May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender Builder S: PR for Startups - An Awareness Workshop

At it’s core, PR is storytelling. In this workshop, we will be exploring how to find an angle, approach PR as a reporter, and nail press releases on your first try. We’ll also dive into what not to do and common mistakes our speaker, Saul Markowitz, has seen during his 20+ year career running Markowitz Communications. The event will be a chance for the audience to ask questions about their own PR struggles and learn the four golden rules of PR.

Featuring:

Saul Markowitz, President of Markowitz Communications

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Jun
8
to Jun 10

Hustle Her Way Summit 2018

Hustle HER Way is a one of kind experience for dynamic women with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is a summit specially crafted for the visionaries, the creatives and the fearless. The goal of this event is  to provide ambitious entrepreneurial women with the tools and resources they need to be successful in pursuit of their aspirations.  The event not only aims to provide actionable content in the form of workshops but provides attendees with a unique opportunity to build a powerful network. This is the event where women come together to share, collaborate and grow. The 2016 and 2017 summits both sold out and received rave reviews from attendees. The 2018 summit is rapidly approaching and early bird tickets sales begin January 15, 2018.  What's new this year?

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Jun
19
8:00 AM08:00

2018 SBIR Road Tour: Pittsburgh

America's Largest Seed Fund is coming to Pittsburgh! The SBIR Road Tour stops at the William Pitt Union on June 19th.

Program managers from 11 agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, alongside tech entrepreneurs and PA innovation ecosystem members, will participate in this one-day event.

Learn all about the funding opportunities available through the SBIR/STTR programs, as well as resources available right here in Pennsylvania. Each attendee will have the rare opportunity to meet directly with decision-makers who seed a wide spectrum of innovative ideas, while learning about state sponsored innovation support infrastructure.

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May
24
5:30 PM17:30

IIM: PGH Lab 3.0 Civic Innovation Panel

Join us at the next Inclusive Innovation Meetup!

The third cycle of PGH Lab is winding down and you can join us to learn about how local entrepreneurs and city employees have been collaborating for the past few months on addressing urban challenges. The third cycle of PGH Lab brought together solutions to improve city operations including network monitoring, composting, language access, community Wi-Fi, employee communications tool among others. The Director of Social Enterprise at Idea Foundry, Nicole Muise-Kielkucki will be joining us as a panel moderator to highlight civic innovation happening in Pittsburgh.

The event will culminate the third cycle of the PGH Lab program featuring the following startups: Cropolis, Global Wordsmiths, Meta Mesh Wireless Communities, Netbeez, Qlicket, Steel City Soils, and Zensors. Learn how these startups used government as their platform for innovation!
 

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May
24
12:00 PM12:00

A26: Financial Planning for Freelancers & Consultants

Save the date! Alloy 26 is hosting a lunch and learn on Thursday, May 24th from 12:00PM - 12:45PM that will focus on “Financial Planning for Freelancers & Consultants”. The event aims to teach strategies that will allow you to plan for future retirement, create wealth, and save on taxes. More information will be released later on the event - but in the meantime, be sure to follow Alloy 26’s social channels (Twitter, Facebook) to stay on top of the news! 
 

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

AIGA: Mentor Mashup Wrap-up Party

The second session of AIGA Pittsburgh's Mentor Mashup program is underway. It provides our design community with opportunities to meet, collaborate, and learn from each other over a 10 week period. During the kick-off event in March, each Mashup of 3 to 5 people discussed their goals and outlined a plan for what they wanted to accomplish together. On Monday, May 21, we’re hosting a celebration of their achievements and personal growth. Each Mashup will take the stage to share their story with other program participants and the broader design community. It's a chance for you to learn about the program experience while showing support for your professional peers who've participated in this session.

This event is free to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentations will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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May
17
6:15 PM18:15

PCSM: Managing Feedback - How to not Drown in a sea of Requests

Feedback is critically important to your company's growth! If you're anything like our company, you've got feedback coming out of your ears.

In this presentation we will cover:

How do you store it?
What do you do with it?
Who do you give it to?
How do you give it to them?
What about CSAT?
How do you run an NPS?
How do you use feedback to empower customers and generate referrals?

And feedback is your best tool for creating a business case for a change - don't ignore it! Use it to empower your team and customers.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

THH: Pittsburgh Technology Professionals Networking Night

Please join us for Pittsburgh Technology Professionals Networking Night! 

We’d love for you to join us in an amazing space, with complimentary beer, wine and snacks! This event will take place at the The Foundry at 41st building (Lower Lawrenceville) 4107 Willow Street, on Thursday, May 17th @ 6pm.

But wait, there’s more ...in addition to you (our already amazing group of smart, friendly, and interesting local tech professionals) we have some featured guests attending who are offering up their unique expertise and experience for you to connect with!

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

SCS: Startup and Entrepreneur Networking

Steel City Startups is the fastest growing community in Pittsburgh for entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators.

Our monthly events bring people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources and friends that will make them successful.

Whether our members are just beginning to build a company, or are years into their venture, Steel City Startups aims to refer the best services available for helping them achieve their goals. We aim to work with sponsors and partners who share our vision in helping the start-up community grow and succeed.

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May
17
8:00 AM08:00

IW: Caffeinated Innovation - Working with Market Influencers

oin Innovation Works at Caffeinated Innovation on Friday, May 17th to learn how to put the power of market influencers to work for your brand.

We'll discuss how to identify the right influencers to resonate with your customers, how to attract influencers to work with your brand and how to prepare for life after they've boosted your company.

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May
16
5:30 PM17:30

PghQA - Hands on: Building Quality Assurance into the Agile Process

Joint event with PittAgile:

QA should be an integral part of an Agile team’s work and yet too many organizations have QA as an add on step. As Agile team members, how can WE promote the inclusion of quality early on?

This meet up is intended to be a learning experience to identify techniques, practices and processes that help ensure quality outcomes are reached. To do this, your will team and participate in a case study of a project. Your team’s goal will be to define the activities to be done to promote software quality in the Agile process and attendant ceremonies. Your team will be given a facilitator to present the case study, moderate the group discussion, and focus the group on actionable recommendations.
 

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May
15
5:30 PM17:30

ATD: How to Give Feedback the Right Way

Feedback is an important tool for managers to train and develop their direct reports. However, most managers do not like to give feedback, and most employees feel that they don’t receive enough and useful feedback. Alexander will address key steps to create a feedback process that serves the needs of employees and their companies. In his practitioner-focused and hands-on talk, he will demonstrate how to abandon the “feedback sandwich” in favor of effective feedback procedures, use feedback as a training and development tool, and ensure that feedback is tied to a company’s goals. He will further discuss how to ensure that a feedback culture does not evolve into a toxic culture of criticism.

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May
15
5:00 PM17:00

ELA: Podcasting 101 - Sip and Learn

Come join us in learning what podcasting is all about. Learn how to generate a podcast idea to help engage with your audience and market your business.This will be an exciting and inspiring event by two professional podcasters and public speakers. Both people presenting have podcasts on ITunes currently and are reaching listeners all over the world. Rocco has a business podcast “It’s Work”, while Melissa has a self-help podcast called “Happiness Potential”.

-Learn how to craft your podcast idea into a massively successful podcast that people love subscribing and tuning into every week.

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May
15
11:45 AM11:45

PVCA: Awards Lunch

It is our privilege to honor four remarkable entrepreneurs at the 24th annual PVCA Awards Luncheon on May 15th. Please join us as we recognize their extraordinary contributions to innovation and the region's entrepreneurial vitality, as we celebrate their individual achievements as pioneering business leaders.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ron Bianchini - Avere, Spinnaker, Scalable Networks, FORE & Innovation Works

Impact Award
Marc Malandro - Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Formerly of the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute)

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

C&S Fishbowl

Discuss recent events of the software world with C&S.

The evening starts with five chairs at the center of the room. With four of the chairs immediately filled by our starter panel, the fifth chair is up for grabs by any audience member. When discussion starts, audience members will rotate in, panel members will rotate out.

Our moderator will collect some of the latest software stories from Hacker News, Lobsters, Reddit, TechCrunch, and more. They will then lead a discussion on those topics with our rotating panel.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

SCS: Startup and Entrepreneur Networking

  • 720 East Lacock Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15212 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Steel City Startups is the fastest growing community in Pittsburgh for entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators.

Our monthly events bring people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources and friends that will make them successful.

Whether our members are just beginning to build a company, or are years into their venture, Steel City Startups aims to refer the best services available for helping them achieve their goals. We aim to work with sponsors and partners who share our vision in helping the start-up community grow and succeed.

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May
9
5:30 PM17:30

PEF: The Future of eSports

What do the Patriots, NY Yankees, Jennifer Lopez, Miami Heat, Comcast, SHAQ, Dallas Cowboys, A-Rod, Philadelphia 76ers, (and many others) have in common? All are eSports franchise owners!

Why?  The average age of traditional sports viewers starts at the mid-40s to as high as 57 years old.  The average age of the eSports viewers is 26.  Further, the 2017 League of Legends final contest had over 77 million viewers, 7x more than Monday Night Football, the World Series and the NBA finals, second only to the Super Bowl!

What is eSports?  Competitive gaming played online and one of the fastest growing industries – projected to reach $1.5B by 2020.  Don’t be the last to learn what your kids already know.

Don't miss the LIVE demonstration of gaming from local experts at our event!

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May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender SS: Show, Don’t Tell - Product Demos

If you have a product or service then you have to demonstrate it, sometimes at a client site or inside a meeting room but more than ever virtually with a virtual meeting, your website, or displayed out on the internet by your fans (or critics).  We’ll use this time to build and practice impactful ways to demonstrate a product or service.  Don’t worry if you only have an idea or haven’t thought of a product or service yet, we’ll have an example you can use to work alongside other entrepreneurs.  Be prepared for an interactive workshop and make sure to invite others you know to attend – you’ll leave a better sales person, brand manager, product owner, and marketer even if you don’t have any of those titles.

Featuring:

Adam Paulisick, Chief Product Officer at MAYA, a BCG Company

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

WELD - 2018 Pittsburgh Keynote

Pluck. Moxy. Determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “Grit” is a term we hear from sports announcers and cross fit instructors in reference to athletic achievements and physical feats that boggle the mind. However, compelling emerging exercise science points to the power of perception over physical ability. In other words, all those burpees do not mean anything unless your “head is right”.

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

SCS: Startup and Entrepreneur Networking

Steel City Startups is the fastest growing community in Pittsburgh for entrepreneurs, artists, creators, and innovators.

Our monthly events bring people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources and friends that will make them successful.

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Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender Builder Series: Hiring and Firing and Hiring Again

In a startup, you’re often in ‘survival mode’. Your first hire is typically a friend or family member, while your second hire tends to mirror your own ideals and skill sets. The hiring and firing process can be a time to move past the general tendencies of a startup and focus intentionally on your brand, diversity, and culture. Join us in April for an in depth look at applying human resources to the hiring and firing process. Learn first hand how to find the right person to help you create the culture you want, gracefully fire team members, and become self aware of what your team needs.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

C&S: Advanced Network Programming with ZeroMQ

What we'll do
In the world of microservices, cloud and mobile computing, and the
Internet of Things, networked communication has never been more critical
to application architecture. ZeroMQ is an open source library with
bindings for many programming languages that makes advanced network
programming as simple as possible, but no simpler.

While RESTful APIs shoehorn the world into GET/PUT/POST/DELETE, and
large distributed system frameworks often use undocumented hand-rolled
protocols to communicate, ZeroMQ provides easy to use socket-like
primitives for building robust and performant distributed architectures.

In this presentation, we will review the library--its usage, philosophy,
and limitations--and work through real-world examples in (mostly) Python.

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Apr
17
to Apr 19

2018 RailsConf

  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For every year since 2006, RailsConf has been the largest gathering of Rails developers in the world, not to mention the largest gathering of Rubyists. In 2018, we’re psyched to bring the 13th edition to vibrant Pittsburgh for the first time, from April 17-19!

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Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

CMU Start Smart: Social Enterprise-Profit with a Purpose

This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in starting and running a company that blends profit with purpose. Learn about for-profit, non-profit and hybrid social enterprise entities and the legal issues related to each entity choice, including financing and employment issues.

Newell Simon Hall 3305

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Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

ELA: Entrepreneur Lifestyle Academy Meet and Greet Happy Hour

Join us at our launch event as we open the doors to the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Academy and invite any innovative, creative, and unique entrepreneurs to join us for discussion and community with other like minded-individuals. All entrepreneurs of any kind are welcome. Both beginners and seasoned entrepreneurs should attend to elevate your mind, connect with a community of inspiring individuals, and expand your tribe. The event will feature complimentary craft beer from Fury Brewing, appetizers and delicious desserts, as well as some other cocktails and alcohol-free options.

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Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

CF: Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by the SBA @ Duquesne University. Following the ceremony, come inside to see our newly renovated community space, meet our team, and learn about the organizations and programs at Community Forge!

About Community Forge

In 2012, Johnston Elementary closed its doors after serving Wilkinsburg for nearly a century. With that closing, the borough lost a valuable resource. Beyond acting as a center for education, Johnston Elementary housed community meetings and political events and was a source of energy for the neighborhood. We formed Community Forge in 2016 with the vision of bringing that energy back. Our goal is to attract mission-driven and socially-conscious businesses, events, and partners into Wilkinsburg. We aim to use proceeds from tenancy to beautify the property, open public recreational spaces, and offer educational programs. Our mission is to grow an inclusive community center dedicated to supporting Wilkinsburg by cultivating Arts, Civic Engagement, Athletics, Education, and mission-driven Small Business.

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