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Tuesday, September 20
 

11:30am

Thrival Kickoff & Opening Remarks
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Diana Bucco

Diana Bucco

President, Buhl Foundation
Diana Bucco is the President of The Buhl Foundation where she has led the revisioning of the Buhl Foundation’s new strategy and approach to philanthropy, including its focus on community-driven neighborhood revitalization. Prior, she was the President of The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based organization that supports nonprofit capacity-building through grantmaking, research, and leadership development. During her tenure, The Forbes Funds... Read More →
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Debra Lam

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Pittsburgh
A native of Pittsburgh, Debra has returned to her hometown after living and working in DC, California, New York, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. | | She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and went on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. | | Prior to joining the Executive Team, Debra worked as a... Read More →
avatar for Dan Law

Dan Law

Executive Producer, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, Thrill Mill
Dan currently serves as the Executive Producer of the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, an annual Pittsburgh-based event featuring multiple days of interactive, innovation-focused programming capped by a two-day outdoor live music experience. He oversees all production, operations, strategy, planning, and fundraising for the festival. With a decade of experience in a variety of industries, he began his career holding jobs in the used car... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala

Founder, CEO, President, Thrill Mill Inc
Bobby is currently the CEO and President of Thrill Mill, Inc., a startup incubator in Pittsburgh, PA that provides annual free office space, mentorship, programming and investor relationships to a group of companies across all industries that are selected through a competitive business plan competition. Bobby co-founded the organization in November of 2012, at which time he left his position as a corporate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll &... Read More →



Tuesday September 20, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:00pm

Free Yoga w/ 1.1 Yoga
Namaste, ya'll. 

Everyday at 1 PM during Thrival Innovation, we'll be doing some FREE yoga at our Innovation Playground at Nova Place — hosted by 1.1 Yoga

Bring your mats. Bring the flow.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Fitzpatrick

Krystle Fitzpatrick

There is more to yoga than just the physical. Krystle first sought out a yoga class 12 years ago in her first year of college, as she was drawn to the philosophies and practice of mindfulness. She quickly came to realize that the physical benefits were an added bonus and enhanced the freeing feeling that comes from movement and being in your body; the meditation in movement. She went on to complete her first immersive teacher training with... Read More →
avatar for Megan Flinn

Megan Flinn

After taking her first official yoga classes at Penn State, Megan experienced her first fully fledged yoga class in New York City when a friend dragged her there kicking and screaming. From that first "real" class where she refused to "OM", things have changed a lot. Inspired by her studios back in NYC, especially Jivamukti, Prema, and the Kula Yoga Project, as well as her 500 hour teachers Ragunath and Sondra Loring, and by her current 1000 hour... Read More →
avatar for Sadie Grossman

Sadie Grossman

After an injury originally brought Sadie to her mat, it was when She moved to West Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer where her therapeutic yoga journey began. She found herself working with female farmers who suffered from lower back pain and high levels of stress due to their demanding lives and vigorous manual work schedules. She then traveled to Indonesia to study Hatha yoga, where she received her 200-hour RYT certification. Upon... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Stotsky

Hallie Stotsky

I am a Pittsburgh based Power Vinyasa yoga teacher, lululemon ambassador, wife, daughter, friend ... and lover of good food and craft beer. I completed my 200-hour training through South Hills Power Yoga in 2013 and allowed it to completely transform my life by diving all in to teaching. I first found yoga my senior year of college at Chatham University as a physical replacement from college sports; but during... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra D'Amico Williams

Alexandra D'Amico Williams

Alexandra found yoga after recovering from a running injury and looking for a sacred space in Washington, DC. What she didn't expect was to find a whole new life, literally. A new community, passion, practice and relationship with something that she had never experienced. Through her journey to deepen her practice, Alexandra studied under multiple teachers before ultimately deciding to take the pursuit herself down the path of teaching... Read More →



Tuesday September 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:00pm

Real Talk: Getting Smart about Using Our Smart Phones
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Moderators
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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 Innovation + Music Festival. Kenny focuses his attention on curating and delivering innovation programs (workshops, panels, experiential activities, etc.), often... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Penna

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 to his work for AT&T he had successful roles in the public and private sectors. Serving as District Director for former U.S. Congressman Mark... Read More →
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Kevin Saftner

General Manager, James St. Gastropub
avatar for Gil Teixeira

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, creator of CEEMI (a Collaborative Experiential Electronic Music Instrument) and has led creative projects in the USA, Portugal, Norway... Read More →

Partners

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

2:45pm

Radio Resurgence: The Rapid Rise of Podcast Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

For decades, radio was for many people the primary method of staying connected with the rest of the world. The ability to broadcast information over large distances constituted a major turning point in the course of human civilization, impacting everything from news and education to music and entertainment. Recent years have produced another shift: as technology has become more affordable and easy to use, listeners and creators around the world have been empowered to take more active roles in shaping our collective knowledge and interactions.


Three podcasters come together for a live recording of their respective shows. Thrival content partner Aaron Watson, from Going Deep with Aaron Watson, will be joined by Marta on the Move’s Marta Mazzoni, and The Juice Crew 412 + Kelly Strayhorn Theater's Knowledge Build Hudson for a discussion on how this medium has impacted the way they learn, live, and engage with the world around them.

Speakers
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Knowledge Build Hudson

Classic 1824 Consulting
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Marta Mazzoni

Marta Mazzoni is the host of the Marta On The Move Podcast, where she highlights interesting people and places in Pittsburgh, while also traveling the world and linking cultural experiences back to her hometown. Solo adventures include ocean study of dolphin and whale migration off the coast of Ischia, Italy; tomb excavation of the Byzantine period in the south of Sicily; helping to rebuild a 10th century castle in France; building houses for the... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson

Host, Going Deep w/ Aaron Watson
Aaron Watson hosts and produces the podcast Going Deep w/ Aaron Watson. His half hour episodes are comprised of meaningful, deep conversations with writers, entrepreneurs, coaches, and innovators about the passions, fears and problems they have faced down. Aaron has interviewed bestselling authors Chris Guillebeau, Tucker Max & Kevin Kelly, visionary entrepreneurs Henry Thorne & Dennis Mortensen, and revered finance bloggers Barry... Read More →

Partners

Tuesday September 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

4:00pm

Way Off Broadway: The Post-Industrial Squonk Phenomenon
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn, the creative geniuses behind Squonk, a brazen ensemble of makers and music technologists who have wowed audiences around the world with their surreal post-industrial productions. Since their start in a Pittsburgh junkyard 24 years ago, Squonk has created thirteen original productions and performed in more than 250 venues across the US, and on 3 continents. With strong priorities in being accessible and transformative, they’ve taught workshops, directed collaborative creations, and done residencies at myriad universities, museums, and middle schools.

Squonk’s two most recent productions will be featured at the open and close of Thrival Music. Each day will begin with a performance of Cycle Sonic, their brand new bike-inspired rock concert on human-powered moving platforms. And to close out each night, Pneumatica will play, featuring a 40-foot high moving statue surrounded with fans, turbines, and inflatables. Don’t miss this chance to meet the creators, two of Pittsburgh’s most fascinating personalities.



Speakers
avatar for Jackie Dempsey

Jackie Dempsey

Artistic Director, Squonk
Jackie Dempsey’s music has been called “hypnotic” by The New York Times, “gloriously eccentric” by Time Out New York and was nominated for Best Broadway Score by The Friends of New York Theater. With Squonk Opera, she has created twelve multimedia productions and has been touring nationally and internationally for over two decades. Last year, she was awarded an Investing in Professional Artists grant from The... Read More →
avatar for Steve O'Hearn

Steve O'Hearn

Artistic Director, Squonk Opera
Steve O’Hearn’s environmental and product designs, and theater productions have been recognized with over forty awards. The New York Times says he has “a cinematic visual vocabulary that makes you think of fever-dream movie directors like Peter Greenaway, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Godfrey Reggio.” He had a solo show of work at the Andy Warhol Museum, where he was Heinz Artist-in-Residence. He has also received the... Read More →

Partners
avatar for Squonk

Squonk

Squonk has created and toured our outdoor spectacles around the world, with reviews that include “insane majesty" from The Scotsman, “surreal and poetic” from USA Today and “ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic" from The New York Times. Squonkwork is fast, funny, and shameless: our first show was performed in a Pittsburgh junkyard, with choreographed cranes and roaring earthmovers. Squonk creates post-industrial outdoor... Read More →


Tuesday September 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

5:00pm

Lost and Found: Networking Happy Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuesday September 20, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

6:00pm

P.O.W.E.R. 2016: The Power to Protect: Technology, Science, and the Fight to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women (Ticketed Special Event)
Limited Capacity seats available

*Note: Ticketed Special Event. Please be sure to purchase a ticket here.*

Technology is allowing us to empirically and accurately determine what we know, how we know it, and how to protect ourselves and our neighbors. Innovators have developed groundbreaking new methods and devices to fight back —  we’ve enlisted help in surprising new sectors to allow women to employ science and technology as a means to to help protect other women and the vulnerable from harm — particularly within the realm of cases most difficult to prosecute.

Thrival partners with the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women In Bio to link scientific innovation, law, and economic growth in an interdisciplinary forum of experts, entrepreneurs, and researchers who have developed key tools to fight against sexual violence and human trafficking. This program showcases cutting-edge technologies to combat, prevent, and prosecute brutality against women and the vulnerable in Pittsburgh and across the globe.

The annual Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R.) is a celebration of the contribution local women are making to life sciences and healthcare. P.O.W.E.R. 2016 will showcase the use of science and technology in championing new methods for protecting women. Five successful Pittsburgh innovators will highlight cutting-edge technologies used to combat, prevent and prosecute sexual brutality in Pittsburgh and across the globe.

This is a ticketed special event: $20 for online pre-registration (No additional fees!). To register, please visit this separate link: http://www.womeninbio.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=28914

Moderators
avatar for Babs Carryer

Babs Carryer

University of Pittsburgh
At the University of Pittsburgh, Babs works for the Innovation Institute, as Director of Education and Outreach. She teaches the Benchtop to Bedside technology commercialization course to clinicians, researchers and graduate students as well as a similar class for future Coulter Foundation Fellows. In her role at Pitt, Babs is involved in multiple programs to stimulate and support innovation and entrepreneurship, including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ria David

Dr. Ria David

President, Cybergenetics
Dr. Ria David is president and co-founder of Cybergenetics, a Pittsburgh, PA biotechnology company that focuses on forensic DNA analysis. Cybergenetics developed the TrueAllele ® technology to automate STR DNA interpretation using computers more than 20 years ago. Since 2000 when TrueAllele was adapted for the forensics market Cybergenetics has provided forensic interpretation and database products and services to... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Elliot

Jennifer Elliot

Senior Manager, Forensic Science Applications Group
Jennifer Elliott is a forensic scientist serving the forensic DNA community since 2004. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2003 and began her career at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory. Through her years at the crime laboratory as a DNA analyst and supervisor, she worked on hundreds of DNA cases, processed crime scenes, and provided... Read More →
avatar for Cara Jones

Cara Jones

Co-Founder and COO, Marinus Analytics
Cara Jones is co-founder and chief operating officer of Marinus Analytics, a company which provides technology to combat human trafficking in the United States and Canada. Ms. Jones has 15 years of industry experience with high technology implementations. Early in her career, Ms. Jones worked as an engineer with the local robotics company, Aethon Inc. More recently, she served as technology consultant at Deloitte. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Miller

Dr. Elizabeth Miller

Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Elizabeth Miller is a Professor in Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and medical anthropology, she has over a decade of practice and research experience in addressing interpersonal violence in clinical and... Read More →
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Jan Necessary

Deputy District Attorney
Janet R. Necessary received a B.A. degree in 1975 from Chatham College (French and Economics) and a J.D. in 1978 from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She joined the Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney in December 1978. Ms. Necessary is a Deputy District Attorney and supervisor of the Crimes Against Persons Unit, which prosecutes cases of adult sexual assault and other violent crimes, the Elder Abuse Unit... Read More →

Partners
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Women in Bio

The WIB-Pittsburgh chapter is working to support recognized and emerging women leaders in the biosciences industry of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia. Our mission is to promote knowledge sharing among women, impact regional economic growth and stimulate empowerment among women leaders. We believe that women have the unique potential for improving companies' strategic positions and growth by offering intelligence, spirit... Read More →


Tuesday September 20, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

8:15pm

KEYNOTE - DR. BENNET OMALU Collision Course: Courage, Accountability, and Fighting for the Voiceless
Limited Capacity seats available

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, popularly known as CTE, has shaken the sports world to its core, most notably the National Football League and its penchant for offering fans jarring hits and sensational collisions every Sunday from September through February. Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered CTE in Pittsburgh, and has since become a global phenomena, with the recent film Concussion documenting his experience going toe to toe with the National Football League — an organization that fiercely disputed his findings and has found itself at the heart of the controversy. Dozens of football players and other athletes have been diagnosed, multiple have tragically taken their own lives, and numerous analysts believe this condition is not isolated, but an epidemic.

Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion and writer of the screenplay for the feature film starring Will Smith, will join the conversation with Dr. Omalu for a deep dive into the nature of courage, accountability, and the opportunity to tell the story for those who have lost the ability to tell it for themselves.  


Moderators
avatar for Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas

New York Times Bestselling Author of "Concussion", University of Pittsburgh
Jeanne Marie Laskas is the The New York Times best selling author of seven books, including CONCUSSION, the basis for the Sony Pictures Golden Globe nominated movie staring Will Smith. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and serves as the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a professor of creative writing.Jeanne Marie Laskas is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bennet Omalu

Dr. Bennet Omalu

Forensic Pathologist
As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Born in 1968 in Eastern Nigeria during the civil war, his family lived as refugees, his town under constant fire by the Nigerian Air Force. Despite suffering war-related under-nutrition in the first two years of his life, Omalu would go on to attend medical school at age 15 and become a... Read More →
avatar for Rasu B. Shrestha, MD

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD

Chief Innovation Officer; Executive Vice President, UPMC; UPMC Enterprises
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. A cross-functional team collaborator, he is committed to preparing and empowering UPMC for the future of health care. By driving alignment among stakeholders, championing new technologies, and tearing down organizational... Read More →


Tuesday September 20, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm
New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA

9:30pm

After Party - James St. Gastropub
Let's get Thrival week started off right at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy! And let's support a fast-growing Pittsburgh-based arts nonprofit — RADIANT HALL — while we're at it.

Bring 50 cents, or 50 smackaroos...any donation gets you in and goes to support RADIANT HALL and its mission.

Oh yeah — there's live music featuring the Anton DeFade Trio, Thrival 2015 alumnus Courtesy, and Ferdinand the Bull.

See you there!


Tuesday September 20, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
James Street Gastropub 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
Wednesday, September 21
 

9:00am

Moving Forward: Transportation Transitions and the Future of Urban Mobility
Pittsburgh has gotten a lot of attention recently from Uber's launch of its first fleet of autonomous vehicles. However, this is only the latest milestone in a long history of innovation in transportation and infrastructure. From railroads and bridges to trolley cars and airports, Pittsburgh has been at the center of many transitions, both good and bad. Today, the city's (usually) positive repuation around its bridges and rivers are juxtaposed with notoriety for unintuitive roads, crumbling infrastructure, bad drivers, and poor accessibility.

We invite Stan Caldwell (Executive Director of Traffic21), Sean Luther (Executive Director of Envision Downtown), Ian Neumaier (Founder of Find Some Flow), and Allison Plummer (Co-founder of Transit-Source), to discuss these changes and their significance for the future.

Speakers
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Stan Caldwell

Executive Director, Traffic21
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Sean Luther

Mr. Luther is responsible for managing Envision Downtown – a public private partnership created by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to craft a 21st century vision for the sustainable and efficiency development of a Downtown for all. | | Prior to launching Envision Downtown, Mr. Luther was at the helm of Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District where he advanced dramatic energy and water... Read More →
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Ian Neumaier

Founder, Director, and Chief Fun Funder at Find Some Flow.
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Allison Plummer

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Transit-Source
Allison Plummer is a Co-founder and Managing Director of TransitSource. She has been commuting by bike for almost eight years and is passionate about making cycling more accessible. In the last five years, she has worked on all sides of the civic public/private partnership model, including city government, institutes of higher education, nonprofits, and engineering firms. At each stop she has found a creative way to incorporate GIS for better... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

10:15am

Shooting from Half Court: Public Education Reform and Why We Can Do Better
Limited Capacity seats available

The current system of public education is more or less maxed out in terms of results. Continuing to invest in reforming this model will result, at best, in incremental progress and pockets of success.

Thankfully, it is increasingly possible to envision an entirely new paradigm for learning, one that would be much more aligned with the modern world, more equitable to those who have been marginalized, and more compatible with the future we want for our children and communities.

Sam Franklin argues for a new approach to education reform, one that would change the fundamentals of the shots we are shooting instead of trying to get us better and better at shooting from half court. And one that would stop using outliers as a rationale to continue doing what we're doing.

Register now for a provocative call for new education pathways, and start to envision what it would look like to combine the best aspects of education, past and present, to chart a better future.

Sam will be joined for a talkback session with Derrius Quarles, someone who made that “half-court shot,” working his way from various foster homes in Chicago’s South Side to earning over a million dollars in scholarships, and starting his own business, Million Dollar Scholar, to help other students secure financial aid for college.


Speakers
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Sam Franklin

Executive Resident of the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University
Sam Franklin is Executive Resident at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a professor, innovator and entrepreneur whose conclusions from a decade of leadership in public education will push your thinking about the future of school reform. | Sam has a track record of taking big ideas from start to finish. He designed and opened the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, a... Read More →
avatar for Derrius Quarles

Derrius Quarles

CEO, Million Dollar Scholar
Born and bred on the south-side of Chicago, Derrius is a 13-year alumnus of foster care who secured over one million dollars in scholarship awards before entering Morehouse College as first generation student, where he graduated cum laude.  An award-winning entrepreneur and author, he is the Founder and CEO of Million Dollar Scholar, Founding Partner of Gentlemen Ventures, and Founding Partner/CEO of Breaux Capital. His work has been... Read More →

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

11:30am

Meeting You Where You’re At: Community Storytelling and the Value of Place
Limited Capacity seats available

History has mostly been written by those with the power, wealth, and means to shape the reality of their time. While this still bears some truth today, education and technology have largely democratized the ability to document and share people’s stories, on their own terms. The American Society of News Editors aims to further bridge that gap by curating a platform for community members to shape their own narratives. In this session we’ll hear from a few residents from the surrounding neighborhoods sharing their perspectives on being part of one of America’s new “it” cities. Join in on the conversation throughout the day at Alloy 26, as open interviews will be conducted on Thrival’s exhibit floor.

Speakers
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John Allison

John Allison is the editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He joined the PG in 1994 as oped editor and also served as Sunday editor and book review editor. A Pittsburgh native, he is a Penn State graduate who has been a journalist in Washington, New York and Prague. | | Post-Gazette | | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the Pittsburgh metro region's largest daily newspaper, descending from the Pittsburgh Gazette, first published... Read More →
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Lexi Belculfine

Editor, The Incline
Lexi Belculfine is the editor of The Incline, a mobile-first local news site for Pittsburgh. She previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was editor of The Daily Collegian, the independent student newspaper at Penn State, during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal and the death of Joe Paterno. | | TheIncline.com | | The Incline aims to connect readers by producing original stories you won't find elsewhere, curating the rest and... Read More →
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John Canning

John Canning is the vice-president of the Allegheny City Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the Northside prior to its annexation to Pittsburgh. | | John is a life-long resident of the Northside and writes a monthly column about its history and current Northside traditions. He currently lives in the Central Northside.
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Justin Channell

Justin Channell has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2012, first working as a night news editor and later as the digital media editor. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University. In addition, he also wrote for eHow.com, Prefix and Cinetic Media’s Filmbuff.com, where he also served as a video editor. He has also produced several independent feature films including the recent release “Winners Tape All: The Henderson... Read More →
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Ebony McQueen Harris

As a creative empowerment coach/consultant, and founder of LEVELS Creative Empowerment and Consulting Group, Ebony McQueen-Harris is focused on connecting the dots between projects/businesses, the creative arts and community endeavors. With LEVELS Ebony and her “tribe of women creatives” help clients connect the dots as it relates to their personal and/or organizations’ “why”, which according to her, can often occur through creative... Read More →
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Kevin Jenkins

Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W. was named Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Jenkins is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MBC and works closely with its affiliates Bidwell Training Center, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the National Center for Arts & Technology. MBC is committed to working with individuals to transform lives as well as build, strengthen, and enhance... Read More →

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:00pm

Free Yoga w/ 1.1 Yoga
Namaste, ya'll. 

Everyday at 1 PM during Thrival Innovation, we'll be doing some FREE yoga at our Innovation Playground at Nova Place — hosted by 1.1 Yoga

Bring your mats. Bring the flow.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Fitzpatrick

Krystle Fitzpatrick

There is more to yoga than just the physical. Krystle first sought out a yoga class 12 years ago in her first year of college, as she was drawn to the philosophies and practice of mindfulness. She quickly came to realize that the physical benefits were an added bonus and enhanced the freeing feeling that comes from movement and being in your body; the meditation in movement. She went on to complete her first immersive teacher training with... Read More →
avatar for Megan Flinn

Megan Flinn

After taking her first official yoga classes at Penn State, Megan experienced her first fully fledged yoga class in New York City when a friend dragged her there kicking and screaming. From that first "real" class where she refused to "OM", things have changed a lot. Inspired by her studios back in NYC, especially Jivamukti, Prema, and the Kula Yoga Project, as well as her 500 hour teachers Ragunath and Sondra Loring, and by her current 1000 hour... Read More →
avatar for Sadie Grossman

Sadie Grossman

After an injury originally brought Sadie to her mat, it was when She moved to West Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer where her therapeutic yoga journey began. She found herself working with female farmers who suffered from lower back pain and high levels of stress due to their demanding lives and vigorous manual work schedules. She then traveled to Indonesia to study Hatha yoga, where she received her 200-hour RYT certification. Upon... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Stotsky

Hallie Stotsky

I am a Pittsburgh based Power Vinyasa yoga teacher, lululemon ambassador, wife, daughter, friend ... and lover of good food and craft beer. I completed my 200-hour training through South Hills Power Yoga in 2013 and allowed it to completely transform my life by diving all in to teaching. I first found yoga my senior year of college at Chatham University as a physical replacement from college sports; but during... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra D'Amico Williams

Alexandra D'Amico Williams

Alexandra found yoga after recovering from a running injury and looking for a sacred space in Washington, DC. What she didn't expect was to find a whole new life, literally. A new community, passion, practice and relationship with something that she had never experienced. Through her journey to deepen her practice, Alexandra studied under multiple teachers before ultimately deciding to take the pursuit herself down the path of teaching... Read More →



Wednesday September 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:30pm

Learning from Where You Live: Authenticity and Innovation in Changing Places
Limited Capacity seats available

Cities change. Neighborhoods evolve. These are all widely accepted truisms; however,  in communities that have experienced disinvestment followed by new development, there is often a struggle to form a shared identity between long-time residents and newcomers. But there is an opportunity to bridge this gap by recognizing that the existing “authentic community” is (and was) never truly static. By viewing our cities and neighborhoods as constantly evolving places of innovation marked by the fingerprints of individuals from all walks of life, a new sense of authenticity can be discovered. Ray Gastil, Director of City Planning at the City of Pittsburgh, Dr. Daniel Campo, Professor in Architecture and Planning from Morgan State University, Janera Solomon, Executive Director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and Matthew Lister, Director at Gehl Architects will explore this topics in depth and share perspectives from a variety of viewpoints.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Daniel Campo

Dr. Daniel Campo

Associate Professor of Architecture, Morgan State University
Daniel Campo is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at | Morgan State University in Baltimore. Campo’s research explores informal, insurgent | and do-it- yourself development practices and their intersection with professional urban | planning, design and preservation. His book, The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn | Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (Fordham University Press, | 2013) was named... Read More →
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Ray Gastil

Director of City Planning, City of Pittsburgh
Ray Gastil is City Planning Director for Pittsburgh, where he leads initiatives to improve neighborhood planning, resilient communities, comprehensive planning, and complete streets. He co-chairs the Affordable Housing Task Force. The Department has responsibilities for the City Planning Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Review Commission. | He has served as planning director, Seattle, and Manhattan planning... Read More →
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Matthew Lister

Director, Gehl
Matthew Lister is a creative urban place-maker, real estate development strategist, and designer. As an Director at Gehl — New York, he focuses on the intersection of real estate strategy and the design and activation of public spaces. Matthew approaches project development and implementation holistically, understanding that creating or enhancing urban places requires the integration of creative programming and design, policy... Read More →
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Janera Solomon

Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Janera Solomon is the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a historic live | arts venue in Pittsburgh now in its seventh year of presenting progressive, evocative | new works in dance, music, film, education and cultural programming. | Recognized for her transformative leadership and contributions to the revitalization of | East Liberty, janera managed the merger of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Dance | Alloy in 2011, while... Read More →

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

2:45pm

Pittsburgh's Health Pivot: Transforming "Steel City" to "Health City"
Limited Capacity seats available

Transforming from  "Steel City" to "the best place to live" and "Hot new food town," Pittsburgh has rebranded itself as a leader in living innovation.  Dr. Vonda Wright, Orthopaedic Surgeon, author and change-maker shares her vision for transforming Pittsburgh from "Healthcare city" to the "healthiest city" by harnessing our technology, community and corporate power to build a city that lives more.

She is joined by digital health evangelist, Nick Adkins, BikePGH Executive Director Scott Bricker, City of Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin, and Fitt.co founder Anthony Vennare.

Moderators
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Vonda Wright

UPMC orthopaedic surgeon Vonda Wright, M.D., specializes in sports medicine and works to optimize her patients’ mobility. She is especially interested in aging athletes and how physical aptitude affects mobility, and other aspects of general health, as people age. Located at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA) is a service to help both aging athletes and sedentary adults over age... Read More →

Speakers
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Nick Adkins

Digital Health Evangelist
“Ego is like dust in the eyes. Clear the ego and see the world.” This quote describes the unfolding path of Nick Adkins from healthcare executive to kilt-wearing digital health evangelist. Nick’s journey begins with a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MBA from Belmont University. | | A few of Nick’s initial stops were as a suit wearing executive for the Vanderbilt Health Plans and a serial... Read More →
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Grant Ervin

Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer for the City of Pittsburgh were he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Grant is responsible for the environmental, infrastructure and inter-governmental and inter-agency relationships related to the enhancement of the City of Pittsburgh’s sustainability and resilience objectives. | During his time with... Read More →
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Anthony Vennare

Co-Founder, Fitt
Anthony is a former U.S. Marine, highly skilled product designer, and distinguished wellness professional that has worked in every facet of the fitness industry, building online and in-person communities that make being ‘healthy’ easier and more accessible. 


Wednesday September 21, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

4:00pm

Food City, USA: How to Build and Sustain a Food Culture for Everyone
Limited Capacity seats available

Since Pittsburgh's anointment as America's #1 food city, there has been much celebration about the ascension of the city's culinary culture and community. This is great, however, there's a need for an open and transparent conversation about what this actually means long term, and if this type of notoriety is sustainable in the long-term. How do you build from here? What are the necessary steps needed to maintain the momentum? Does everyone have access to these benefits (short answer: no)? It doesn’t just end with food. The culture extends itself into a culture of microbreweries and craft beer that industry leaders that also make Pittsburgh their home.


Moderators
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Leah Lizarondo

Founder, The Brazen Kitchen
Leah Lizarondo is Co-Founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing viable food about to go to waste and redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is an innovative approach to food recovery with rapid response reverse logistics model that utilizes technology to aggregate and automatically match food donors and beneficiaries. The... Read More →

Speakers
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Jamilka Borges

Chef, Spoon
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Sandy Cindrich

CEO, Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pittsburgh native Sandy Cindrich was named President and CEO of Pennsylvania | Brewing Co (Penn Brewery) in July, 2010. She, along with two other local craft beer | lovers, Linda Nyman and Corey Little, purchased the controlling interest of Penn | Brewery in November 2009. | | Cindrich became a fan of craft beer over 13 years ago when her husband Gary took an | interest in home brewing and supporting craft breweries from around the area. | Prior... Read More →
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Joe Hilty

Owner, The Vandal
Joey Hilty is the owner of "The Vandal", a neighborhood cafe in Lawrenceville ( with accolades from the NYT, Zagat, EATER, etc).  Despite being 28 years old, he has an extensive background in the Food and Beverage world and remains a student of food culture, more specifically the roles restaurants play in their neighborhoods.
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Scott Smith

East End Brewing Company
Scott ditched his corporate engineering job in 2004 and first started brewing beer commercially in his original Homewood Brewery. After moving both the Brewery and the Strip District "Growler Shop" to vastly new and improved locations, East End has grown to become a staple of the Pittsburgh Craft Beer scene, with the city's largest barrel aging program. East End has been voted "Best Local... Read More →
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Jake Voelker

Voodoo Brewing Company
I am a principal of Voodoo Brewing Company and Owner of Voelker Project Management.

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

5:00pm

High Spirits: Food, Brew, and ‘Burgh-based Libations
Limited Capacity filling up

Now that you’ve learned more about food and craft brewing culture, it’s time to stimulate other senses — most notably taste.

Thrival will activate 10,000 square feet to feature craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries (as well as some of the Pittsburgh's most popular food trucks) all offering free samples while engaging you in an interactive experience on sourcing, creation, design, and more.

And be sure to check out a live demo of Conversant Labs new app, “Yes, Chef,” that will be live demo’d by Jamilka Borges, James Beard Award semi-finalist and executive chef of Spoon.

Participants:

Voodoo Brewery

East End Brewery

Penn Brewing Company

Pittsburgh Winery

Grist House Craft Brewery

 


Exhibitors
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Grist House Craft Brewery

Grist House Craft Brewery is located in the heart of Millvale, PA just minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh.  Family owned and operated, we strive to produce high quality beer that is delicious and easy drinking. The brewery is loaded with character, from our taproom overlooking the brew system, our all-season deck and spacious outdoor beer garden (or ‘biergarten’ for yinz cultured folk), to our tap handles hand crafted... Read More →
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Penn Brewery

Penn Brewery tells the story of Pittsburgh’s European immigrants through its craft beer and homemade cuisine. Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest brewery, Penn is housed in the mid nineteenth-century landmark E&O Brewery Building in the North Side’s Deutschtown neighborhood, which was settled by German immigrants. Penn has been producing high-end craft beers since 1986, specializing in authentic, award-winning German-style beers... Read More →
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Pittsburgh Winery

Pittsburgh Winery is a boutique urban winery located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District with roots going back nearly 15 years. Winemaker and owner Tim Gaber began his winemaking career with a small group of friends making small batches of wine the old fashioned way. This hobby slowly began to develop into something more as he became more and more impassioned about everything wine and wine making, even... Read More →

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

7:00pm

KEYNOTE: The American Identity: Who Are We, and Where Are We Going? featuring Eugene Robinson and Meghan McCain
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
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Marita Garrett

Council, Borough of Wilkinsburg
During her first term as a Wilkinsburg Council Member, Marita Garrett founded “Community Conversations”, an initiative to connect and empower residents to work together for neighborhood improvement. In furtherance of that goal, Ms. Garrett co-founded the Free Store Wilkinsburg, where donations of material goods are thoughtfully paired with families and residents. In her professional life, Ms. Garrett is also the co-owner and managing... Read More →

Speakers
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Meghan McCain

Host, America Now
Meghan McCain is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, America Now which is part of the iHeartRadio/Premiere Network radio family.  She is also a regular contributor to Fox News Channel.  A powerful role model for women and Republicans alike, McCain passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality. She was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age, involved in... Read More →
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Matthew Mohn

Partner, Reed Smith
Matt is a Partner with Reed Smith LLP, a global law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers in 26 offices throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  He leads the firm’s Emerging Growth / Venture Capital Practice and is a member of the Corporate & Transactional Advisory Group.  Matt serves as outside general counsel to emerging growth and middle-market companies; represents venture capital funds with their... Read More →
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Eugene Robinson

Journalist, The Washington Post
Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South—on what they called the... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA

9:00pm

Generation Startup: Sneak Preview and Reception (featuring CEEMI)
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an exclusive sneak preview of the new documentary, Generation Startup, brought to you by Venture for America. 

GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. 

Musicians
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CEEMI

Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instrument - www.playceemi.com

Partners

Wednesday September 21, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA
 
Thursday, September 22
 

8:00am

Breakfast of Champions: Griddle Masterpieces
Limited Capacity seats available

Look — making a smiley face out of eggs and bacon is nothing new. But making a pancake mural of Game of Thrones characters? How about a pancake that looks just like Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump? Those are griddle skills. Enter the minds behind Dancakes — best friends from St. Louis who have blended breakfast and art to introduce a social media phenomenon that has captured the world’s attention. Join us for coffee, a thought talk, and of course a selection of custom-made pancakes for your viewing and eating pleasure.


Speakers
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Dan Drake

Founder, Dancakes
DANCAKES is the brainchild of Daniel 'Dr. Dan' Drake and Henry 'Hank' Gustafson, two young sons of Saint Louis, MO just trying to make their mark on the world. THE BEGINNING You see, the story goes that Dan was working a greasy job at a greasy-spoon, flipping burgers and frying eggs, when one day he had an idea - could he make better tips if he drew pictures in pancake batter? He decided to give it a try one slow afternoon and the first Dancake... Read More →
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Hank Gustafson

Founder, Dancakes
DANCAKES is the brainchild of Daniel 'Dr. Dan' Drake and Henry 'Hank' Gustafson, two young sons of Saint Louis, MO just trying to make their mark on the world. THE BEGINNING You see, the story goes that Dan was working a greasy job at a greasy-spoon, flipping burgers and frying eggs, when one day he had an idea - could he make better tips if he drew pictures in pancake batter? He decided to give it a try one slow afternoon and the first Dancake... Read More →

Partners
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Dancakes

Pancake Art Rock Stars, Dr. Dan and Hank Internationally famous and in demand, viral videos galore, And yes they're edible Book us for anything, anywhere. #dancakes #pancakeart


Thursday September 22, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

9:00am

Winning Formulas: Sports Analytics, Performance, and Gaining the Competitive Edge
Limited Capacity seats available

We’re past “Moneyball.” Sports franchises throughout the industry have adopted and implemented myriad quantitative and analytical tools to assess player performance on the field.

These developments have certainly led a revolution in the way we view athletic evaluation. However, we still lack a sufficient grasp on the games being played inside the minds of athletes. Do some people have a knack for defining the moment, while others fold under pressure?

The consequences are heavy — with trophies, championships, endorsements, millions of dollars, and at times the collective soul of entire fanbases riding on the thinnest of margins.

Thrival welcomes a panel of sports experts and professionals as they discuss the ins and outs of sabermetrics, the nature of the business of sports, and what it means to be clutch.


Moderators
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Richard Law

Arsenal F.C. (London)
Richard Law works in Football Operations at Arsenal Football Club.  His responsibilities range from managing all player contracts and transfers to assisting the Manager of the team and the CEO of the club with football issues. | Prior to starting his work for Arsenal in 2005, Mr. Law had assignments in Brazil, Mexico, the USA and Spain.

Speakers
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Justin Forzano

Executive Director, Cameroon Football Development Program
Forzano is a social entrepreneur focused on addressing issues that impact youth across the globe, using soccer as a uniting force for good. Based in Pittsburgh, he leads a team of interns and volunteers to create awareness, collect equipment, and raise funds to support the work of CameroonFDP, a FIFA Football for Hope supported initiative. In Cameroon, he is working with his team to expand and develop an innovative approach to community... Read More →
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Dr. Chris Howard

President, Robert Morris University
Dr. Howard is the eighth president of Robert Morris University. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science in 1991. A Rhodes scholar, he earned his doctorate in politics at the University of Oxford and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He received the Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior college football player... Read More →
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Karim Kassam

Director of Analytics, Pittsburgh Steelers
Undergraduate in Electrical Engineering (Queen's University, 2001), Masters in Computer Science (Imperial College, 2002) PhD in Psychology (Harvard, 2010) Faculty member at Carnegie Mellon 2010-2014, Department of Social and Decision Sciences Research and teaching focused on the psychology of decision making and emotion Analytics consultant, Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-2014 Left academia in 2014 to become Senior Director of Applied... Read More →
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Sam Ventura

BS, Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010 PhD, Statistics, CMU, 2015 Joined the faculty in the Department of Statistics at CMU in 2015 Currently teaching classes on statistical graphics and data visualization Research involves modeling the spread of infectious diseases; prediction; clustering; active learning; record linkage, duplicate detection, and entity resolution; statistics in sports Faculty advisor to CMU's... Read More →

Partners

Thursday September 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

10:15am

#Hashtag: Crossing the Lines
Limited Capacity seats available

If you ask someone over the age of 30 to press the “pound” sign, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. Ask a college student and they may offer you a fist-bump. Such is the social media phenomenon of the hashtag: a singular icon that in and of itself seems rather insignificant, but when attached to a cultural movement or idea, can start to change the world.

Chris Messina, the inventor of the hashtag, helps us learn a little bit more about how one character has reshaped the social media landscape. Afterward, Pittsburgh-based artist, DS Kinsel, will sit down the Chris for a talkback session with the audience.


Speakers
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DS Kinsel

D.S. Kinsel // @dskinsel | D.S. Kinsel Is A Black Creative Entrepreneur And Cultural Agitator Based In Pittsburgh, Pa. He Expresses His Creativity Through The Mediums Of Painting, Window Display, Installation, Curating, Action-painting, Non-traditional Performance And Social Media. While Kinsel’s Primary Practice Is Painting, He Believes That Experimenting In Other Disciplines Further Develops His Key Practice As A Painter... Read More →
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Chris Messina

Developer Experience Lead, Uber
Chris Messina is a designer, writer, avid Twitterer, and speaker who’s known for inventing the hashtag. He works with developers, product designers, entrepreneurs, and communities to bring to life projects that should exist but don’t. His superpower is pioneering initiatives before most people realize they’ll be important, for example: co-organizing the community that launched Firefox, creating Google... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 10:15am - 10:45am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

10:30am

Thought Leadership and the Need for Creating Great Content (UpContent Demo)
UpContent CEO Scott Rogerson discusses the challenges of being a thought leader in the digital age, and the need for individuals, businesses and organizations to curate great content. He will lead a demo of UpContent's smart content curation tools, and how they can help solve a variety of problems.

Speakers
SR

Scott Rogerson

CEO, UpContent


Thursday September 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

11:00am

Precision Medicine: Health Care as Unique as You
Recent developments in genetic sequencing could eventually make one-size-fits-all treatment for serious diseases is becoming a thing of the past. In the last decade, as costs have plummeted and data analysis has become far more sophisticated, researchers and doctors have moved closer to individualized treatment based on each patient’s unique genetic makeup. A diagnosis may no longer be “colon cancer” or “lung cancer” but instead a combination of distinct molecular subtypes so patients get the exact right treatment, at the right time, for their specific disease. This talk will explore what precision medicine is, how it’s being developed and brought into clinical practice, and what makes Pittsburgh uniquely positioned to become a leader in this space. Trust us, you’ll remember this talk in 10 years.

Presented by UPMC Enterprises 

Speakers
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Courtland H. Longest

Director of Product, Precision Medicine, UPMC Enterprises
Courtland Longest is a product management and marketing leader who has spent the last decade in the precision medicine space. During that time, he has focused on discovering, building, and commercially launching precision medicine tests that oncologists use to treat their patients more precisely. These have included live-cell chemosensitivity tests, molecular biomarker tests, and proprietary multi-gene “signatures” that... Read More →
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Rasu B. Shrestha, MD

Chief Innovation Officer; Executive Vice President, UPMC; UPMC Enterprises
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. A cross-functional team collaborator, he is committed to preparing and empowering UPMC for the future of health care. By driving alignment among stakeholders, championing new technologies, and tearing down organizational... Read More →

Partners

Thursday September 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

12:10pm

Modular Synthesis & Music: An 'Old' Technology Inspires a New Generation of Music Creators
Modular synthesis is back! In this panel locally owned and internationally recognized brand Pittsburgh Modular discusses why this old technology is resurfacing and how it is changing the way music creators work. Joining them on the panel are representatives from Roland, creators of the legendary TR-808, TR-909, TB-303 and many more classics. These companies are responsible for the technology that's not only made much of modern music possible, but have inspired generations of musicians to push the boundaries. Joined by  guest artists King Britt and producer/music technologist Nate Mars, the panel will discuss creative approaches for working with modular synths in studio or live performance and what about workflow with modular gear inspires creativity in new directions.

Speakers
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King Britt

What King Britt has done in the past could be considered very important. His curiosity has paved the way for the artist he is now. From creating house tunes for the legendary Strictly Rhythm, djing for Sector 6 comrades Digable Planets, starting Ovum Recordings with techno wunderkind, Josh Wink, being tapped to underscore Michael Mannʼs Miami Vice and various commercials, to curating a full day at MoMA PS1 in New York, the list goes on... Read More →
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Nate Mars

Nate Mars is a producer and music technologist based in New York City. He has released original music on several labels including Fabric (UK), ZZK (Argentina), and Lustre Kings Productions in addition to having songs licensed for documentary films and television. Nate is passionate about artist-to-artist music education, specifically helping inspire other producers to achieve their music production goals through... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

12:30pm

Sharing Meals: FoodChain Demo
FoodChain is a food-driven social media platform that allows users to share their meal experience. Whether you want to review a restaurant or post your homemade treats, FoodChain allows you easily share your meals with your followers and the restaurants you dine at.

Thursday September 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:00pm

How to Build an Art Town: Supporting & Sustaining Arts Communities in Post-Industrial America
Limited Capacity seats available

Beyond education and medicine — commonly referred in Pittsburgh as “eds and meds” — the art scenes have been transformative to the social fabric of entire cities. But what can separate one art town from another? Why is one city “better” for artists than the next? Is it talent, or perhaps a network? What are the key ingredients to sustaining and supporting an arts community outside of traditional hubs such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco?


Moderators
avatar for Ryan Lammie

Ryan Lammie

Radiant Hall

Speakers
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Casey Droege

Founder, SIX x ATE
Casey Droege is a cultural producer and artist. Her work moves between social practice and curatorial ventures. CSAPGH, co-founded in 2013, is part of a national network of art CSAs, selling limited edition artworks by local artists. SIX x ATE, which she founded in 2012, is a popup series that highlights six artists with short talks over a themed meal. All of her projects, including these examples, focus on creating an accessible art experience... Read More →
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Eric Holowacz

Executive Director + Founder, Sedona Arts Center + Sedona Summer Colony
Eric Holowacz is a cultural engineer who has spent the past 25 years triangulating artists, audiences, and communities. In the past decade, he has founded two 21st century American artist residency organizations, The Studios of Key West and the brand new Sedona Summer Colony. He began his career in the 1990s at the South Carolina Arts Commission and then Spoleto Festival, and has since worked on a more global level as general director of Cairns... Read More →
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Kelly Malone

Founder, WorkshopPGH
Long time maker, entrepreneur, interior designer , carpenter and DIY Jane of all Trades, Kelly believes DIY and making is religion. After a long career in visual merchandising, she walked away from corporate America and started cult indie design & music festival Indie Mart, in San Francisco. Highlighting the best in indie makers, food pop ups, garage and beach goth bands. That evolved and led her into creating Workshop SF, the ountries... Read More →
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Alisha Wormsley

Alisha B. Wormsley is a is a collaborative and community-oriented interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Wormsley has been honored with a number of awards and grants to support her programs:afronaut(a) experimental film series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor's public art award), and art: the Children of NAN video art series,the There Are Black People in the Future body of work, and her collaborative works with... Read More →

Partners

Thursday September 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:00pm

Free Yoga w/ 1.1 Yoga
Namaste, ya'll. 

Everyday at 1 PM during Thrival Innovation, we'll be doing some FREE yoga at our Innovation Playground at Nova Place — hosted by 1.1 Yoga

Bring your mats. Bring the flow.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Fitzpatrick

Krystle Fitzpatrick

There is more to yoga than just the physical. Krystle first sought out a yoga class 12 years ago in her first year of college, as she was drawn to the philosophies and practice of mindfulness. She quickly came to realize that the physical benefits were an added bonus and enhanced the freeing feeling that comes from movement and being in your body; the meditation in movement. She went on to complete her first immersive teacher training with... Read More →
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Megan Flinn

After taking her first official yoga classes at Penn State, Megan experienced her first fully fledged yoga class in New York City when a friend dragged her there kicking and screaming. From that first "real" class where she refused to "OM", things have changed a lot. Inspired by her studios back in NYC, especially Jivamukti, Prema, and the Kula Yoga Project, as well as her 500 hour teachers Ragunath and Sondra Loring, and by her current 1000 hour... Read More →
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Sadie Grossman

After an injury originally brought Sadie to her mat, it was when She moved to West Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer where her therapeutic yoga journey began. She found herself working with female farmers who suffered from lower back pain and high levels of stress due to their demanding lives and vigorous manual work schedules. She then traveled to Indonesia to study Hatha yoga, where she received her 200-hour RYT certification. Upon... Read More →
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Hallie Stotsky

I am a Pittsburgh based Power Vinyasa yoga teacher, lululemon ambassador, wife, daughter, friend ... and lover of good food and craft beer. I completed my 200-hour training through South Hills Power Yoga in 2013 and allowed it to completely transform my life by diving all in to teaching. I first found yoga my senior year of college at Chatham University as a physical replacement from college sports; but during... Read More →
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Alexandra D'Amico Williams

Alexandra found yoga after recovering from a running injury and looking for a sacred space in Washington, DC. What she didn't expect was to find a whole new life, literally. A new community, passion, practice and relationship with something that she had never experienced. Through her journey to deepen her practice, Alexandra studied under multiple teachers before ultimately deciding to take the pursuit herself down the path of teaching... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

1:15pm

CEEMI (Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instrument) Demonstration & Games

CEEMI can be quickly described as the hardware generator of an instant virtual ensemble that turns any WiFi compatible device – a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop – into a collaborative electronic musical instrument on the fly. It was specially designed for the performance of music by groups of people without prior musical training.

CEEMI was conceived by musician/sound artist Gil Teixeira in 2013 and started being developed as a response to the growing global community of smartphone and tablet users who seem to be perpetually more disconnected in social settings. The vision behind CEEMI is to harness the power of technology to connect people in real time, in a live setting. It’s not so much about humans interacting with technology, but about technology as a means to human interaction.


Speakers
avatar for Gil Teixeira

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, creator of CEEMI (a Collaborative Experiential Electronic Music Instrument) and has led creative projects in the USA, Portugal, Norway... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Nova Place: Innovation Hall, Demo Stage 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

2:05pm

Machine Learning: Should Health Care “Tay” Away?

Machine learning and artificial intelligence already are and will continue to be beneficial in health care. However, serious pitfalls dot the health care landscape — while failed experiments like Twitter chatbots may be amusing, mistakes in a medical context can have serious consequences. This talk will demystify the basic concepts of machine learning and several of the freely available tools that are making this technology more and more accessible, as well as explore the pros and cons of machine learning’s expansion across the health care industry.


Speakers
avatar for Mohinder Dick

Mohinder Dick

Senior Software Architect, UPMC Enterprises
Mohinder Dick is a software engineer and architect with more than 12 years of experience in project leadership and managing software technology and processes. He has worked at UPMC Enterprises (formerly the UPMC Technology Development Center) since 2013. Mohinder is passionate about machine learning and leading software development teams of all sorts. He specializes in integration technologies, including cloud services in Windows Azure. Over... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright

Software Engineer, UPMC Enterprises
Joseph Wright joined UPMC Enterprises as a software engineer nearly two years ago. He has worked on GNU/Linux systems for more than 10 years, developing personal projects in machine learning for the Quantified Self movement. These projects include the HRV-Biofeedback project (http://joegle.com/hrv/) which uses affordable hardware and free software to do biofeedback relaxation training in a web browser. His other projects include personal GPS... Read More →

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Thursday September 22, 2016 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

3:15pm

How to Build a Music Town
Limited Capacity seats available

Okay, so most cities aren’t Austin, TX. In fact, there’s only one of those. And virtually no one still needs introduced to South By Southwest or Austin City Limits — or Coachella, or Lollapalooza, for that matter. So let’s move past the typical examples of music industry stalwarts in a handful of American cities and begin to figure out what those who are off the beaten path are doing to make their voices heard, forge a unique identity, champion themselves as destination venues, and offer their own contribution to a rapidly changing marketplace.

Moderators
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Cindy Howes

Morning Mix Host & Producer, WYEP
Cindy Howes decided to be a DJ after receiving a radio for her 12th birthday. She got her start at her high school radio station and went on to work at one of the biggest college radio stations in the country, WERS at Emerson College in Boston. After working at several different kinds of stations (commercial Triple A, AM News, non-commercial folk and NPR News), Howes was hired as the Morning Mix host at WYEP in Pittsburgh, PA where she has... Read More →

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Parag Bhandari

Founder / CEO, UG Strategies
Parag Bhandari is Founder & CEO of New York – based UG Strategies, an entertainment lifestyle marketing and public relations agency, with clients that include major television and film studios, consumer brands, technologies, music properties, and others. UG specializes in developing integrated and cross-platform consumer marketing, public relations, and advertising solutions that reach today’s 18-35 year old entertainment... Read More →
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Disco Donnie

Founder, Disco Donnie Presents
Disco Donnie Presents, an SFX Entertainment Company, is an award-winning and recognized leader in electronic dance music event production, founded by veteran promoter James “Disco” Donnie Estopinal. Since the company’s inception in 1994, DDP has generated over 5,000 live events, arena shows and outdoor festivals in over 100 markets around the world, including the US, Mexico, Canada and Latin America. DDP, both on its own and... Read More →
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Sam Fotias

Vice President of Operations, Paxahau
Sam Fotias is Vice President of Operations at Paxahau and Operations Director of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit. Sam began producing underground dance events in Detroit in the early 1990s. Working on these shows, he discovered and developed his talent for pulling elements together to deliver a powerful event experience. He immersed himself in the surging Detroit electronic music scene, working as the in-house... Read More →

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Thursday September 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

4:30pm

The Hero Box: Service, Street Medicine, and the Growth of a Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

For over 30 years, Dr. Jim Withers has traveled to underpasses, alleyways, and tent cities serving those in need — offering free healthcare to the homeless. He would eventually travel the world, connecting with those like him, real life heroes dedicated to serving those who were very much in need. Thus began a street medicine movement, one that spanned the globe.

Diving deeper into the story  we can get caught up in describing the common elements and shared characteristics of what makes a hero in our modern society. By doing so, we often lose track of the fact that people and circumstances change — that more than just one person contributes to success — and a hero’s work is never truly done.

As such, we as a society must challenge our sense of thinking about who our heroes are and the purpose they continue to serve as they continue on their life journey. This is a conversation just as much about charting new frontiers as it is about our collective ability to come to terms with the past and gather courage for the road ahead.


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Dr. Jim Withers

Founder, Operation Safety Net
In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers dressed as a homeless person and joined a formerly homeless | man to visit the street dwellers of Pittsburgh making "house calls" at night. This led to the founding of Operation Safety Net (OSN), the first full time, comprehensive medical | service of its’ kind for the unsheltered homeless. Medical care is delivered directly on | the streets, along the river banks and in the abandoned... Read More →

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Thursday September 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

5:45pm

Virtual Reality's New Look: From Megatrends to the New Digital Realm
Virtual Reality technology has finally come to a point in time where it is getting ready for the consumer mass market and content creator alike. It offers brands new ways to tell stories. It also offers travelers, explorers and gamers new ways to navigate immersive virtual worlds. So what is Virtual Reality? What is 360° video content and how is it different from 'VR'? Where is Virtual Reality now and where is it headed? In this panel, V Owen Bush, Dennis Adamo and Nate Mars of SpaceoutVR will explore these topics. Ahead of the panel, you can download the SpaceoutVR app available free for iOS and Android.

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Dennis Adamo

Co-Founder, SpaceoutVR
As Co-Founder, COO & Commercial Director, Dennis’ role is to define, strategize, structure, commercialize, and focus on corporate and capital formation of  SpaceoutVR, Inc. Dennis is a Serial Entrepreneur and a Digital Marketing and Media Executive with over 20 years of start up experience in New York’s Silicon Alley. His companies have raised over $50 Million in venture capital.  His “Start Up&rdquo... Read More →
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V Owen Bush

CEO and Creative Director, Spaceout VR
V Owen Bush CEO & Creative Director –SpaceoutVR, Inc. -  is a creator and entrepreneur who uses immersion and participation to create transformative social experiences. His work is presented in venues such as live concerts and events, digital planetaria, IMAX3D, broadcast television, mobile devices, and the web. Owen is a pioneer in interactive, experiential and immersive design with early projects including: Pseudo Programs... Read More →
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Nate Mars

Nate Mars is a producer and music technologist based in New York City. He has released original music on several labels including Fabric (UK), ZZK (Argentina), and Lustre Kings Productions in addition to having songs licensed for documentary films and television. Nate is passionate about artist-to-artist music education, specifically helping inspire other producers to achieve their music production goals through... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

6:30pm

After Party - Mattress Factory
Whether it's 50 cents or 50 bucks (you big spender, you), a donation gets you in. All proceeds go to support the Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art and its mission.

The final after party of Thrival Innovation features an unprecedented lineup of legendary artists: PHIL HARTNOLL (ORBITAL)Tommie Sunshine, andKing Britt!

The garden party runs from 6:30-11 PM, with Eric Djstrobe Cohen opening the evening. Any form of monetary donation will grant access for attendees during this timeframe.

All after party events and features are first come, first serve.

*Please note that this is an indoor/outdoor show. All outdoor activities will move indoors due to inclimate weather and entrance will be first come, first serve.

Musicians
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King Britt

What King Britt has done in the past could be considered very important. His curiosity has paved the way for the artist he is now. From creating house tunes for the legendary Strictly Rhythm, djing for Sector 6 comrades Digable Planets, starting Ovum Recordings with techno wunderkind, Josh Wink, being tapped to underscore Michael Mannʼs Miami Vice and various commercials, to curating a full day at MoMA PS1 in New York, the list goes on... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Mattress Factory 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

7:00pm

KEYNOTE: Straight Outta My Parent’s Basement: How to Be a “Differentist” + Rust Belt Resurgent: Creative Placemaking and the Future of the Startup Ecosystem
Limited Capacity seats available

"How to Be a Differentist" with Ann Makosinski

Most 18 year old college sophomores are thinking about final exams, summer vacation, and dorm room shenanigans. But before 18-year-old Ann Makosinski ever stepped into a college classroom, she had won the Google Science Fair, garnered awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, was featured in TIME Magazine, and appeared on the Tonight Show — twice. Instead of couching herself in the typical definitions of “entrepreneur” or “inventor,” Ann has coined a term for herself: “differentist.”

In today’s celebrated and well-documented innovation economy championed by Silicon Valley wunderkinds like Mark Zuckerberg, we have a tendency to think that the best new ideas are exclusively coming out of Bay Area, or the offices of Apple, Uber, or other tech giants.

But sometimes, world-changing ideas come out of a home basement in the suburbs. Join Ann as she explains what it’s like to be a differentist in a world that’s constantly redesigning and reimagining itself, and charting new courses.

"Rust Belt Resurgent" with Josh McManus

From Detroit to Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is making a comeback. What was once the world's most powerful heavy manufacturing corridor has reinvented itself — becoming a hub for technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, education, and much more.

But there still remains a regional stigma within the national consciousness that lags behind the reality on the ground.

Nonetheless, major cities within the American interior are sprinting forward, and redefining themselves, as well as their culture. Old industrial ruins are being transformed for modern purposes. Creatives and entrpreneurs are seeing post-industrial blight as a design template. Neighborhoods are experiencing unprecendented growth, leaving many questions lingering around the term "development."

Join us for the final keynote of Thrival Innovation, and explore why a region once forgetten is now at the forefront of the national discourse.

 



Moderators
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Dan Law

Executive Producer, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, Thrill Mill
Dan currently serves as the Executive Producer of the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, an annual Pittsburgh-based event featuring multiple days of interactive, innovation-focused programming capped by a two-day outdoor live music experience. He oversees all production, operations, strategy, planning, and fundraising for the festival. With a decade of experience in a variety of industries, he began his career holding jobs in the used car... Read More →

Speakers
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Babs Carryer

University of Pittsburgh
At the University of Pittsburgh, Babs works for the Innovation Institute, as Director of Education and Outreach. She teaches the Benchtop to Bedside technology commercialization course to clinicians, researchers and graduate students as well as a similar class for future Coulter Foundation Fellows. In her role at Pitt, Babs is involved in multiple programs to stimulate and support innovation and entrepreneurship, including... Read More →
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Ann Makosinski

Inventor
While still in high school, Ann created the “Hollow Flashlight,” which was recognized with several award at the 2013 Canade-Wide Science Fair, won the 2013 Google Science Fair, and won several award at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Makosinki appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon twice on the GE “Fallonventions segment to demonstrate her inventions. In 2014, she was named one of TIME... Read More →
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Josh McManus

COO, Rock Ventures LLC
Inventor. City Nerd. Serial Entrepreneur.

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Thursday September 22, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square E, Pittsburgh, PA
 


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