Tech Oasis Popping Up in Israeli Desert

Out in the middle of the Israeli desert, there is a tech hub that is growing at a rapid pace, and the main driving force, is actually the Military. Be’er Sheva is the name of a new global tech hub, home to many of the Israeli army’s most important technology-based commands. There is an American firm, EMC that is on the outskirts of town and they are there for one main reason, which is to recruit talent, but in the long run, if Be’er Sheva becomes something even bigger, they are already there and set up which is a huge head start on competition.

Just to give an idea of what kind of caliber tech companies Be’er Sheva is dealing with, some of EMC’s neighbors include Lockheed Martin Corp, Oracle Corp, International Business Machines Corp (IBM), and eBay. There is a nearby train station that is very efficient at getting people to the office park and helps keep the area's congestion to a minimum. Across the way, there is the campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which specializes in cybersecurity.

About half of the $5.9 billion budget allotted by the Israeli government for the army’s move will go to into infrastructure and data centers. Managing Director of Lockheed Martin’s registered Israeli unit said  Be’er Sheva was a natural pick because of its great ecosystem they have between the military and the university. Because it is mandatory to serve in the Israeli army, this could mean that many bright and young minds will be living and working in Be’er Sheva. Growing this ecosystem has been aided by many startups that are popping up all around the oasis. Be’er Sheva is already getting a sleeker, newer nickname, “B7”, as Sheva means seven in Hebrew. They believe this new nickname is better for branding and will only help them grow more. 

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