Founded: August 2015
Organizer: Agam Rafaeli
Dates: Sessions will be held on Thursday August 20th & Thursday September 3rd.
More important to most Israeli than being known as Startup Nation, Israelis would love to be known as the people of Firgun. Since we always know better than anyone else, here is a chance to tackle large problems and show Firgun at the same time. In such a small country in Israel its hard to put 15 people in a room and have no prior acquaintances, yet when it does happen – true magic occurs!
Agam is a software developer for Tapingo, an Israeli startup working in the food delivery industry. On the side he is the leader of a Wikipedia writing group that focuses on creating content about women and a programmer for Kikar Hamedina, an open source political media aggregator. Before turning over to full-time software development he founded CodeM3lim, the first Arab online school for coding. Agam is also an AMENDS fellow at Stanford, an Atkin fellow at King’s College London and an IVLP fellow with the US state department. Every passover you can find Agam at the Israeli Juggling Convention where he is the head coordinator of workshops. When it isn’t passover you are more likely to find him having hummus.
Adi is a designer and web developer at Neura, an Israeli startup working to allow for big data learning in the world of IoT. As a graduate of the joint computer science and design program at Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design she lives an enjoyable life between code and design. Adi is the winner of the Com.Unity contest at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzeliyah. On the side Adi is a member of Dem.OS an open source tool for democratic community management. Adi not only dances through life, but also produces dance conferences and has led the Israeli delegation to the international Medeterano Dance Festival.
Alina Shkolnikov is the head of communications and business development intelligence at Wikistrat, the world’s first crowdsourced geopolitical consultancy firm. Before that Alina was the director of content and programs at PresenTense and ran multiple social entrepreneurship accelerators in Israel and Eastern Europe. She was on the production teams of the Herzeliyah Conference and TEDx Jerusalem. You could listen to Alina while jogging as she was the producer and host of Game Changers, a podcast about Israeli social entrepreneurs. As the daughter of Russian immigrants to Israel, people are always surprised to hear that Alina went to high school at the United World College in India.