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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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
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
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
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

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
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
18
5:30 PM17:30

DSG: Tech Talk Thursday - THE FUTURE OF DESIGN: How Design Can Save Lives

We're taking our Tech Talk Thursdays to the City. Join us at Alloy 26 on Thursday April 18th for a Happy Hour + Tech Talk from Chief Design Officer, Michael Brown.

Proposed agenda:
5:30 PM Networking/Happy Hour
6:00 PM Welcome from DICK'S Sporting Goods
6:05 PM The Talk: THE FUTURE OF DESIGN: How Design Can Save Lives
7:00 PM Q&A + Networking

Abstract: In a world full of disruption, not all changes lead to the betterment of our community. Inactivity leads to high levels of obesity, diabetes, depression and more.

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Apr
18
8:00 AM08:00

IW: Cafe Innovation - Customers, Trust and the Bottom Line

With Big Data comes Big Responsibility. Putting profits before privacy risks the trust of customers, legislators, and investors. Join us on April 18 as we discuss ethics in the tech start-up ecosystem. Come away with strategies for how to balance your obligations to shareholders, customers, employees, and society. Presented in partnership with CMU's CREATE Lab.

PANELISTS
Shimira Williams, Co-founder, CC Busy
Zach Malone, Principal, Draper Triangle Ventures
Mohana Ravindrinath, Journalist, Politico
+ More TBA

MODERATOR
David Danks, Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

DATE: Thursday, April 18th
Time: 8:00 AM coffee and light breakfast
8:30 AM Event begins
9:30 AM Event ends

LOCATION: Alloy 26
100 S Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Apr
16
5:45 PM17:45

Pittsburgh AI x Humanities Meetup

This is the second meetup for those interested in the intersection of Pittsburgh AI x Humanities. There will be free food in addition to networking and structured conversation. At this meetup we will:

  • Provide context from the design sessions back in January and February (aka explain WHY are we doing this)

  • Share findings, feelings, and information from World Summit AI: Americas

  • Learn from Beatrice Dias, Project Director at CMU CREATE Lab on their collaboration with the Western PA Writing Project, "Ethics & AI Study Group"

  • And learn more about new meetup formats we are planning to break out of the regular large group/nebulous conversation stage of this series (movie screenings? dinners? structured workshops? Check, check, and check!)

We warmly welcome and encourage you to share this opportunity with educators, technologists and producers, artists, activists, government leaders, and the AI curious (we operate in an "we are all learners" environment!).

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Apr
16
8:00 AM08:00

UED PGH: UX Research Breakfast

Interested in UX Research? Join Carol Smith and Meg Dickey-Kurdziolek on Tuesday, April 16 on Pittsburgh's Robotics Row.

We'll be chatting about UX Research (ethnography, interviews, diary studies, usability testing) and bring topic(s) you'd like to discuss.

Attendees pay for their own meal/drinks.
There is no attendance or ticket fee.
All are welcomed - especially students!!

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Apr
16
7:30 AM07:30

IEE: Family Business Day with Dogfish Head President, Sam Calagione

Join us for our fifth annual family business day program which will include a panel with member businesses leaders, a keynote by Sam Calagione, a conversation with Will Knecht of Wendell August Forge, and a stimulating roundtable activity. All family members in your family and in your business are encouraged to attend.

For more information on this event, please contact Tara Gerek at tgerek@innovation.pitt.edu.

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Apr
12
7:30 AM07:30

CWE: Best Practices & Lessons Learned From Women in Finance at the Top

  • Chatham University James Laughlin Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come hear two women in finance discuss their journeys through the ranks in the financial realm, providing real insights and perspectives and answering questions including how they did it, whether or not they had mentors along the way that opened doors for them, and how they handled road blocks.

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

C&S: Property Based Types: pbtOmega Forum

Property based types (PBT) is a theory of human reasoning that explains how the human mind is able to create, understand, and reason soundly about mathematical, scientific, and technological concepts while other living things cannot. PBT technology has the potential to improve the reliability of existing automated systems, to multiply the numbers of valid applications, and to magnify human intellectual abilities.

This group is a forum for presentation, discussion, and networking related to any aspect of property based types (PBT) from mathematical foundations, through previously unimagined applications, to social and economic implications. Additional information can be found at www.pbtOmega.com

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

C&S: PghQA - Recruiter Roundtable

Recruiters play an essential role in the tech hiring ecosystem. They work with employers to understand employer needs, maintain relationships with job seekers, facilitate communications between all parties, and both lead AND follow industry trends in hiring. Please join the PghQA community for a panel discussion with Pittsburgh-area recruiters about their day-to-day experience recruiting QA and related tech talent. Learn about what employers are looking for, how best to position yourself in the job market, and how the recruiting process has grown and changed over time.

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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

XR Executive Summit

Incorporating VR/AR into Your Organizational Strategy

Wednesday April 10, 6-8:30pm, Carlow University

Click Here to Register

This thought-provoking summit will help business leaders understand and identify opportunities for XR— Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR)—and will help them to make informed decisions for plotting a strategy to reap the benefits of XR technology.

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Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

(AWS) User Group - PGH: April Meetup

Basic agenda

07:00 - 07:15 => Grab food, beverage, and a seat
07:15 - 07:20 => Introductions from Nate
07:20 - 08:30 => Topic: "AWS Architectural Considerations and Challenges When Bringing a Product to the AWS Marketplace" - Presentation by Andy Jones, Senior Technical Representative and AWS Certified Solutions Architect for Treehouse Software
08:30 - 09:00 => Q&A with Speaker

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Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Maker & Creatives Happy Hour 10

Last space we visited was Shop PGandH downtown. We had a great diverse group and a lot of walk in's which was awesome!

This month we're heading to Assemble in Garfield. Assemble is a community space for arts and technology, and as an organization they provide STEAM education to kids in the community!

Come join us for some snacks, drinks, excellent conversation, mingle with new creators, learn about Assemble's educational efforts and events, and hear about all the creative things going on in Pittsburgh. Feel free to post about creative events here or shoot me a message if you'd like me to give you a shout out at the event!

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Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender SS: Pathways to a Successful User Interface

An easy to use and intuitive user interface for a new product can be crucial to its success. A successful UI will win over users and create goodwill, while a poor UI will lose users who will be difficult to win back.

In this session, we will be comparing what makes a UI successful versus what can go wrong, and introduce useful tools for planning out UI development. At the end of the session, you will have a roadmap for thinking through how your users will interact with the interface, identify who your user is, and score your UI against other products.

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Apr
5
to Apr 8

Femisphere Codeswitch Hackathon

With Femisphere, WGF is challenging Pittsburgh to become an ecosystem where women and girls thrive. With Femisphere Codeswitch, we’re looking for digital tools to help single moms in poverty access the resources they need to thrive.

April 5 5:30-8:30PM: Hackathon Kick-Off.
Join us for a short program followed by networking and mingling with our participants and moms.

April 6 & 7 9AM-9PM: Hackathon Work Days.
Teams of coders and developers will work to create prototypes of applications and tools that will help moms access the resources they need, with moms there to act as consultants and liaisons to the teams.

April 8 6-8PM: CentHERed, A Panel Discussion & Awards Ceremony.
Join us for a panel discussion of moms and coders talking about how technology can be used to help single moms experiencing poverty thrive. During the panel discussion, we will also be announcing the winners of the hackathon.

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Apr
4
to Apr 6

WiDS Pittsburgh @ CMU

This year WiDS Pittsburgh @CMU will be a three-day event, starting with a CMU New York panel on Data Science in the Finance Industry – Trends and Opportunities, continuing with a social kickoff, and finishing with a day of engaging, broadly accessible talks on current work in data science. Attendees can network, meet and learn from local experts in the field, and submit resumes for potential opportunities with industry sponsors.

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Apr
4
5:00 PM17:00

Defining the Future of Housing 2019

In a rapidly changing residential landscape, how can technology and design improve the places that we call home? Join presenting sponsors Module, IKEA, Bosch, Nichiha, and Dixie to explore the future of housing in the connected economy. Industry-leading builders, designers, and policy makers will participate in a series of mini-talks and panel discussions that delve into housing affordability, the connected home, sustainability, and user-centered design.

At Defining the Future of Housing, prospective homeowners, real estate professionals, and community members will learn about the latest industry trends and the benefits that intelligently designed residences will provide to owners, communities, and investors.

Let us know if you will need childcare during checkout. Register to join us today!

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Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Tech Happy Hour PGH: April


Mario's East Side Saloon (Shadyside) on Walnut Street!
OUR GROUP WILL BE ON THE 2ND FLOOR

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, local business owners, job seekers, entrepreneurs, investors, etc. This is an open event, free of charge.

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Apr
3
7:30 AM07:30

AMA: Breakfast Briefing with Jason Spector

The Real Value of the User

Users are more than passive participants. They play an active, essential role in successful products, services, and organizations. Drawing from over two decades of professional experience, Jason Spector will be discussing how understanding context plays a critical role in identifying and solving the right problems for your users, customers, and business. 

We invite business leaders and marketers to join the discussion and consider “Are We Solving the Right Problems?”


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Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

START SMART LAW: How to Prepare for an Exit

Acquisitions are the most common form of exit. Learn how to prepare the company for sale, including the due diligence process, sale process and potential auctions, the role of investment bankers, tax implications, typical structures, including earn-outs, employment and non-competition obligations. Avoid the delays and complications by preparing for the sale at the beginning of the company formation.

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Apr
2
to Apr 3

3 Rivers Venture Fair

The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is the premier venture conference in the Ohio Valley region. Every 18 months, thousands of investors, entrepreneurs & top-tier service providers from around the world gather in Pittsburgh for this two-day meeting of ideas & money.

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Outside the Academy Series: Trust and AI

Join us for a lively cross-disciplinary conversation that asks the question “can we trust our AI?” This panel discussion is presented in partnership with CMU’s Ethics & AI public programming initiative.

Trust is central to human relationships. Yet artificial intelligence (AI) is posing an entirely new set of ethical challenges that affect human-human and human-machine interactions. Ultimately, the trust we afford AIs has the potential to alter the very fabric of our society.

Three experts from Carnegie Mellon University—a worldwide leader in AI—will explore the intersection of trust and technology to help illuminate when we can, and should, trust our AIs.


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Mar
29
to Mar 30

Women in CyberSecurity Conference 2019

  • Carnegie Mellon University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is the premier organization with national reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring.


Established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, WiCyS is a non-profit organization offering many membership, sponsorship and collaboration benefits.

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Rivers Agile: Happy Hour Hiring Event

Join Rivers Agile for a spring Hiring Event and Happy Hour on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The event, featuring complimentary drinks and appetizers, will take place at All-Star Sports Bar & Grill in the heart of the Southpointe business park. Candidates attending this Happy Hour Hiring Event will have the opportunity to speak with Rivers Agile leadership, Human Resources representatives and complete formal employment applications.

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Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

PDMA Pittsburgh: Innovation Forum

Join us on March 26th to hear Julie Gulick, CEO of Bally Design, discuss how to use lean innovation and entrepreneurship to drive innovation. Julie will share best practices and lessons learned associated with innovation, entrepreneurship, lean startup, and agile processes that she learned from her marketing, and innovation roles at MedRad and Philips. She will also share how she will apply her experiences and knowledge to her new role as CEO of Bally Design.

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