THRIVAL INNOVATION 2017
This past September, we explored "Intelligence: Humans X Tech," and examined, together, the intersection between humans and technology and what this means for our society's future.
Take a look below for an overview of our 2017 topic areas, speaker, program design, and host locations.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Plenary Session I
Tech Forward: Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity, & Emerging Technologies
@ Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Experts have speculated that artificial intelligence will become so routine in the near future that it will be barely noticeable in our daily lives. In other words, humans and technology will link together in ways only once imaginable. However, many questions remain. Who will create these innovations? How will we protect ourselves in this new frontier? What technologies will drive this revolution and what will be the impact?
"The New Entrepreneur Toolkit: Tech, Human, & Social Capital for Startups"
Jørn Lyseggen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Meltwater
Matt Michelsen, Founder - Gotham Alpha
Amy Nelson, Chief Executive Officer - Venture for America
Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director - Techstars Austin
Babs Carryer, Director of Education & Outreach - University of Pittsburgh, Innovation Institute (MODERATOR)
"Secure By Design? Blockchain, New Database Platforms, & Why They Matter"
Joe Bender, Decentralization Engineer - ConsenSys
Tom Marnik, Director of Worldwide Consulting - ANSYS
Chris Wilmer, Assistant Professor - University of Pittsburgh
Aaron Watson, Executive Producer - Going Deep (MODERATOR)
"New Empire Makers: How to Succeed in the Rust Belt & Other Emerging Markets"
Stan Joosten, Innovation Manager - Procter & Gamble
David Passavant, Chief Executive Officer - numo, LLC
Elle Shelley, Executive Vice President - Launch Forth
Luis Von Ahn, C0-Founder & Chief Executive Officer - DuoLingo
Tracy Certo, Founder & Publisher - NEXT Pittsburgh (MODERATOR)
"The New Cybersecurity Playbook: Innovating & Protecting the Digital Frontier"
Benjamin Campbell, Vice President & Director of Security & Infrastructure, numo, LLC
Chris Carmody, Senior Vice President - UPMC
Michael Madison, Law Professor - University of Pittsburgh
Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow - Brookings Institution
Matt Stroud, Criminal Justice Researcher/Writer - ACLU (MODERATOR)
Risks & Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
@ The Kelly Strayhorn Theater (East Liberty)
In collaboration with XPRIZE and hosted at the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Thrival Innovation addressed, head on, the consequences of an artificial intelligence revolution — ranging from the effects on our day-to-day lives, to the impact on jobs and the economy, to the way government and lawmakers handle automation on a massive scale.
In partnership with
"The Moonshot Mentality: Solving Grand Challenges with Artificial Intelligence"
Sean McGregor, Technical Lead, XPRIZE
"Skynet or Shangri-La? The Role of AI Ethics & Policy in Shaping Our Future"
David Danks, L.L Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology - Carnegie Mellon University
Amrit Dhir, Global Operations - Google for Entrepreneurs
Jana Eggers, Chief Executive Officer - Nara Logics
Iba Masood, Co-Founder & CEO - TARA.AI
Sean McGregor, Technical Lead - XPRIZE
Ted Sarvata, Co-Host - Concerning.AI (MODERATOR)
"Better Than Us? Humanity's Place in an AI-Driven World"
William Generett Jr., Vice President for Community Engagement - Duquesne University
Shinjini Kundu, Physician/AI Researcher - University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Jennifer Lum, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer - Forge.AI
Shivdev Rao, Executive Vice President - UPMC Enterprises
Tuomas Sandholm, Professor of Computer Science - Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Yang, Founder - Venture for America (MODERATOR)
Thursday, September 28
Plenary Session II
Culture & Communication in the Age of AI
@ UPMC Enterprises (Bakery Square)
While the automation revolution presents an array of economic and market opportunities, the proliferation of artificial intelligence and robotics will undoubtedly have a human cost associated with it. Yet, time and again, we witness major tech companies and new innovation miss the mark as scale, development, or go-to-market strategies fall short of their objectives. If people (still) remain at the center of the equation, how can we successfully foster technological growth at an unprecedented scale while helping humanity prosper and flourish?
"It's Not Just About the Tech: Knowing Your Market & Effective Brand Communication"
Yvonne Campos, President - Next Act Fund
Brian Monahan, Head of Vertical Strategy - Pinterest
Laura Willming, People Business Partner - Harry's Grooming
Sheel Mohnot, Partner - 500 Startups
Scot MacTaggart, Founder, Pitchwerks (MODERATOR)
"Robots Don't Care, But You Do: Designing Things for Actual Humans"
Alex Deans, Inventor - iAid Technology
Sara Diepenbrock, Senior Brand Manager - Procter & Gamble
Minette Vaccariello, Lead Design Strategist - UPMC Enterprises
Kristi Woolsey, Practice Lead - MAYA Design
Brian Buirge, Co-Founder - Good Fucking Design Advice (MODERATOR)
"Headspace in the Workplace: Mental Health & Our Unsustainable Work Culture"
Nick Adkins, Founder - Pink Socks Movement
Erin Dertouzos, Chief People Officer - Quartet Health
Jessica Federer, Digital Leader
Amanda Lowe, Principal - Flywheel
Olivia Benson, Director of Community Engagement - Women & Girls Foundation (MODERATOR)
"Tech Culture Re-boot: Diversity, Equity, & Our Evolving Ecosystems"
Kelauni Cook, Founder - Black Tech Nation
Jennifer Van Dam, Digital & Community Engagement Manager - Innovation Works
Josh Lucas, Founder - Work Hard Pittsburgh
Alec Wright, Chief Innovation Officer - GSVLabs
Ilana Diamond, Managing Director - AlphaLab Gear (MODERATOR)
Thrival Innovation Marquee
Intelligence: Humans X Tech
@ Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
Thrival Innovation concluded with a first-ever collaborative event with the Carnegie Museum of Art to recognize Pittsburgh’s unique and evolving role within the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a focus on interactivity and AI, this marquee event celebrated the work of world-renowned artist and technologist, Ian Cheng — while featuring over a dozen technology demos, art presentations, exhibits, and keynote talks from thought leaders and industry executives shaping the global marketplace.
In partnership with:
2017 Thrival Partner events:
The Incline's "Who's Next" 1 Year Birthday Bash
Wed, September 27 @ Ace Hotel (Gym)
Hosted by The Incline, in celebration of their 1st birthday and 150 "Who's Next" honorees.
It’s 2017: Why Aren't There More Women in Tech?
Thurs, September 28 @ Ascender
Hosted by WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development)