TechVibe Radio Features SnapRetail, Red Privet and Catalyst Connection

TechVibe Radio will be in high gear this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

We captured interviews at Catalyst Connection’s Annual Manufacturing Reception. Pittsburgh still makes stuff and we love that! Red Privet will stop by the show to detail how it’s growing as an experience design company. Don’t miss SnapRetail as they get behind the mic for their yearly check up. Guess what? SnapRetail is growing by leaps and bounds!

Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director of Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

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TechVibe Radio is sponsored by Buchanan Ingersoll & RooneyChorus Callc-leveledEyeFlowLincoln FinancialPTC Employee Benefits GroupPittsburgh International Airport and PNC.

Xceed Networks Presents: WARNING: You’re paying too much for your technology

Xceed Networks

Xceed Networks

During this seminar we will learn ways to

- increase productivity with your office staff by using good technology practices.

- reduce computer system ownership costs.

- protect intellectual property.

In addition we will have technology experts to discuss any specific goals that your organization has.


When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Where: RE/MAX Dynamic, REALTORS conference room located at 235 5th Street, Freeport, PA 16229

RSVP or call Phillip Tompkins at 866-847-8764 x 133.

Cost: Free

For more information on Xceed Networks, visit

Tech Talk with Shoefitr — Discussing Engineering Challenges

1 in 3 shoes bought online are returned, and when Shoefitr started as an AlphaLab company in 2010, they set out to fix that using 3D scanners.

Since then, the company has grown:

  • From no traffic to an application that is served 30 times / second, all day, every day
  • From scanning shoes in a South Side apartment to managing a distributed 24/7 scanning process at 5 warehouses in 3 countries.
  • From a founding team of 3 to a team of 20.

At a Tech Talk on 3/13/14, Co-founder and CTO Breck Fresen will discuss the engineering challenges facing Shoefitr and lessons learned about everything from algorithm development to managing AWS infrastructure.

Get more details and reserve free tickets here.

Freedom and Power in the Digital Age featuring Google executive, Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations at Google, to speak on March 11, 2014 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh. Event is free for Pittsburgh Technology Council members.

In the last 25 years, the Internet has changed the way people access and share information, and has shifted the dynamics of societies around the globe. Those with a web connection have the potential to take any message and reach an audience of millions. But, this individual potential is only possible when the Internet is open and free for its users. More than 600 million Internet users – over 30% of the world’s total Internet population – live in countries where there is substantial filtering or censorship of online content. Understanding what the Internet and online freedom mean for the world is critical for the future of democracy, human rights, and economic development everywhere.

Can 20th century institutions adapt to a 21st century global society? Is “change” synonymous with “progress”? Join the World Affairs Council and one of Google’s leading executives for an exploration of how we define freedom and power in a new era and what it means to be connected in today’s world.
Ross LaJeunesse is the Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations for Google. With twenty years of experience in politics and government affairs, he has worked for multiple administrations, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. LaJeunesse was also Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and went on to serve on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mr. LaJeunesse received his law degree with honors from the Harvard Law School. He received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.

This event is FREE for World Affairs Council and Pittsburgh Technology Council members. There is a $15 charge for non-members. 

Registration is required.

Event Details:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave

World Affairs Council events are open to the public.

No-shows and cancellations after March 6, 2014 will be charged.

Call 412-281-7970 or email

This event is part of the World Affairs Councils of America’s Engage America Series and is supported through a grant from Google, Inc.

2014 NanoSAFE Bioelectronics and Biosensing International Symposium: April 27-28, West Virginia University

2014 Bioelectronics and Biosensing International Symposium

2014 Bioelectronics and Biosensing International Symposium

Susan Banerjee, Ph.D., Program Manager, Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, has been invited to speak at this international symposium

Bioelectronics combines engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology to develop electronic devices with unique properties, such as biocompatible circuitry and nanoscale logic gates and biosensors that are stable at room temperature. The symposium will focus on efforts to understand the fundamental electronic properties of biomolecules and exploit them in novel device architectures. Experts in the field will give invited talks and other researchers will have the opportunity to give short talks and present posters. There will also be social opportunities for informal discussions so that participants can establish collaborations and interactions in this burgeoning interdisciplinary field.

Session Topics

Protein-based Electronics Charge
Transfer in Biomolecules
Biosensor Nanotechnology
Biosensors and Biodevices
Biosensor Applications
Connections to Industry

Invited Speakers
David Beratan, Duke University, USA
Susan Banerjee, Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, USA
David Cahen, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Vince Castranova, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA
C. Daniel Frisbie, University of Minnesota, USA
Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Clemson University, USA
Thomas Haertling, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Peter Hesketh, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Lisa Holland, West Virginia University, USA
A. T. Charlie Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Yuxin Liu, West Virginia University, USA
Susan Lunte, University of Kansas, USA
Ron Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Yon Rojanasakul, West Virginia University, USA
Jill Venton, University of Virginia, USA
Janos Vörös, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland
David Waldeck, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Jay Winkler, California Institute of Technology, USA
Yong Yang, West Virginia University, USA

For more information, click here.