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.
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.
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.
What does the future hold for mobility? Is it self-driving cars? More bike sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing? How about smart parking and ever smarter transportation apps? On July 11th, you're invited to attend the "Future of Mobility" Forum convened by the Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA (RTA) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Come out and learn how new technological developments are changing how transportation systems operate.
Friday, May 6th will see the 7th Geek Art/ Green Innovators Festival (GA/GI) -- Pittsburgh's only eco, art and tech fest! It takes place as part of the "Unblurred First Fridays" series on Penn Avenue in Garfield (at venues between Mathilda and Negley). It's a totally unique mash-up of displays, demos, exhibits and music produced by the Passports Art Diversity Project in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council and others.
"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.
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.
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.
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!
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) along with the City of Pittsburgh announced today the official launch of PGH.st, a City-sponsored app created to help tame the complexity of the trash and recycling collections schedule for City residents.