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Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Industrial Scientific, Mattress Factory, Seegrid, CMU and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring news.
 
Industrial Scientific has broken ground on a new 200,000-square-foot global headquarters in Robinson Township, allowing the the company to consolidate its operations into one location. Hiring is expected in the coming year. IS is currently advertising five positions in Pittsburgh: credit account manager, electronics technician, senior director, senior electrical engineer and senior software developer.
 
Pittsburgh-based Seegrid, maker of robotic industrial trucks, is hiring four positions: field service technician, senior software engineer, a director of product development-robotic industrial truck product line and a mechanical engineer.
 
The Mattress Factory on the North Side is hiring a communications and marketing manager. The position is responsible for the implementation of strategies to increase visitor attendance and promotion of the museum nationally and internationally. 
 
South Side skincare startup FutureDerm has two openings for a software development consultant and financial consultant. The company recently announced the expansion of its product line beginning with a new skin cleanser.
 
Smith Brothers is hiring a senior content creator/ copywriter, someone who’s "a kickass copywriter with the portfolio to prove it."
 
RE2 in Lawrenceville is seeking a principal electrical engineer to join its team. A minimum ten years of experience is required. RE2 recently announced funding by the Dept. of Defense to commercialize its high-speed inspection robot, the ForeRunner, an unmanned ground vehicle.

BEA of Belgium, makers of automatic door sensor technology, has an opening in its Pittsburgh office for a director of marketing, someone with experience in product management. Pittsburgh is the company's North American headquarters. 
 
Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a publications coordinator and webmaster with three or more years of experience in writing, desktop publishing and multimedia.
 
Flying Cork Media is looking for a creative writer to assist in all client campaign writing. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising or public relations and 1-2 years of experience is preferred.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and send the links.

Writer: Deb Smit

Pittsburgh schools take students on wild rides through science, teach video game design

Students today are hungry for a challenging learning environment that not only engages them, but also prepares them for the 21st century workplace. So what does this look like?

Two high schools in the Pittsburgh region are embracing innovative educational models that teach STEAM skills in creative ways. One is a classroom that looks more like a place you might find at Epcot in Disney World; the other is an academy for future video game designers.

At Shaler High School, students are stepping into an immersive, virtual world called Dream Flight Adventures where they embark on their own missions that take them into the scientific realms of outer space, human body or deep sea.

Before the day of the mission, teachers prep the students. When the day arrives, the excited class takes its spot in a room that is designed as a command center, and moderated by an administrator who serves as flight director. The students manipulate the mission on iPads and follow the journey on a wide screen at the front of the room.

“When kids walk in, many think it will be like a video game, with scripted outcomes, says Gary Gardiner, CEO and creator.  “They quickly realize this is more of a real life experience. There is a lot of screaming and yelling.”

“Once the kids come in here, they are no longer are fifth graders, they are engineers, and hackers and physicists,” adds Michael Penn, GATE teacher and flight director. “They own these jobs. Time stops for them; they are so reluctant to leave.”
Dream Flight Adventure hopes to expand to other area school districts, says Gardiner, who is also manager of education and entertainment initiatives at Idea Foundry.

At Elizabeth Forward High School, Zulama’s Gaming Academy offers students a high school level curriculum based on course work offered at CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). The academy teaches STEAM skills through classes on game design, 3D modeling and modern storytelling.
 
In its second year, the program has grown from 30 to 190 students.
 
“It’s changing the way teachers are teaching,” says Nikki Navta, founder and CEO. “It gives students practice for jobs that exist in the real world.”
 
Zulama addresses soft learning skills including working in teams, learning to communicating and collaborating effectively. It’s not about just math, science, art and history, says Navta. It gives students a tangible portfolio of work.
 
“The collaboration and the creation that students get to do is far more intrinsically motivating than any other course that I’ve seen offered in my mere 10 years of education,” says Heather Hibner, a teacher at Elizabeth Forward.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Zulama and Dream Flight Adventures
 
 
 
 

PAEYC's Unconference invites education innovators and app developers to a playgroup

Staying ahead of the early education learning curve is a challenge In a world where young children grow up knowing how operate cell phones before they can talk.
 
PAEYC (Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children) is addressing this with a unique two-day event, “UnConference 2013: Game On!” on Nov. 15 and 16, a play group for educators and technologists who will work together to create cool, cutting-edge learning tools. The hack-a-thon will be held at Google Pittsburgh while the UnConference will be held at CMU in Rashid Auditorium.

The event is open to early childhood professionals, K-4 teachers, art and music teachers, basically anyone looking for a creative jumpstart to meeting young students where they are today.
 
PAEYC has tapped 21 app developers who will be turning ideas from teachers into really great educational mobile apps. More than 200 yearly childhood educators will participate in the event and field trips.
 
“Our goal is to create a diverse community of learners and early childhood educators, technologists and innovators who share a common desire for quality early childhood experiences,” says Cara Ciminillo operations director of PAEYC. 
 
“We want early childhood educators to see themselves as a really important part in the maker movement; they are the first ones to create an environment for children to imagine, explore, and innovate,” she adds.

The unconference includes field trips to several highly innovative learning spaces: MakeShop, CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center, MAYA Design, Google Pittsburgh and Tech Shop. Illah Nourbakhsh, director of Create Lab at CMU, is a keynote speaker and Bill Isler of Fred Rogers Company will participate.
 
The event is supported in part by the Spark Fund for Early Learning at The Sprout Fund. Registration is required.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Cara Ciminillo, PAEYC

New Pittsburgh Collaborative celebrates 10 years with a work party at STUDIO of Creative Inquiry

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the New Pittsburgh Collaborative--some of the most active, forward-thinking and civically engaged young professionals in the region—by joining the working party. 

NPC is a diverse group of the region’s influential voices, open to anyone who has a stake and represents a clear constituency in the region, says Dan Law, president. Current or interested members are invited to CMU's STUDIO of Creative Inquiry on Nov. 9th, but bring your thinking caps and party clothes.
 
The evening will begin with a priority-setting dialogue, from 5 to 7 p.m., through facilitated, small breakout groups to brainstorm policy priorities facing young professionals. Once the list is prioritized, attendees will then have an opportunity to discuss the list.
 
“Our goal is to really drive at addressing the challenges and opportunities facing young professionals in our region,” says Law. “Instead of simply identifying problems, we will foster partnerships that will take an active role in shaping the way in which we as a community take on some of our most pressing issues.”

While Design Our Future is calibrated toward young professionals, the identified issues will be have an intergenerational impacts, he adds. “The larger message is that regional progress involves everyone -- regardless of age or experience-level. And the NPC will continue to work hard to incorporate even more stakeholders as we move forward.”
 
Once the work is done, the party begins with a celebration of NPC's anniversary and an opportunity to explore CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Registration is required as space is limited. To RSVP, and for any questions related to the event, please email npcannounce@gmail.com

The event is supported by The Sprout FundAllegheny County, and Pop City.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: NPC

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Shoefitr, Precision Therapeutics, Carlow University and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest company and hiring news.
 
Pittsburgh startup Shoefitr, the former AlphaLab company that helps customers to make sure the shoe fits when they are buying online, is hiring for eight positions: footwear taxonomy specialist, front-end engineer, graphic designer, QA engineer, senior inside sales professional, software engineer, technical sales engineer and UX researcher/developer.
 
Precision Therapeutics on the South Side and Lawrenceville, a diagnostics company that provides cancer patients and their doctors with personalized cancer treatment, is hiring for seven positions: immunohistochemistry technician, software developers, finance, automation specialist, clinical information analyst, laboratory accessioner, part-time and clinical lab technician.
 
Combinenet, a SciQuest company, in the Strip District is looking to hire a full time unix administrator with five or more years experience in maintaining a production environment.  

Dick's Sporting Goods is hiring a marketing content editor to support the brand's mission.

Carlow University is hiring a communications strategist for a 12-month position to support a full range of Carlow's communications efforts.

The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania are looking for a cookie sales coordinator to plan and implement the overall sales strategy of this major annual fundraiser. 

Looking for a little extra work for the holidays? FedEx Ground is hiring about 100 workers to support its operation on Neville Island, off I-79. Pay starts at $10 an hour.

Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include the career links.

Writer: Deb Smit

MakerSwarm, MAYA Design's life-changing, revolutionary do-it-yourself app creation tool

The Internet of Everything is a deceivingly simple yet revolutionary concept that suggests that everyday gadgets—doorknobs, light switches, ovens—can be controlled or manipulated by us through the internet.
 
Imagine a world where everything is embedded with a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) tag. Many everyday products—like cars and retail products—already are. What if you could take these things, create your own app and control everything from your mobile phone?
 
For example, turn on the coffee maker in the morning? Open your garage door?
 
Always looking to the future, MAYA Design has tapped this concept with a product it’s calling MakerSwarm, a software kit that will allow everyone to cobble themselves some cool apps without ever writing a single line of code.
 
While still in development, MakerSwarm promises to unlock the power of trillions of connected devices, revolutionizing home security, our very way of life, say its makers. Think smarter buildings, smarter energy grids and smarter human networks.
 
MakerSwarm started out as a project for DARPA, the government agency that drove the creation of the internet and driverless cars. Seeing the potential, MAYA wanted to create something with a consumer orientation, says Stuart Roth, senior software engineer.
 
Say you want your garage door opener to turn on your house lights every time you pull in the driveway, explains Matthew Casebeer, senior software engineer and game designer. With MakerSwarm, you physically draw a line on your tablet with your finger, connecting a picture of the garage door opener to one of the light switch.
 
Voila, a mobile app! A do-it-yourself smart-house in a package. The possibilities are endless, the team says.
 
“Think of asset tracking,” says Casebeer. “Businesses and hospitals know how much they have of important stock at all times and supplies are reordered automatically. Doctors remotely monitor patient health automatically. The list goes on.”
 
“We’re not creating this with a specific idea of how it will be used,” adds Roth. “Our hope is people will begin telling us ways to use it, which will generate more ideas.”
 
To further facilitate the research, the MAYA team launched a Kickstarter this month to raise money to complete alpha and beta testing. The team is also working with Pittsburgh high school students who are testing the early versions in preparation for the full-scale product, which is about six months away.
 
“MakerSwarm is lowering the entry point to creating your own app,” says Yu-Ling Behr, MakerSwarm community manager. “I’m the least techy person ever, yet I can connect things without knowing one line of programming.”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: MAYA Design

Need storage? Help balancing your budget? AlphaLab Demo Day shows and tells all

The AlphaLab Demo Day & Technology Preview proved yet again that entrepreneurs and startups are a big draw in Pittsburgh.
 
More than 375 people attended the presentations of six university tech startups and nine Innovation Works AlphaLab companies at the New Hazlett this week. Many stuck around to meet the companies afterward during an informal lunch mixer.
 
“The companies gained market traction and validation during the AlphaLab program and did an excellent job of presenting their products and companies at Demo Day,” said Jim Jen of IW. “This cycle’s companies continued the tradition of raising the bar for future AlphaLab classes.”
 
This year marked the first time that National Energy Technology Laboratory joined the lineup.  
 
The preview opened with university technologies, ranging from Lightside, an online platform that instantly assesses student writing and offers feedback to both teachers and student writers, to Diamond Kinetics, which is in the throes of commercializing technology that improves the performance of baseball and softball players.
 
The current crop of AlphaLab companies were equally compelling, ranging from reality-based gaming to a look at the savvy new age of college-level athletic recruiting. 
 
A few highlights:
 
What is augmented-reality gaming? MegaBits CEO Patrick Perini explained how his new game brings the gaming world and real world together. The game is based on a player’s physical location, allowing gamers to chase and battle monsters and feed and train them, in all kinds of real world weather.
 
It’s catching on. Nearly 200 applicants signed up in the first two hours of MegaBits’ launch, said Perini.
 
Ever lose an important file, or key nugget of information on your computer? Steve Cotter of Collected wants to streamline the way you find it by providing intelligent authoring technology to help you quickly access frequently used content. Not only does it speed up access, but also it can drill down contents on a Google drive and costs, at minimum, $10 a month. Launching in January.
 
Forget reconciling your bank statements across several apps. BudgetSimple tracks your spending and income all in one place and keeps it up-to-date.
 
“The most successful budget is one where you can keep the things that are important and eliminate the waste,” says CEO Phil Anderson, a successful internet marketer who previously worked for Vivisimo (before it was acquired by IBM) and LunaMetrics in Pittsburgh. BudgetSimple has 130,000 users signed on to date.
 
Wing Ma'am, a fast growing mobile app, is bringing bring LBGT women together as a resource for one another. It already attracted 108,000 users to date and is on target in reach 2 million in the next two years, says CEO Ariella Furman.
 
It’s also the only app of its kind that searches for events, not just people, she says.
 
If you’ve ever tried to stay abreast of a high school or collegiate athletic team’s changing schedule, you will appreciate the value of AthleteTrax. The startup is working with high school and collegiate club teams to provide an online tool that puts all a team’s information in one place, a sort of dashboard for athletics.
 
Lacking space for storage? Have space to rent? Spacefinity matches the have-nots with the haves and helps the haves convert their extra space into cash. The startup is tapping into the $22 billion storage industry and has 70 live space lords in Pittsburgh so far, says CEO Alex Hendershott.
 
Those looking for motivation to keep up with their physical therapy routines will gain support from Hability, a mobile tool that keeps patients engaged and therapists and family in the loop. “Compliance is in the root of attendance,” says CEO James Lomuscio.
 
Crowdasaurus stands at the intersection of crowdfunding and digital marketing. Projects with crowdfunding campaigns are matched with like-minded organizations—nonprofits or media outlets—who can benefit from the exposure they will receive by having content appear on the same page, says Josh Lucas, CEO. The Pittsburgh Foundation is already one of several beta testers on board. 
 
Finally, a senior at Grove City College believes the college athletic recruiting system is broken. Her startup, ProfilePasser, is the only platform that brings players and coaches together on the field where the players can be seen and recruited, says Sam Weber, founder. The app is available in the iTunes store now.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: AlphaLab, Innovation Works

Calling all Pittsburgh creatives in business, art, innovation and more. Pittsburgh needs your input!

The Pittsburgh region’s creative and innovation sectors have a great reputation. All we need now is the hard data to back it up.
 
To accomplish this, The Pittsburgh Technology Council is conducting an online survey of our region’s creative industries to determine exactly how the region stacks up to other benchmark regions--the Pittsburgh Regional Workforce & Quality of Life Assessment. To ensure its success, everyone in the Pittsburgh creative sector is encouraged to participate. 
 
Those who play a role that dips into art, design, creativity, new product development, consulting, R&D and innovation are asked to complete a short online survey. This includes software professionals, design freelancers and engineers, says Lou Musante, co-founder of Thrive, a local startup, and a founding partner of Pittsburgh-based Echo Strategies, which is executing the survey.
 
There’s an incentive: Survey participants will be invited to attend the 2014 Creative Industry Summit and will be eligible to win one of several prizes, including a few iPad Minis.
 
“There’s usually a lot of fiction around these sectors; how credible are they?" says Lou Musante, “We need credible, defensible data that supports these beliefs. We need to get our arms around it." 
 
The initial inspiration for the study came from Richard Florida’s theory on the rise of the creative class, says Musante. The next step is to pull together hard data on the region’s creative economy, to understand both our strengths and our weaknesses. 
 
The information will help local leaders appraise the creative sector more effectively and more jobs around the cluster.  The final study will provide another set of indicators and benchmarks for Pittsburgh Today,
 
The region needs to ask itself how big is our software sector? The engineering sector? “We’re determined to find out exactly who is out there and how these sectors are growing,” Musante says. “Are we moving the needle?”
 
Creative Industries Study is part of the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network, presented in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toronto Rotman School, Echo Strategies, Dollar Bank and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
 
Take the survey now at createPGH.com  The study will be open online until Thursday Oct. 31st.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Lou Musante, Echo Strategies

Ninety, a SiX-funded project, lets you run for mayor and navigate all our neighborhoods

Want to be the next Mayor of Pittsburgh? With the new board game, Ninety: The Campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh, that just became easier.
 
Created by Adam Shuck and Alex Pazuchanics, Ninety lets you try your hand in municipal politics by assuming the unique identity of a candidate, from “The Barstool Philosopher” and “The Riverfront Defender” to “The Heir Apparent.”
 
Here’s how it works: Hopefuls and their opponents will navigate the board, which is a colorful map of Pittsburgh’s ninety neighborhoods. They’ll develop their own campaigns and agendas by attending events, soliciting votes, raising money and participating in a little political mudslinging. At the end of the two weeks leading up to the general election, the polls close and a new Mayor of Pittsburgh is sworn in.
 
Shuck and Pazuchanics came up with the concept of Ninety while working in Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak’s office. “We were familiar with the neighborhoods and love that it is one of the defining aspects of Pittsburgh,” says Pazuchanics.
 
Ninety received a grant from The Sprout Fund through the Social Innovation Exchange’s (SiX) “Connect Your City” project, which aims to creatively connect Pittsburgh. With the funding, Shuck and Pazuchanics were able to develop prototypes and commission the artwork of Tara Helfer.
 
Aside from all the fun and games, Ninety is all about “how we continue the conversation and get people engaged in neighborhoods that they don’t live in. The campaign is a logical way to continue that conversation,” says Pazuchanics.
 
The game is also about getting community members to think about “why these communities are so special and so unique,” he adds.
 
To promote the game, Ninety will hold a series of community game nights around town. The first two were at Cannon Coffee in Brookline and at Bar Marco in the Strip. Future gatherings are expected throughout the fall, on the West End and at Hambone’s in Lawrenceville.
 
Ready to join the race? Sign up for updates on the website, check out Ninety’s Facebook page and follow the race on Twitter for the latest in game night news.
 
“We are hoping that this will demonstrate that people in Pittsburgh are interested in playing a board game about the municipal election.”
 
Writer: Maeve McAllister, Pop City intern
Source: Alex Pazuchanics

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Deeplocal, West Penn Health, Windstax and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company hiring and expansion news.
 
Deeplocal, a unique design and development studio in the Strip, is hiring for two positions. The company is looking for a new agency engagement lead, someone with great communication skills who can build relationships with advertising agencies. The firm also needs a user experience designer.
 
WindStax is looking for full and part-time shop workers for their facility in the historic Strip District of Pittsburgh. Potential candidates must be willing to work first or second shift and some weekends.
 
West Penn Allegheny Health System has a plethora of full- and part-time positions in several areas: finance, administration, nursing, as well as medical technicians and surgical positions.
 
Natural Resource Group has opened an office downtown in PPG Plaza and will be hiring in the coming year. The company currently employs 140 people in the region; this is its first downtown office. The company provides environmental and public affairs consulting for the energy sector.

Auberle, a nonprofit that has addressed underserved children and families for 60 years, is hiring a marketing and communication manager who will create internal and external communications, manage the overall Auberle brand and all aspects of public relations for the agency. The position also works in conjunction with the development department to help to generate revenue for the agency.
 
Siemens in Bridgeville is hiring a senior sales executive for business automation solutions. This position requires travel. The position is part of the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, which is focused on developing solutions to make cities of all sizes more sustainable and competitive. 
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include the career links.
 
Writer: Deb Smit


Pittsburgh filmmakers tell the story of a promising diabetes treatment developed here

When Lawrenceville filmmakers Josh Eisenfeld and Dan Finegold began brainstorming ideas for their first project, the story behind Pittsburgh diabetes research emerged as the obvious choice.
 
“My dad’s pretty close to finding the cure for type 1 diabetes; maybe we should make a film about it?” Dan suggested matter-of-factly to his friend and colleague.
 
Graduates of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Eisenfeld and Finegold both grew up in Pittsburgh, although they had never met until their freshman year at college.
 
Their shared interest in media studies led them to start their documentary production company, 4Twelve Pictures. Their first project, with support from Pittsburgh Filmmakers, is “Life’s Work,” the story of a team of Pittsburgh researchers who’ve been searching for 30 years to find a better way to manage Type 1 diabetes, which afflicts 23.5 million people.    
 
Researchers around the world have worked relentlessly to understand this life-threatening disease, hoping for a cure or at least better management techniques, explains Eisenfield. In Pittsburgh, this research has led to an alternative therapy that is showing promise.
 
“I’m not a scientist, but I realized that this story was truly unique,” he says. “It’s a modern day odyssey.”
 
The story begins with the research lead by Massimo Trucco, a co-founder of DiaVacs, a Pittsburgh-based company with a staff of world-recognized experts in the area of immunology. The company hopes its first product will be a cell-based cure for Juvenile diabetes, he says.
 
Trucco is the chief of the Division of Immunogenetics at Children’s Hospital UPMC, faculty member at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a professor at University of Pittsburgh. The team is currently conducting a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the safety of a vaccine that would relieve patients of the need for daily insulin injections. 
 
Simply put, the therapy would curb rogue cells by blocking the autoimmune attack that takes place in the pancreas of diabetes sufferers by “retraining” the dendritic cells of each patient. The research successfully concluded its Phase I Trial; funding is being raised for the final Phase II Trial and subsequent commercialization.

Pittsburgh doctors on the team include David Finegold, a pediatric endocronologist and geneticist, and Dietrich Stephan, chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

“These are amazing people who have come so far,” says Eisenfeld. “I know they won’t stop until they see this through.”
 
When it's finished, the filmmakers plan to share the documentary with the diabetes community at large, even if the story doesn’t have a definitive ending. In the meantime, 4Twelve is working on music videos and another project filming the post-industrial ruins of the 21st century.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Josh Eisenfeld, 4Twelve Pictures

We Are Power Shift converges on Pittsburgh to energize young activists for clean energy

The largest youth climate conference in the country gathered in Pittsburgh this past week for a four-day meeting that culminated Monday with a massive march through the city to demand corporate polluters embrace clean energy and a just economy.
 
We Are Power Shift brought an estimated 7,000 youth activists from all over the country to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the weekend. It was the first such summit to be held outside of Washington, D.C. since the inital one was staged in 2007.
 
Pittsburgh was chosen for the region’s commitment to a green energy and the city’s ban on gas drilling, leaders said. 
 
We Are Power Shift is a grassroots online community that seeks to empower youth to become catalysts in the promotion of clean energy economies and environmental justice in moving the world beyond the use of fossil fuels.  
 
The activist were inspired by keynotes from leaders like McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, and Kim Wasserman, director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. There were ninja activist training sessions, panels and workshops.  
 
Music and entertainment featured BIG K.R.IT., Yuna, Nosaj Thing, Ninjasonik, Chippy Non Stop, Teachers, Uncle Ron, and Catzie Vilayphonh.

On Monday, activists gathered at Allegheny Landing Park on the North Side, waving signs, and marched across the Roberto Clemente Bridge where a massive banner was dropped reading  “Don’t Frack Our Water.” The crowd then moved on through downtown, stopping at a PNC Bank branch to demand an end to mountaintop removal mining.

Seven arrests were made during the protest. On the water, a Consol Energy tow boat circled the water with signs of its own: "Welcome to Coal Country" and "Support American Energy, Support American Jobs." 

"There can be no democracy until we have freedom from fossil fuels," Josh Fox told a cheering audience before the showing of his latest anti-fracking documentary, Gasland Part II.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Power Shift

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center receives $7.2 million for "big data" storage

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) received a $7.6 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation this week to develop a larger storage system capable of facilitating massive amounts of “big data.”
 
The grant will enable PSC to develop a prototype Data Exacell (DCX) in collaboration with chosen scientific research projects, a major boost to research at the region’s universities. The focus of the project is data storage, retrieval and analysis that will enhance PSC’s capacity, says Michael Levine, scientific director for PSC.
 
“We are very pleased with this opportunity to continue working cooperatively to advance the state of the art based on our historical strengths in information technologies and to apply the resulting advances to a wide range of important scientific research,” said Subra Suresh, the new president of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mark Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, in a joint statement.

Big Data is a broad field including challenges from both traditional high-performance computing and other fields of research that depend on methodologies more focused on data collection and analysis than on computation.
 
Pittsburgh considers itself well on the way to becoming a hub for data mining and machine learning, harnessing the billions of data bytes in the cloud for business and research to not only solve problems but predict the future. Companies like IBM, which acquired Vivisimo in Squirrel Hill, and Google are working on it.
 
One result of this effort will be a robust, multifunctional system for big data analytics that will be ready for expansion into a large, production system.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Who's hiring in Pittsburgh? Clark Hill Thorp Reed, ExOne, Fireman Creative, UpTo and more

Each week Pop City reports on the latest in company and hiring news.
 
UpTo touts itself as the region’s first pop-up creative firm. It’s looking for freelance designers and writers with an entrepreneurial spirit who can turn around work quickly for small businesses and nonprofits. The organization is holding a pop-up this week in East Liberty, Oct. 14-18, at 6101 Penn Avenue, in the Liberty Bank building.
 
Clark Hill Thorp Reed is hiring a mid-level associate attorney, litigation associate with at least five years of experience.
 
Fireman Creative is an innovative design and technology agency based in Pittsburgh’s Southside. The firm is looking for a PHP Web Developer/Engineer with 1 to 3 years of agency experience (or equivalent). 
 
Safaba in Squirrel Hill is hiring a director of marketing to help develop, implement and lead the execution of the company's marketing strategy. The fast-growing company helps global companies to translate corporate materials into many languages.
 
Mylan in Canonsburg is hiring a senior marketing and advertising review council specialist responsible for the timely and accurate review, approval and production of all Mylan specialty promotional materials.
 
Industry Weapon is in need of an HTML 5 developer/interactive "genius" who can create cutting edge, interactive experiences for customers.
 
ExOne in North Huntingdon, a fast-growing firm in the 3D printing space, has openings in eight areas:  mechanical designer, technical writer and trainer, program manager (chemistry) and service technicians,
 
Intrigue Technologies, a CMU spin-off, is developing the next generation of imaging cameras and systems for surveillance, automotive and robotic vision applications in Bridgeville. The company is hiring an electronic hardware design engineer.
 
Have hiring news? Email Pop City and include the career link.

Writer: Deb Smit

A robotic stroller that charges your cell phone? Pittsburgh's 4moms rolls out latest baby gear

The wait is over.
 
Pittsburgh-based 4moms unveiled three new robotic baby gear products Tuesday night: the rockaRoo, a new infant swing seat; the Origami mini, a power-folding stroller with cell phone charger; and a car seat that runs its own safety check.
 
The announcement came after weeks of tantalizing rumors and posts on the 4moms Facebook and Twitter sites, a strategy that kept more than 5000 followers guessing what the next products might be.  
 
The rockaRoo is a streamlined version of the bulky infant swing of old, says Rob Daley, CEO. The point is why swing when you can rock?  It features five speeds, an mp3 hookup and reversible toy balls.The portable swing will be the first product off the assembly line and on the shelf, shipping in December 2013.
 
The Origami mini rivals the prehistoric umbrella stroller, weighing in at less than 16 pounds, with one main difference—it power folds and opens. The mini has many of the same features as the bigger Origami with daytime running lights, LCD display and a cell phone charger, says Daley.
 
Finally, the 4moms car seat takes the simple process of clicking the baby carrier into the base to the next level. Each time the seat carrier (with baby) is fitted into the strapped down base, it runs a safety check on an LED side panel. Additional features include a no re-thread harness, side impact protection bolsters and harness buckle side pockets installation.

Seventy-three percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly, a dangerous situation, says Daley. This car seat addresses the problem.  The seat will be available in 2014.

The presentation was made at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. Wanna see it all for yourself? Watch the videos.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Rob Daley, 4moms

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