A Rust Belt monolith no longer, Pittsburgh is now a hub for technology, education, research, startups, medicine, finance and more. This new look comes with its fair share of fanfare — as Pittsburgh’s presence on “Top 10” lists are becoming almost routine. While there is much to celebrate, there’s also much work to be done in regard to effective policy-making, forward-thinking leadership, and economic and social equity. Pittsburgh is at a tipping point — join us at City Theatre to connect with leaders and change agents addressing these important developments.
We’re connecting with one another differently. According to some estimates, social media now accounts for 30% of daily Internet activities — with almost 2 billion of us around the world connected to a social media network. “Big Data” remains a hot button issue — raising our awareness of what information gets shared with who and how. We’re consuming information differently as well — television is still America’s screen of choice, but more of us now look online for news than to a newspaper. Factor in that 150 million Americans report playing video games — an industry that generated $22 billion in revenue in 2014. Venture up to Work Hard PGH for a deeper dive into a paradigm shift in the way we connect — through the lens of cross-sector industry experts.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” said Mark Twain. So let’s venture out of the classroom to the Energy Innovation Center and explore the many angles in which we’re educating ourselves — from the evolution of traditional pedagogy to the cutting-edge elements of education technology. Learn from some of the top thought leaders — including major researchers, thought leaders, educators, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education — that are reimagining the way we can think about and design ways to be lifelong learners.
So, about those “meds and eds”…it’s a common phrase often associate with Pittsburgh’s resurgence. But that’s no coincidence — the health and wellness industry has underwritten Pittsburgh 21st century resurgence. Part and parcel to this reemergence are new technologies, startups, and entrepreneurial ventures reshaping the health and wellness space. Connect with the thinkers, makers, and designers who are creating new technologies, software, and platforms — while getting to know UPMC Enterprises, Google, Tech Shop, and other big players along one of Pittsburgh fastest growing innovation corridors.
Call it Thrival’s startup day — or a celebration of all of those connectors, makers, leaders, thinkers, and pioneers that make an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem work. “Investment, Entrepreneurship, and Growth Strategy” tackles a lot of topics, ranging from women in leadership, to the experience after the bright lights of “Shark Tank,” to investor round robins — all at Thrill Mill, AlphaLab Gear and AlphaLab. Afterward, head down to Hazelwood to kick off Thrival’s first day of its two-day outdoor concert, with Panic! At The Disco headlining, along with Wale, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and more.
We’re bringing innovation to the concert site in Hazelwood. As a live demonstration of creative reuse, the Thrival team has recreated 14 acres of former industrial brownfield into a fully functioning concert site, all from the ground up. Take a look at the innovation village as well, with talks from Pittsburgh leaders taking on sustainability challenges, new business ideas, unique creative endeavors, and much more. A craft beer village, food trucks, and tours of the 1,300 foot former steel mill right next to the concert offer a multi-dimensional experience for concert goers. And you thought it was just music…
Whew! That was a lot. Want to get a closer look at the incubators and accelerators on Broad St? Looking to connect with the people behind Thrival? Stop back up to Thrill Mill for afternoon "office hours"!
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