Five Teams Win Jerusalem Apps Contest

Tech Nation: Microsoft Israel chief leaving to join company’s international management; EMC inaugurates new Haifa offices, says it will take on 70 additional employees.

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Microsoft's research center in Haifa. The company plans to launch a cyber-security R&D venture in Israel. Credit: Tomer Neuberg / Gini

Five win Jerusalem apps contest

Five teams each won a 20,000-shekel ($5,180) prize from the Jerusalem municipality last week, as well as access to the city’s database for mobile apps designed to help the city’s residents. After hours of testing, Playkers won in the community category for an app that lets people organize neighborhood sporting events. In the tourism category, Check In enables guests to order hotel services on their smartphones, while Smartbus won in the transportation category for an app that compares bus and mini-bus fares. Yerushalmi+ offers discounts to holders of the city’s Yerushalmi card and NOP offers navigation services. Winners are also entitled to another 50,000-shekel grant if they set up a company in Jerusalem employing at least three people. (TheMarker)

Microsoft Israel chief leaving to join company’s international management

Danny Yamin, the CEO of Microsoft Israel, has been appointed a vice president of the parent company, where he will be involved in its global enterprise activities. As a result, he will be stepping down as the head of the company’s operations in Israel after 10 years. No successor as CEO of Microsoft Israel, the entity engaged in sales activities here, has yet been announced. Microsoft also maintains separate R&D facilities in Herzliya and Haifa. For the past three years, Yamin has also been chairman of the Technion Council, the panel that sets day-to-day policy for the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. (Inbal Orpaz)

EMC inaugurates new Haifa offices, says it will take on 70 additional employees

EMC, the cloud computing and data storage firm, dedicated new R&D offices in Haifa’s Matam high-tech office park on Monday and announced that it plans to have a staff of 120 people working there, including about 50 new employees that it plans to recruit. The facilities are in a new building in which EMC has invested several million dollars. The company, which is planning on hiring staff in a number of fields, including software development, has five centers around the country employing 1,000 people. (Inbal Orpaz)