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December 20-24

Virtual Networking Event. Real International Development Impact.

The DevTech Unconference

Viirtual doesn't have to be a compromise

What do you miss the most in conventional networking events? 

  • Meeting new people and having the opportunity to share your work 

  • “Accidentally” bumping into valuable professionals

  • Reconnecting with longtime contacts

Networking Event
The Pears Challenge
Unleash community impact, even in times of social distancing

Are you working in Israeli DevTech startups, are you an ecosystem player, an impact investor or a consultant interested in contributing your expertise and experience to the broader DevTech community?


The DevTech community in Israel has grown and matured over the past years. Today, more than ever, entrepreneurs and ecosystem players are committed to contribute to the SDGs, solving development challenges through innovation. The Unconference is set in order to harness the knowledge and experience gained by various players, to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas, and to foster collaborations and partnerships.


Our purpose is to bring together startups, companies and experts in the Israeli DevTech ecosystem in order to:


Develop informal networks for collaboration and support 

Enhance expertise in the DevTech sector 

Help DevTech startups address challenges that they are currently facing

The program will be composed of interactive webinars (unwebinars) including participant-led discussions, practical sessions, mentored brainstorming, pitching feedback sessions, and much more. The sessions will be spread over a week, a few hours each day, giving the participants the ability to attend only the few sessions which are relevant for them without disrupting their day-to-day duties. The Pears Program together with community partners will convene and facilitate to make sure the sessions are utilized in the most optimal way. The content will be defined according to the participants' requests, based on the information provided in the application process.

The focus is on exchange, mutual learning and interactions between the participants with limited frontal lectures or panels, the content will be based on the exchange of information between the participants- thus everyone is encouraged to come in a sharing and receiving of valuable insights state of mind .


Who can register?

Israeli DevTech startups, ecosystem players, impact investors, consultants and experienced mentors, that are interested in contributing their expertise and experience to the broader DevTech community

The term DevTech represents all those players that utilises technological tools to contribute to international development and humanitarian action to solve development challenges in developing countries.

How does it work?

During your application you are going to answer some several questions regarding your targets, needs, interests and also things you would be happy to share with others. Please answer thoroughly as this will determine the content for everyone, including you. 

On the week of the Unconference, everyday will include 2-3 sessions, around one hour long each. You can register to those you find suitable for your needs, but please remember, as the concept is built on active participation, make sure you intend to attend. 

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The Program

During your application you are going to answer some several questions regarding your targets, needs, interests and also things you would be happy to share with others.

Themed networking breakout rooms

Networking rooms around specific topics defined based on the information collected during the application process, giving the participants an opportunity to interact in an unmediated manner.

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360° feedback session

Participants give a pitch and receive feedback from experts and community members, helping them to finetune their message for a developing market or a specific target audience.

Participants led sessions about challenges

Participants get an opportunity to share with the audience their point of view and the different challenges facing the DevTech community, based on their expression of interest during the application process to present. This is an opportunity for the ecosystem players to build their reputation and credibility in specific themes they would like to be identified with.

Mentored brainstorming

Speed networking

Participants will get several minutes to present their professional/business challenge and receive feedback from the audience, getting diverse insights and ideas from fellow ecosystem players

Themed mentoring sessions in small groups, discussing specific development issues. The expertise of the mentors will be defined by the needs and interests expressed during the application process. This is an opportunity to get precious time with experts from the development field.  

Facilitated one on one  meetings with other participants, giving an opportunity to exchange ideas and explore collaboration. Will be done through facilitated sessions of matchmaking on the basis of constant swapping.

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A unconference is a loosely structured conference emphasising the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

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The Pears Challenge is made possible by the generous support of the Pears Foundation.
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