Winners Announced at Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2013 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards Gala

The Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) announced the winners of the 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards at the event gala last evening. The gala was hosted by journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief Chip Walter and featured more than 40 of the year’s most inventive art and technology projects.

New to the event this year was an interactive element that allowed the public to vote and determine the winners. This year’s winners included:

 

  • i-CON: Apps & Information Architecture Award – Highmark + United Concordia: Chomper Chums

 

  • Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology Award – The Center for Creativity: TransformED

 

  • Maker: Design & Art Award Teletrix: Radiation Training Simulators

 

  • Media Arts: Interactive + Multimedia Award Fireman Creative: Ricky’s Dream Trip

 

  • Joystick: Gaming Award Schell Games + Yale University: PlayForward

 

  • Student Award – Carnegie Mellon University: Floria

 

  • People’s Choice Award – WQED Multimedia + SLB Radio Productions: iQ Kids Radio

 

The event also included an interactive exhibition party after the awards ceremony, where guests were able to interact with the innovative entries and creators. Guests also participated in a raffle of two pieces of art by Sandy Kessler Kaminski, the Art + Tech artist who created the DATA awards artwork for a number of years.

“This year’s event was definitely one of the best we’ve had so far,” said Audrey Russo, President and CEO of the PTC. “From the high level of innovation among Pittsburgh’s tech mavericks, to the new interactive public voting process, it was a bigger, better DATA Awards.”  

IT’s On! THE 2013 DESIGN, ART AND TECHNOLOGY AWARDS GALA + EXHIBITION IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY

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Register now for the biggest innovation party of the year!

Join us — and some of our region’s most ingenious creative techies — for a party like no other. Get ready for a mash-up of networking, interactivity and inspiration — and a full night of mixing and mingling; Featuring over of 50 of this year’s most innovative art and technology projects, food, fun and the music of sound architect, Bill Stankay.

TWO EVENTS IN ONE!
First, celebrate this year’s coolest Art + Tech at the DATA 2013 Awards Gala. The winners will be announced live at the event! The evening’s presenter — journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief, Chip Walter – hosts the Gala and will present a special look at the origins and evolutionary significance of creativity. According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, after hearing what Chip has to say, “You’ll never see yourself or anyone else the same way again.”

Later, the DATA Interactive Exhibition Party immediately follows the awards ceremony, and is open to the public for the low price of $25! The exhibition includes over 30 Art + Technology projects, entertainment, door prizes, the announcement of the People’s Choice Award and the opportunity to win a custom work of art by Pittsburgh Art + Tech artist, Sandy Kessler.


EVENT DETAILS
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Location: The Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212, North Side

Agenda:

5:00 – 7:00 pm: DATA Awards Gala with Special Exhibition Preview
5:00- 6:00 pm: Registration, Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres, Special Exhibit Preview, Entertainment
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Awards Ceremony and Presentation

7:00 – 9:00 pm:  DATA Interactive Exhibition Party: Networking, Exhibit, Light Food, Cash Bar, Entertainment

REGISTER NOW 
Awards Ceremony with Special Exhibition Preview: (includes DATA Interactive Exhibition Party)
$99 Member/Non-Member | $45 Student

The DATA Interactive Exhibition Party:   $25

Early registration is recommended.
Registration: online | events@pghtech.org | 412.918.4229


2013 DATA Awards Partners + Sponsors:

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Daedalus Inc. | Martin Public Relations | Print Tech of Western PA
Production Sponsor: Wrecking Crew Media
Media Partner: BHiveLab
Cocktail Sponsor: Clique Vodka
Award Partner: Kessler Studios
The fifth annual DATA Awards Event is part of the Creative Technology Network, developed with the generous support of the Benedum Foundation. 

What’s Hot at DATA AWARDS 2013: Make the Weather Forecast Fun with the Swackett App

Countdown to the 2013 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards: This blog series features random  hot picks from this year’s finalist categories.

Vote for your favorites now at: http://dataawards.pghtech.org
Register for the May 15 Gala and Exhibition here: www.pghtech.org/events/DataAwards/index.html

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swackett®:The Visual Weather Report
Apps + Information Architecture

swackett® is a fun new way to look at the weather. We communicate weather forecasts visually by presenting people symbols (peeps) who always appear appropriately dressed for weather conditions. We convert complex weather data to easily-understood, visual weather reports suitable for people of every age.

If it happens to be cold outside, swackett peeps appear dressed in winter hats, coats and boots. A hot, sunny day? swackett peeps appear wearing shorts and sunglasses — and they even remember to bring along drinking water and sunblock. Rain? swackett peeps appear with rain jackets and an umbrella. This is a fun, fresh and truly useful weather report experience for people of any age.

http://www.swackett.com/v2/

 

Announcing The 2013 DATA Awards Finalists

Cast your vote to elect this year’s Art + Technology winners! Register now for the biggest innovation party of the year!

FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.

Join us — and some of our region’s most ingenious creative techies — for a party like no other. Get ready for a mash-up of networking, interactivity and inspiration — and a full night of mixing and mingling; Featuring over of 50 of this year’s most innovative art and technology projects, door prizes and surprises, food, fun and the music of sound architect, Bill Stankay. The evening’s presenter — journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief, Chip Walter – hosts the Awards Gala with his explorations of human creativity and curiosity.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.
This year’s event features public voting and a new kind of interactive exhibition party after the awards gala.
Click here to see all ofthe finalist projects and cast your vote!  Voting polls close May 1, 2013.

2013 DESIGN, ART AND TECHNOLOGY (DATA) AWARDS FINALISTS
Winners will be announced at the event on May 15!  Event details follow below and online.

i-CON: Apps & Information Architecture

PPG: Digital Glass Visualizer

Highmark Diversified Services: Chomper Chums Mobile App

United Concordia Dental: iDental Mobile App

Duquesne University: Viewbook iPad App

Sierra w/o Wires: Sierra Billing Manager (SBM)

OnlyBoth Software

swackett®:The Visual Weather Report

 

Maker: Design & Art

Andy Warhol Museum: Screen Test Machine

Teletrix: Radiation Training Simulators

Cellhelmet

Bird Brain Technologies: The Hummingbird Robotics Kit

Slipppery Rock University: Transformative Klein Bottle Composition #8

Sole Power

Volte Kaleidoscopic Art Installation

SoGlo

Slippery Rock University: God Particle

 

Media Arts: Interactive + Multimedia

WebKite

BHive Labs: Multi-Screen Mobile Presentation Platform

The Entertainment Technology Center: Meet Mr. Lincoln

PPG + Garrison Hughes: PPG Aquarium Wall of Watery Wonders

Lightwave International: Global Rainbow-After the Storm

Production Masters Inc: One Young World Pittsburgh Innovation. Global Inspiration. Video

Lightwave International: Christmas Spectacular

Saturday Light Brigade Radio Productions: StoryBox

Fireman Creative: Ricky’s Dream Trip

Argentine Productions: Mapping Mammoth Cave

Inventionland: Dare to Invent

Pittsburgh Foundation + MarketSpace Communication: Voices of Youth

 

Joystick: Gaming

Walking Thumbs: Blab Cake

Ludo Mechanica: DropKicker

Yale University + Schell Games: PlayForward – Elm City Stories

Geneva Mars: Zachy the Robot’s Quest for Museum Treasures

Global Game Jam: Chopsticks & Push-Ups

Schell Games: Tunnel Tail

 

Next Generation: Kids & Creative Technology

WQED Multimedia + SLB Radio Productions: iQ Kids Radio

Assemble: Learning Parties

Digital Dream Labs: dreamTableTop

The Center for Creativity: transformED

Steeltown Entertainment: Take a Shot at Changing the World

Carnegie Science Center: Can*TEEN Career Exploration

Robot Virtual Worlds Website

Dream Flight Adventures

California University + Avalon Elementary School: “What’s in Your Cart?”

Robomatter: Robot Virtual Worlds Software

 

New This Year! Student Category

Carnegie Mellon University: Celestia

California University of Pennsylvania: Computer Animation Portfolio

Carnegie Mellon University: Mission Critical

Carnegie Mellon University: Ghost Story

Carnegie Mellon University: Floria

Carnegie Mellon University: Stealth the Game

Carnegie Mellon University: flux


EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Location: The Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212, North Side

Agenda:

5:00 – 7:00 pm: DATA Awards Gala with Special Exhibition Preview
5:00- 6:00 pm: Registration, Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres, Special Exhibit Preview, Entertainment
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Awards Ceremony and Presentation

7:00 – 9:00 pm:  DATA Interactive Exhibition Party: Networking, Exhibit, Light Food, Cash Bar, Entertainment

REGISTER NOW 
Awards Ceremony with Special Exhibition Preview: (includes DATA Interactive Exhibition Party)
$99 Member/Non-Member | $45 Student 

Or, Register for DATA Interactive Exhibition Party Only:   $25 
Early registration is recommended.
Registration: online | events@pghtech.org | 412.918.4229


GET ENGAGED
Start the party now at #PTCDATA.
www.pittsburghartandtech.org


2013 DATA Awards Partners + Sponsors:

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Sponsor: Dollar Bank
Supporting Sponsors:
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Daedalus Inc. |Martin Public Relations | Print Tech of Western PA

Production Sponsor: Wrecking Crew Media
Media Partner: B-Hive
Cocktail Sponsor: Clique Vodka
Award Partner: Kessler Studios
The fifth annual DATA Awards Event is part of the Creative Technology Network, developed with the generous support of the Benedum Foundation.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

2013 DATA Awards Host Chip Walter Launches New Book at Barnes & Noble on Jan 31

Journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief, Chip Walter, will be signing copies of his new book “Last Ape Standing” two days after it’s official release, right here in Pittsburgh. Walter has written four books – all explorations of human creativity and curiosity — and is slated to host this year’s Design, Art and Technology Awards at the Priory’s Grande Hall on May 15.

About the Book: Over the past 150 years scientists have discovered evidence that at least twenty-seven species of humans evolved on planet Earth.  Why did the line of ancient humans who eventually evolved into us survive when the others were shown the evolutionary door? Chip Walter draws on new scientific discoveries to explore how our successful human “design” is directly linked to our extended childhoods, creativity and a new kind of mind. Last Ape Standing is an investigation of why we do, feel, and think the things we do as people–good and bad, ingenious and cunning, heroic and conflicted.

Nearly every page offers something that will surprise or intrigue you. Read it. You’ll never see yourself or anyone else the same way again.”
~ Futurist Ray Kurzweil, who plans to join the Creative Technology Network in Pittsburgh in 2013.

BOOK SIGNING DETAILS

Date: January 31, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Location: Barnes & Noble, Waterfront
RSVP: LastApeStanding@hlandp.com for your chance to win a free book!

For every copy of Last Ape Standing signed Walter and the book’s publisher will be donating $2 to Rainbow Kitchen, a Pittsburgh regional charity that helps families who are down on their luck. (Visit http://www.rainbowkitchen.org to learn more about the Kitchen’s mission and work.)

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I read Last Ape Standing while sitting down. Then I jumped up and cheered. It’s that good!”
~William Shatner

“This book has a way of making you feel magnificently insignificant and at the same time an essential,
vital part of the chain of human evolution. Just when you thought you were fully evolved as a human…
think again. Mind blowing stuff!”
~Michael Keaton