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Casepops, a 2014 DATA Award finalist, makes national news

A local iPhone case company is making national headlines, particularly in the teen magazine market.

Casepops is a fashion iPhone case line that allows owners to customize their phone by choosing different charms, such as studs, skulls and gems that “pop” into and out of locks on the hard plastic case.

Seventeen magazine writes: “Changing your phone case as often as you change your outfit just got easier.”

Casepops is also a finalist for the 2014 DATA Awards.

Local startup Astrobotic earns mention in the New Yorker

Pittsburgh-based startup, Astrobotic got a big mention on NewYorker.com this week for their work on creating a lander for what will be the first lunar commercial delivery.

The lander, called Griffin, will hold the time capsule bearing Pocari Sweat, a Japanese beverage. Griffin is the same technology that Astrobotic is hoping will win them the Google Lunar X prize.

Astrobotics’ focus is on developing technology for commercial deliveries to the moon. Right now their prices exceed half a million a pound.

Vote for a LEGO Cathedral of Learning

How cool would it be to be able to buy a Cathedral of Learning LEGO set? Josh Hall, a Pitt alum, is trying to make it happen.

Hall’s model of the Oakland landmark won the S.W. Randall LEGO Build Contest in 2012 and inspired him to enter the design on LEGO Cuusoo, a site on which LEGO enthusiasts can post their projects to be judged by the community. If supported by 10,000 people, the project will be reviewed by LEGO for a chance to become an official product.

Vote to support Hall’s project here.

Wohlers report from Pittsburgh conference says 3-D printing is exploding

PlasticsNews.com (yes, there is an e-zine for plastics, too) offers their insights into the world of 3-D Printing, including a conference held on the subject in Pittsburgh back in June. "Attendance at the event, organized by the Dearborn, Mich.-based Society of Manufacturing Engineers, nearly doubled this year to more than 2,500, from 1,400 who attended the event last year in Atlanta. It also featured about 100 exhibitors.

Additionally, some 500 people showed up at 8 a.m. June 12 to hear keynote speaker Terry Wohlers, the additive manufacturing sector's recognized guru, declare: "I've never seen so much interest in this technology. It's unprecedented."

To read more about this burgeoning market, click here.

The secrets behind the successful launch of Design Allies on Facebook

How do you engage an online community around design?

Chris Koch, Director of programs at The Design Center, shares secrets to the impressive success of Design Allies Facebook page in an interview with the Association of Architecture Organizations.

"In 2011, the organization re-branded itself as the Design Center and established a new website and a Facebook page called Design Allies, which is actually part of a larger, multi-faceted community engagement effort operating under the same name," she says. "

The social media strategy, developed by the Design Center, was intended to expand its role in advocating, educating, and engaging communities in good design and planning, both locally and nationally. The strategy focuses on reaching out to practitioners, community members, and thought leaders to ensure dialogue and action in community revitalization."

To read more about Design Allies facebook strategies, click here.

CEO Michael Ressler of StatEasy featured as Founder in statewide pub Keystone Edge

'Central Catholic star running back Damien Jones-Moore played the game of his life against Woodland Hills High School, gaining 133 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Unfortunately, his parents were working and missed the game.
 
Not to worry. Pittsburgh startup StatEasy not only allowed his parents to relive the highlights the next day, but it gave them a great recruiting video with which to launch their son's career.  
 
StatEasy was founded by CEO Michael Ressler, a Carnegie Mellon computer science grad and former club volleyball coach who recognized the value in a good sports video software that integrates statistics compiled during a game with the video footage."

Read the profile here and then see the other Founders throughout the state.

Kennametal's Carlos Cardoso: The New Face of PA Manufacturing

When Carlos M. Cardoso speaks of the American dream, it is with the passion that derives from personal experience.

Born in Angola, Africa, Cardoso came to the United States at age 17 to attend college on a soccer scholarship. Today, he leads Kennametal, a $3 billion global manufacturer with headquarters in Latrobe. Cardoso is credited with navigating the nearly 75-year-old firm through most of the last rocky decade and emerging with strong cash flow and a solid balance sheet.

Read it here.

Uh-oh. CMU robots can replace retail employees

Be afraid retail workers, be very afraid....

Carnegie Mellon University's Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing has created AndyVision, a robot conveniently designed to keep track of store inventories and assist customers in finding products everyday.  

Equipped with a Kinect sensor and a combination of image-processing and machine-learning algorithms, this robot's productivity is giving the average retail worker a run for their money.

Watch a video and read the full story here.

Pittsburgh featured as the Comeback City

In a special 16 page advertiser section in Delta Sky magazine this month, a series of articles titled "Comeback City," highlights Pittsburgh's assets and  advantages including jobs, a healthy real estate market, public and private innovation and investment and billions of dollars in natural gas.

The section is sponsored by the Allegheny Conference, Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh and VisitPittsburgh.

Read the full story here.

How did Pittsburgh do it? Cleveland wants to know as FitzGerald meets Fitzgerald

Cleveland's County Executive, Ed FitzGerald, came to town recently to meet with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, to learn about Pittsburgh's remarkable turnaround.

Pittsburgh's Allegheny County has so far outpaced Cuyahoga County's efforts, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "in no small part due to a sleek reform government that replaced a slate of elected officials with one executive. Voters approved a county charter there in 1998, 11 years before Cuyahoga adopted its own.

"This is a one-stop shop," said Allegheny Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "When businesses are having trouble they know they can come here and get things done. This office has the ability to convene all the partners."

Read the full story here.

How to find meaningful work in Pittsburgh? Rework.

"ReWork, a startup that came out of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute, may be the first company that places young professionals directly with "disruptive, world changing organizations"--including non-profits and all manner of triple-bottom-line businesses," says fastcoexist.com. "ReWork currently works with 15 to 25 companies (for now, most are in Pittsburgh and Boulder, Colorado, but that will change). That’s a number that will expand greatly once ReWork brings on more job candidates. The startup has 130 candidates across the country in some stage of the screening process. That may not sound impressive, but ReWork just opened up for full-time placements February--and everything has been through word of mouth. ReWork expects to have its first five to six full-time job placements within the next three months."

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh among top 25 best places to retire

Thanks partly to tech, says Forbes, Pittsburgh is getting a second wind. Cost of living is low, the average house price is $121,000 and there's a bunch of universities providing jobs and contributing to vitality. Read more about why Pittsburgh was chosen among the top cities for active retirement.

Read about Pittsburgh and the rest of the cities here.

Google's Bakery Square offices named one of top cool tech spaces in the country

While Google has cool offices everywhere, the Pittsburgh office in Bakery Square was cited as one of the top 15 cool tech spaces in the country. Here's a tour in a photo slide show.

What Pittsburgh can teach Buffalo

Why has Pittsburgh been far more successful than other similar cities such as Buffalo? Two reasons, cites the author. "First, there is a serious, multi-entity commitment in Pittsburgh to stimulating, mentoring, and promoting new enterprises, and it has been going on for more than a dozen years. Second, there is total focus of new public inputs into the historic crossroads of the region, i.e., into downtown Pittsburgh."

For Pittsburgh, being a Wallflower to the economic party has its perks

President Obama arrives in Pittsburgh this week, for the fifth time in recent memory, and movies like "Perks of Being a Wallflower" film and go. Why is Pittsburgh always in the middle of filming a movie while everyone else in the country is worrying about jobs?

Read it in Neon Tommy, Annenberg Digital News.
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