Office of Mayor William Peduto
City's First Inclusive Innovation Week Launches Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 31, 2016) The city’s first Inclusive Innovation Week, sponsored by the city Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, is only a few days away. From April 2nd- April 9th, 31 organizations in 13 communities will be hosting 60 events to showcase the large variety of inclusive innovation Pittsburgh has to offer.

Whether one's passions are in the arts, tech or business, the week’s events include something for everyone, regardless of age group or level of experience. The City has partnered with organizations such as TedX, Children’s Museum, and Tech Shop, as well as surrounding universities such as Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Duquesne, and Robert Morris. The events are easily accessible, free, and available to anyone who wants to attend.

“Innovation and inclusion are core values here at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,” said Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Experiences Manager Viv Shaffer. “We are delighted to be partnering with so many like-minded organizations to provide activities and experiences to inspire young minds and imaginations.”

Some examples of events include a tour of 7800 Susquehanna Street, a project to repurpose an underutilized commercial asset into a platform for economic renewal in the Homewood community; the Steel City Codefest events, which focus on coding and coding education for youth; and the Small Business Resource Fair, an opportunity for entrepreneurs and to speak with resource providers from across the City.

“Innovation is our future and the future is for everyone. It's important to be consciously inclusive with aspects of equity for a truly innovative society, “ said Nina Barbuto of Assemble. “Our past or ‘the way things were’ holds barriers to everyone's participation. It is our chance to actually bring everyone to the table. “

"The Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation week is a an excellent chance for our citizens to explore all of the great enrichment opportunities available in the region,” said Dr. Andre Samuel of the Citizen Science Lab

Those interested in participating are encouraged to review the calendar for the full lineup of events, and may use #WeInnovatePGH or @PghIP to highlight favorite speakers, events and photos.

 

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