I am the founding dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at IDC Herzliya, a young Israeli university that I helped establish in 1995. Since its inception, students and faculty from our school went on to found dozens of companies, some of which were acquired by Microsoft, Google, eBay, SalesForce, CA, Cisco, AOL, and Intel.
In addition to IDC, I was a tenured professor at NYU (1985-1995), a visiting professor at Harvard (2005) and at Stanford (2012), and chairman of the Israeli ministry of education’s computer science committee.
Together with Noam Nisan, I developed Nand2Tetris – an open-source approach for teaching applied computer science, described in a bestselling MIT Press book and in a recent TED talk. This project evolved into one of the first successful MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), taken freely by thousands of self-learners over the web.
Another area of interest is K12 math education. In particular, I work on transforming early-age math teaching and learning using tablets and mobile apps.
I am curious about the general phenomena of innovation and creativity, and feel fortunate to live in a country which is so blessed in both. In 2010 I founded the IDC Innovation Forum, now starting it’s fifth class.
I am a passionate mountain biker and a certified MTB instructor, and during the last ten years I rode 30,000 km in five continents. I direct executive education courses that combine mountain biking and leadership skills, and my Rides of Hope program for juvenile offenders is described in a TED talk.
Here is a video clip that I shot in one of my recent rides with the kidz in the Judea Desert (make it full screen and full volume, and brace for impact …). Here is another video clip that I shot in a ride in the Sataff with the amazing girlz in my Geriz group (that’s another story …).