TechVibe Radio took the show on the road to C-Leveled. Here’s a sizzle reel of the whole darn thing. We had way too much fun.
This fall, I participated in the first-ever, two-day City Lab Summit in New York City. Hosted by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg, the summit engaged the world’s urban leaders to discuss urban incubation and how cities fuel innovation for half the world’s population.
Attendees, including 30 mayors, engaged in continuous discussions ranging from technology, energy, architecture, work, politics, and the arts to data privacy. While I may have been the only Pittsburgh and tech association representative, the work done in this city and region finds common threads with other cities. The visions of every city are uncannily similar. We all want to be the best place to live and—there are aggressive strategies on which we should all be focused.
I left NYC after those two days, wondering if the immersion on the topics would leave me rejuvenated, proud to be part of Pittsburgh’s resurgence and prompted to invigorate new perspective.
As we close out 2013 (seriously? 2013?), my reaction to that time talking with people who are passionate about Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, Cleveland, NYC, Santa Monica, Seattle, Portland, Raleigh, Milwaukee, and more, is that there are several non-negotiable commonalities as we converge into a new year, as well as we welcome our new mayor, Bill Peduto, in January 2014.
While I was not necessarily rejuvenated, I had more clarity through the perspectives shared at this summit. Here are my operative findings that I believe ring true, for Pittsburgh, as guiding imperatives for the year ahead:
Being a sustainable city is no longer aspirational, it’s a requirement which must be embedded in the fabric of a metro region. It’s not a fad.
Being global is an imperative. It is evidenced in a city’s scorecard than includes diversity, trade, celebrations, local food establishments and demographics of corporate / civic leadership. These indicators should be regularly measured and disseminated.
Every city is supporting, in some shape, the incubator / accelerator entrepreneurship movement and most agree the demand for follow-along capital is waning.
Local mass transit is crucial. The U.S. preoccupation with car ownership is receding for people now exiting college.
A mayor’s role in building international business relationships is a core part of the job in building the economy. Doing business locally is equally as critical. Buy local, sell everywhere.
The next generation of our workforce wants to live in a place that has density and multitude of options for recreation, living arrangements and work. Work is not the ultimate attraction.
The rise of places with growth in music and local food establishments result when strong technology innovators are abundant. It may be an effective leading indicator of a metro area’s growth and appeal.
Tax incentives for businesses—both new and legacy—remains a feverish policy debate. But tax relief for new businesses seems to be prevalent.
Reliance on federal government for operational support has caused emergence of regional governments to build stronger local and regional tactics to build prosperity. Thriving regions have built durable public-private partnerships, which are locally focused with many strong global relationships.
The evidence of technology clusters as fertile ground for growth remains a focus for cities, but most agree that the mash up of ideas across disciplines and expertise is really the next generation of opportunity.
Helping universities commercialize technologies in research institutions is community work. Innovation in cities with research universities requires active community-based strategies to drive new company formation. Universities cannot successfully support the birth of new companies by themselves, they need strong & active civic and corporate partners.
Rebuilding communities decimated by business losses and poverty impact an entire city as well as a state. Neighborhoods must be salvaged and reborn.
Ensuring excellence in public education for K-12 is a priority. Poor public schools impede talent attraction, which severely impacts reputation.
A diverse arts community, which embraces traditional and non-traditional genre, is pivotal in talent attraction and global reputation.
A toast to all of you for the holiday season. Wishes of good health, prosperity and friendship.
ANSYS released version 15.0 of its simulation technology. This upgrade delivers major advancements across our entire simulation portfolio including structures, fluids and electromagnetics.
- Highlights for structures in this release include giving users greater insight into simulating composites.
- The release enhances ANSYS’ industry-leading pre-processing capabilities, enabling users to quickly and accurately mesh the widest range of model size and complexity regardless of type of physics simulated.
- ANSYS 15.0 also builds on the company’s global leadership in high-performance computing (HPC), speeding up already best-in-class performance by a factor of five.
- Enhancements to the fluids portfolio features the capability for studying turbomachinery flow paths with greater fidelity than ever, while in electromagnetics, ANSYS 15.0 offers the most comprehensive electric motor design process.
Check out the full release at: http://investors.ansys.com/releaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=811169
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has upgraded the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) Internet2 connection to 100 gigabits per second (GE, or gigabit Ethernet). The new connection puts 3ROX at the leading edge of academically based networks, offering users speeds 10 times those of the highest-bandwidth academic and industrial connections in the region. The new connection is about 5,000 times faster than typical home broadband Internet.
“The new 100-GE connection will be a boon to the next round of research and development by the research and academic community served by 3ROX,” says Gwendolyn Huntoon, director of advanced networking at PSC. “In particular, it will aid ‘Big Data’ projects requiring movement of vast amounts of data.”
3ROX, a regional network aggregation point (GigaPoP) provides high-speed commodity Internet and research network access to sites in western and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The 3ROX GigaPoP is based at Carnegie Mellon University and is operated and managed by PSC.
While the primary focus of 3ROX is to provide cost effective, high capacity, state-of-the-art network connectivity to the university community, it also provides important services to both community (K12, government) and strategic commercial entities in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. University member sites currently include: Carnegie Mellon University, the Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University and West Virginia Network (WVNET).
The new 100-GE connection was funded via a $1.5 million Academic Research Infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation. More information about 3ROX and membership in the GigaPoP can be found at www.3rox.net.
Comcast Business today announced that it won multiple awards in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Awards for North America, including the prestigious Service Provider of the Year. The company also won Best Marketing and Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application for an Ethernet network deployment with the Denver Broncos.
The MEF is a global industry alliance whose mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of carrier-class Ethernet networks and services through its technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability. The MEF’s Carrier Ethernet awards are designed to celebrate excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Ethernet services.
Underscoring their importance in the industry, the judging panel for the awards included senior industry analysts from IDC, Infonetics Research, Vertical Systems Group, Gartner, Frost & Sullivan and Ovum. In a competitive judging process, Comcast Business was recognized by the MEF in the following categories:
- Service Provider of the Year – this is awarded on the basis of a cumulative score across all of the award categories combined with ratings related to coverage, partnerships and interconnects, and access technology options.
- Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application – this award recognizes partnerships between service providers and their clients in the delivery of Carrier Ethernet services for application verticals. The winning entry detailed the deployment by the Denver Broncos of multiple 100 Mbps Comcast Business Ethernet connections to the Internet and between the team’s stadium and practice facility to improve the fan experience and accelerate team operations.
- Best Marketing – this award is presented to the service provider who has run the most successful marketing campaign to promote their Ethernet service portfolio and assesses marketing campaign goals and objectives, how companies differentiated their services and the results. Comcast Business highlighted its integrated campaigns that promote Ethernet as the best option for businesses while showcasing its differentiation in Ethernet service availability, network reach and diversity, and customer focus.
“We are delighted to have earned this recognition from the Metro Ethernet Forum and this distinguished panel. It is a powerful statement that validates Comcast’s investment in our network that is built for business and delivering the benefits of Ethernet to enterprise customers across the country,” said Bill Stemper, President, Comcast Business.
Earlier this year, the MEF announced that Comcast Business was the first service provider in the world to achieve MEF CE 2.0 Certification, an industry milestone. The company was also the first service provider to achieve all three of the previous CE 1.0 certifications (MEF 9, 14 and 18) and has served on the MEF Board of Directors since 2008.