The MetroHartford Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford are co-hosting the second annual Connecticut Israeli Technology Summit on Wednesday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The summit this year will focus on companies in the life sciences, security, and defense — industries that are strong in both Israel and Connecticut.

“Our goal is to reach out to Israeli companies and encourage them to consider Connecticut as a place to locate when they come to the U.S. to do business,” said Daniel Gottfried, a Hartford attorney and an organizer of the event.

Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and Eli Groner, the Israeli Government’s Economic Minister of Affairs to the United States, will offer remarks. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also will be on hand at the beginning of the day to welcome participants. In addition to panel discussions, there will be networking and business introduction opportunities for Connecticut and Israeli companies.

One of the Israeli sponsors of the summit is Briefcam, a firm that developed software for sifting through and summarizing surveillance video footage. Gottfried says the company’s software is used by large firms and governments that may employ dozens of video cameras to quickly identify security issues. Briefcam was founded in Israel but opened an office here in Farmington, Conn. for its U.S. operations.

Organizers expect approximately 10-15 Israeli firms participating in the event, but it is expected that more companies will connect with Connecticut businesses from connections made at the event.

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“Israel has an amazing startup scene,” Gottfried said. “They really don’t have a marketplace in Israel . . . but you see as a common theme as these companies get bigger, they need to access the U.S. and European markets.”

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. on June 6. Tickets are $54 per person. Companies looking to participate can call the MetroHartford Alliance at 860-525-4451 for more information.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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