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An app for the heart; More than 'The Vagina Monologues’; Startup nation for international development.

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AN APP FOR THE HEART: After Danny Oberman, the former CEO of Nefesh B’Nefesh, suffered a heart attack last summer, the doctor discharging him asked if he knew the type of stent he received. He had no idea. When the doctor told him to keep the details of his cardiac history on a piece of paper, Oberman thought, “Surely there must be an app for that.” Well now there is. The Australian-Israeli and Allegra Dan co-founded CathMaps+, which has just released an app letting cardiac patients take their medical histories with them wherever they go in the world. “In Israel most hospitals have cath labs, possibly the highest density in the world. That is not the case in the U.S.,” Oberman told Haaretz Wednesday, referring to places where stents and angioplasty are done. The app lets people know where the nearest cath lab is, added Oberman, a Melbourne native who moved to Israel in 1975.

MORE THAN ‘THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’: A new act is in town, literally. The Stage TLV debuted Saturday night with a sold-out performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at Tel Aviv’s Beit Yad Labanim. S. Asher Gelman, the director, is a co-founder of The Stage, which launched in November. “It exploded faster than anyone anticipated,” Gelman told Haaretz Wednesday, noting that the other two performances are also sold out. Rather than revive the defunct Tel Aviv Community Theater, the co-founders wanted to create an entire English-language performing-arts community, Gelman said. The number of cast and crew members quickly swelled to around 40, he added. “It’s phenomenal to see how many people want to be part of a performing-arts community,” Gelman said. Indeed, The Stage’s next project is a one-acts festival this summer, for which the submissions deadline is February 21. “We also will be offering performance workshops soon,” added the Maryland native. Other co-founders include American-Israelis Ma’ayan Dekel, Daniel Gindis, Maya Hagoel and Guy Seemann, as well as Australian native Adaya Turkia and Austria native Daliah Dombrowski. For more info, visit www.thestagetlv.com.

STARTUP NATION FOR INT’L DEVELOPMENT: A group of 70 young innovators, entrepreneurs and development professionals from Israel and abroad will meet next week in Caesarea to tackle challenges facing the developing world. “Everybody talks about Israel as a startup nation; we’re trying to move to a development startup nation to be a force of good in the world,” said Danielle Abraham, policy adviser to Mashav, the Foreign Ministry’s agency for international development cooperation. Abraham, a London native who has lived in Israel since 2010, is co-chairing the event with Daniel Ben Yehuda, deputy director of the Pears Program on Innovation and International Development at Tel Aviv University. She told Haaretz Friday that the Schusterman Family Foundation is the main sponsor of the Israeli Designed International Development conference, while Mashav and Tel Aviv University are contributing partners. The headline speaker is Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program and a former prime minister of New Zealand. She said the conference brings together innovators and international development professionals “to share experiences, network and create a space at the gathering where they can share ideas and possibly come up with new initiatives.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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The crew of 'The Vagina Monologues,' Febuary 2014.Credit: Steven Winston Photography / http://stevenwinston.com



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