It’s been a fast-paced week for Pittsburgh tech news. Now that we’re finally emerging from winter temps, some of these Pittsburgh tech news nuggets just thawed out. We thought now is the perfect time to serve them up as part of our Pittsburgh Tech News Round Up.
Giving Pay the Finger
Four Carnegie Mellon University seniors tired of digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for their student identification and debit cards have developed PayTango, a fingerprint-based identification and payment system.
With majors ranging from information systems and human-computer interaction to industrial design, Brian Groudan, Kelly Lau-Kee, Umang Patel and Christian Reyes combined their expertise to launch their startup. Get the whole enchilada right here.
Moving on Up
Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) promoted Susan Buchman, Ph.D., to be MSA’s first Chief Data Scientist. Dr. Buchman joined MSA in August 2010 and most recently served as Director, Analytic Services. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, an M.S. in Statistics in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Statistics in 2011, both from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), specializing in nonparametric statistics and high-dimensional data.
It’s a Mad, Mad World
Ken Nagy, vice president of Confluent Translations will be attending MadCap Software’s MadWorld 2013 Worldwide User Conference. The conference will take place April 7-9, 2013 with over 40 sessions in San Diego, CA at the Hard Rock Hotel. MadCap has assembled a team of speakers from around the globe, including representatives from Caradigm/GE (Microsoft), N-able Technologies, and Blackbaud. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in sessions covering the latest trends and techniques in technical communication.
Blood in the Water: Shark Tank Auditions Set for May
Pittsburgh’s been representing on ABC’s “Shark Tank” this season with cellhelmet and Simple Sugars making appearances. Let’s represent next season, too!
There’s an Open Call on May 11 in Philly. Yeah Philly ;-(
Get your applications at abc.go.com/site/casting-shark-tank.
Show ‘em how Pittsburgh rolls!
So much news, so little time. Here are some snippets from the past week of Pittsburgh tech companies making headlines. This is tastier than a rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce. Dig in, no napkins required:
YinzCam made the cut for the nominees for the SBJ/SBD 2013 Sports Business Awards in the category of Best in Sports Technology. If you look at the other nominees, you can see YinzCam is in great company.
FutureDerm just announced its latest funding round. Check out Nicki Zevola being interviewed on TechVibe Radio with Steeler Charlie Batch and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Audrey Russo. The segment will also air Saturday, March 23 at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.
Angstrom Sciences announced an agreement to distribute the FloTronTM series of reactive gas control systems from Nova Fabrica. Flotron and FloTron X (fast CCD spectrometer-based) systems are high-speed closed-loop process controllers, designed for real-time, in-situ precision control of reactive sputtering-based vacuum coating and plasma treatment processes.
Clique Vodka launched its new DrinkyPal app. It lets users pull up a list of the nearest taxi companies and the nearest list of hotels to help prevent drinking and driving. You can now book a hotel room directly from your phone within the application, as well as call the taxi company directly. Deets here.
Industrial Scientific said its Gas Detection as a Service solution, known as iNet®, was recognized as “Health & Safety Initiative of the Year” at the Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Awards. The “Health & Safety Initiative of the Year” award recognizes specific initiatives or products that have significantly reduced the risks to workers and/or members of the community in the Gulf Coast region.
Matrix Solutions, the leading provider of Media CRM and Sales Analytics Software, announced today that their CEO, DJ Cavanaugh, will be presenting “CRM is Leading the Way for Sales in Broadcast Media” on Monday April 8, 2013 at 10:45AM during the NAB Show. The presentation, open to all attendees, will be part of the Enterprise Computing PIT happening on the tradeshow floor in booth #N6621 within the North Hall.
Even with the Holidays in full swing, there has been no slow down in tech news breaking across the Pittsburgh region. Techburgher has been inundated and it’s time to catch up with a week-end round up of tech headlines.
Confluence Continues to Expand its Global Team
Confluence, a provider of automated data management solutions for the investment management industry, announced that Raphael Junker – a financial services professional with more than 25 years of experience in the international banking and investment management sectors – recently joined the company as a Global Sales Account Executive. As part of the growing team in Luxembourg, Junker will be responsible for expanding Confluence’s global market presence.
“Raphael’s extensive experience in helping financial services clients manage their reporting and application systems has made him a great addition to our team,” said Todd Moyer, Senior Vice President of Global Sales. “With his in-depth knowledge of the global fund accounting and administration industry, along with his fluency in several languages, he is well-positioned to help our global client base better leverage industry-leading technology to achieve their strategic objectives.” Moyer joined Confluence this past July to lead the company’s global sales strategy and to seek out international expansion opportunities.
Wombat Releases Security Awareness Report
Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a cyber security awareness and training solutions provider, today announced the availability of a new research report by Ira Winkler and Samantha Manke from Internet Security Advisors Group (ISAG) entitled the “Habits of Highly Successful Security Awareness Programs: A Cross-Company Comparison.” This new report is intended to help information security departments build effective security awareness and training programs with practical insights on how creative and interactive training methods can be used to increase participation and improve employee behavior modification rates.
“Many information security professionals charged with implementing security awareness programs struggle with outdated training approaches, internal opposition, lack of budget and loosely defined compliance guidelines,” said Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat. “Our goal in sponsoring this report was to enable a more practical discussion around how to effectively build and maintain a security awareness training program that not only meets compliance requirements, but changes user behavior and delivers measurable return on investment.”
A copy of “Habits of Highly Successful Security Awareness Programs: A Cross-Company Comparison ” can be downloaded at http://www.wombatsecurity.com/habit_whitepaper.
Entrepreneur Teams with TrueFit to Develop Original Photo-Sharing App
TrueFit, a leading innovation firm which helps startups and enterprise-level companies bring new technology products to market, and Christopher Norton, a Canadian-based entrepreneur, today announced the launch of the Quote-a-Pix app for iPhone and iPad.
“While analyzing the caption app market, there was a void with respect to commentary’ caption options,” said Norton. “There were several caption-type apps, yet nothing that would provide captions from a unique perspective…Often, people have fun speculating how their baby, children or pets would describe a situation. With Quote-a-Pix, they can express and share those perspectives in a simple and fun way.”
The app enables users to personalize photos with captions and by stacking multiple photos in the Quote-a-Pix photo editor. Users can then share their customized photos and quotes from the app via email, Facebook and Twitter.
“In the case of the Quote-a-Pix app, the entrepreneur came to TrueFit with an idea practically on the back of a cocktail napkin,” said Christopher R. Evans, TrueFit Vice President. “Our team was able to help him further form the idea, develop the technology, and plan for future iterations of the app. We love working with entrepreneurs and have a unique ability to get them exactly where they need to be.”
The top Pittsburgh technology headlines for the week of July 23, including SmartOps, FLIR and Plextronics in less than 60 seconds!