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Kelly-Strayhorn Theater launches Penn Avenue Creative accelerator

The historic Kelly-Strayhorn Theater has honored its famous Pittsburgh-born namesakes -- Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn -- by enriching the city’s arts and cultural scene with dance, film, theater, and community events. This year, the East Liberty venue will expand its influence with Penn Avenue Creative, a new accelerator for emerging artists, social change leaders and entrepreneurs.

Created by Kelly-Strayhorn Executive Director Janera Solomon and supported by the Heinz Endowments, Penn Avenue Creative was inspired by a desire to see development in the East End reflect the diversity of the people who live there. The theater plans to attract six individuals who reside and work on Penn Avenue, and want to implement projects meant to serve the neighborhood.

Performance artist and Kelly-Strayhorn project manager, Joy KMT, believes the program is essential to encouraging positive change for the fast-shifting Penn Avenue Corridor.

"We hope to create a hub of conversation and innovation in East End neighborhoods that develops networks of sustainability and collaboration," says KMT. "Penn Avenue Creative is the groundwork that is necessary for building diverse and welcoming communities through tapping into and helping to support talented individuals who already live and work in the community."

KMT adds that desired applicants should demonstrate a "strong vision for themselves and their community, whose motivation for creating change is evident in their everyday lives, and whose generosity and unique perspectives will enrich the Penn Avenue Creative cohort." Chosen candidates will receive a yet undetermined stipend, and take part in a 12-week course that includes a retreat, professional workshops, and one-on-one mentoring with Kelly-Strayhorn's large network of artists, creatives and experts. Those who complete the program successfully will then present their projects to community leaders and benefactors at the Penn Avenue Creative Symposium.

While the program description targets certain creative types, KMT explains that proposals are welcome from anyone with a vision for the East End.

"We seek applications from artists and entrepreneurs, as well as people who may not think of themselves strictly as artists or entrepreneurs, but whose approach to engaging communities offers potential for unexpected impact," says KMT. "We hope to tap into leadership that may not be recognized by standard models."

Applications for Penn Avenue Creative are due by July 17. Further details are available on the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater website.  

Who's hiring in PGH? The Winchester Thurston School, Boat Pittsburgh and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) is looking for a new communications director to oversee the successful planning, oversight, and implementation of all GBA communication outlets. Requirements include a four-year degree and two years of professional experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and samples of communications or promotional materials to hr@gbapgh.org by July 10.

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH), an organization dedicated to improving the economic, social, and environmental health of local communities, is hiring an outreach and communications manager.

The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) needs a qualified individual to fill a recently added chief executive officer  position. Candidates must have a four-year degree and extensive experience as a senior manager within a healthcare or case management organization, or in an equivalent organization. Application materials are due by July 15.

The Winchester Thurston School is hiring a part-time Upper School computer science teacher. Candidates must have a degree in computer science or related field.

Nectr, an app that connects users to their favorite local businesses, is hiring an iOS Engineer.

Cygnus Manufacturing Company, a precision manufacturer of products and components for non-invasive medical devices, transportation, scientific instrumentation, energy, aerospace and defense applications, is in need of a technology and information systems administrator.

Boat Pittsburgh, a powerboat rental company located in Sharpsburg, is hiring a part-time boat rental assistant. Boating, marina or concession experience preferred. Please send resume to Nicole at boatpittsburgh@gmail.com.

Paid Internships:

CAI, a global IT services firm, has an available IT internship at its Pittsburgh offices.

Who's hiring in PGH? The Pittsburgh Foundation, WTAE and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, a grant-making public charity dedicated to improving quality of life in the city and surrounding region, is hiring a director of public policy and advocacy. Requires at least five to seven years of experience in public policy and/or government relations, or a related field. Application materials are due by June 5, 2015.

The Career Development Center (CDC) of Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS) is hiring an employer relations coordinator to oversee the business development efforts of the CDC, including facilitating job placements through the identification of job leads and developing outplacement and other business contacts with local and national employers.

La Escuelita Arcoiris, Pittsburgh's only Spanish immersion pre-school, is hiring lead and assistant teachers and an administrative assistant.

The Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE needs five full-time digital video creators to work over the summer.

The Pittsburgh-based architectural firm mossArchitects is looking for an intermediate architect/designer with three to six years of interiors experience. The firm is also hiring an office manager.

Optimus Technologies, a startup that designs and manufactures next-generation fuel systems, is hiring multiple positions in Pittsburgh, including an electrical/mechanical assembler.

Paid Internships:

AllFacilities, a research and business development support services firm specializing in facilities management, has full-time summer internships available.

Check out our previous listings for more opportunities.

Drone startup Identified Technologies moves upward and onward

It's graduation season, a time for recognizing the accomplishments of students as they go on to bigger and better things. But in Pittsburgh, it's not just high schools and colleges saying goodbye to those they helped groom. Identified Technologies officially relocated from its digs in the East Liberty startup accelerator, AlphaLab Gear, to a space just behind Bakery Square on Hamilton Avenue. The small drone company used the move as an opportunity to invest in the renovated building, which previously sat vacant for 25 years.
"They are breathing new life into the neighborhood, and we hope they are the first of many startups filling offices in the area as they grow beyond their accelerators or co-working spaces," Property Manager Jonathan Shapiro stated in a press release.
Founded in 2013 by CEO and President Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies specializes in creating self-piloting drones used to monitor various jobsites. Unlike other systems, the company's fully autonomous mapping system requires no human interaction to operate or maintain. Products such as the Boomerang drone can fly and land itself on a specially designed Launchpad dock. It can even change its own batteries.
While the company’s main focus remains on oil and natural gas, primarily in the Marcellus Shale region, Zhang believes the technology can contribute to safer working environments across a variety of industries.
"The mapping and inspection work that we offer via drone would otherwise have to be done manually by humans in a wide variety of dangerous situations,” says Zhang, rattling off a number of scenarios the technology can scan, including leaking gas pipelines, damaged electrical lines, unstable mines, toxic waste dumps, and other hazardous conditions. In addition to safety, the drones can also ensure efficiency by delivering continuously updated data.
Identified Technologies currently works with numerous undisclosed blue chip companies, and growing demand for their products warranted expansion into a new location. While Zhang attributes some of their success to the support of AlphaLab Gear, other investors have recently stepped in. Last April, the startup acquired $2 million in funding from Birchmere Ventures, which, as Zhang explains, will allow them to optimize their sales and deployment model, scale their operations, and expand their customer base. With new seed money and office space, the company can look to the future of new possibilities.
“We will continue to invest in research and development to use our technology to solve broader problems in bigger markets,” says Zhang.

Trusst uses engineering to design the perfect bra

Engineers apply their expertise to everything from food to cars to city infrastructures, working to make everything bigger, better, and more efficient. In Pittsburgh, two Carnegie Mellon University alums saw an opportunity to use their skills in one neglected market -- bras for the well-endowed.

Last September, industrial engineers Laura West and Sophia Berman founded Trusst, an East Liberty-based lingerie company that specializes in creating a more comfortable, more supportive bra for women with larger busts. What started as a side project that combined their educational backgrounds with their mutual love of sewing has since gained attention for raising awareness of a problem many women face -- finding a bra that actually fits. To drive that point home, Trusst even produced a humorous promotional video showing men struggling to wear various bras stuffed with melons.

As for their products, the team at Trusst hopes to stand out from other retailers with innovative designs enhanced by intelligent engineering.

"As designers, we are placing form and function as our primary focus, ensuring support and comfort ahead of pure fashion," says Berman. "We are removing the extreme pain that larger busted women face from unsupportive bras."

While most bras on the market depend on the shoulder straps for support -- which can cause various problems, including back strain -- Berman and West's patent-pending design lifts the weight of a woman's bust from underneath. The company also created its own sizing system that determines cup size by breast volume as opposed to more traditionally used band measurement, which allows for a more customized fit.

Aiding them in their mission is the startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, which, as Berman explains, provided a space for them to grow and build their company. The women also invested in a MakerBot 3-D printer to help them achieve their vision of the perfect bra.

"We used 3-D printing a lot in our initial development to help us rapidly iterate and develop the form of our structures," says Berman. "The first purchase we made as a company was our MakerBot, and it has been extremely instrumental in aiding us in our prototyping."

Their work, as well as their self-promotion, has not gone unnoticed -- recently, Berman and West launched a Kickstarter campaign for Trusst that reached its $25,000 goal in less than a week. Any additional funds raised over the campaign's remaining weeks will help the company add to its large selection of sizes (the number now stands at 42), as well as its product line, which now includes three bras and matching panties.

"Depending on demand, we plan to expand our core line into additional colors and patterns, as well as expand to even larger sizes than we are initially offering," says Berman. "Future development includes athletic and swimwear for larger cup sizes."

The Trusst Kickstarter campaign will continue until May 22. 

ASSET and Google to present first Biz-Ed Blitz networking event

The national nonprofit ASSET has worked to advocate STEM education programs in the Pittsburgh area. On April 9, the organization will continue its mission with the first ever Biz-Ed Blitz.

Described as a speed networking event, Biz-Ed Blitz will connect local business and educational professionals, including senior managers, community relations officers, superintendents, and principals. ASSET organized the free event as a way to address the education and workforce demands of the region, where more and more jobs require skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

"Innovation cannot happen in isolation," says ASSET Director of Organizational Advancement Karen Ahearn. "By giving education and business professionals the opportunity to connect, ASSET can help bridge the gap between schools and businesses and inspire both parties to work together to prepare students for continued education and careers."

Biz-Ed Blitz will kick off with a mock networking session led by Leigh Pogue, Vice President of Human Resources for Westinghouse Electric Company, and Dr. Randy Lutz, Superintendent of Baldwin-Whitehall School District. From there, organizers will provide a forum for attendees to share ideas, via brief, three- to five-minute conversations, on advancing student learning.

The event was created in partnership with Comcast Newsmakers, WQED Pittsburgh, and Google, who will host the event at their Bakery Square offices.

"Originally, the Biz-Ed Blitz was to take place at ASSET’s offices," says Ahearn. "However, ASSET needed a larger space based on the number of early registrations. Because of our relationship with Google, we thought the partnership seemed fitting. After reaching out, Google agreed and was enthusiastic about accommodating our STEM event."

The Biz-Ed Blitz will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 9 at the Google offices in Bakery Square. Ahearn adds that the event will serve only as a networking event, and is not intended as an opportunity for businesses to market retail products and services to educators and schools. Those interested in participating can register at Eventbrite.  

Who's hiring in PGH? Dinner Lab, East End Cooperative Ministry and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Dinner Lab began in New Orleans in 2012 and has since become a national sensation. The pop-up supper club has hosted innovative dining events in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Today, Dinner Lab announced Pittsburgh as its newest city.

“We’re really excited about coming to Pittsburgh,” said Zach Kupperman, co-founder of Dinner Lab. “Pittsburgh [has] an amazing cultural and culinary scene … Pittsburgh is a very cool and underground cultural city with a lot going on.”

The underground, membership-based social dining club is hiring a part-time event manager for its new Pittsburgh location. Email hdietsch@dinnerlab.com for more details.

The Frick Art & Historical Center has openings for a development manager and a membership assistant.

The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) is hiring a part-time database and donor stewardship coordinator to manage its donor database and stewardship cycle through print and electronic communications. Requirements include a bachelor's degree and experience with Raiser's Edge software. Send cover letter, resume, application, and compensation requirements to HR Director, 6140 Station St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, or email materials to KellyJ@eecm.org.

Jawbone, an international consumer technology and wearable devices company, is hiring a senior hardware engineer at its Pittsburgh location. Requires seven years of experience in electrical engineering.

The hybrid advertising agency Chemistry Communications is looking for a senior digital designer with five or more years of agency digital design experience.

Hi-Tech Learning, which offers technology-focused summer camps for kids in the Pittsburgh area, is looking for camp instructors. Candidates must have criminal and child clearances and reliable transportation. Send resume to swalk@hi-techlearning.com.

Paid internships:

CBS has multiple part-time internships for students pursuing careers in television broadcasting and related fields. Application deadline is April 3.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.


First Bytes Society seeks tweens and teens for computer programming class

In 2012, the computer programming education initiative, First Bytes Society, won a $1,000 micro-grant from the Awesome Foundation.

“The grant from the Awesome Foundation served as the initial kick start for the First Bytes Society,” says First Bytes Society founder, Nate Good. “Their backing affirmed that this was a cause worthy of bringing to the community and helped us establish some important relationships in Pittsburgh.”

Now, after years of building partnerships, developing a curriculum, and creating a custom development environment, the Pittsburgh-based group is ready to launch its first pilot class.

The First Bytes Society Kick Off will provide a free eight-week course focused on teaching computer programming to 10 students between the ages of 12 and 15. The sessions will begin on March 30 and take place every following Monday at Union Project in East Liberty. Good hopes the pilot class will serve as a first step toward giving students the skills to succeed in today’s tech-heavy job market.

“In my anecdotal research among Pittsburgh students, it is very uncommon for students to even have the option to explore computer programming prior to late in their high school curriculum,” says Good. “This is especially true for public school districts serving communities with lower income families. Computer literacy has quickly become a crucial skill set for those entering the job market, regardless of their occupational focus."

First Bytes Society still has some work to do in the weeks leading up to the launch. The organization hopes to raise $3,500, either from corporate or individual donors, to round out funding for the class. For $250, donors can sponsor a laptop that will be used during the pilot class and future classes. Two local companies, ShowClix and Metamorphosis Spa in Lawrenceville, have already chosen to sponsor laptops.

Good is also in the process of recruiting more mentors to help with the classes. In addition to several software engineers that have signed on to teach, he hopes to attract individuals who possess backgrounds in computer science, or have experience working with teens.

While the pilot class centers on tweens and teens, First Bytes Society’s long-term mission is to teach programming to everyone, regardless of age. As the organization grows, Good plans to develop instruction for adults and young children.

“As we start to expand to older -- and younger -- demographics, we will introduce new curriculum tracks,” says Good. “The curriculum for tweens is focused around creating visuals and building interactive games. Curriculum for adults may be more oriented towards pragmatic real-world solutions, replacing the simple 2-D game with an interactive mortgage calculator.”

Those interested in registering a tween or teen for the First Bytes Society Kick Off can attend an info session taking place on March 2 at 7 p.m. at Union Project, or fill out an online application. Interested donors are encouraged to check out sponsorship opportunities on the website.

Web Design Day to showcase Pittsburgh talent

This summer, one conference will showcase the local web design and development community with a full lineup of speakers, workshops, and networking events.

Founded in 2009 as part of Refresh Pittsburgh, Web Design Day gathers individuals from Pittsburgh and beyond who work to make the web a better place. What started as a one-day local conference with around 100 people at Left Field Meeting Space has since grown into a two-day endeavor that attracts around 350 people and some of the biggest names in the industry. Even as the conference grows, however, it continues to provide a fun, intimate atmosphere where attendees can learn and network.

"We’ve heard awesome stories of people who have met their future bosses and colleagues at Web Design Day, a few folks who made career changes to web design, and even a speaker who moved back to Pittsburgh after getting to hang out with our awesome community," says G. Jason Head of Refresh Pittsburgh, who organizes Web Design Day with his wife and partner, Val Head.

Web Design Day will begin on June 11 with two full-day pre-conference workshops, one at Left Field Meeting Space on the North Shore and one at The Beauty Shoppe in East Liberty. The conference will take place on June 12 at the New Hazlett Theater in the North Side, where guests can enjoy plenty of activities, as well as an after-party that includes food, music, and hands-on screen printing of T-shirts and posters. The events also include a variety of speakers -- including Adaptive Web Design author Aaron Gustafson, brand and content strategist Margot Bloomstein, and many others -- who will offer their expertise and input on a variety of subjects.

"We put a lot of thought into carefully curating a well-balanced and diverse speaker lineup," says G. Jason Head. "We base our selections on what areas people are interested in, popular and relevant topics in our industry, speakers that we have seen and were impressed by, all focused around providing a day of relevant take-aways that will leave our attendees inspired."

New this year, Refresh Pittsburgh has developed a way to bring in community members who may not otherwise attend. The organization partnered with MailChimp, Think Through Math, and Girl Develop It Pittsburgh to provide 14 free scholarship tickets to students, low-income residents, and others unable to afford conference tickets, which range in cost from $215 to $499. As G. Jason Head explains, the free tickets are a way to ensure that Web Design Day includes people from a wide array of backgrounds.

"Diversity is important to us, and we feel a more diverse audience provides a better experience for everyone," says G. Jason Head. "We realize that the cost of attending industry conferences can be prohibitive for some people, and we want to do what we can to make it easier for someone to attend and have a good experience."

Visit the Web Design Day website to register for the conference. Those interested in applying for the scholarship tickets can do so on the Scholarship Program page.

Who's hiring in PGH? MedRespond, Point Park University and more

Days are getting shorter, but don't let that discourage you from finding the job of your dreams. Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. If you have a job opportunity to list, email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "hiring" in the subject line. Let us know on Twitter @popcitypgh if we've helped you snag the job of your dreams.

This week, MedRespond is looking for scriptwriters to author educational video scripts based on interviews with medical professionals. A complete video may last four hours and contain 200 conversations. Turnaround time is expected to be quick and medical military experience is a plus. Submit resume and writing sample to careers@medrespond.com.

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hiring for a number of positions, including development director, executive assistant/project manager, front of house staff and operations associate and program manager. Experience varies depending upon position, which range from entry level to high level, with both part-time and full-time opportunities. Located in East Liberty, the theater provides a variety of cultural programing throughout the year.

THE PROGRAM for Offenders, a nonprofit organization that provides residential alternatives to incarceration, inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment and a range of support services to offenders, is looking for therapists to work on a full-time or part-time basis with the population it serves. Applicants should have a master's degree in a related field and experience providing behavioral health treatment. Applicants must be able to obtain current FBI, Act 33 and 34 clearances. Clinicians approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board are preferred.

Point Park University is hiring a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education to teach courses in both the undergraduate and graduate program. The college is also looking for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Technology to work with undergraduates and an Assistant Professor of Information Technology for a full-time tenure-track position teaching both graduates and undergraduates. Administrative positions and two adjunct positions in the humanities are also available. 

A number of positions are available at Chatham University, including Archivist & Public Services Librarian and various administrative support positions. However, since dates for the postings are not listed, call the university before applying. Who knows, you may even learn about as-yet unlisted position. 

And, if this week's job opportunities aren't enough, check out what we posted last week.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival receives catalytic Sprout Seed Award

Next month, Pittsburgh will kick off its inaugural Fringe Festival, modeled after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world. The Pittsburgh theater arts festival recently announced it received a Sprout Seed Award  help fund 24 theatrical performances in various Shadyside venues this May.
Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, led by its founder and executive director Dan Stiker, supports adventurous and exploratory performing artists by presenting their uncensored artistic expression to equally adventurous audiences. In addition to performances, the Fringe Festival will facilitate continuing education, workshops, discussions and forums. 

“I think Pittsburgh has a great arts community, and the theater community is one aspect of that,” says Stiker. “I think interesting theater is just starting to be supported in Pittsburgh. This is just the right time for the city to have its own Fringe Festival.”

Stiker’s interest in organizing Fringe stems from his theater background in New York City, where he performed in the NYC Fringe Festival and was in a company that did a lot of experimental theater. Stiker also has a background in theater management, and the management strength of the collective Fringe Festival team he's assembled helped attract The Sprout Fund's support. 

“The Seed Award is The Sprout Fund’s catalytic funding program for community innovation projects, and we are pleased to be able to support Pittsburgh's first organized Fringe Festival with a $7,500 grant,” says Mac Howison, Senior Program Officer for Catalytic Funding at The Sprout Fund. “The Sprout Fund has been hearing about the need for a Fringe Festival for years from the Pittsburgh theater community.  We're happy to be able to support Dan Stiker’s project, which highlights community partnerships and supportive collaboration among businesses, city officials and the performing arts companies making it happen, through the launch this spring and then hopefully as an annual event.”
The Seed Award Fund for Community Innovation offers grants to support, celebrate and showcase the initiatives of creative people in the greater Pittsburgh region with the cumulative power to create a critical mass of positive change. Seed Award projects are innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by the community, and inspire a diverse group of participants to be more active, involved and civically-engaged.
Since 2001, Sprout Seed Awards have supported hundreds of dynamic local innovators and exciting community projects making an impact in the Pittsburgh area. Sprout provides critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community.

"Sprout understands that Pittsburgh Fringe can be a catalyst for enhancing the performing arts community in Pittsburgh and we are grateful for their support," says Stiker.
Check out the 2014 Fringe lineup and purchase tickets at pghfringe.org.

Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie
Sources: Dan Stiker and Mac Howison

Pittsburgh celebrates National Robotics Week

April 5-13 marks the fifth annual National Robotics Week, which celebrates the United States as a leader in robotics technology development and educates the public about how robotics technology impacts society. With Pittsburgh playing a major role in robotics innovation, it’s no surprise that there are lots of robotics events taking place throughout the city this week.

Robo Day in Pittsburgh
On April 9, AlphaLab Gear will host a robotics week event in its East Liberty facility that will feature speakers from 4moms, MYRIA RAS, and Girls of Steel FIRST Team, and demos by two start-ups in the accelerators current class, IdentifIED and Rapid TPC.

Dick Zhang,  cofounder and CEO of IdentifIED, says, “Industrial businesses, in oil and gas, agriculture, mining, or safety, all require massive amounts of data to increase their outputs, decrease their inputs and operate safely. Unfortunately they don't have access to this information because aerial sensing is extremely expensive, time-consuming and requires a lot of special equipment. We are an aerial data and sensing company focused on delivering this information through small unmanned aerial vehicles.” 

The IdentfIED demo will feature a small quadrotor, a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors, that will fly around the office among attendees and a video reel highlighting the company’s vehicles in action.

International Space Apps Challenge
The International Space Apps Challenge, led by NASA, government collaborators and more than 100 organizations around the world, is a two-day hackathon that embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and in space. The Pittsburgh event will take place at the TechShop in Bakery Square on April 12-13.

“The International Space Apps Challenge lets people in Pittsburgh collaborate with others around the globe using NASA open source data to build and program robotic solutions to global problems,” says Richard Behana, executive director at Space Challenges, Inc., the host of the Pittsburgh Space Apps Challenge. “Challenges range from creating a robot with salvaged parts controlled from your smartphone to creating a simplified kid friendly rover using a single-board microcontroller known as an Arduino.”

Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University Celebrates National Robotics Week
The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will celebrate National Robotics Week on April 10 with the Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture with special guest speaker Marc Raibert, chief technical officer & director of Boston Dynamics followed by a satellite screening and performance of the Robot Film Festival. The celebration will continue on April 11 with project demonstrations, lab tours, and the annual Mobot (mobile robot) races. (RSVP required to attend.)

The Secret Life of Robots
Artist Toby Atticus features a dozen scenes of robots in everyday scenarios in The Secret Life of Robots exhibition. Robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers, and various found objects, and some include animatronic elements that control eyes and accent lights. Peaking into the sometimes mundane daily activities of a typical robot through various stages of their lifespan reveals a glimpse of our lives through the looking-glass. The free and public Pittsburgh Cultural Trust exhibition is on display through April 27 at SPACE art gallery, located at 812 Liberty Avenue. See website for gallery hours.

Writer: Amanda Leff Ritchie
Sources: nationalroboticsweek.org, AlphaLab, Dick Zhang, spaceappschallenge.org, and Richard Behana

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Google Pittsburgh announces major expansion and more

Each week Pop City reports on hiring and job news in the region.
Google Pittsburgh is expanding again and will hire between 100 to 200 people in the coming year. Google Inc. announced this week it is leasing another 50,000 square feet of office space in Bakery Square and will begin aggressively hiring for 75 open positions, many in the shopping and commerce division.
Google Pittsburgh has grown rapidly since establishing a presence in Pittsburgh, having hired 50 people in the last year alone. Positions include software engineers as well support staff.

Across the way, a new restaurant called Social will be holding open interviews on Thursday, June 13th, from 12-8 pm for all positions: waitstaff, cooks, hosts, managers. Social is located at 6425 Penn Avenue.

ThoughtForm, a communication design consultancy working at the crossroads of business strategy and creative thinking, is currently recruiting people for six permanent positions and one contract position. The positions include designers, developers, writers, an image specialist and project manager.

The Congress of Neighboring Communities, better known as CONNECT, is hiring an outreach and program coordinator. CONNECT, part of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, works to bring the region’s urban municipalities together to enhance and deliver important public services.
MARC USA is hiring an advertising account executive and looking for a PR/social media apprentice. The ad exec/ new business development specialist will focus on many aspects of the agencies new business program.  The PR/social media apprentice is a paid position for a college grad in advertising, marketing business or a related degree.

Pop City is looking for a part-time person to size and load photos in Pop City's content management system every week. Deadline day is every Tuesday so availability is important on Mondays and early Tuesdays. Position requires approximately 7 hours every week. Previous online experience with photos is very helpful. Photoshop skills are a necessity.  Must have photo software.  For more info email info@popcitymedia.com

Quantum Theatre is looking for a part-time consultant to raise brand awareness and deliver traffic to the theatre’s website, social media destinations, live productions, and special events. 
KDKA-TV is looking for a commercial videographer with skills as a sound mixer and lighting director, able to support all studio and set productions in preparation for productions.
Think Through Learning is hiring a senior editor, K-2. The position is responsible for the production of web-based mathematics and instructional materials for elementary-aged students.
A.C. Coy Company in Pittsburgh is hiring a technical writer for its technical writing department to work on a complete overhaul of their documentation and must have experience with Doc-to-help and authoring tools.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is opening a customer service center in Greentree that will create 150 jobs. The servicing operation offers services and counseling to student loan borrowers. Many of the positions are related to loan counseling and human resources. A recruitment event will be held on June 25. 

Still looking for the perfect job? The Allegheny Conference this week unveiled a re-imagined Imagine Pittsburgh website, a gateway to more than 30,000 jobs in the region. New features take the site beyond that of a mere job board, including  stories about the people who work and live in our region.
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Writer: Deb Smit

The 2013 Data Award winners included a few surprises and a surreal atmosphere

The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards celebrated, as it does each year, the intersection of art and technology design with a lineup of the region’s most creative startups.
This year's event gave off a surreal glow, although maybe it was the fog machine and the light filtering through the stained glass windows into The Priory’s Grand Hall on the Northside.
“It’s a great event for showcasing innovations with an art twist and sharing it with a wider audience,” said Paul Fireman of Fireman Creative whose firm took away a DATA in the Media Arts category.

“There were a lot of companies this year that I hadn’t heard of and that's a good thing because it means the group of participating companies is growing.” 
New this year was an interactive element that allowed the public to vote and determine the winners, along with a jury of experts.
The public voting was an important piece, said Audrey Russo, president of PTC, giving the artistic and creative communities a voice in the process.
“We are continually pleased with the breadth and number of individuals, and organizations, that actively participated,” said Russo. "I believe this space serves as the preamble to an imminent, seismic change in skill development and education.  Plus, we always have a ton of fun supporting those who build and execute big ideas.” 

The 2013 winners were:
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

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: PTC

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Bayer Material Science, Phipps, Kelly Strayhorn and more...

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.

Phipps Conservatory in Oakland is hiring for four full-time positions: finance administrative assistant, retail/ guest services management, building maintenance technician and a heavy custodial laborer. In addition, two part-time jobs and two internships are available: event assistant, guest service associate and a studio intern and pest-management intern.

Kelly Strayhorn Theatre is hiring a production assistant, a part-time position (25 hours a week) to assist the production manager in coordinating and executing a number of live events. The theatre provides provocative theatre that attracts local, national and international productions.
Expedient Data Centers in Pittsburgh is looking for an application engineer to join Pittsburgh’s team of four developers to work with the latest open-source projects that help companies manage everything from their energy usage to their operating system.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is seeking a foundation & grants coordinator. This full time position involves research and successful funding of foundation and government proposals for both capital and programmatic projects as well as corporate sponsorships for various exhibits and projects throughout the Zoo. 

Monroeville-based Chorus Call, working in the audio and video conferencing space, is hiring a software engineer with relevant IT experience.
Bayer Material Science, a leading producer of polymers and high-performance plastics, is hiring a marketing communications manager. A B.S. in a technical or business related field and 7-10 years of experience is required.
MarketSpace Communications in Cranberry is hiring a PR & Social Media Intern. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience and a degree in communications.
Attention all those seeking an entry-level job or internship with a computer science or engineering background. Network with area companies at Tech Connect, an informal recruiting event at Pitt’s William Pitt Union in the ballroom on the main floor from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th.

In other job related news, a Neighborhood Employment Center has opened to help Northside residents write and polish resumes and find jobs. The center is open 5 days a week, from 12-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and offers many free job-seeking services.

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Writer: Deb Smit
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