Don’t miss UPMC Health Plan President & CEO Diane Holder at the next Huntington Bank Breakfast Briefing on July 1

UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan

Join Diane Holder, President and CEO of UPMC Health Plan, as she outlines her organization’s efforts to bring innovative new services and world-class health care benefits to the more than 1.4 million men, women and children that utilize UMPC for their insurance services. Ms. Holder will share important insights about the rapidly changing nature of health care delivery in the U.S., including recent trends toward patient-centered health care, the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and opportunities associated with new technology and greater transparency in the market.

Ms. Holder holds several key positions at UMPC including Executive Vice President of UPMC, which is one of the world’s largest and most successful integrated health delivery organizations. She also leads UPMC’s Insurance Services Division, which encompasses UPMC Health Plan, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and Work Partners. Combined, those health benefits organizations manage benefits for Medicaid, Medicare, commercial, behavioral health, employee assistance programs (EAP) and workers’ compensation programs.

Event Details:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |   7:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Location: The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

7:00 a.m. Registration, Networking and Coffee
7:45 a.m. Breakfast Served
8:15 a.m. Presentation
9:00 a.m. Q&A
9:15 a.m. Adjourn

Cost: $45 Member / $175 Non-Member

Title Sponsor: Huntington Bank
Supporting Sponsor: PTC Corporate Coverage Group
Coffee Sponsor: The Webb Law Firm

Click here to register.

2014 DATA Creative Tech Conference to feature top speakers, including Willo O’Brien and Penelope Trunk


2014 DATA, May 7 - 8

2014 DATA, May 7 – 8

Only two days until the Hottest Creative Tech Party of the Year!
May 7-8, Pittsburgh Cultural District

DATA 2014 is 3 cool events in one! Get tickets now for one, or all!

May 7, 5pm: Creative Clash at WoodStreet Galleries
Mix n mingle with art n techies from all across the nation at one of the coolest new media galleries around! We will be kicking off DATA with art, tech, music, magic, cocktails….and fun!   Read More or Register

May 8, 8am-5pm: National Creative Technologies Summit 
A full day packed with ideas and inspiration by and for artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and regular ole folks. Topics include design, gaming, film & television, robotics, mobile applications, education, edutainment, new media advertising, industrial design, architecture, animation, social networks, music, fine art, and much more!   Read More or Register

May 8, 6pm: Design, Art + Tech Party and Exhibit and Awards 
The event grande finale is a party, exhibition and awards celebration all in one! Dance and hob-nob to the tunes of DJ Thermos, check out the latest and greatest finalist projects in the interactive exhibition, peruse the DATA Poster Party art, celebrate the awesome DATA winners, eat, drink and be merry!   Read More or Register

DATA 2014 Featured Keynote 

Entrepreneur + YXYY Co-Founder, Willo O’Brien
Don’t miss this conference Opening Keynote, May 8, 9am!

imageEntrepreneur and co-founder of the illustrious YXYY unconference, San Francisco-based  Willo O’Brien cultivates magic at the intersection of art + tech + business. In the last decade, she has founded three creative businesses and served as co-founder of two startups. Empowering individuals and passionate entrepreneurs to stay connected to their creativity and passion, her work focuses on “creative sustainability,” and helping others to launch their dreams.

Who’s Who at the DATA Creative Tech Conference?
18 Presenters from around the globe talk innovation and creativity!

Featured presenters at DATA 2014:

Eric Boam and Adam Pruden are the co-founders of Design Takes Flight, recently featured inWired Magazine. Drones are coming, and they are coming to stay. Soon they will be as ubiquitous as smartphones. There is already a mountain of practical uses for drones with more coming everyday. But so far there isn’t a unified user experience for the design and use of drones, especially as they relate to us as personal devices not unlike our smartphones. Adam and Eric propose a foundational framework for designing drones to be both useful and delightful.

Adam spent 2 years of research at MITs SENSEable City Lab leading several projects on human interaction with self-organizing micro helicopters and integrating the body into spatial media systems. His work has been featured in Wired, New York Times and TED.

Eric has become a thought leader in the data community and spends time thinking about and designing new ways to both collect and interpret data. His work has been featured on Wired, Fast Company, and CNN.

Dr. Chris Moore is a Technology Specialist at UK trade and Investment, working in the newly formed Tech City Investment Organisation. Prior to joining UKTI Chris was Director of Venture Capital and University Investments for Kodak (Europe), where he drove participation in major European R&D projects, and identified and assessed more than 200 early-stage technology company opportunities.

Sumit Vishwakarma is a big advocate of “Mobile Art” – the newest medium of creating art on the iPads, tablets and smart mobile phones. The touchscreen in today’s smart devices provides a great opportunity for creativity. He was featured speaker at Macworld 2013 ‘tech-talk’ and featured artist at Macworld sketch-station in 2012. His work has been showcased in several art galleries including the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angles, Apple flagship store in San Francisco, Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium – NZ, Autodesk Sketchbook news, Macworld Digital Art gallery, iCreate magazine and other tech and art blogs including the popular “cult_of_mac”,TUAW and Digital Journal.

DATA 2014  pm keynote 

penelopePenelope Trunk

International career guru, entrepreneur and blogger, Penelope Trunk has molded a generation of the young minds that are shaping our workforce. She is the founder of three startups, and her career advice has appeared in more than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide. Penelope’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” byInc magazine, with “advice that is practical, counter-intuitive and engaging” according to Wired magazine. She is the author of the best-selling book Brazen Brazen Careerist – The New Rules for Success, and blogs at

Get the party started at #PTCDATA! 


Creative Technology 
Network Partner: 
Carnegie Mellon University

Champion Network Sponsor: 
Dollar Bank

DATA Main Sponsor: 
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

DATA Event Sponsor:
United Kingdom Trade and Investment

DATA Supporting Sponsors: 

DATA Event Partners:
Kessler Studios | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust | Wrecking Crew Media | Collin Stover Magic | Visit Pittsburgh  | Sahlmann Productions

DATA Media Partner: 
Best Web Design Agencies

DATA 2014 is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

For more information on the Creative Technology Network, contact CTN Director, Kim Chestney Harvey at 

Features of the New Career Connector

Screen-Shot-2014-02-27-at-3.37.16-PMLast week we reported to you that the Pittsburgh Technology Council is re-launching our new and improved Career Connector job board.  This week we wanted to alert you to a few of the new features that will be in store for the new site and share some screen shots with you.

Below is a list of the features of the new Career Connector.  Some of them have been available in our current site but many of them are new and improved since the Internet has changed so drastically since 2009 when we launched the current version of the site.  The most important and exciting feature of the new site is that we are fully mobile and ready for browsing and applying for jobs on any handheld device or tablet.  The site is built to know what type of device you are using and adjust your view accordingly.

Here is a list of features of the new site:

·      The new Career Connector is now a mobile-ready site as well as full website, which will allow job seekers to apply to your jobs via their smart phone or tablet

·      New full service customer service center that will be ready to answer any technical issues you might have with the Career Connector


·      Your user name and password from the current site will be preserved and transferred

·      Unlimited users from your company can still post jobs

·      Integration with all major social media sites to give your jobs more exposure

·      Continued exposure through job aggregators like Simply Hired and will ensure a high number of people view your job

·      Automatic notification of expiring jobs

·      Enhanced Job details page

·      Enhanced and improved job posting form

·      New employer dashboard for quick and easy job posting management

·      Online application delivery via email or your own applicant tracking system

·      Greatly improved resume search and resume database of job seekers

·      Enhanced and improved Resume search agents

·      Optional Featured Job buy-up option to get more exposure for each posting and your company

·      New Job management reports from your employer dashboard

·      Bulk post options – post a large amount of jobs simply by uploading a spreadsheet

PTC Announces Re-Launch of Career Connector

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is proud and excited to announce the redesign and re-launch of our Career Connector Job Board!  More than 400 of our member companies use the site every year to find qualified technology talent and more than 25,000 job seekers visit the site each month to look for new jobs.  We take the value of this site very seriously, and through this refresh and redesign, we intend to improve our members’ experience and satisfaction.

We listened to your concerns. The current version of the Career Connector launched in 2009 and was way overdue for a refresh.  With the new Career Connector site, we know that great days are ahead for you to find new talent with this service.  Our goal is to have the new Career Connector online by February 28th!  Over the next couple of weeks, we will send out a few emails to update you on the forthcoming changes and improvements.

If you have any immediate questions, please contact Justin Driscoll at

2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Call for Proposals

ASSET STEM Education

ASSET STEM Education

Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2014

ASSET STEM Education, in partnership with Norwin School District, Pittsburgh Technology Council and Philadelphia Education Fund, is pleased to announce the 2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Connecting Classroom to Career, which will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 9, 2014.

This year’s conference theme, “Connecting Classroom to Career,” is intended to provide Pennsylvania education, business and policy-making constituents with an opportunity to collaborate and reflect on the future of STEM education and workforce development. The goal is to develop a balanced and comprehensive program that provides participants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative techniques to improve STEM education across the full spectrum from pre-K to career.

With this goal in mind, we seek proposals for breakout sessions and an interactive forum. We encourage proposals that demonstrate innovative partnerships and collaborations between schools, non-profit education organizations and businesses. Proposals that promote commercial endeavors (such as the sale of services or products) will not be considered.


Proposals are sought for two types of formats as outlined below:

1. Breakout Session—The purpose of the breakout sessions is to emphasize quality teaching and learning in order to broaden the perspective of attendees. The focus of these presentations should be on research for the improvement of practice and/or to examine recent and substantive developments in education research (for example, a cross-sector partnership between schools and businesses focusing on effective and sustainable STEM education practices).

There will be four breakout session periods, and each session will be one hour. All educators (in-school, out of school time, informal settings) and businesses are invited to submit. Please note a session may be repeated multiple times throughout the day.


2. Interactive Forum—The purpose of the interactive forum is to demonstrate or showcase innovative and creative STEM teaching and learning strategies and activities. Special consideration will be given to proposals that connect the education and business sectors for networking regarding the development of 21st-century skills.

The forum will be open throughout the day simultaneous to the four breakout session periods.


Please note all presenters are responsible for transporting materials to/from the parking garage to meeting rooms. Special assistance is available and must be requested two weeks prior to the conference date.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria include the following:

  • The presenter is skilled and knowledgeable about the session or forum topic and prepared to deliver.
  • The topic is important and addresses relevant critical needs for STEM education in Pennsylvania.
  • The learning objectives are clearly stated.
  • The planned activities support achievement of the learning objectives.
  • The learning activities can be reasonably accomplished within the proposed time frame.
  • The planned activities are appropriate for the intended participants.
  • There is appropriate time allocated for both presentation of information and active participant involvement.

General Information

Questions may be directed to Jessica Meyers or John Radzilowicz at 412-481-7320. The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2014 PA STEM Vision Conference: Connecting Classroom to Career is February 14, 2014. The Committee will select proposals and notify prospective presenters byFebruary 28, 2014.

There is no cost for selected presenters to participate in the conference.

Use of Presentation Materials and Media Release

Following the conference, presentation materials (such as PowerPoint) from each accepted session will be posted on the ASSET website. By participating as a presenter, you agree to provide ASSET with a digital copy of your presentation or a version that we can post for your session’s proceedings. Additionally, video and photographs will be taken throughout the day. If you are not willing to be photographed or videotaped, please indicate as such in your proposal.