This article was first published as “Innovation Alley will showcase high-tech startups, nonprofits” in JWeekly.
Adam Swig is becoming a go-to guy for putting together exciting events for young, community-minded San Francisco Jews. His latest offering: Innovation Alley, a new component of Israel in the Gardens celebrating high-tech and nonprofit startups.
“Word travels fast in the Jewish community,” said Swig, who helped organize the successful “Big Mitzvah” celebration for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s Young Funders’ Impact Grants Initiative (IGI) earlier this year. It didn’t take long for the Israel Center to tap him to come up with something innovative for young people at this year’s Israel in the Gardens.
“I have met a lot of young Israelis who are tech entrepreneurs, so I thought it would be great to celebrate them and what they are doing,” Swig said. Inspired by the SXSW Interactive Festival model, a coming-together of the brightest minds in emerging technology, he decided to set up an area in the alley-like space between Yerba Buena Gardens and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts dedicated to Israeli tech innovation.
Visitors will find tented booths and tables where companies and cutting-edge nonprofits — all with a Jewish or Israeli connection — will showcase their products and their missions. “Young people should bring their resumes, and venture capitalists should bring their checkbooks,” said Swig.
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