2014 Pittsburgh Creative Industries Summit: Registration Now Open

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon University, University Center (McConomy Auditorium), 5032 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Pittsburgh: A Center for Creativity and Innovation

It’s no secret that Pittsburgh’s creative economy is rich with potential. In 2013, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Carnegie Mellon University set out to discover the realities of the region’s creative assets, and what it takes do to elevate them to the next level. Partnering with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School and Echo Strategies, world-wide leaders in creative economy research, the PTC and CMU launched an in-depth study of regional companies, organizations and individuals who are contributing to the region’s creative growth and innovation.

Join us on February 19 at Carnegie Mellon University to learn the realities of Pittsburgh’s creative economy, and explore the next steps to foster this essential regional component. Discussions focus on the seven key sectors in Pittsburgh’s 8-county region: design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services. Don’t miss this chance to see, first hand, how our region stacks up against other national hotbeds, and find out what you can do to keep the creative momentum moving forward.

2014 Creative Industries Research and Summit Keynote

Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick, PhD is the Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Kevin provided quantitative research and analytical support for several of Richard Florida’s books including The Rise of the Creative Class and Rise Revisited (the 10th Anniversary Edition). His research includes primary development of measures, indicators, and benchmarking approaches with significant impact on the growth and development of the Creative Class and Creative Economy theory.

2:00 pm Registration and Networking
2:30 – 4:15 pm Welcome from the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Carnegie Mellon University
Keynote: The Creative Industries and the Pittsburgh Region, Presented by Dr. Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute
Panel Discussion: Next Steps for Creative Pittsburgh, Featuring leaders in the region’s creative economy
Community Q&A
4:15 – 5:00pm Networking Reception


COST: $55 Council Members and Non-Members / $25 Students with Valid Student ID*
*Students wishing to register must do so by contacting our Program Services Manager at events@pghtech.org with their name, school and must use a credit or debit card. Valid Student ID will be required on the date of the event.*

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed
Media Partners: Kurt Sahlmann Productions | Wrecking Crew Media
The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. 

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.

To learn more, contact Kim Chestney Harvey, Director of the Creative Technology Network and the Art + Technology Initiative at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, supported by Carnegie Mellon University, Dollar Bank and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Kharvey@pghtech.org

DATA 2014: A Celebration of Design, Art and Technology CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS NOW OPEN

The Pittsburgh Technology Council and Carnegie Mellon University are gearing up for the 6th annual Design, Art and Technology Awards, Interactive Exhibition and Creative Summit. For years, this event has been a cornerstone for creative technology projects around the Pittsburgh region, and beyond. The most exciting and innovative debuts in Creative Technology will be exhibited and awarded by a national public jury during the spring of 2014.

This year’s DATA event features new multi-day creative technologies summit, with scads of workshops, panels, performances and opportunities to engage in the newest trends in creativity and innovation. DATA is an event like no other — a mash-up of networking, interactivity and inspiration — showcasing over of 50 of this year’s most innovative art and technology projects. The event is capped off by the Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala, and the DATA 2014 Keynote — entrepreneur, career guru and internationally-renown blogger, Penelope Trunk.

She is the founder of three startups, and her career advice has appeared in more than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide. Penelope Trunk’s unconventional writing has established her as one of the world’s foremost career bloggers and thinkers. She has been called the “world’s most influential guidance counselor” by Inc magazine, with “advice that is practical, counter-intuitive and engaging” according to Wired magazine. She is the author of the best-selling book Brazen Careerist – The New Rules for Success, and  blogs at penelopetrunk.com.


We are seeking folks working at the intersection of creativity and technology to submit recent projects for the Design, Art and Technology Awards, to present compelling workshops, talks or panels to raise awareness of creative technology trends, and to perform live during the summit and gala event in May.

Who are DATA participants? Artists, Gamers, Entrepreneurs, Makers, App and Software Developers, Roboticists, Musicians, Designers, Museums, Advertising Agencies, Corporations working in Research & Creativity, New Media Educators, Students and Community Event and Project Directors…and more! Check out last year’s event for more details.

Call for Entries: http://www.design-art-tech.com/call-for-entries
all for Presenters: http://www.design-art-tech.com/call-for-presenters
all for Performers: http://www.design-art-tech.com/call-for-performers


When: May 7-8, 2014
Where: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222What’s Happening:
May 7: Pre-summit activities
May 8: Creative Technology Summit / Interactive Exhibition  / Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala

Start the party now at #PTCDATA.


For more information, contact Kim Chestney Harvey, Director of the Creative Technology Network and the Art + Technology Initiative at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, supported by Carnegie Mellon University, Dollar Bank and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Dollar  sponsors_05BenedumLogo-web



2013 Kids+Creativity Network Assembly

Kids+Creativity Network Assembly

Register for the 2013 Kids+Creativity Network Assembly on Thursday, December 12th at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Join fellow Kids+Creativity Network members to look back on lessons learned this year, connect with local learning innovators, and share ideas for where the network should go next.

Mark your calendars for 3:00- 5:30pm on Thursday, December 12th and stay tuned for more details about the agenda.

Attendees will enjoy light fare and refreshments, as well as free access to the 2013 Carnegie International immediately following the conclusion of the Network Assembly.



Enter The ADDYs Now!

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local Ad Club phase is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie to win ADDY Awards – recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local ADDY winners compete against winners from other local clubs in one of 15 district competitions. District ADDY winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national stage of the American Advertising Awards. Entry in your local Ad Club competition is the first step toward winning a national ADDY.

WHERE TO ENTER:  Find the ADDYs link on pghadfed.org. You must register as a student or professional, and member/non-member for the Pittsburgh show.

ADDY RULES: Can be found at http://www.aaf.org/images/public/aaf_content/images/american-advertising-awards/AAA-Rules-and-Categories-Professional.pdf

Addy registration indicates Member and Non-Member rates. If you are not

a member, join now at http://www.pghadfed.org/membership/



The system shuts down all entries after this date and the judges’ reel is created automatically from the uploaded media!


Tom Cwenar Studio

1400 Breed Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please contact Evie@pghadfed.org


Exciting Revelations in Pittsburgh Technology

Pittsburgh has had a successful year in the area of technology. Ranked seventh regarding its high number of tech employees, Pittsburgh is constantly looking for new ideas in the field. It is no wonder that Pittsburgh news in technology is teeming with innovations to help the community with many technological advances.

Project Lifesaver Program

When it comes to the well-being of those family members who need monitoring for their safety, technology has taken a step forward in this city. In the community of Munhall, the police department has made the effort to help locate missing persons such as children with mental deficiencies or the elderly with dementia, by providing tracking bracelets for identified “wanderers”. By picking up certain frequencies emitted by each individual bracelet, the police can identify the missing person and find them within minutes. Using such technology to help save lives is a worthwhile measure taken in Pittsburgh.

Technology for Communication

Unfortunately, many people in the Steel City cannot communicate orally due to afflictions such as cerebral palsy or autism. With a new technological communication device used locally, these people are now able to communicate spontaneously in a give and take conversation just as most people are able to do. PRC is the company producing the devices, but even greater advances are developing that will provide less expensive apps that can be downloaded onto a tablet or iPad. Tap Speak is one such app that was developed by a man in Pittsburgh and is making those without a voice be “heard”.

Technology Afloat

Imagine graduating from North Allegheny High School and having the opportunity to develop an advanced form of 3D technology to help navigate waters at night. The native Pittsburgh man, Marek Lapenski, is helping develop such technology that will help barges on local waterways prevent casualties during fog, rain, and other low-visibility situations. With the 3D technology, the ability to use any camera along with the new software to present images in 3D allows the navigator to judge the situation using depth perception. This 3D technology is making our local waterways a much safer environment during nighttime voyages.

Pittsburgh news in technology is exciting to say the least. With so many talented local technology professionals in the city, new advances in this area are occurring every day. From improving the area’s safety to people’s quality of life, technology continues to develop making this a great place to live and grow.