Technology and Design

City of Pittsburgh Debuts New Customer Service App & Improvements to 311 System

"MyBurgh" mobile application will connect residents to 311 and track their service requests; other 311 improvements will benefit residents, 311 operators and city workers alike PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) Today, on 3/11, Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Innovation & Performance unveiled a new app and other technological upgrades that will improve customer service for Pittsburgh residents and increase efficiency for 311 operators and other city workers.

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

Are you a local entrepreneur? Do you have a local for-profit/non-profit organization, a startup, or a small business? Most important, can you come up with a high-quality, innovative approach to activating spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh?

Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship -- and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an "experience-based learning opportunity" offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

AlphaLab was founded in 2008 to accelerate the growth of promising startup technology companies in the Pittsburgh region. The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a pitch competition that is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. Any company with a physical product component is eligible to apply (including Manufactured Products, Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Health/Medical, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Food, Fashion, Robotics, etc.), so don't let the term "hardware" throw you off. The contest encompasses nine cities over the course of four months with a $50,000 Grand Prize! And, the deadline to apply for Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. is Wednesday, January 13th.

Visit Solar Homes and Enjoy the After Party at the Pittsburgh Solar Tour

October is National Solar Tour month at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), so tours and open houses are being held across the country now. In our region, October 17th will see the fifth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour. The tour gives participants the chance to tour both featured solar installations and open houses.

Don’t Miss Maker Faire Pittsburgh!

On Saturday, October 10th and Sunday October 11th, come out and celebrate the Maker Movement at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. The Maker Movement is an extension of DIY culture and includes technology, art, craft, electronics, engineering, and other projects created by makers themselves. Maker Faire Pittsburgh is designed to be a community-based learning event that inspires you to become a maker yourself!

City Sponsored Steel City Codefest App ‘’ Connects Residents with Refuse/Recycling Pickup

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) along with the City of Pittsburgh announced today the official launch of, a City-sponsored app created to help tame the complexity of the trash and recycling collections schedule for City residents.

City of Pittsburgh Launches Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information. Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.

Next Deadline to Apply for The Sprout Fund’s Spark & Hive Grants is Friday

The Sprout Fund enriches the Pittsburgh region by supporting innovative ideas that catalyzing community change. On the first Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December), they accept applications for their Spark Fund for Early Learning and their Hive Fund for Connected Learning. Grants are available for up to $15,000, with the average grant size being $10,000.

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it's designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week--Wednesdays and Saturdays.