Feb
21
8:00 AM08:00

IW: Cafe Innovation - Financing Early Stage Technology Companies w/ Debt

  • Allegheny Center Tower 2, Suite 100 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Although equity financing is the main source of funding for early-stage technology companies, debt financing can play a vital role in growing your business. Join us for a conversation with a panel of lenders who will describe their respective firms, their product offerings, and discuss why debt financing is generally less dilutive than equity capital.

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Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

VRARA: Dabble & Mingle: A Hands-on Intro to VR/AR Creation Tools and Hardware

Join PGH VRARA for an evening of discovery and networking at CCAC's Innovation Lab. Learn about virtual and augmented reality in a fun, relaxed setting. Create and manipulate VR environments using the two most popular game development platforms (Unreal and Unity). Demo games and experiences with some exciting AR/VR hardware.

This event is an excellent opportunity for business leaders and educators to understand how VR/AR technology can integrate into their organizations and curricula. 

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Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Chatham WBC: Concept to Launch

  • Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Concept to Launch" is a 6-week entrepreneurial training program for women in the early stages of starting a business. 

Dates: Six Monday evenings from 6-8pm on Feb 25; March 4, 11, 18, and 25th; and April 1st. 

Classes focus on: 
- Developing the business concept 
- Identifying target customers and markets 
- Marketing strategies 
- Foundational operations of your business 
- Basic financials 
- Legal business entities 
- Developing and delivering your “pitch” 

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Feb
26
8:00 AM08:00

IEE: State of the Pittsburgh Economy with PNC

Join the IEE and PNC Bank for an in-depth look into the current regional climate and the 2019 economic forecast.  PNC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Gus Faucher will guide us through key economic indicators that impact our region’s businesses.  Faucher is the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC.  Prior to joining PNC in 2011, he was a director and senior economist Moody’s Analytics.

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Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Start Smart: Social Enterprises - Profit with a Purpose

  • CMU, Newell-Simon Hall, Room 3305 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about for-profit verses non-profit companies, social enterprise, hybrid and alternative legal models, including the Benefit Corporation, L3C's and Flexible Purpose Corporations. This is a MUST-ATTEND event for anyone interested in starting and running a company that blends profit with purpose!


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Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender: Creating a Mission That Moves People

Is your business experiencing any of these challenges?

  • Team members who seem confused about which tasks are high priority

  • Repeated sudden changes in plans and tactics, chasing the latest idea

  • Arguments about what’s important consuming more time than doing the work


Any organization — from startup to established business — needs to energize employees and align everyone to the same goals. And they need to build strong connection with their customers and other stakeholders. 

One useful tool for both these success factors is a compelling, memorable mission statement, accompanied by a clear, inspiring vision for your future. A great mission and vision can improve how you’re perceived and how you work — and help drive results.

How can you craft a winning mission and vision that inspire you and your company? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what works for mission and vision statements, and why. You’ll begin crafting a mission and vision for your organization, and leave with an action plan for using them to build engagement and excitement.

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Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

PEF: The Business & Influence Of Digital Content Creators

Podcasters, YouTubers, bloggers, and social media content creators are more than “influencers” - they are entrepreneurs that are building real businesses and creating real value. But how does someone grow a business as a digital content creator? How can you and your organization understand this world, and leverage it to achieve your marketing and brand awareness goals? These are the questions we’ll begin to answer as we speak with some of Pittsburgh’s leading experts on new media entrepreneurship.

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup - PITTSBURGH

  • CMU Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Watch as 6 hardware startups pitch to local VCs & investors. Winner gets: $3k cash, a free 1 year SOLIDWORKS license, and other prizes, as well as a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize investment at the International Finals in May.

Doors Open at 5:30PM.

The event will kick off at 6:30PM with flash talks from serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, and seasoned investors.

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Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

CMU: Peer, Pitch and Pizza at Project Olympus

If you were unable to attend last semester, the P^3s are an informal and friendly environment to start practicing your pitching! It can be any type from a one minute elevator pitch to a 15 minute investor pitch. This is a great way to hear other companies give their pitch, provide feedback and practice pitching yourself. And as a bonus, enjoy FREE PIZZA!

P^3's are scheduled for the last Friday of the month.

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Mar
1
to Mar 3

Ascender Bootcamp

The bootcamp is a multi-day intensive for early stage businesses that combines workshops, hands on business planning, and access to experts and mentors that can help move your business towards success.


The bootcamp also serves as a platform for businesses to join our community of entrepreneurs and access Ascender resources. Following bootcamp, we will work with each company to create a personalized pathway to success that may involve incubation, mentoring, co-working space and/or educational programs.

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Mar
21
7:00 AM07:00

Aspire Dealmakers Conference

Every year ASPIRE connects thousands of local dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, our conferences cover the breadth of the M&A landscape. To experience ASPIRE, take a look inside one of our past events.

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Mar
21
3:00 PM15:00

UPII: Big Idea Competition

This competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with big ideas who enjoy working in diverse teams to bring those ideas to life. Discover how to take your big idea to the next level towards startup creation. The competition spans February and March of each year and awards a grand prize of $25,000 to the idea with the most startup promise. Additionally, cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third places, plus people’s choice. The competition is offered to ALL Pitt undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. Post-doctoral fellows are included. Since its inception in 2009, the competition has attracted hundreds of interdisciplinary teams seeking to bring their big ideas to market.

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Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

II: Randall Family Big Idea Celebration

  • Stephen Foster Memorial Charity Randall Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The winners of the University of Pittsburgh's 2019 Randall Family Big Idea Competition will be announced in the Charity Randall Theatre and you are invited to celebrate their achievements with us. Thanks to the generosity of the Randall family the competition is now in it's 11th year.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and provides you the opportunity to see which teams walk away with a total of $100,000 and of course, the big checks! Teams come from across Pitt's campus and range from undergraduate to post doctoral students.

The celebration is the biggest on Pitt's campus and only happens once a year, you don't want to miss it! Register to attend today and save the date!

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Mar
25
to Mar 29

CMU Energy Week

  • Carnegie Mellon University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host its fourth annual Carnegie Mellon Energy Week, March 25-28.

Open to the public, this exciting symposium brings together thought leaders from industry, government, academia and the nonprofit sector to engage and collaborate on energy research, trends, innovative technologies and opportunities to tackle pressing energy challenges.

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Mar
26
1:00 PM13:00

CMU: McGinnis Venture Competition

We are excited to announce the McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s community of student entrepreneurs.

The McGinnis Venture Competition brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback about ventures.

This multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration at Carnegie Mellon University.

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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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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
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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Feb
20
5:00 PM17:00

Catalyst Connection’s Annual Manufacturing and Student Video Reception

The Catalyst Connection Board of Directors is hosting the Annual Manufacturing Reception on February 20, 2019 at Heinz Field.  Last year, more than 300 manufacturers and industry supporters gathered to network and promote our region’s manufacturing community.  They were joined by 400 students, parents and educators who participated in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing video contest.  We expect another great event this year with the theme: Industry 4.0 – A Bright Future. In addition to the student awards ceremony for the best video, we will have a panel of young manufacturing professionals discussing what is in store for the next generation of manufacturers.

Agenda for the evening:

5:00 p.m. – Registration and networking begins – hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available

6:00 p.m. – Presentation and recognition program

7:00 p.m. – Continued networking, food stations and cash bar

Early bird pricing of $50 if you register by January 26, 2019. After that date, registration fee is $75.

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Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

Start Smart: Raising Capital - Part 2

  • CMU, Newell-Simon Hall, Room 3305 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to address the legal and business issues associated with investing in start-up companies, including strategies in negotiating valuation, founder and investor rights, vesting, management and exits. In this interactive workshop, participants will divide into two groups, investor startup, each working with an experienced lawyer.   Both groups will decide independently on the terms they want and then come together for the negotiation led by the lawyers.


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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

C&S: Why 100% QA Automation is a Myth

Join Keith Monahan of Rivers Agile as he explores the myth of 100% automated QA. Keith will assess the advantages and disadvantages of both manual and automated quality assurance practices. We’ll consider practical applications, grounded in real world examples. Expect a participatory, fluid discussion, where we'll share knowledge, open a dialogue, encourage debate and contribute to the vibrant testing community here in Pittsburgh.

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Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

Ascender: Practical Considerations for Building Brand Assets

Building a brand foundation is essential to the process of building a business. This session will focus on the creation of the visual aspects of the brand and take a small dive into types of brands and logo creation.

We will spend time in areas such as type treatment, colors, logo, and some practical considerations like keeping a pulse on what is being nonverbally communicated. We will look at format, flexibility, usage, readability and memorability/uniqueness. We will also cover legal considerations and some basics on how to do research into logos, concluding with a conversation on style guides.


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Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

PVCA: Hot in Pittsburgh - Three 2018 Venture Deals & The Stories Behind Them

Kick off the new year with a PVCA reception and a trio of local tech CEOs who will share the stories behind their 2018 venture deals.

Learn how each positioned their deals, negotiated key terms, closed their rounds and what's next for them and their ventures. We hope you join us for this insightful panel.

Moderator:
Eric Kline (Pepper Hamilton LLP)

Panelists:
Tom Doyle (Aspinity), Andy Hannah (Othot, Inc.) and Jessica Gibson (Ariel Precision Medicine)

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Feb
12
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 JavaScript to build their own soundboard. Walk away with code you actually write and begin to understand what it is that a software developer does.

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Feb
8
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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Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

Invest In Her: Networking with Global Wordsmiths

Invest in Her is teaming up with our network of entrepreneurs to host a number of events and experiences for women entrepreneurs across the region. Each event will have a theme chosen by the host entrepreneur. The first "Networking w/" event is being hosted by Mary Jayne McCullough, founder of Global Wordsmiths at Ascender. Global Wordsmiths is a Social Enterprise that provides language translation and interpretation services, as well as language access consulting and training. They are committed to advancing language access in and around Allegheny County. Come hear from Mary Jayne about how she is making a difference with Global Wordsmiths and learn how you can do the same with your small business or enterprise

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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

C&S: EngMgmt #2: Building your team to last

Hiring and onboarding new team members is an expensive and risky process. It's crucial to hire people who mesh well with the existing team and get them up to speed in a timely manner. Balancing this while minimizing the initial impact on productivity is often a challenge for even the most experienced lead developer. This talk will cover some tips on building your successful team. We'll discuss:

* How to choose the right types of people to add to your team.
* How to onboard and mentor your new team members, including patterns of ineffective mentoring and why they're harmful to the team.
* How everyone can benefit from bringing on junior developers and interns the right way.

By the end, you'll see how your whole team will benefit from these strategies.

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Feb
7
11:30 AM11:30

PTC: Winning the Talent War: Hiring and Retaining Int'l Talent

  • Pittsburgh Marriott City Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

oin the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Allegheny Conference as we explore the requirements for hiring and retaining international talent. 

With changing regulations and increasing uncertainty facing certain employment-based VISA holders, this session will feature key practitioners from our region’s artificial intelligence, robotics and manufacturing communities.  

Among other topics to be discussed include best practices in recruiting and retention, but also strategies to navigate a dynamic regulatory environment.

If your company depends on international talent for success, please hold the date for this informative session.

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Feb
6
12:00 PM12:00

TE: Student Open House - Pittsburgh

Think you could be successful in a technology role? Our open houses are a way to ask questions and get answers. Drop by our space and classrooms to find out more about our upcoming coding bootcamps and career services program. No pressure or commitment required, just curiosity.


Hear student success stories and how we're changing lives - and determine if this is the right path for you.

Choose the date that works best, and feel free to invite friends, family or significant others.


HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT AT AN OPEN HOUSE: 

  • Doors open half hour before start time

  • Listen to a dynamic presentation led by Tech Elevator team member

  • Q&A discussion. Stick around to talk one-on-one with a team member.

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Feb
5
5:30 PM17:30

Start Smart: Raising Capital - Part 1

  • Pitt Barco Law Building, Room 107 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 Learn about the legal issues associated with raising capital through Friends and Family, Seed Funding and Series A, B, and C rounds, including:

- Structuring investments to maximize growth

- Funding from incubators/accelerators, government, and foundations

- Opportunities available through the JOBS Act 

- Crowd sourcing and SEC regulations

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Feb
4
9:00 AM09:00

Gener8tor: Office Hours

gener8tor will be holding open office hours on Monday, February 4th with Pittsburgh based startups at Ascender. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet one-on-one (no need to prepare anything) and learn about our upcoming accelerator program and other ways we can connect innovative startups with industry-leading corporations and investors. If this is of any interest, founders can choose a time via the link below that works best.

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Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

CMU: Peer, Pitch and Pizza at Project Olympus

If you were unable to attend last semester, the P^3s are an informal and friendly environment to start practicing your pitching! It can be any type from a one minute elevator pitch to a 15 minute investor pitch. This is a great way to hear other companies give their pitch, provide feedback and practice pitching yourself. And as a bonus, enjoy FREE PIZZA!

P^3's are scheduled for the last Friday of the month.

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

PJMG: Real-time stream processing and machine learning for Java & Microservices

Are you ready to take your algorithms to the next steps and get them working on real-world data in real time? We will walk through an architecture for taking a Machine Learning model from Training into deployment for inference within an Open Source platform for real-time stream processing. We will discuss the typical workflow from Data Exploration to Model Training through to real-time Model Inference (aka Scoring) on streaming data. We'll demonstrate a working example of a Machine Learning model being used on streaming data within Hazelcast Jet, an extremely powerful platform for distributed stream processing.

We will also touch on important considerations to ensure maximum flexibility for deployments that need the flexibility to run either OnPremise or in Cloud.

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

PVCA: Axe Throwing

  • Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to learn why ax-throwing is among the fastest growing competitive sport in the U.S.?

Join the Emerging Leadership Board and Junior Achievement of Southwestern Pennsylvania for a joint event on January 31st at Lumberjaxes in Mt. Lebanon for a night of networking and friendly competition while we raise money for educational programs that benefit future entrepreneurs. We'll supply the food, beverages, fun and all the axes you can throw.

Experienced lumberjacks and novice throwers are all welcome.

Please note: This is a 40 & Under event. There is limited availability for registration.

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Jan
31
7:30 AM07:30

Podcasting B2B-to-YB

What is podcasting? How can it affect your marketing and PR strategy?  Should you allocate media dollars to podcasting? Where does podcasting fit into your marketing mix?  

In the current day of “content marketing,” should you start your own podcast? This presentation will overview the business of the business of podcasting and why YOUR business should understand it.

You and your marketing partners should attend this presentation. Why? Because all of the presenters are fun.  There is food AND the information will be helpful!

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Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

PTC: Member Face2Face Mixer: Tech Elevator

Network with your fellow members at the next Member Face2Face Mixer!

Tech Elevator is an intensive educational provider helping individuals and companies acquire in-demand technology skills for the modern workforce.


Through our 14-week, full-time and in-person coding bootcamps, we teach students with a variety of backgrounds to become software developers while helping them build necessary career readiness skills and career connections through our Pathway Program™ to land a meaningful job.

Founded in 2015 with a focus on quality and care in everything we do, we’re proud of our outcomes which have earned us the #1 bootcamp in the country ranking based on having the best job placement rate of our students as an early member of the Council on Integrity Results in Reporting (CIRR).

Tech Elevator has taken a proactive approach to transparency. Our results speak to our focus on quality and on student success.

Tech Elevator Mission: We elevate people, companies and communities.
Tech Elevator’s Pathway™ Program is our nationally-recognized career readiness process, supporting the job placement of our graduates.

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Jan
29
8:00 AM08:00

Bio Breakfast

Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Sector has long been very siloed. The medical professionals and university researchers do not interact with private industry enough and vice versa. Big companies and small companies are often completely disconnected. 

The BioBreakfast is an attempt to bridge the divides between the disparate groups that shape the regional biomedical sector. Most importantly, the Breakfasts try to spur informal networking so that people can build stronger networks and help identify opportunities and individuals they can work with to advance ideas.

The BioBreakfasts happen every Tuesday unless that Tuesday is a National Holiday.  Otherwise, they are on.  You do not need to register. There is no cost. Just show up and take part.

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Jan
26
8:30 AM08:30

Chatham WBC: Build Your Business Workshop

Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh and Enterprise Bank will presents a Build Your Business Workshop to women interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: business planning, marketing and sales, financing, legal issues and business lessons learned. A continental breakfast will be provided.

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Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

C&S: City Scrapers Hack Night

  • Code & Supply Community Center (3rd Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Jan
25
to Jan 27

UPII: She Innovates Hackathon

  • Information Science Building (3rd Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Women in Computer Science (WiCS), School of Computing and Information, and Innovation Institute are delighted to bring you She Innovates, Pitt’s only all-women hackathon.

The kick-off event will be on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the Information Science Building.  The Project Expo and Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the Information Science Building.

Keynote for Opening Ceremony: Nicki Zevola Benvenuti, Founder & CEO, FutureDerm, Inc.

The hackathon is for all female students – undergraduates and graduates – in the Greater Pittsburgh area with or without a computer science background. All experience levels are encouraged to register. Come for a weekend filled with hacking, technical talks, mentorship, and fun!

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