Office of Mayor William Peduto
City To Host Inclusive Innovation Event On Thursday, Nov. 10

Pittsburgh, PA (November 2, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host Inclusive Innovation Live - a special event celebrating all of the local partners working towards making Pittsburgh a hub for technology and inclusive innovation - on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 3:00- 5:00 pm at Point Park University.  

Inclusive Innovation Live will feature presentations from PGH Lab and BetaBurgh companies and partners of the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation. The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, will also launch the year one update to the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation.  

Over the past year Pittsburgh has experienced over 60 inclusive innovation events, has been featured in a variety of news sources spotlighting Pittsburgh as a city of inclusive innovation and has either completed or begun more than 60 actions to make Pittsburgh a city of inclusive innovation. The Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation has inspired the development of new applications, implementation of new technology to advance city services, and increased collaboration across the City of Pittsburgh.  

Inclusive Innovation Live will feature the following:  

The Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, launched in September 2015, supports, convenes and promotes inclusive innovation defined as, equal access to products and services with new technologies, ideas, personnel and inventions to meet complex challenges and higher standards. 

PGH Lab is a program where local startup companies can pilot their products and services and help the City meet complex challenges. The program’s mission is to collaborate with startups companies to explore new ways to use technologies to make the City of Pittsburgh more efficient, transparent, sustainable, and inclusive. Three companies were selected to become part of the first PGH Lab cohort and matched with a City champion that serves as guide through three-month pilot process. PGH Lab empowers local entrepreneurs by allowing them to test their products and services in the City to obtain real world feedback.  

BetaBurgh, launched by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership in March of 2016 invests in innovative ideas and products to activate Downtown Pittsburgh public spaces. Financially supported by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, BetaBurgh has awarded four grants to local companies and organizations to test new products and ideas within the dense population of Downtown Pittsburgh. BetaBurgh is a catalyst for innovation and product development that directly connects the Downtown community with local start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

Guests in attendance for Inclusive Innovation Live will have the opportunity to connect with partners making progress to provide equal access to products and services through new technology, ideas, personnel and inventions.  

 

Inclusive Innovation Live 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 3-5:00 p.m. 

Point Park University Center, 414 Wood Street, Pgh, PA, GRW Theater 

 

Contact: Annia Aleman, Innovation & Performance Fellow, City of Pittsburgh: annia.aleman@pittsburghpa.gov

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