May 17, 2017

Israel Tech Challenge added $31.5M to the economy after training 400 new engineers from abroad

The recent global ransomware attack, WannaCrypt, made the world quake with a single piece of malware in the last few days. But not in Israel. It already has the secret weapon to such future scenarios – highly-trained human capital.

The world under constant threats and in dire need for innovation seeks more engineers. According to the American Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available in the US and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Even Israel is short of at least 10K engineers according to government officials, and the problem is getting bigger worldwide.

ITC’s  goal has been from day one, to foster talent and a community, to open the door for talented young professionals in tech by training them in the most in-demand skills, like cyber security, data science, and full stack coding, to help them unlock their potential and bring about technological advancements.

To date, we introduced 400 developers to the industry in the last 3 years alone. The contribution of a new high-tech employee to the Israeli industry is estimated, $210,000 USD a year on average (GDP plus exportation) according to the Israeli Statistics Bureau in 2012. 100 ITC graduates stayed to work in Israel long term, averaging 1.5 years to date. When you do the math, ITC contributed over $31.5M USD to the Israeli economy.

How did we do it?


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March 7, 2017

Why Coding is the new form of Feminism

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The year is 2017, and we are getting ready once again to mark the International Women’s Day. It seems like in the last years we have made real progress in the way the Israeli industry welcomes women into the tech field and the impact those women make. We’ve seen various organizations established to empower women in the industry and pivot the numbers of different influential women that were brought to the spotlight due to their talents, stories and the impact they had. From Kira Radinsky to Maxine Fassberg, no doubt that the news was full(er) with these women’s success stories.

So let’s talk “tachles” about the real opportunity that changes the path for the young women today.

Blog post by Alisa Warshavsky-Harmon, Head of Training @ Israel Tech Challenge


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November 13, 2016
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A Day at Microsoft Israel HQ is a Day Well Spent

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There are perks to being an alumna of the Israel Tech Challenge. You meet inspirational people, have access to exciting new projects, and can sneak extra free drinks at happy hours. But the perk of getting first-hand, behind-the-scenes experiences in the Israeli technology industry is very special. So when I was asked if I wanted to go hang out at the Microsoft office in Herzliya for a day, the former-Seattleite in me couldn’t say no.

Blog by Lauren Glass, Israel Tech Challenge Fellows 2015 Alumna


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