Technology and Design

Statement from Mayor William Peduto on Pittsburgh-Uber Relations

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 3, 2017) - Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today regarding ongoing relations between the City of Pittsburgh and Uber referenced in an article published in the Wall Street Journal today, titled Uber Self-Driving Program Hits Another Pothole.

By | April 4th, 2017|Bill Peduto, Building a Pittsburgh for All, Economic Development, Environment and Sustainability, Keeping Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Press Release, Social Justice, Technology and Design|Comments Off on Statement from Mayor William Peduto on Pittsburgh-Uber Relations

Apply Now for AlphaLab Gear’s 2017 National Hardware Cup

AlphaLab Gear is a Pittsburgh-based, nationally ranked accelerator -- consistently in the top 20 nationwide -- for early-stage physical product companies. They are once again holding their National Hardware Cup. This is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups. The Cup tours seven cities around the U.S. (Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington DC, Chicago, and Austin) to find and highlight the most promising physical product startups in the nation.

By | January 7th, 2017|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Technology and Design|Comments Off on Apply Now for AlphaLab Gear’s 2017 National Hardware Cup

Two Important Community Meetings in December

There are two important community meetings coming up in short order. The first is on Thursday, December 8th where CMU Students will present their final designs for the Western Gateway. The second meeting is on Monday, December 12th. At that meeting, drawings and plans will be presented for the proposed Penn Plaza and Enright Park redevelopment.

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See Designs for East Liberty’s Western Gateway by CMU Students

East Liberty has seen much in the way of revitalization efforts in the last decade plus. From retail outlets like Home Depot, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target to the hot, new Ace Hotel, East Liberty has undergone a major transformation. However, it's western gateway -- the area between its historic core and the neighborhoods to the west and north -- has remained largely parking lots to this day.

Discuss the Future of Homewood’s Business District

On Thursday, October 6th, you're invited to attend a presentation by Homewood Children’s Village, Carnegie Mellon University, and UDream on Homewood Revitalization. The goal of this community restoration is to re-establish a thriving business district in Homewood.

Geek Out at the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair!

According to the National Science Foundation, "In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, all students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past." In keeping with this spirit, on Friday, October 7th, Google will host the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair -- an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science careers.

Explore 39 Iconic Buildings this Weekend with Doors Open Pittsburgh

Have you ever walked by one of Pittsburgh's iconic buildings and wondered what's behind those closed doors? This weekend, you'll have a chance to take a peak inside 39 of them -- including the Office of the Mayor in the City-County Building -- via Doors Open Pittsburgh. The concept of "Doors Open Days," or simply "open days," originated in Europe 25 years ago and has spread around the world.

By | September 28th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Technology and Design|165 Comments

Rec2Tech Pittsburgh Addresses Digital Divide with After-School Programs in City Recreation Centers

City of Pittsburgh partnering with The Sprout Fund to bring technology-enhanced learning to city youth PITTSBURGH, PA (September 12, 2016) – Today Mayor William Peduto announced that five of Pittsburgh’s city-owned recreation centers will be transformed into technology-enhanced learning centers during the week of September 12-16 to demonstrate how free after-school programs can help youth in city neighborhoods get a leg up in STEM learning as part of a new initiative called Rec2Tech Pittsburgh.

City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2016) Mayor William Peduto's administration is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view. Legislation is being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday to purchase software and support services from "buildingeye," a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data.

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, there are over 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.