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January 21, 2019 12:52 pm

Microsoft to Officially Launch a Tel Aviv Event Hub

avatar by Meir Orbach / CTech

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo. Photo: Reuters / Dado Ruvic / Illustration.

CTech – Next Tuesday, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie will visit Israel to officially launch the company’s event hub in Tel Aviv, one of a network of spaces the company refers to as “reactors.”

According to Microsoft’s past announcements, startups can use the event hubs to meet, host events, and network. The hubs are planned to host workshops and meetups on subjects like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. The event hub in Tel Aviv can be booked for events of up to 170 guests free of charge.

Microsoft announced its intention to open one of its event hubs in Tel Aviv in February 2018, alongside its declaration to commit $500 million to its then-new Microsoft for startup program. The hub in Tel Aviv is the company’s seventh: other hubs were opened in New York, Redmond, Seattle, and San Francisco.

The Tel Aviv hub occupies an entire floor of a seven-story WeWork building leased entirely by Microsoft. It has already been quietly running for a few months under the radar.

Alongside Guthrie, the launch event will be attended by Charlotte Yarkoni, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of cloud and AI; Shelly Landsmann, general manager of Microsoft Israel; and Assaf Rappaport, head of Microsoft’s research and development center in Israel.

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