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Thursday, April 5 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Disrupted: The Risks and Opportunities of Emerging Technologies

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How can we advance innovation without leaving people behind?

A wide range of new technologies are changing our lives, communities, and society faster than ever before. Artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, virtual/augmented reality, and other innovations present powerful opportunities to solve major problems, but also come with considerable risks. It will take all of us to ensure that these developments serve to correct rather than perpetuate inequities.

We invite everyone - from seasoned technologists to people new to all these terms - to join us for an evening of learning, dialogue, and problem-solving. Hear how different voices in our technology community think about what various innovations are bringing to our society, and spend the rest of the evening engaging with others to find ways that we can individually or collectively use these technologies for good.

5:30pm - Doors open; open activities available
6:00pm - Food served (by Choolaah) - vegan options available
6:30pm - Short speaker presentations and brief Q&A
7:30pm - Small group discussions, ideation exercises, & sharing
8:30pm - Discussions conclude
9:00pm - Doors close


Karen Alexander, Director, XRconnectED
Karen Alexander is a lifelong learner and an enthusiast for XR technologies: virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and 360 video. She formed her consulting company, XRconnectED, to help companies in the Pittsburgh region take advantage of the efficiencies and other benefits of XR. She is working to build community around XR in the city by helping to organize the Pittsburgh VR Meetup, and her PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives project teaches teens to produce 360-degree videos.

Elizabeth LaRue, CEO, Hera Global Tech
Dr. Elizabeth M. La Rue is a world and culture explorer who focuses on social dynamics, health informatics and communication patterns. She is the co-founder and CEO of Hera Global Tech, a women-led company that addresses the issues of women's safety through discrete wearable devices. The company's first product, 'Autonomous', is a unique system that consists of a wearable device and associated phone app that leverage current and emerging sensor technology. They are currently a semi-finalist in the Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE.

Eugene Leventhal, Founder/CEO, eduDAO
Eugene is the Founder and CEO of eduDAO, working on building a blockchain-based crowdfunding and community building platform. Prior to grad school, Eugene was a Client Service Manager at RGP, a consulting company, where he supported staffing and advisory projects and was the lead on FinTech research for NY. Before joining RGP, Eugene worked with Options Group, a financial services recruitment firm, in both NY and Hong Kong where he was Vice President of Research covering five offices in Asia Pacific.

Mike Skirpan, Executive Director, Community Forge
Mike Skirpan is the executive director of Community Forge, a community center in Wilkinsburg, PA, and is the founder of Probable Models, an ethical engineering consulting and research firm. He is a recent graduate from University of Colorado's Department of Computer Science where his PhD work focused on ethical engineering through novel pedagogy, technological design, and public communications. His play, Quantified Self won a national award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and his work has been featured in academic, journalistic, and business publications.

Suzy Teele, Head of Marketing & Communications, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)
Suzy Teele is the Head of Marketing and Communications for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), a national public-private partnership focused on accelerating transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Prior to joining ARM, she was the COO of two local technology start-ups, and has helped launch more than 16 other companies or divisions in a wide range of industries. Suzy regularly mentors startups at Pitt, CMU, Innovation Works, Ascender, and other organizations. She also serves as Co-Lead for the Pittsburgh Chapter of WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development).


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Community Forge is ADA compliant. For those with questions about venue and accessibility, please contact Mike@forge.community. For all other inquiries, please contact Kenny@ascenderpgh.com

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Kenny Chen

Innovation Director, Ascender

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Community Forge