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.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.
Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.
The Sprout Fund enriches the Pittsburgh region by supporting innovative ideas that catalyzing community change. On the first Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December), they accept applications for their Spark Fund for Early Learning and their Hive Fund for Connected Learning. Grants are available for up to $15,000, with the average grant size being $10,000.
While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.
You don’t need to look hard or long to find stories about tech companies in Pittsburgh in the news. From self-driving cars to delivering the first payload from Latin America to the moon, Pittsburgh tech makes the news–and that’s just the stories for the last four days. Now, you have the opportunity to recognize the best companies in our region’s ever-growing and evolving tech sectors by making a nomination for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards. The awards honor southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful and visionary technology companies. Tech 50 awards aim to “represent transformative technology centers of excellence with tech companies at all stages of growth.”
In February, Pittsburgh-based Fygment partnered with Indiegogo to host the #GoGoPgh “Unconference” to educate as many as possible in the startup community on how to successfully crowdfund and to launch Pittsburgh as the focus city for Indiegogo in 2015. Now, Fygment Productions and Ashley Paulisick will present a followup #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop to share some best practices and real life examples to help startups launch their own crowdfunding campaign. The event will be held at Thrill Mill on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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