Host Locations

Each year, Thrival Innovation hosts its programming in areas around the city of Pittsburgh that have their own unique innovation story to tell to the world. This year, we're returning to our roots — and hosting Thrival Innovation in Pittsburgh's East End; specifically in the East Liberty, Larimer, and Oakland neighborhoods.

Wednesday, September 27

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Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

East Liberty

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh makes its home in a century-old former YMCA building at the heart of East Liberty. The boutique hotel is surrounded by a community that, through grassroots support, has helped to create a place both by the neighborhood and for the neighborhood.

Thrival Innovation programming will be hosted in the Ace Hotel Gym (invite event only) and the Ballroom (open to the public), with happy hours and networking opportunities in the lobby bar, coffee bar, and the Whitfield, the hotel's nationally-recognized in-house restaurant.

Stay at Ace Hotel during Thrival. More info HERE.

Plenary sessions are open to the general public. Tickets are on sale.

Executive sessions are by invitation only.

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

East Liberty

Over 100 years old, and named for two of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated talents in the last century — dancer Gene Kelly and composer Billy Strayhorn — the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater contributes to the renaissance of East Liberty and redefines theater with provocative, original programming and a social experience unlike any other venue in the region.

The KST will host Thrival Innovation's Wednesday evening programming — featuring thought talks and panel discussions on artificial intelligence (AI) and its broad impact on society.

Open to the general public. Tickets are on sale. 

Thursday, September 28

Bakery Square



A former Nabisco factory, Bakery Square hosted the first Thrival Innovation + Music Festival in 2013. Now home to tech giant, Google, as well as UPMC Enterprises, the complex is now a vibrant community shops, offices, restaurants, and entertainment.

On Thursday, September 28, Thrival will host its plenary sessions at UPMC Enterprises and executive roundtables at Google.

Plenary sessions are open to the general public. Tickets are on sale.

Executive sessions are by invitation only.

Carnegie Museum of Art


Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. CMOA's collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery.

Only two miles from Bakery Square and located directly between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, CMOA will host its marquee evening event for Thrival Innovation — with a focus on the relationship between humans and technology. Features include interactive, AI-focused demos, interactive exhibits, and a keynote talk.

Open to the general public. Tickets are on sale.

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