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The second most innovative country in the world, in photos

Some of the world's most forward-thinking, mind-blowing tech is coming from Israel.


October 25, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Tel Aviv, Israel's second-largest city, is considered a global tech hub and a leader in fashion, food and architecture.Tel Aviv, Israel's second-largest city, is considered a global tech hub and a leader in fashion, food and architecture.Photo: Dmitry Pistrov / Shutterstock
October 25, 2016 | Latest Photo

Prepare to be dazzled. Israel's triumphs in technology, medicine, agriculture and research have earned it high marks in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. This Mediterranean country of 8.4 million people was named No. 2 in innovation, one of 12 pillars (categories) the forum evaluates in 138 countries. Switzerland was No. 1.

Israel also ranked high in the areas of university-industry collaboration in R&D (3rd), company spending on R&D (3rd), quality of scientific research institutions (3rd), PCT patents (5th), availability of latest technologies (6th), and availability of scientists and engineers (8th).

And if these images are any indication, this global recognition is only a small preview of what thriling innovations we can expect out of Israel in the coming years.

The lobby at the Jerusalem Technology Park.The lobby at the Jerusalem Technology Park. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Students at Technion Israel Institute of Technology seen testing school projects. Reuters ranked the school among the 100 most innovative universities in the world. Students at Technion Israel Institute of Technology test out school projects. Reuters ranked the school among the 100 most innovative universities in the world. (Photo: Technion Israel Institute of Technology/Flickr)

Solar panels are installed on the roof of a building in Avigdor, Israel. Israeli engineers are at the cutting edge of solar energy technology.Solar panels are installed on the roof of a building in Avigdor, Israel. Israeli engineers are at the cutting edge of solar energy technology. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)

A slide between office floorsAn inside look at the Google office in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Itay Sikolski/Camenzid Evolution)

The new Gav-Yam O2 office building in Herzliya, home to Apple's Israel's R&D operations.The new Gav-Yam O2 office building in Herzliya, home to Apple's Israel's R&D operations. (Photo: Courtesy PBC)

GPS app Waze was developed in Israel and snatched up by Google. GPS app Waze was developed in Israel and snatched up by Google. (Photo: dennizn/ Shutterstock)

The Be'er Sheva Bridge, in Be'er Sheva, Israel, opened to the public earlier this year.This bridge in Beersheba was built to link the city's high-tech industrial zone to a nearby parking lot. (Photo: Bar Orian Architects)

Dr. Carmit Levy of Tel Aviv University in Israel led the research.Dr. Carmit Levy of Tel Aviv University leads groundbreaking research on skin cancer. (Photo: YouTube)

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