Category: Technology and Design

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable Wednesday with local startup firm leaders, and discuss ways the city can better support their businesses.

It will be the Mayor’s fourth and final roundtable this summer on innovative technology initiatives, following others on the Maker movement, clean technology and accelerators/co-working spaces.

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 6, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable discussion today on efforts to make Pittsburgh a hub for accelerator groups and co-working spaces.

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Clean Technology

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Clean Technology

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 31, 2014) – A roundtable discussion today at Mayor William Peduto’s office will underscore Pittsburgh’s leading role in the growing Clean Technology industry, and include presentations by national, state and local leaders.

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

In early 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed Open Data legislation, introduced by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, with strong support from Mayor Peduto. With the bill came a commitment to working with the public to develop a portal through which anyone can access data collected and/or maintained by city government, setting the city’s default to “open.”

Pittsburgh GigaPortraits Showcase Art, Technology and Our City

Pittsburgh GigaPortraits Showcase Art, Technology and Our City

Gigapixel images are created by stitching together multiple, massive, high resolution photographs to make a single digital image. The Pittsburgh Gigapanorama Project has Gigapixel panoramas of numerous cities including Pittsburgh. These include panoramas taken at this year’s Three Rivers Art Festival. You can view the images online and go from a sweeping vista of the Golden Triangle to zooming in and panning around to the point where you can make out individual festival goers.

Making Creative Connections

Making Creative Connections

Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a wealth of creative assets. The question is how do we best take advantage of this to rise to the next level and compete with other creative hot spots like Austin, Boston, or Portland? How do we encourage creative growth and innovation in our creative industries? The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, is holding the event “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” to connect people in design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services to delve into these questions and explore the state and potential of creative industries in our region.

Mayor Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Adopt Nextdoor – The Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Mayor Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Adopt Nextdoor – The Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Pittsburgh, PA – The City of Pittsburgh announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

The Rust Belt of Tomorrow

The Rust Belt of Tomorrow

Rustbelt Almanac is a new quarterly magazine that takes a look at “the industrious people of the Rust Belt.” While manufacturing may have left this region, the work ethic of its artists, craftsman, laborers and entrepreneurs have not and are building something brand new. What better person to take on the subject of the rebirth of the Rust Belt than the Mayor Elect of Pittsburgh: Bill Peduto. Below is an excerpt from his article in Rustbelt Almanac. You can read the entire piece here.

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Join with PennFuture and their partners, the Sierra Club and SUNWPA, for the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour — a look at Pittsburgh homes and businesses that use solar energy and other green technologies. This year’s tour is on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are 22 different locations across Western PA, including the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Millvale, Aspinwall, Moon Township, Fair Oaks, Saxonburg, Sarver, Rochester, Cheswick, and Bentleyville.

Greater Citizen Engagement Through City/Tech Partnerships

Greater Citizen Engagement Through City/Tech Partnerships

Advancements in technology have added convenience and availability to so many aspects of our lives with seemingly nearly everything being a mere mouse click or smartphone app away. One area which has lagged behind is local governments. For example, back in 2009, Councilman Peduto worked with two Carnegie Mellon University professors to create iBurgh — the nation’s first mobile app for city government. iBurgh made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to report neighborhood issues directly to our city’s 311 system. However, the current administration did not keep up the relationship with iBurgh and it is no longer available. But many cities are beginning to understand the value technology can bring to services for residents and to increased civic participation.