Historically, cities have been major hubs of tech innovation. High-tech clusters have concentrated mainly in urban areas. In the post-COVID-19 new digital age, where remote work is the norm in many cost-conscious tech firms, the role of cities may be transformed. Will cities retain their status as centers of innovation in the post-coronavirus era?
Has much changed in the way we confront the coronavirus pandemic, since our ancestors dealt with the Spanish Influenza of 1918? With all of the modern technology, we are mainly dealing with improving basic hygiene, living under quarantine, and social distancing.
Creating a coherent “technology and data-based playbook”, coordinated across countries, will enable the world to leverage the innovative technologies developed in the last two decades, and manage the next pandemic or the next COVID-19 round. What is the best way to implement it?
Israel’s high-tech sector has been a self-sustained ecosystem, mostly disconnected from the main economy for the last 25 years. While these “two economies” are vastly different, both are part of the same society and support each other in times of crisis. How will the social contract between the tech sector, governments, and civil society look like following the pandemic? Better yet, what should it look like, so we truly become one society?
Two visionary speakers will provide a glimpse into their view of the global post-COVID-19 world equilibrium from the economic, political and social perspectives. What are the main forces shaping this equilibrium, including the roles of national governments, new social norms, and technology?
The travel, hospitality, tourism industries, as well as their suppliers, underwent drastic shock during the pandemic, and may continue to undergo a severe disruption the for years to come, including fewer business trips and conferences due to remote work and meetings, as well as environmental considerations. What is their new normal? What is the strategy for re-building industry when the world is so disrupted? What is the role of technology in doing so?