Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Expand in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New High-Paying Jobs

Computer Aid, Inc.

Computer Aid, Inc.

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that Computer Aid, Inc., an IT services firm, has established an office in Harrisburg, a move that will create 50 new high-paying jobs.

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

“Our economy continues to rise and everyday companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their business,” said Corbett. “My administration is proud to partner with Computer Aid to provide high-paying jobs to our citizens and real-world experience for our students.”

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI) has entered into a lease for space in Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg. The company plans to invest nearly $1.3 million in the project including fitting out the building space to accommodate new computer systems, new offices and conference rooms. CAI has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs and retaining 619 more positions over the next three years.

CAI has entered into a contract with Highmark to manage its IT revitalization project for its subsidiary United Concordia Dental. CAI will be using part-time college students to fill some project roles, providing the students with real world experience.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation. Computer Aid has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for the grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Computer Aid, Inc. is a global IT services firm with a network of support centers in the U.S. and abroad. CAI was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 and is headquartered in Allentown.

For more information on Computer Aid, Inc. visit www.compaid.com.

For more information about Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.

Special National Creative Clash at Wood Street Galleries: May 7. Meet Art + Techies from All Around the Country

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Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for a special Creative Clash Networking Night at the Wood Street Galleries in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Part of DATA 2014, Pittsburgh’s International Creative Technologies Summit, don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, designers, techies and innovators from all around the country!

Set at one of Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology spaces, Wood Street Galleries, guests will get to experience two international art and tech installations in the exhibition Electrified, works by Alexandre Burton and Edwin van der Heide. The exhibition is an homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, x-rays and wireless communication. Both installations are North American premieres.

The event also features the magic of Pittsburgh’s hottest young entertainer, Collin Stover.

Date: Wednesday, May 7

Time:

5:00 – 5:30 pm : Registration & Networking

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Welcome from the Partners, Refreshments, Exhibit Experience, Networking

Venue: Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

Cost: $35

Register: onlineevents@pghtech.org

You must pre-register. Space is limited!

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The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network
is part of the Art & Technology Initiative, which was formed in 2008 in an effort to unite and cultivate the creative and technology communities in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. Located above the T-Station at Wood Street and Sixth Avenue, Wood Street Galleries also houses the Trust’s shared office space program which provides a home and tools for small arts organizations.

DATA 2014 is on! 2 Days packed with art + tech; 75 Finalists and 18 Presenters from around the globe; Vote for your favorites! Get your tix now!

DATA 2014 is a national celebration of creative technologies in Pittsburgh, PA.

MAY 7-8, 2014 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District  www.design-art-tech.org

Founded at the intersection of Design, Art and Technology, this two-day event is an opportunity to engage with folks around the country on the newest trends in creativity and innovation. DATA is an event like no other — a mash-up of networking, interactivity and new ideas — showcasing the year’s most innovative art and technology projects, experiments and achievements. 

KEYNOTES
Willo O’Brien: Opening Keynote, Thursday, May 8 9am
Entrepreneur and co-founder of the YXYY unconference. 

Penelope Trunk: Gala Keynote, Thursday May 8 6pm
International career guru, entrepreneur and blogger.

THE PRE-CONFERENCE CREATIVE CLASH, MAY 7
Kick-off festivities begin with a Creative Clash! At the Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology space, featuring new media artists from around the globe. With the backdrop of two installations, “Electrified,” by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton, the Creative Clash event is a mixer for the Creative Technology Network, celebrating the intersections art, business and technology. The event also features the magic of Pittsburgh’s hottest young entertainer, Collin Stover.  Cultural District activities, including a visit to Pittsburgh’s illustrious Toonseum, follow the event. 

THE CONFERENCE, MAY 8
The DATA conference brings together artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and regular ole folk to be inspired by each other, discover new opportunities, and find out what’s next. Topics span the creative tech gamut, including design, gaming, film & television, robotics, mobile applications, education, edutainment, new media advertising, industrial design, architecture, animation, social networks, music, fine art, and much more. This day-long think tank is packed full of workshops, panels and talks on the newest and most exciting innovations and ideas! 

THE INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION, MAY 8
An array of the year’s newest debuts in Creative Technology will be exhibited on Thursday, May 8 at the DATA Interactive ExhibitionOver 50 DATA Award finalists will be demo-ing their latest creations and innovations for DATA guests and participants!

THE DESIGN, ART + TECHNOLOGY AWARDS (DATA) GALA, MAY 8
This annual gala and awards ceremony is one of the signature art and technology events around. Each year, the Creative Technology Network honors the best and brightest creative tech innovators with a party like no other! Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Penelope Trunk. Meet the makers of some of the coolest new art and tech at the Interactive Exhibition. Eat, drink and make friends all night long to a backdrop of artwork, tech, live music, and mixing-and-mingling with all the people you want to know.

Click here to view the 75 DATA 2014 Finalists…and vote for your favorite projects!

ABOUT THE EVENT

What’s Happening:
May 7: Pre-Conference Creative Clash at Wood Street Galleries and Cultural District Crawl
5pm-7pm: Creative Technologies Mixer with Tech Exhibition “Electrified,”by  Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton
7pm: Tour of Pittsburgh’s Toonseum and Cultural District Activities


May 8: Creative Technology Conference / Interactive Exhibition / Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala
 9am-5pm: Creative Technologies Summit: Workshops, Talks, Activities + Performances

AGENDA
TRACK ONE: ART + TECH COMMONS, LEVEL 3
8:00 Breakfast and Registration Opens
8:30 DATA 2014 Creative Technologies Conference Opening Remarks
9:00 Opening Keynote: Willo O’Brien

9:45 SHORT BREAK

10-10:30 A New Era of Design by Phil Gilbert, General Manager, IBM Design
10:45-11:15 Designing for Mobile First, The Role of the ‘New Creative’ by Cara Caruso, Adobe and John Roden, Brunner
11:30-12:00 Making Data Fun, Interactive, and Shareable by Peter Meulbroek, CTO, Webkite

12:00-1:30 BREAK FOR LUNCH IN THE CITY

1:30-2 Data as Culture, by Dr Chris Moore, United Kingdom Trade Investment Technology Specialist
2:15-2:45 Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Art, Tech, Private + Public Companies by AlphaLab Gear Featuring Ilana Diamond, Dave Mawhinney, Josh McElhattan and Jonathan Shapiro
3-3:30 Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head by Thomas Wendt
3:45-4:15 Innovation and Product Development: Become a Storyteller to Succeed by Tom Kubilius, Bally Design
4:30-5 Time Machine: Crossing Space and Time with Timelapse Software by Paul Dille and Yen-Chia Hsu , Carnegie Mellon University, CREATE Lab

TRACK TWO: PEIRCE STUDIO, LOWER LEVEL
10-10:30 YOLO: You Only Launch Once by Danny Boice
10:45-11:15 Student Panel: Full STEAM Ahead – The Maker Concept’s Impact on Formal Education Moderated by Megan Cicconi, Center for Creativity
11:30-12:00 Tech and the Art of Filmmaking by the winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition

12:00-1:30 BREAK FOR LUNCH IN THE CITY

1:30-2 iPad: The New Canvas for Artists by Sumit Vishwakarma
2:15-2:45 Yoda is Wrong: Make, Do, or Try Something Awesome by Awesome Pittsburgh
3-3:30 Advanced Digital Learning in a Connected Community by Ani Martinez, The Sprout Fund
3:45-4:15 Design Takes Flight by Adam Pruden and Eric Boam
4:30-5 STEM Stars: Fusing DML and Hands-on Experiences for Girls by Nina Barbuto, Carnegie Science Center

REGISTRATION: 
GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY
All-Access Pass: Includes Pre-summit activities*, Conference and DATA Gala $199 per person
Conference only $99
DATA Gala only $99
*All-Access Pass Holders only
Click here to get your tix now!

DATA PARTICIPANTS
All DATA event finalists and presenters receive special registration packages. Contact events@pghtech.org for full details after March 15. 

Traveling to Pittsburgh? Check out these special DATA deals:

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown: Single $139/Double $149. Please call 1-888-317-0197 or go to WYNDHAM ONLINE. Please reference the “Design, Art & Technology Awards” when making your reservations.

The Westin Convention Center Hotel: $159.  Please call 412-281-3700 or go to WESTIN ONLINE. Please reference “Pittsburgh Technology Council May 2014” when making your reservation.

Omni William Penn Hotel: $135.  Please call 1-800-OMNI or go to OMNI ONLINE. Please reference “Pittsburgh Technology Council Design & Tech Awards” when making your reservation.

GET ENGAGED
Start the party now at #PTCDATA. 
Submit your art or tech ideas for our DATA POSTER ART CONTEST now! Open to all!

EVENT PARTNERS + SPONSORS
Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
DATA Main Event Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll
DATA Supporting Sponsors: C-Leveled | Print Tech
DATA Kickoff Sponsor: United Kingdom Trade and Investment
DATA Event Partners: Kessler Studios | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust | Wrecking Crew Media | Collin Stover Magic | Visit Pittsburgh | PrintTech
DATA Media Partner: Best Web Design Agencies
Network Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Network Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed
The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

 

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InformationWeek Ranks UPMC 20th on Elite 100 List

UPMC and the Technology Development Center announced that UPMC has ranked 20th on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 – a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S.  Our Convergence product was also highlighted in the online issue as one of “20 Great Ideas to Steal in 2014”.  Read the Convergence article by clicking here.

The InformationWeek Elite 100 tracks the IT practices of the nation’s most innovative IT organizations, providing a unique opportunity to understand and examine the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including, technology deployment, IT budgets, business-technology infrastructure, and IT strategies.  Please click here to read more about the Elite 100 award.

This is InformationWeek’s 26th year identifying and honoring the nation’s most innovative users of information technology.  For 2014, this assessment was narrowed to a more elite 100 organizations.  The InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation.  The full list can be found on online:  List of 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 Winners

360Fly Receives Growth Capital from Catterton Partners

EyeSee360, creators of the highly anticipated panoramic video camera, 360Fly, today announced a growth capital investment from Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. The investment will be used to accelerate market awareness and finalize development of 360Fly cameras, the 360MicroFly smartphone attachment and the 360Fly.com video hosting and sharing service.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The 360Fly is a panoramic video camera that allows users to capture and share an interactive 360 degree panoramic video. With a field of view (FOV) of 360 degrees horizontal by 240 degrees vertical, the 360Fly’s FOV is more than twice that of a traditional POV (Point of View) camera. The 360Fly camera is also shock-proof, waterproof, and has built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth functionality. 360Fly’s unique yet intuitive design and app interface give users an engaging experience in a never before seen narrative. 360MicroFly is a smartphone lens attachment that puts a spin on traditional video, offering smartphone users the ability to simultaneously record everything around them and share an immersive experience instantly through social media. 360MicroFly attaches to popular smartphones to capture videos that are not only panoramic but interactive, creating engaging scenes and allowing viewers to control what they want to view.

“360Fly gives consumers a unique way to capture and share their experience with the world. We believe this technology will change the way people capture, view and share videos. This is an exciting step in the evolution of camera technology,” said Tim O’Neil, CEO of EyeSee360.  “EyeSee360 and Catterton share a passion and vision for great consumer products and experiences. Catterton is not only an investor, but a strategic partner that will help position 360Fly in the rapidly evolving consumer camera market.”

“Two of the strongest consumer trends are consumers seeking more experiences and consumers becoming content creators,” said Michael Farello, a Partner at Catterton. “We believe the 360Fly product is at the intersection of these trends by enabling consumers to capture and share their experiences in a more distinctive manner than any camera on the market today. The product will also have applications for security, sports broadcasting, and many other industry sectors. We look forward to partnering with the exceptional technical team, executive leadership, and distribution partners as EyeSee360 launches its new breakthrough products later this year.”

Earlier this year at CES 2014, VOXX Electronics Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation., (NASDAQ: VOXX) announced a distribution partnership to deliver the 360Fly line of panoramic video cameras and software to the market.

The company plans to launch their products this coming summer. To stay updated on 360Fly’s progress, please sign up onwww.360fly.com.

Catterton’s other technology investments include Pong Research, which provides science-based solutions to enhance signal strength, extend battery life, and protect cell phone users from exposure to radiation, SteelSeries, a leading designer and marketer of premium PC gaming peripherals such as headsets, mice and keyboards and TechTurn, a computer and electronics recovery, refurbishing and remarketing company.