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    Who we are
    With more than 100 million active users globally (as of Q4 2011), eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell anything. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Our collective impact on e-commerce is staggering: in 2011, the total value of goods sold on eBay was $68.6 billion — more than $2,100 every second.
    eBay Marketplaces Israel is one of eBay’s leading R&D centers of excellence located in Netanya. The site’s main activity is the development and operation of eBay’s catalog and classification systems, using Big Data technologies and advanced algorithms.
    eBay Big Data Lab – our vision:
    The eBay’s Big Data lab is an initiative targeting the acceleration of innovative ideas in the Big Data area. Users of this lab will get access to billions of transactional, behavioral and performance-driven metrics of the world’s largest and most diverse ecosystem of buyers, sellers and products. In addition, eBay experts will mentor, train and support the lab users in their quest to prove the value of their idea.
    Who can apply?
    Inventors of all types are invited to apply to take part of our new Big Data lab. If you have an idea in the area of Big Data, whether you are academia member or student, we encourage you to check out this opportunity. Your idea may be in the area of hardware or software, of managing Big Data or processing / mining it – all are applicable.
    What have we done so far?
    Last year we have successfully completed two cycles of the eBay Big Data lab. Eight groups took part in the first cycle, 3 of them were startups and 5 were research groups from the academia. Second cycle included 4 startups and 4 researchers from the academia.
    The feedbacks from these groups were wonderful. All expressed their enthusiasm about being able to prove their hypothesis and soon publish academic papers with their results or test their products in a real Big Data environment for free.
    Best Regards,
    The eBay Big Data Lab Team
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    Cloud Services

    The Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) offers academic researchers and IT staff a variety of public cloud services and support, in-order to assist researchers carry out their work.

    These services include:

    Create and manage new accounts with public cloud vendors (Azure, AWS, Google) with no need to use a credit card


    First level support for public cloud services: CloudSupport@iucc.ac.il

    Knowledge sharing and resource center:


    Assistance and consultation on public cloud vendors and migration:


    Monthly usage reports – Every researcher / IT staff will receive scheduled usage reports for each account

    Technical workshops and cloud related events for Israel’s academic community



    IBM Academic Initiative for Cloud and Watson – Available today!

    Dear IBM Academic Initiative Member,

    I was recently appointed as IBM Academic Initiative Leader in Israel. In order to provide a full assistance and guidelines on how you may benefit from the IBM Academic initiative programs, I will be pleased to meet you personally and discuss our potential cooperation.
    Recently IBM announced our new Academic Initiative for Cloud offer, which provides hands-on, cloud based experiences for you and your students. For qualifying courses, we provide a full technical support, and once joined the program, faculty and students can get IBM Bluemix, an open-standards-based platform,  to rapidly build apps in their coursework with no charges. 
    Also we developed several completely new courses and faculty guides for those faculty members who are looking to bring cognitive technologies to their classroom. "Innovation with Watson" courses will empower university students with the technical knowledge to build apps infused with Watson's intelligence, while gaining the entrepreneurial vision to deliver their Innovations into the marketplace.
    If you would like to know more about the IBM Academic Initiative resources, and cooperate with IBM in building in-demand skills with your students, don't hesitate to email me KSENIAG(at)il.ibm.com

    Hope to meet you soon,  

    Ksenia Gorovaya

    Comms & Academic Initiative Lead
    Global Technology Unit (GTU)
    Cloud Ecosystem Development