My name is Christian Bruchhaus and I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. I came across the program “The New Kibbutz” by chance through the German Israeli Chamber in Tel Aviv, and applied for a four-month internship at Skyline Robotics. “The New Kibbutz” is a program that interprets the “kibbutz” spirit in a modern, high-tech cosmopolitan as Tel Aviv, providing German students the opportunity for a unique kind of internship.
I knocked on the door of the Skyline Robotics HQ, also simply called “lab” on my first day in early April 2018. I hadn’t realized I was about to experience one of the most exciting and instructive times in my life for the next four months, and thereby find new professional perspectives.On the first day I got to know the team and felt right at home. Avi and Yaron, as well as the rest of the team, are very open-minded people who are very good at what they do, yet create a relaxed atmosphere that somehow captivates you. One also notices that the two company founders Yaron and Avi, although very different, understand each other well and work hand in hand in the best way.
My tasks were mainly in the R&D department. I was given a completely independent project, which I would not call a marginal project and which was actually very challenging. With the more classical mechanical engineering background I had, I first had to learn programming in C, the extended use of CAD moddeling software and the daily use of an ubuntu system. What I really appreciated was that I got enough time to delve into those topics.In order to implement the project, I had to design components, 3D print them, and create full scale documentation on my own. The 3D printer available for this is state of the art and I was able to try and learn so much.
I was encouraged to order all the electrical and mechanical components I needed independently online, and had to build a working prototype with them. Smaller side tasks have never made it boring though.It was super challenging being someone with limited knowledge of Hebrew having to buy components in the surrounding shops, where sometimes nobody speaks English. With a few Hebrew rags and hands and feet everything always worked out surprisingly well.Quality is a top priority at Skyline Robotics and especially for CTO Avi. So I did a lot of quality control and although it doesn’t sound that cool, it actually helped me a lot in my work. I liked the mixture of “just doing something” and “detail is everything”.The working environment too was great. I can honestly say that CEO Yaron takes great care of all employees. We were sponsored one meal a day and the fridge in the lab was never empty. Coffee was always there! In addition, one always has the feeling of being able to contribute something to the design of the lab.A highlight were the three experiments, which we carried out with the complete robot system on several skyscrapers in Tel Aviv, where my manpower was really needed and it was simply awesome to see “Ozmo” descend on the building wall and to see significant improvements to every experiment.All in all: 10/10 would do again!
I wish all the luck to the team and it wasn’t my last visit to Tel Aviv.
My name is Henrik Erb and I am a medical engineering student from the FAU Erlangen in Germany. I signed up for the program “The New Kibbutz” and applied for an internship position at Skyline Robotics. The whole process of applying was pretty straightforward. So I came to Tel Aviv in November of 2017 to accomplish my three-months internship at Skyline Robotics.
During my first days at Skyline Robotics Avi, Yaron (CTO and CEO) and myself sat down to speak about what my skills are and what I want to achieve during my internship. So, from the beginning I was able to work on tasks I was interested in. I started with PLC programming to set up the communication with the robot and later implemented a graphical user interface (GUI) to control the robot via the PLC. Between these two main tasks, I did small interesting jobs here and there like creating an Arduino case in CAD and 3D printing it, building a server-based wiki and setting up a graphical desktop sharing system for our robot.
What I liked most about my internship at Skyline Robotics was that my tasks were not just really interesting, but also had a big impact on the progress of the company. I was able to gain a lot of experience on the work environment of a start-up in one of the world’s best start-up hubs: Tel Aviv.
In conclusion, I can just recommend doing an internship at Skyline Robotics in Tel Aviv. The city is amazing and Avi,Yaron and the rest of the team are great people I had a lot of fun working with.
I am Jannis, studying Engineering Science at TU Munich and came to Tel Aviv for the last 4 months to do an internship in the rising Israeli tech sector.
Starting at Skyline Robotics as an intern I was involved in real projects from the task pool straight away instead of getting exposed to occupational therapy exercises. Therefore one felt quickly needed within the small team which was motivating and also resulted in a steep learning curve. It was emphasized that the best workflow is achieved through interest in the task so picking tasks usually followed one’s own personal preference.
Consequently even though my background is more from the mechanical engineering side I was able to gain exposure into programming and also new fields like computer vision and simulation. While getting into new fields and working on the prototype, independent working and organizing ability was definitely required. Together this improved my self teaching skills. Although everybody had their own projects, brainstorming together and figuring out solutions in the team took place frequently.
Besides that I really enjoyed the casual atmosphere within the young team and the flexibility given.
I wish the team the very best for the future and hope to see you guys again soon!
An internship at Skyline Robotics is a chance to join a team of incredibly talented, driven people on the cutting edge of what is — in my opinion — the most exciting field in the world. While I worked there, the company consisted of 4 employees — Yaron (CEO), Avi (CTO), Ohad (Robotics specialist) and Ori (Computer Vision specialist) — and one other intern, Chris (a Mechanical Engineering student from Germany). All are authorities in their respective fields: many-year veterans of the startup world, alumni of the military, academic and industrial worlds and experts both formally and self-taught (as their expertise often lies in areas novel enough that formal education doesn’t necessarily exist!).
My project involved using machine learning to to attempt to enable the fully autonomous modelling and control of a rooftop-mounted crane. Before the summer, I had some experience in coding and robotics but none whatsoever in machine learning. I was expected to acquire the knowledge needed to push a field I’d never before been exposed to in a direction to which it had historically been only minimally extended; a seemingly utterly infeasible endeavor that in any other institution or setting would likely have been laughed out of the room. But the Skyline team gave me the privilege of the same trust they had in themselves — trust in my ability to learn, to have new ideas and to push past conventional conceptions of the impossible. The project was difficult and, at times, extremely frustrating, but by the end of the summer I’d succeeded in a way I would never have thought I could.
Skyline Robotics does not hand out opportunity on a silver platter. Everyone working there is occupied solving impossible problems; in joining, they expected me to be willing to work on those problems alongside them, to push forward on my own when necessary and to advocate for the help I needed when I needed it (which took a lot of getting used to). My time there was deeply challenging, both intellectually and personally — and it’s an opportunity I’m incredibly lucky to have had.