Ziv Shilon

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Ziv Shilon
זיו שילון
Born (1988-05-10) May 10, 1988 (age 35)
Beer-Sheva, Israel
EducationBachelor of Laws diploma from IDC Herzliya
Known forSocial activist
AwardsForbes 30 Under 30 list.

Ziv Shilon (born May 10, 1988) is an Israeli entrepreneur, lecturer and social activist. He served as an officer in the Givati Brigade and was severely wounded on the Gaza Strip in 2012 where he lost his left hand in battle.


Ziv Shilon was born in Beer-Sheva. His mother, Margalit, was a kindergarten teacher and educator, and his father, Zvi, was an entrepreneur and business owner in the textile industry. Shilon is the youngest of two brothers and sister. He finished high school at "Mekif Gimel" in Be'er Sheva and played basketball for the Hapoel Be'er Sheva youth group.[citation needed] In 2006, Shilon joined the Givati Brigade, a combat unit in the Israeli Defense Force. Shilon served in the IDF for 8 years in different roles.

On October 23, 2012, Shilon was critically injured during a military operation on the Gaza border. An explosive device that was planted on the fence severed his left hand and severely damaged his right hand. Subsequently, he underwent 17 surgical operations and 11 months of intensive rehabilitation.[1][2]

Shilon was married in 2014, and lives in Herzliya with his wife and two children.[citation needed]

In 2018, he was awarded by Ministry of Defense with a medal for his service and rehabilitation process.[citation needed]

Social and business activity[edit]

Ziv Shilon has a Bachelor of Laws diploma from IDC Herzliya's Law School.[citation needed] In 2014, Shilon took part of the planning team for a national day of recognition for IDF casualties along with activists from Bnei Akiva and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Yoni Chetboun. In January 2015, Shilon constructed a project called "Someone to Run With" in which injured fighters participated along with boys who were defined as "at-risk youth" in physical activities and extreme sports.[citation needed]

In March 2016, along with his fellow classmates and several senior staff members at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Shilon founded the "Roots" program to help injured soldiers after rehabilitation.[citation needed] In April 2016, he launched the "Combat Fitness" project in the only juvenile detention facility in Israel, Ofek Prison.[3] It was created in collaboration with the IDF Association and the prison administration. The goal of "Combat Fitness" was to facilitate the rehabilitation of adolescent boys through empowerment and connection with the IDF soldiers. They would then be provided with pre-military preparations and become members of the IDF after their release.[4]

Business activity[edit]

In February 2017, Shilon, along with his partners, established "OurGoods," a platform that connects manufacturers to consumers. In February 2018, Shilon was selected to be one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.[5]

During 2018–2020, Shilon's contributed to the development of a Microsoft Xbox gaming remote for players with disabilities.[6] The specialized gaming remote was presented on the "Most Respected List, within the "Ten Most Important Developments in the Last Decade" by Time Magazine.[7] Shilon joined as a consultant and shareholder in another company targeting the operations of disabilities control, "6Degrees," in which an Israeli team develops algorithms that enable the control in smart devices without the use of touch, benefitting those affected with limited motor skills.[3]

Other activities[edit]

In 2015, Shilon completed the 42.2 km Berlin Marathon.[8] In November 2018, after two years of training, Shilon became one of the few athletes to successfully complete the Iron Man competition, despite the physical disability of both his hands. The competition was held in Arizona, USA, where Shilon competed unrestrictedly alongside able-bodied athletes, crossing the finish line after 13 hours.[9]

Shilon has published content in collaboration with the newspaper, Yedioth Achronoth.[10]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Wounded IDF officer: I won't give up". Ynetnews. October 28, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Zeiger, Asher. "3 soldiers injured by explosion on Gaza border". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Hi-Tech: From injury to inspiration and innovation". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tikvot: Racing toward hope with Israel's soldiers". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "זיו שילון". Forbes Under 30 (in Hebrew). February 7, 2018. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  6. ^ GAATES (December 24, 2018). "Microsoft's New Xbox Adaptive Controller, Softwheel and Yoocan Technologies Presented at the Alyn Hospital Inspired Innovation 2018 Event". GAATES Global Accessibility News. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s". Time. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Spotlight: Injured IDF officer Ziv Shilon goes the distance in inspirational Berlin marathon". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Ohlsen, Jakob. "Ziv Shilon | Ironman Arizona 2018". www.endurance-data.com. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "תצביעו ותשפיעו: מי איש השנה של 2015?". ynet (in Hebrew). December 24, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2020.