 40% of a human brain, about 15-17% in great apes, about 7% in dogs and just 3% in cats. The frontal lobe (in red), is the […]

30 Jul

Pick up! I’m Flying!

I’m lying in bed on my stomach, in my old apt in Tel Aviv, when suddenly I get this weird feeling that something isn’t right. I can’t feel the entire front side of my body touching the bed! I realize that I’m slowly staring to hover above the bed. First just an inch, and then […]

22 Feb

The Story of my visit to Better Place. Coincidence? I DON’T THINK SO!

So I go to Better Place visitors center today, to meet with Inbal who does their marketing. Meeting was great, we discussed some very cool co-op that I’m excited about, I drove the electric car, got the grand tour, loved it and went on with my day to other meetings. So far, so good. Around […]

13 Jan

Thrilled to Announce TEDxTelAviv – Thriving on Thurmoil

and promise to share more as we come up for air… The full and most updated information about the event can always be found in the TEDxTelAviv official website. You can also follow TEDxTelAviv updates via RSS or Twitter (if you tweet, please use #TEDxTelAviv).

29 Jul

Beyond Snobbery

22 Apr

$20,000 Prize at National Pitching Competition

On Monday, May 25th, I will be judging the Pitch Competition of the The IDC Entrepreneurship Club together with Mr. Idan Ofer (chairman), Mr. Gadi Dankner, Prof. Ronen Israel, Mr. Eran Shalev and Mrs. Daphna Murvitz. Finalists will get to pitch at the national pitching Competition and stand to win a prize of $20,000. This […]

19 Apr

A TED2002 Jewel: Moshe Safdie, Yad Vashem Architect, about What Makes a Building Unique

Moshe Safdie‘s a triple citizen of Canada, Israel and the United States, three places where the bulk of his buildings can be found: in Canada, the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Vancouver public library. For Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, he designed the Children’s Memorial and the […]

18 Apr

La La La Human Steps – Magnificent!

The human figures, the music, the precision, the lighting, the setting. How with such minimalism it kicks you in the stomach. Everything about this contemporary ballet is just so powerful and awe inspiring. I couldn’t stop watching it. You can get the full DVD in Blue Ray Quality from Amazon.

06 Mar

Eric Lewis Going Under

The amazing Eric Lewis performs Going Under in TED2009. I went to see him again a few days ago in Joe’s Bar in Manhattan and he was phenomenal. It’s 10 minutes of pure magic…

22 Feb

Making a Judgment Call

When a person takes into account the particular circumstances of a situation and makes a decision accordingly, we say “she made a judgment call”. Why have we stopped trusting people to do that? This was one of my favorite talks in TED this year. Barry Schwartz, author of ‘The Paradox of Choice’ argues that more […]

12 Feb

Raise Your Hand if You’re a Hard-On-Yourself Perfectionist Overachiever…

For me, this was one of the most moving moments in TED2009. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the bestseller Eat Pray Love muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. If your hand […]

18 Jan

Winning the Rat Race but Missing Life

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on> their […]