In celebration of Israel’s 70th year of independence, the Ministry of Economy and Industry in conjunction with Ynet conducted the most prominent invention and technological competition since the establishment of the state of Israel.

In the first stage of the competition, over 52,000 participants voted on what they thought was the most influential Israeli invention, in which 9 inventions made it to the second round. In the second stage of the competition, 63,000 participants voted on which of the top 9 were the most influential.


Here are the top 9:


Iron Dome

An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in southern Israel.Reuters

The flak jacket that protects an entire country.

The only missile and rocket interceptor system of its kind, the Iron Dome was developed in 2007 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential Israeli inventions born out of necessity. The defense system was developed by the Ministry of Defense, Mafat, through the Rafael government company, in cooperation with Elta Systems, which developed the radar system and Amprest, which developed the control and control system. The Iron Dome system intercepted more than 1,700 rockets and missiles fired at Israel from various regions, and the success rate of the system during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 was 90%. Two of the strongest advantages of this technological development are its ability to save the lives of Israeli citizens and to protect the Israeli economy in times of conflict near the Gaza strip.



Waze, an Israeli mobile satellite navigation application, has revolutionized driving.REUTERS/NIR ELIAS

Helping millions “reach their destination”

Waze is an Israeli application developed in 2006 for GPS road navigation which provides turn-by-turn navigation while simultaneously providing real-time user-based information regarding the chosen route such as traffic and speed traps. The company was founded and developed by Ehud Shabtai and was acquired by Google in 2013.


Netafim – drip irrigation

Drip irrigation.(Credit: Netafim)

Helping to grow food in a parched globe

Netafim was founded in 1965 by farmers in the Negev desert who explored different solutions to growing crops in the desert soil. The company produces drippers, dripperlines, sprinklers and micro-emitters. In conjunction with these products, Netafim manufactures and distributes crop management technologies, including monitoring and control systems. To put things into perspective, Netafim controls over 30% of the global drip irrigation market in the world and the company’s recorded revenues were over $822 million in 2015.


USB stick

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Your computer on a key ring

M-Systems Ltd. was the Israeli company responsible for the production of the flash memory storage products which were designed in 1989 by Dov Moran. Originally marketed as DiskOnChip, IBM eventually purchased the flash drives from M-Systems and the product received the Most Innovative Award from EDN in 1995 and later evolved into Flash Drive and DiskOnKey.


Micro robotic system that aids surgery

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Meet Dr. Robot

Assia Medical center, specifically the Urology ward, has implemented state of the art Israeli technology which specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for the abdominal cavity. The center specializes in robotic technology that enables complex surgeries.


Water-Gen LTD.

Maxim Pasik, executive chairman of Water-Gen LTD.COURTESY OF WATER GEN

Fresh drinking water has always been humanity’s biggest challenge

Watergen invented cutting-edge technology to provide a low-cost solution for creating a renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere. Watergen’s solution is a game changer that will improve quality of life and health, as well as save lives. This invention has the capacity to serve billions of people around the world by providing a basic human biological need, water.


“Shoresh” Sandals

SOURCE Gobi Outdoor Trekking Sandal

Bringing back biblical footware

Shoresh Sandals, also known as Source, are outdoor sandals used for trekking and other hiking actives and are famous for their non-slip sole. Source sandals are synonymous with being an outdoor Israeli and have deeply embedded roots with the outdoor tradition in Israel among backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

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Safeguarding your digital self

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is an Israeli startup that was created in 1993 by Gil Shwed with the dream of protecting information, ultimately leading to the creation of Check Point’s first product, Firewall-1. The idea for the initial product came from Shwed’s military service in Unit 8200 of the IDF where he worked on securing networks of classified information.


Ofek satellite

The launch of the Ofek 11 spy satelliteCourtesy of Ofek

Israel’s eye in the sky

Ofek Reconnaissance Satellites is a company whose details and capabilities are largely classified; however, it is assumed that this defense contractor has developed ultraviolet and visible imaging sensors with an effective operational lifespan of between one and three years. The company had its first launch of Ofek One in 1988 and since then, the company launched a total of eleven times.