May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender - Mastering Public Relations: No Experience Required

Getting good PR is hard. Where do you start?

Step 1: Craft a compelling story.

This session will help you understand the basics of crafting a compelling story. We will be discussing best practices for crafting a story and getting it published. You will learn how to plan, write, and execute a PR campaign for your organization. Please bring with you questions, ideas or samples.

Doors will open at 5:30PM. The program will take place from 6:00 to 7:00PM. There is free parking at our location (Ascender, 6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA). Light snacks will be provided.

This event is part of Marketing month at Ascender. See other events.

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Jun
12
12:00 PM12:00

Forward Cities Conference 2019

Forward Cities conferences deepen connections, strengthen opportunities for collaboration, and advance our understanding and commitment to inclusive innovation and shared prosperity in our communities.

Our annual conference attracts 200+ leaders from over forty cities from around the world. It is an unparalleled, high energy opportunity to make new connections and foster existing friendships within a robust learning environment. Every session is designed to provoke and provide practical ideas to advance inclusive innovation in the community. Tours integrated into the experience allows opportunities to see cutting edge ideas in action and to explore the host city. This year's conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA June 12-14, 2019.

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May
21
5:30 PM17:30

PEF: Technology Of The People, By The People, And For The People: How Pittsburgh Is Leading The Way For Technology-enabled Government

From energy reduction and robot road inspections, to building empowered community businesses through crowd funding, Pittsburgh is leading the way in using technology to increase government efficiency and improve the lives of its citizens. A panel of experts representing city government and for-profit companies will discuss the programs, public/private partnerships, and business opportunities in this rapidly growing space.

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May
21
5:30 PM17:30

Shine Registry Founder Shower

Shine Registry is teaming up with Ascender PGH to host a Founder Shower celebrating folks that have created profiles on Shine Registry as well as the broader community of people that are excited to support your work and women in entrepreneurship.

Shine Registry is a platform for female founders to ask for startup needs in the atyle of a wedding registry. You can ask for a gravy boat when you're getting married and with Shine Registry you can ask for office supplies and network connections when you're starting a business. We're changing the way communities show up for people they car about and reimagining the relations beweern women and ambition.

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May
21
5:00 PM17:00

TE: Intro to Programming for Absolute Beginners

Join us for a Intro to Programming workshop facilitated by Tech Elevator Instructors Tom Medvitz and Tom Anderson.

Participants will work through exercises that provides a gentle introduction to programming using either HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. Walk away with code you actually write and begin to understand what it is that a software developer does.

Please bring a laptop so that you can follow along.

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

IEE: Streamline Success - Eliminating Chaos from Your Business

  • Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh - Technology Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Time is the ever-elusive commodity we never seem to have enough of in our lives. In business it can feel even more so. And although we can’t make more, we can organize our businesses and our lives to maximize the impact we have on it all. In this workshop led by Dorothy Andreas, serial entrepreneur, author, and owner of The Sewickley Spa, attendees will learn how to shift their thinking around aspects related to their business, improve time management skills, and become more productive in work and more appreciative of the time they have outside of it.

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May
21
9:00 AM09:00

LUMA: Design thinking for everyone: Practitioner Certification Program

Organizations of all types are facing bigger, more complex challenges and disruptions. To adapt and innovate, it’s essential to design responses that solve the right problems and provide solutions that our clients, colleagues and partners want and need.

LUMA Institute teaches a unique system of human-centered design that equips individuals, teams and organizations to tackle challenges and reach solutions faster, with better results.


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May
20
6:30 PM18:30

C&S: Experience Mapping - Understanding Your Story Through Art

We've partnered with local artist Sara Tang (draw-me-in.com) to provide a mental health based art workshop. We're excited to try something new and hope you'll benefit from this.

This workshop is a guided creative exercise for participants to chart personal experiences of their choosing in a map format, and then to create an expressive art piece based on their map. Mapping these experiences (which may include chronic illness, childhood, medical, personal, traumatic, positive, developmental, professional, etc.) in a creative medium channels new realizations and ways of understanding one's story. Individuals are then guided through creating an expressive visual poetry piece using a personal takeaway word from their experience map. The workshop ends with the opportunity for participants to share their takeaways from the exercise.

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May
16
11:30 AM11:30

AMA: Educational Eats

Topic: “Time Management for Marketing Professionals” Its About Time books for all attendees

All attendees to AMA Pgh events held at the Rivers Club will receive a 3 day guest pass— a $150 value!

All attendees receive a FREE BOOK & $150 RIVERS CLUB GUEST PASS!

Your FREE copy of Shannon’s book,It’s About Time, will dramatically transform your approach to productivity and time management. The authors have launched businesses, had full-time families and careers, and found ways to achieve and surpassed their goals by focusing on total time management.

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May
16
8:00 AM08:00

AI & Robotics Venture Fair

The 2nd Annual Innovation Works and Carnegie Mellon University AI & Robotics Venture Fair will be held on May 16th, 2019 at CMU.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the #1 ranked computer science school and nationally acclaimed Robotics Institute and Innovation Works, Inc., one of the top seed investors in the country, are hosting a one-day event on May 16, 2019 showcasing the region’s most exciting artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics startups! Participating investors will hear pitches from selected companies that have been vetted by our selection committee. Last year’s event attracted 100+ VCs, corporations, and angel investors from around the country and facilitated dozens of meetings between participating investors and startups.

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May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Hardware Cup International Finals

AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals

Watch as finalists from all over the globe pitch their physical product startups for a shot at $50k!

The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is a global competition for early-stage physical product startups. In the months leading up to the main event, several regional event competitions worldwide will culminate with the winners traveling to Pittsburgh for the Hardware Cup International Finals.

The winning team will receive a $50,000 Startbot Grand Prize Investment. Second and third prize International Finalists will each receive cash prizes.


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May
15
7:30 AM07:30

IEE: Leadership & Employee Engagement with The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

Leaders are the first and fundamental part of creating sustained employee engagement. Committed, engaged leadership is the foundation of employee and customer engagement. It is imperative that leaders create a strong foundational plan for business success, including sharing that plan with employees, defining the purpose of their work, and empowering employees to commit to the momentum of the plan. When making a leadership commitment to employee engagement, you will reduce turnover, create and maintain a culture of exceptional service, and increase customer loyalty.

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May
14
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender: Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs - Amplify Your Influence

You have your own personal identity and brand. When you become an entrepreneur, your personal brand now becomes your business. At every meeting or phone call with prospective funders, talent, and clients, your personal brand is on display.

Your online presence is a big part of your personal brand, and one that people either forget about, neglect, or do not establish.

This session will focus on why your personal social media accounts are critical to building a personal brand that resonates with your startup. We will be discussing how to utilize platforms like Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter to drive interest to your company and amplify your message and influence. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to be a spokesperson for your brand, personalize your social media strategy, and set strategic and trackable goals for your online presence.


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May
14
12:00 PM12:00

TechTalks: Pittsburgh, PA

Get Inspired by the Future of Tech

TECHTalks are free, half-day conference events that introduce local communities to emerging technologies and innovative ideas that are shaping businesses in their area.

We’re on a mission to bring local communities together to talk about the latest disruptive technologies making an impact on businesses in their community. Through a series of short powerful talks, expand your knowledge on what’s next in tech, how you can adapt, and how to stay ahead in this age of rapid change.

Learn more at www.eagledream.com/techtalks!

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May
13
to May 17

Life Sciences Week 2019

Welcome to Pittsburgh, the next global life science hub. LSW19 is a five day exploration of cutting edge technologies, sciences and partnerships that define the future of life science innovation. Experience life changing research and a spotlight on immunology, women’s health, digital health, and more; all through the lens of Pittsburgh’s unrivaled expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics. Plus, connect with startups, corporate partners and investors from Pittsburgh and around the world.

This year’s theme, Investing in a Smarter Life, draws on Pittsburgh’s unique position at the intersection of intelligent systems and life sciences. Most activities are centered in Oakland: The knowledge hub of the Pittsburgh Innovation District, providing maximum opportunity to build connections between industry, investors, startups, and researchers to advance human health and quality of life.

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May
10
6:30 PM18:30

C&S: City Scrapers Hack Night

The City Bureau City Scrapers open source project supports the Documenters program for documenting public events, such as school board meetings, City Hall meetings, police board meetings, etc. We are hoping to build a community in Pittsburgh that can start building and supporting scrapers within the platform for the Pennsylvania region.

This should serve as a risk-free python/Git learning environment, a way to build a platform for public engagement in Pittsburgh, and an environment designed to prioritize a more diverse coding space than most civic tech groups.

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May
10
7:30 AM07:30

CWE: Are You Ready for the Spotlight? What "PR" is… and What It Isn’t

Caroline Callaway is President and Founder of Bolt Public Relations, a national, independently owned and award-winning public relations, events, and digital marketing agency with offices in California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Topics to be covered include:
- What to do before launching a PR campaign
- How to choose the right PR partner
- What to expect from PR
- Brand success stories and how to measure the effectiveness of your PR strategy

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Sip & Soirée | Women's Networking Event

Sip & Soirée is a quarterly networking event created to unite and connect the many talented women in business across the city of Pittsburgh. The goal of this soirée is to inspire women to grow together, help foster community, and create new relationships and fruitful conversations over a cocktail (or two!) No matter your age, career path, or experience – all are welcome! I’m so excited to meet you + introduce you to other empowering women throughout your city.


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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

CWE: Breaking Down the Business Plan Workshop

If you require a Comprehensive Business plan for your business to secure funding, bring in a business partner, launch your business or grow your business, Breaking Down the Business Plan is the workshop for you. 

This workshop takes a deep dive into each section of the business plan with a concentration on financial projections, what are they and how to create them.

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

AIGA: Career Guidance Meetup

This informal, conversational design meetup is geared towards both portfolio review and career guidance. A small group of 2-4 professional designers will be in attendence to review graduating student portfolio work, offer feedback on any in-progress student, professional, or personal design work, and to answer any of your burning questions about "what comes next" after graduation. This meetup is free. Space is limited to 6 attendees. 

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tech Happy Hour PGH: May

You must Register / RSVP on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot. This event is free to attend and open to all of Pittsburgh - registration is required. Complimentary beer will be provided (thanks to MillerCoors.)

This is an awesome opportunity to meet other people involved in our city's amazing tech scene, talk about projects and socialize. Bring your co-workers, bring your friends and come on out and join us!

It doesn't matter what your background is....'tech' is a broad definition and all are welcome. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds but share one thing in common...an interest in meeting other people who work in/around technology...developers, designers, executives, hiring managers, data analysts, sales/marketing leaders, project managers, local business owners, job seekers, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Hardware Startup Meetup

Come network with other hardware entrepreneurs, and help us build a more robust, inclusive community. Enjoy some free pizza and beer and take your idea to the next level!

6:00pm-7:00pm - Open Networking
7:00pm-8:00pm - Presentation of Asks, Offers, and Shares from the community
8:00pm-9:00pm - Open Networking/follow-up

Email Matt@innovationworks.org if you'd like to present/discuss an...
Ask: Have a problem you need help solving?
Offer: Have a job, solution, or opportunity to offer to the community?
Share: Want to show off something cool you've been working on?

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Apr
30
8:30 AM08:30

Artificial Intelligence Basics

  • Carnegie Mellon University - Gates-Hillman Center Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class is open to the public, but ARM Members receive an exclusive discount.

Course Description

This one day AI course will focus on:

  • theory and development of computer systems

  • the key technology blocks that enable AI (the "AI Stack")

  • how AI impacts industry

  • the engineering challenges in the field.

The course is designed for all audiences. No prior experience is required. The day will also include robot demonstrations and tours of CMU’s Robotics Institute.

Throughout the entire course — taught by Carnegie Mellon's world-famous AI faculty — instructors underscore the large role ethics plays in artificial intelligence and how it underpins decision-making at all levels. Plus you’ll gain firsthand experience of Carnegie Mellon's AI work through lab tours.

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Apr
29
to May 2

IRI Annual Conference 2019

  • Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

IRI’s Annual Conference is the go-to event for global innovation leaders. Come together with your peers from large corporations, startups, and everything in between to challenge conventional ways of managing innovation and learn how to stay relevant in an accelerated and ever-changing environment.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender: Integrating User Experience and Design Thinking into Agile

Designing the User Experience is a process, not a moment in time. User feedback and design thinking needs to be integrated into your Agile development.

We will kick off this session with a brief refresh of Agile development, and then launch into how to couple agile development with design thinking in order to create a great UX for your customer. An important aspect we will focus on is how to incorporate customer feedback into your development schedule. Whether you are a team of one or a team of many, you will leave the session feeling confident in your UX development plan over the course of product development.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

PEF: What’s The Big Deal?

  • Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship (Tepper Quad) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“What’s the Big Deal?”  Pittsburgh has identified a need to build and support innovation clusters in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and autonomous systems while creating talent alliances within our local innovative districts.  One important aspect is recognizing the success stories.

At “What’s The Big Deal?” we showcase recent ‘Big Deals’ in the region—significant financing events, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. Our panel will discuss the behind-the-scenes efforts that built up to the Big Deal, the changes that have happened since the Big Deal, and lessons learned.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

PVCA: ELB Dinner

  • 2818 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15222 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join the PVCA’s Emerging Leadership Board as we host a panel of FinTech Investors and Entrepreneurs. FinTech is the new technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services.

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

PGH Tech Meetup: Pittsburgh Startup Accelerator Panel

Come out and learn about Pittsburgh's various startup accelerator programs from those who run them! You'll have the opportunity to submit questions in advance for the panel, and plenty of time for Q&A during the session.

Key topics include:
- who is successful in an accelerator?
- what do you look for in applicants?
- what's the program like?
- what are the best benefits?

Our Expert Panelists:
* Aaron Tainter, AlphaLab
* Cole Wolfson, AlphaLab Gear
* Kenny Chen, Ascender
* Kit Needham, Project Olympus

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Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Code for PGH: Food Hackathon!

We're partnering with the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council and 412 Food Rescue to make a food access tool and work with food donation data! Come learn about the projects,* form teams, and start creating things for these wonderful organizations. Representatives from both organizations will be present to discuss these projects and work with the teams.

* Quick pitches:

1. Create an interactive tool which includes a map that will help food access organizations plan their efforts and hungry people find affordable, fresh food.

2. Create a natural language processing tool which would allow food donors to report what they have to donate in plain English, then translate that into quantities, units, and food types that 412FR’s matching algorithm can use.

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

START SMART LAW: Employees, Contractors, Interns, Volunteers (Third Party Relationships)

Learn the in’s and out’s of staffing a company, including hiring of employees and/or retaining independent contractors, interns and volunteers, important terms of employment or retention, restrictive covenants and the use of employee equity to attract and retain personnel.

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