This weekend, in cities across the globe, a battle has begun–the Global Startup Battle–a grassroots movement of entrepreneurs competing to pitch their best ideas, form teams around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), create a business model/code/design and make a final presentation. Categories include Developers, Designers and Non-technical. It all takes place over a 54-hour period.
PITTSBURGH, PA – Code for America will send technology experts to Pittsburgh next year to help the Peduto Administration’s efforts to bolster innovation in city government, it was announced at the annual Code for America Summit in San Francisco today.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have the skills and the passion to use technology to make cities work better? Are you a developer, designer, researcher, data enthusiast, urban planner, or entrepreneur or wants to give back? Do you think being called a “web geek” is a badge of honor? If you answered yes, Code for America is looking for you to be part of their 2014 fellowship program.