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Tuesday, September 20 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Real Talk: Getting Smart about Using Our Smart Phones LIMITED

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According to the World Bank data from 2014, there are 97 mobile phone subscriptions per every 100 people in the world. Just 10 years ago, that figure was 42 out of 100. There’s no doubt that smartphones have transformed our world by creating communities, enabling content sharing, and facilitating a global marketplace at our fingertips. But in order to do this, many smartphones users spend hours a day staring at their screens for business and entertainment. And while this technology certainly makes some of life’s tasks easier, it is also easier to “miss” the world around us.

In partnership with AT&T, Thrival will have a discussion about what strategies people are taking to get work done while also taking time away from the screen — to connect with others face to face, person to person. Jim Penna, Director of External Affairs at AT&T, will be joined by Kevin Saftner, General Manager of James St. Gastropub (which recently implemented discounts for phone-free dinners), and Gil Teixeira, the inventor of CEEMI, a tool that allows any smart device to become a collaborative musical instrument.


Kenny Chen

Since arriving in Pittsburgh in August of 2014, Kenny Chen has been voraciously involved in a wide variety of activities and initiatives across the city. He currently serves as the Program Director of Thrill Mill, an early-stage startup accelerator that also produces the annual Thrival... Read More →

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Jim Penna

Director of External Affairs (Pennsylvania and West Virginia), AT&T
Jim Penna is AT&T’s director of external affairs for Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Penna’s duties include legislative and regulatory affairs in Western Pennsylvania and portions of West Virginia, with an emphasis on local community and government relations across the region. Prior... Read More →

Kevin Saftner

General Manager, James St. Gastropub
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Gil Teixeira

Founder, CEEMI
Gil Teixeira is a portuguese musician, sound artist and creative leader that has developed in recent years a keen interest in the exploration of technology in collaborative music making contexts. He is a founding member of the instrumental post-rock band La La La Ressonance... Read More →


Tuesday September 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA