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Wharton Launches the Israel Conference

At the annual Wharton Israel conference last Friday, attendees were given an inside look into the international rescue effort that saved the team of Thai soccer boys stranded in a cave this summer.

The event, supported by student groups Tamid and Wharton Israel, was held in Huntsman Hall. It featured several international and American speakers who exposed attendees to Israeli business practices and addressed the theme of innovating to defend the future. Among them was CEO of MaxTech Networks Uzi Hanuni, who talked about how the communications technology designed by his company played a role in extracting the Thai soccer team from a cave in the Chiang Rai province this summer.

The last Wharton Israel Conference was held in 2016. Sigal Spitzer, a College junior and one of the student leaders responsible for organizing the event, said this year’s event "reach[ed] new heights" in terms of the caliber of speakers invited and overall approach. More than 80 people registered for the conference, with attendance intentionally capped to encourage a more interactive experience.

Wharton junior Sam Roth and College sophomore Josh Kratka attended the conference. They agreed that the highlight was the keynote speech given by Hanuni from MaxTech Networks, a company that innovates to allow mobile communication in places where there are no cell phone networks.


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