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Monday, April 2

6:00am EDT

Look Who's Here! All-Abilities Media
Throughout the week, the team from Look Who's Here! All-Abilities Media will be interviewing people about their experiences with being included/excluded and sharing them on twitter and facebook with the hashtag #lookwhoshow and #weinnovatepgh. To participate even before the week begins, contact jennifer@unabridgedpress.com

Monday April 2, 2018 6:00am - Sunday April 8, 2018 6:00pm EDT
Media Campaign

7:55am EDT

Unstuck Monday Motivation
Back by request for one day only during #WeInnovatePgh!

We focus on tangible lessons and skills for individuals, small, and large companies alike - everyone welcome, you don't need to have a team, idea, or company to learn and network.

We'll be focusing on how to get the right people involved in your efforts no matter what you want to start.

The Cost to attend? $0.00 BUT we do ask that you help us attract the most diverse (industry and background) set of entrepreneurs and create the most inclusive environment - this means inviting and bringing people, not just attending and participating.

You can help us spread the word on Twitter (https://twitter.com/unstuckpgh) or on Instagram (http://instagram.com/unstuckpgh) or anywhere you can publish http://www.unstuckpgh.com using #UnstuckPgh

Monday April 2, 2018 7:55am - 9:00am EDT
The Shop

9:00am EDT

Listening to Difference, Made Practical
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Free and open to all!

In an ideal world our work embodies the maxim, “Nothing about us without us.” But in reality we are often unable to innovate with the people we innovate for, and we risk building our interventions on faulty assumptions. Join us for a dive into the PRACTICE of suspending our beliefs and listening to the experience of people different from ourselves. We will do short skilling exercises in listening, experience a structured listening method called “Collective Story Harvest,” and end our morning with a survey of practical ways to include many voices in the work of innovation.

You can learn more about the workshop or register here. We look forward to having you with us! 

The space is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility questions contact Hannah du Plessis at hannah@fitassociates.com

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Hannah du Plessis

Principal, Fit Associates LLC
Hannah du Plessis is a principal of Fit Associates LLC, a firm focused on equipping teams and organizations to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her desire... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Intergenerational Storytelling: Community History for All Ages
Free and open at all ages! 

Join us for a day of sharing, preserving, and celebrating our community’s history!  We hope that by exploring our past through digital storytelling, people of all ages and abilities will feel confident adding their voice to our community’s story.  Attendees will be able to scan photos, documents, slides, and negatives; learn to record oral histories; and use digital tools to share historical information with family, friends, and beyond.  So bring your memories and stories, and celebrate our community’s history together! Hosted by Duquesne University, Heinz History Center, Jewish Association on Aging, Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


Monday April 2, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Arsenal Middle School

5:00pm EDT

Inclusive Innovation Week Kick-off - Tackling the Worlds Wicked Problems: A Celebration of Social Innovation Champions
Limited Capacity seats available

Free and open to all ages!

Join us for the Inclusive Innovation Week Kickoff - Tackling the Worlds Wicked Problems: A Celebration of Social Innovation Champions in partnership with Robert Morris University and BNY Mellon.

Ignite your innovative prowess and discover your power to make lasting change. Join us for a two-part celebration to kickoff Inclusive Innovation Week featuring a social innovators roundtable, followed by breakout talks facilitated by each innovator.

Leave with key insights about how to re-imagine problems into possibilities. Learn from social innovation champions key principles in their process of creating and enacting for the greater good.

• Inclusive Innovation Week Opening Remarks
• CSforPgh Launch with Remake Learning
• Social Innovators Roundtable
• Breakout Talks

• Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL, PhD
Associate Professor & Director of the Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Robert Morris University

Roundtable and Session Speakers:
• Marita Garrett - Mayor of Wilkinsburg
• Leah Lizarondo - Executive Director of 412 Food Rescue
• Zaheen Hussain, Director of Sustainability, New Sun Rising
• Nicole Kenny, Impact and Compliance Manager , Thread International
• Jonathan Reynolds, Outreach Project Manager, Carnegie Mellon University - School of Computer Science

CSforPgh details:
Remake Learning has been working for ten years to solve wicked problems.  One of those wicked problems are the lack of computer science in both in and out of school settings and the lack of a diversity in the pipeline for computer science and STEM in the region.

To solve this wicked problem, Remake Learning is bringing together various stakeholders in computer science to work on closing these opportunity gaps. We are calling this collaborative group of stakeholders, CSforPgh, a regional coalition that will be working to bring this essential literacy to every student in our region. This effort is sponsored by the BNY Mellon Foundation.

Our goal is to bring together those working on closing that opportunity gaps for our girls and students of color.

For accessibility questions contact Christine Marty (christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov)

Monday April 2, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
BNY Mellon Innovation Center

5:30pm EDT

Rehearsing the Revolution: Theatre of the Oppressed as a Tool for Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Register here! 
Space for this workshop is limited, due to the participatory nature of the content. 
Free and open to all! 

In this introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed, participants will utilize theater as a language - using our bodies, voices and lived experiences as our primary tools - to explore themes and rehearse strategies to make positive changes in our daily lives. This theatrical form empowers people to be active participants in overcoming oppression by raising awareness around oppressive systems, providing opportunities to envision action, and rehearsing positive change. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created original collaborative forums used to combat oppression. This workshop is an interactive and inclusive space where all abilities and ages are welcome.

  • Facilitators: Hannah du Plessis, Liz Foster-Shaner, and Mary C. Parker
  • Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of B52 Cafe
  • Please contact Liz Foster-Shaner (topittsburgh@gmail.com) with accessibility questions.
  • Recent update: Childcare will be provided at this event through Flexable!

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Liz Foster-Shaner

Teaching Artist, Gateway to the Arts/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Liz Foster-Shaner is a White woman, originally from Northern California now living in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a mother, educator, artist, and activist, and Manager of School and Community Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Liz is developing workshops and projects that examine... Read More →
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Mary C. Parker

Founder | Consultant | Coach, Just Collaboration LLC
Mary C. Parker is a certified professional life coach, international leadership trainer and dialogue facilitator, and has written curriculum on race, inclusion, and leadership for students, communities, and organizations in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Seattle, and Zimbabwe. In 2015 Mary... Read More →
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Hannah du Plessis

Principal, Fit Associates LLC
Hannah du Plessis is a principal of Fit Associates LLC, a firm focused on equipping teams and organizations to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her desire... Read More →

Monday April 2, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Union Project 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

6:00pm EDT

Building Your Business in Homewood
Free and open to all!

Join us at Everyday Cafe for an evening conversation centered around entrepreneurship and building your business in Homewood. 


Monday April 2, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Everyday Cafe 532 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Tuesday, April 3

8:30am EDT

Language Access Summit
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Sliding scale price to attend "Pay What Makes you Happy".  Open to all! 

Language access is so much more than video phones and Google Translate. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people in Allegheny County identify as having limited English proficiency, and cannot access services as a result. Join Global Wordsmiths, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Jewish Family and Community Services, The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, All for All and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services for a day of learning how to provide LEP individuals with meaningful access to your services.

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Mary Jayne McCullough

Executive Director, Global Wordsmiths

Tuesday April 3, 2018 8:30am - 4:30pm EDT
Ascender 6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

12:30pm EDT

CONNECTS: FDA Vision for Novel Technologies
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Free and open to all!

Engaging with FDA as a startup? Learn the strategies and tools for streamlined product development with differentiated label.

Dr. Elora Gupta, Drug and Device Advisory Group
Courtney Williamson, AbiliLife

*Bring your own lunch

Tuesday April 3, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon: Newell Simon Hall, 3305

2:00pm EDT

The Link Between Diversity and Impact/Social Entrepreneurship
Time has been changed from 12PM to 2PM due to scheduling. Apologies for any inconvenience. 
Free and open to all! Registration Required: Register Here

Idea Foundry, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University have been conducting and reviewing research on the link between diversity and impact/social entrepreneurship, through a grant from Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

They are exploring the hypothesis that diverse entrepreneurs are more likely to start social/impact enterprises and that supporting opportunities for social entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh will foster diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. After reviewing existing research and surveying entrepreneurs, the researchers will be presenting their findings at an informal afternoon talk in conjunction with Inclusive Innovation Week. Light refreshments will be provided. K&L Gates Partnership Center is wheelchair accessible. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. 


Lindsey Matesic

Global Engagement Manager, Idea Foundry

Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
K&L Gates

4:00pm EDT

Best Buy Teen Tech Center Open House
Limited Capacity seats available

Free and open to all ages! 

Join Phase 4 Learning Center for a tour of the new Best Buy Teen Tech Center, a free and open space for teens to explore and interact with technology!

Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Best Buy Teen Tech Center

5:30pm EDT

Prototyping & Design Lab: 3D Printing and Laser Etching with the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is now full. Please review Chatham's Website for future opportunities.

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center will host a special edition of their most popular hands-on workshops at their Prototyping & Design Lab: 3D Printing and Laser Etching for Entrepreneurs! This event is free but limited to 15 people.

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The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

Business Incubation Manager, Center for Women\'s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses by utilizing Chatham resources, faculty expertise... Read More →

Tuesday April 3, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

6:00pm EDT

Register here.
Free and open to all ages! 

This workshop explores how the use of art and technology has changed how social justice movements are borne, as well as how activists engage, organize and incite change. As three elements of art, technology, and social justice converge we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in modern day organizing. This workshop explores this phenomenon.


Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
1 Hood Media

6:00pm EDT

Legal Basics Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
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Free and open to all. 

Join Chatham University Women's Business Center for Legal Basics Bootcamp. Topics covered include business formation and legal structure, contracts, employment & independent contractors, insurance & indemnification, intellectual property, and how to protect your brand and products.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Chatham Eastside

6:00pm EDT

Documentary Screening of After Spring with Hello Neighbor
Free and open to all!

Documentary screening of After Spring with Hello Neighbor. AFTER SPRING is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. Executive Produced by Jon Stewart.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • The University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • The Matthew B. Ridgway Center
  • The University Center for International Studies
  •  The Consortium of Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)


Sloane Davidson

Founder and Executive Director, Hello Neighbor

Kara Kimicata

Hello Neighbor

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Frick Fine Arts Building

6:00pm EDT

Here Is Black Tech In Pittsburgh!
Free and open to all!

A sequel to last year's "Where is Black Tech in Pittsburgh?", we're spotlighting some of the most successful black tech entrepreneurs we've discovered in the last year. This panel discussion and community forum will not only go in-depth into these entrepreneurs' journeys, but also feature an open, candid conversation around the state of black tech in Pittsburgh and where it's headed.


Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University - School of Computer Science

6:15pm EDT

Gentle Flowga at YOGAMOTIF
Limited Capacity seats available

Free and open to all ages!

Connect with community through the foundations and practice of yoga.
This is a beginners class targeted to individuals new to the practice.

*YOGAMOTIF is located on the second floor without an elevator. A livestream video will be shared during the class to make the class accessible to all. More details coming soon.

Please contact Alecia Dawn at alecia@yogamotif.com with specific questions.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
YOGAMOTIF 124 South Highland Street | Studio 210 | 15206

7:00pm EDT

Inclusive Decision Making for Business and Community
Free and open to all!


Ron Gaydos – Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives

Raqueeb Bey – Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative

Ryan Haggerty – Work Hard Pittsburgh Cooperative

For all the good they can do, many businesses and community organizations can also be less inclusive in their decision making. Increasingly, businesses and community organizations see being more inclusive as a way to create more value in what they do. It’s of course about doing the right thing but also about “firing on all cylinders” and having a diverse set of skills and perspectives in the house.

Let’s talk about how some businesses and community organizations around Pittsburgh are doing it. They’re looking to non-hierarchical models for some of their decisions about the directions they take, who comes in to the business, and how policy is set.

We’ll listen to some people from innovative organizations committed to strengthening their inclusion practices, have a couple guided exercises, and even play a short board game called “Co-opoly” to illustrate and practice more inclusive and collaborative decision making.
You should walk out with new acquaintances and colleagues and allies in our quest to make Pittsburgh’s business and community development scene more inclusive, efficient, and vibrant.

We'll provide some light refreshments to tide you over in case you didn't eat before coming out.

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Ron Gaydos

Manager, Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives
We're the hands-on resource for worker-owned and member-owned business in the Pittsburgh region!

Tuesday April 3, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Repair the World 6022 Broad Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Wednesday, April 4

9:00am EDT

Economic Opportunity Forum with the Sprout Fund
Limited Capacity filling up

Please note: due to an enthusiastic community response, the Pittsburgh Economic Opportunity Forum is now sold out. You are welcome to add your name to the waitlist, and we will notify people if tickets are available during the week of March 26. 

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, join The Sprout Fund for the Pittsburgh Economic Opportunity Forum at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District. This community event will feature a morning of dynamic speakers and engaging activities exploring local efforts to increase economic opportunity in the Pittsburgh region. Breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 AM, and free childcare will be provided.

The Forum will include presentations and a feedback session with the three working groups supported through Sprout’s Seed Award for Economic Opportunity:
  • The City As Our Makerspace from Prototype PGH, The Black Unicorn: Library and Archive Project, University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center, and Ujamaa Collective
  • The Cooperative Opportunity Guild of Hazelwood from Hazelwood Initiative, Work Hard Pittsburgh, Mansmann Foundation, POORLAW, and Academy Pittsburgh
  • The Workplace Equity Challenge from Change Agency, Idea Foundry, and Sustainable Pittsburgh
This free event is part of the City of Pittsburgh’s 2018 Inclusive Innovation Week.
To reserve free childcare for this event, please visit http://flexablecare.com/sprout-fund/ to reserve space.

Support for this project is generously provided by the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan

The Sprout Fund
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, EdM, is Houston-based instructional designer, project manager, and writer who loves helping people find collaborative solutions to complex problems. Tricia has worked for the last several years fostering collaboration and developing communities of practice... Read More →

Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
Energy Innovation Center

10:00am EDT

Data 101: Intro to Mapping
Register here.
Free and open to all ages!

Mapping is a great way to visualize and analyze information – and to tell stories. In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn the principles of mapmaking using the latest in paper and marker-based technologies. You’ll understand how computers are used to plot addresses on a map, conduct basic spatial analysis, and update records in a database based on location. Along with a deeper-appreciation for computers, this class will provide you with a solid foundation of mapping concepts and processes, and get you prepared to take your first computer-based mapping class.

Facilitated by the Western Pennsylvania Region Data Center and the City of Pittsburgh Data Analytics Team.

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Tara Matthews

Senior Digital Services Analyst, City of Pittsburgh
Open Data Lead at the Department of Innovation & Performance. Let's be friends!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Beechview - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

10:00am EDT

CMU Energy Week 2018 - Day One Kickoff and Welcome
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Free and open to all.

Kickoff and Welcome with state and local leadership, followed by a keynote by School of Computer Science Dean Andrew Moore entitled, The Impact of AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning on the Energy Sector in 2030,” and remarks from Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd

For accessibility questions please contact Amanda King (alking@andrew.cmu.edu).

Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University

2:00pm EDT

Tap into your inner child—yes, play is for all ages! Come play at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!
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Free and open to all ages. 

Come play at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh! Tap into your inner child—yes, play is for all ages!—in an afternoon of art exploration and museum excursions. Partners include Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Saturday Light Brigade (SLB), Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR), CLP Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, and more.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:
• Join Youth Express for a live youth-hosted webcast from SLB Radio broadcast studios as teens and adults exchange ideas about the past, present and future. Stop by to be on the air or listen. You also can listen online at youthexpress.org or by calling 515.605.9548
• Make creations using reclaimed materials with PCCR.
• See and feel how technology is transforming the lives of those with visual impairments with CLP Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.
• Learn about the De'VIA (Deaf Expression/ Visual Image Art) movement with an exhibition from Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
• Explore the Children's Museum on a guided play excursion.

 Visit https://pittsburghkids.org/events/3956/2018/4/4 ; call (412) 456-6716; or follow @AgeFriendlyPGH on Twitter for updates.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

4:30pm EDT

Small Business Resource Fair
Free and open to all!

Join exhibitors from non-profit groups and others all over Pittsburgh who can help you start or grow your small business! Learn about available assistance with your building, your business plan, financing, mentorship, and other great opportunities for new and established small businesses.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Ellen Bateman

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Wednesday April 4, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Iron Workers Local Union No. 3

5:00pm EDT

Panel: Workplace Equitability: Taking it from Theory to Reality
Free and open to all! 

Join us to discuss and celebrate successful strategies that are elevating women in our region. Hear from a panel of women who are champions within their own organizations and initiatives. This event will also serve as a kick-off for a broader project called LEADer Certified, which aims to recognize and certify organizations who meet high standards of workplace equitability.

Julia Poepping, Founder and Principal Consultant at Copasec LLC, Board Chair at Red Chair PGH, a campaign that encourages honest conversation regarding the future of women in IT.

Caitlin McLaughlin, Director of Talent Acquisition and Total Rewards at PNC. PNC is very focused on diversity and support for women and has received numerous awards including 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers (Working Mother magazine, 2016) and Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality (Human Rights Campaign, 2017).

anupama (anu) jain, Founder of a consulting firm called Inclusant, which focuses on building local capacity for diversity by connecting individuals, organizations, and even sectors.

Jeesoo Sohn, Recruiter at Duolingo where they recently achieved a 50:50 female-male recruit ratio for graduate hires.

Moderated by Tasha Gideon, Director at Verrah, a growth agency that specializes in working with companies striving to be more relevant to women.

After the discussion, the Pittsburgh Technology Council Creative Clash, the Gender Equity Commission, and Planned Parenthood are holding a networking happy hour. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Threadbare Cider House

5:00pm EDT

Pittsburgh 50 Years Later, Moving Forward - Remembering MLK
Free and open to all!

Pittsburgh 50 Years Later Explores the long-term effects of systemic economic disenfranchisement. Panelists will discuss the historic roots and review the economic landscape for people of color in 2018.

Presented by PNC.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
CCAC Auditorium 808 Ridge Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15212

6:00pm EDT

Saving with Zero Waste
Register here!
Free and open to all ages!

Join us for a discussion on the definition and execution of Zero Waste in different aspects. From the home, to the grocery store bulk section and farmers market, and then to resources provided within city. How does it all fit together as an initiative to not only reduce waste but also save energy and money.

  • Located in room 3B.
  • Please contact Omoye Aikhuele (Omoye.aikhuele@pittsburghpa.gov) with accessibility needs.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh East Liberty

6:00pm EDT

Exploration of Identity and Gesture with the Mattress Factory and Wesley High School
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Free and open to all ages. 

The Mattress Factory has partnered with Wesley High School in a collaboration of installation art and photography focused on gesture and identity. Join the opening reception of this collaboration on April 4th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Mattress Factory

6:00pm EDT

Re-igniting Gender Equity Conversations
Free and open to all ages!
Free childcare provided. 
Food and beverage available for purchase.

Join us at Threadbare Cider House during Inclusive Innovation Week to re-ignite conversations around intersectionality and gender equity in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh's Gender Equity Commission, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Planned Parenthood and Wigle. The evening will feature games, prizes and ignite talks from event partners to facilitate conversations and encourage new connections.

*Accessible entrance to Threadbare Cider House is located on Voskamp Street.
*Please contact Christine Marty (Christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov) with additional questions.


Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Threadbare Cider House

6:30pm EDT

A Conversation Between Designers Brett Yasko and Bonnie Siegler
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Free and open to all. 

AIGA Pittsburgh and Penguin Bookshop invite you to join us for an evening with award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler, named one of the fifty most influential designers working today (Graphic Design USA). The Eight and a Half founder and Carnegie Mellon University alumni will share stories and advice from her latest book, DEAR CLIENT, while in conversation with distinguished Pittsburgh designer, Brett Yasko.

Siegler is a go-to source for the creative world and the business world alike. In her experience, a lack of good communication wastes time and money and ruins the potential for a good relationship. In all cases, both parties fail: the client doesn’t get the visual identity they want, and the creatives aren’t able to do their job. In her one-of-a-kind book, DEAR CLIENT: This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People, Siegler unveils the strategies needed to foster better communication between creatives and the businesses that hire them.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University Wean Hall, Room 7500

7:00pm EDT

Tx3 Power: Shattering Color and Gender Barriers with Your Thoughts, Talents, and Tenacity
Register here!
Free and open to the public!

Join this Interactive Workshop facilitated by Ingrid Cook, a minority and woman Founder at SHzoom, a tech startup headquartered at Pittsburgh's Ascender.  Discover the role our thoughts, talents, and tenacity ("grit") plays in living out our purpose and achieving our goals regardless of our race or gender. Participants will engage with practical tools and techniques for tapping into their Tx3 Power.

For accessibility questions contact Ingrid at ICook@SHzoom.com.

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Ingrid Cook

Founder, SHzoom It

Wednesday April 4, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ascender 6401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

7:30pm EDT

Distinguished Mayor’s Forum: Energy & Resilience: How Smarter Cities are Preparing for the Future
Limited Capacity full

*Due to tremendous interest this event is unfortunately at capacity.
Please sign-in via the waitlist here to be alerted if additional seats become available.

Free and open to all! 

In partnership with Carnegie Mellon's Energy Week join us for the Distinguished Mayors Forum focused on “Energy and Resilience” with the Mayor of Pittsburgh Bill Peduto & the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, moderated by CMU Interim Provost Laurie Weingart, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, the City of Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor, Allegheny County, and the City of Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week. This Forum will be preceded by a compelling keynote from Don Anderson, Senior Managing Director and Chief Sustainability Officer at The Equity Group at Blackstone, starting from 5-6pm.

Check out the full schedule for Energy Week at https://www.cmuenergyweek.org

For accessibility questions please contact Amanda King (alking@andrew.cmu.edu).

Wednesday April 4, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, April 5

8:30am EDT

Panel: Codesigning the Future of Pittsburgh Together
Register here! 
Free to attend and open to all ages.

As part of Pittsburgh's Inclusive Innovation Week, this panel will highlight organizations who are uniquely engaging community members in their design and implementation process. In the spirit of codesign, each panelist will invite a community member to speak on the panel with them.

Light breakfast will be provided.

Our panelists include:
  • Laura Poskin, the project manager for Age-Friendly PGH, which invites people to rethink how our neighborhoods can be more inclusive to people of all ages.
  • Dr. Kevin Snider, the Chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, which founded The Corner, an entrepreneurial hub in New Kensington that hopes to be the first of many hubs that can give Rust Belt cities the same access to resources and opportunities that bigger cities have. 
  • Dan Dickerman, the Program Coordinator at Homewood Children's Village, whose mission is to improve the lives of Homewood's children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.

Our moderator:
  • Amanda Kennedy, the founder and principal of Lanternalia, a design research consultancy that focuses on designing the future of health, cities, and communities.


Thursday April 5, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Spaces Bakery Square

11:00am EDT

Accessible Art at The Andy Warhol Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend and open to all ages.

Learn about how we’re making Andy Warhol’s life and art accessible to visitors with a disability through technology! We’ll discuss the process behind developing Out Loud, our inclusive audio guide available to all but designed in conjunction with community members who are blind or have low vision. We’ll also spend some time with our tactile art reproductions—touchable, three-dimensional reproductions of signature works in the museum’s collection.

We’ll spend about 45 minutes in the galleries and then head down to The Warhol Cafe to chat over lunch. Participants will receive free admission to the museum as well as a $10 voucher towards The Warhol Cafe.

This program is sponsored by Innovation Works, a seed-stage investor dedicated to serving tech entrepreneurs throughout the Pittsburgh region in order to create jobs and to see our startup community thrive.


Desi Gonzalez

Product manager, Verb

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
The Andy Warhol Museum

11:00am EDT

Facebook Live Stream from Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation
Interact with a Facebook Live Stream from Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, featuring community leaders, elected officials, a live studio audience and several surprises. The student-driven event will bring together people from across the city to engage in a live, social media discussion about inclusion, covering the following social issues:

  • food insecurity
  • bullying
  • disability inclusion
  •  racial inequality
  •  mental illness
  •  financial insecurity. 

Tune in: www.facebook.com/PointParkCMI

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT

11:30am EDT

Sustainability Weekend Launch
Register here!
Free to attend and open to the public.

Sustainability Weekend is a 3-day conference that aims to showcase the larger context of sustainability beyond the environment and bring people to the table who may not normally engage with one another on this topic. This year's theme 'Sustainability, Inclusivity and Equity' seeks to bring students, professionals, and community members together through informational and interactive events and spark diverse conversations about the role of sustainability across industries, socio-economic backgrounds, ages and passions. We will be covering a diverse range of topics including social injustice, food waste, getting involved with the local community, technology, and the role of arts and expression. We hope we see yinz there!

Thursday April 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University

12:30pm EDT

CONNECTS: The Hustlenomics Way: Hip-Hop Business 101
Register here
Free and open to the public!

Join us for an interactive discussion on the business of hip-hop, its cultural influences, provocative marketing techniques and alternative distribution channels that have made it the dominant popular global music culture.

Presenter: Damola Idowu, EIC & Founder of Owners Illustrated Magazine

*Bring your own lunch

3:30pm EDT

Girl Powered - Girls of STEM with Robomatter
Free youth centered workshop!
Being Girl Powered means finding people who you don’t see in robotics, getting them try it, and making them feel like they belong. It's about encouraging everyone, to actively embrace a more diverse culture. We want to encourage not only girls, but also all newbies, to try new things, and be a part of changing the definition of what a STEM expert looks like.

The event will kick-off with an interactive Q&A, then flow into a series of STEM activities for students!
For more information about the initiative visit GirlPowered.com

Thursday April 5, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Magee Recreation Center

5:00pm EDT

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Panel & GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays Special Edition
Register here! 
Free event open to all.

CWBC is partnering with GlobalPittsburgh, Idea Foundry and the City of Pittsburgh for a special edition of GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays for Inclusive Innovation Week 2018. The evening will feature a panel of local foreign-born entrepreneurs discussing their unique challenges and successes in starting a business in Pittsburgh. This will be followed by a networking happy hour to continue the discussion on inclusivity, entrepreneurship, and global awareness. In addition, the special guests at the happy hour will be two U.S. State Department's IVLP data privacy experts from Germany on a project Balancing Privacy And Security In The Digital Age. 

Event schedule:
  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Immigrant Entrepreneurship Panel (panelists to be announced soon)
  • 5:45 - 8:00 pm - Happy hour with complimentary light fare; Cash bar  

Thank you to GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays sponsors Cohen & Grigsby law firm, UPMC, and April's First Thursdays Sponsor Idea Foundry

*Panel Discussion and Happy Hour is free to attend but REGISTRATION is required (space is limited!)

Thursday April 5, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Roland's Seafood Grill

6:00pm EDT

An Inclusive Path From Making to Manufacturing
Free to attend. Open to all individuals.

Pittsburgh’s robust maker scene is helping fuel the transformation of the city’s manufacturing ecosystem. During this event makers, manufacturers, and community leaders will come together to discuss the many ways makers can continue to shape the manufacturing industry. We will explore how to turn ideas into business opportunities, work through scaling challenges, and how a maker’s skill set can translate into employment opportunities.  Additionally, we will explore road blocks makers face and how community leaders can best support the city’s growing maker movement.

This event is part of Inclusive Innovation week and is co-sponsored by PantherlabWorks (part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute For Entrepreneurial Excellence) and HackPGH. The event will take place at the University of Pittsburgh's Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) maker space. Please reach out to Christine.marty@pittsburghpa.gov for childcare needs.

Speakers include:
Connie Palucka - Catalyst Connection
Jessica Sinclair - Innovation Institute
Joel Johnson - BoXZY
Nisha Blackwell - Knotzland
Terri Glick - Innovation Works

Moderated by:
Chad Elish

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Chad Elish

President, HackPGH
Chad is a driving force in the maker movement. He helps facilitate making as HackPGH’s President, by producing Maker Faires across the US, and is a founder of Nation of Makers. He travels across the world to speak and grow the maker community. He’s here to aid in the movement... Read More →

6:00pm EDT

Everyone Is Welcome: An Inclusive Sustainability Showcase
Free and open to the public.

This event was founded to provide a platform for artists, performers and creators within the realm of sustainability as part of our mission to bridge the campus-community divide and build relationships outside of our walls. This showcase is formed around the idea that a sustainable future can only be a reality if our conversations and collaborations are considerate of, and accessible to, people of all walks of life - regardless of discipline, age, socio-economic background, demographic, or passion. Submissions for this event are completely open to all, including university students, partnering communist art collectives, K-8 schools, and community members and include writing, visual arts, performance, installation and more. The event is free to the public, all-ages, with donations supporting participants. Subject matter ranges from environmentalism, social justice and migration to interconnection, visions of the future and change.  More Information

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Frame Gallery

6:00pm EDT

Disrupted: The Risks and Opportunities of Emerging Technologies
Register here: disrupted-iiw2018.eventbrite.com (Free and open to the public.)

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).


Flexable is offering childcare for all Inclusive Innovation Week events. If you would like childcare at this event, please complete this form and select this event.

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

6:30pm EDT

Civic hacking is for everyone!
Register here! 
Free to attend open to all ages. 

Join us for the first Code for Pittsburgh event under new leadership! Our goal is for anyone interested in civic issues to feel welcome in our group, even people who identify as "non-techies." Are you a nebby neighbor and want to improve your community? You will learn about some of the free tools out there that can help you get started. We'll dive into how to frame the problem, ask the right questions, and find out some answers. You might even learn some data visualization skills, like charting, graphing, and mapping.

Light refreshments are provided. No computers are needed for this presentation.

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Code & Supply Community Center

6:30pm EDT

Creative Conversation Series: Giving a Voice to the Issues We Face Together
Free and open to all!

Every month in 2018 join us at the Union Project to give a voice to the issues we face together. We have seen a need in our community to have a brave space to hold ongoing dialogue throughout the year. Each Creative Conversation is facilitated by community leaders around agape love, finding and defining community, and inclusion. Through the Creative Conversation series, we hope to grow people’s capacity to address issues of inequity in our community. Each conversation is shaped by those participating in this open format. We share our unique perspectives, hopes, and concerns – and then help challenge one another to take action in our lives to create positive change. Union Project is committed to being accessible to all. Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door.

Please let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive, contact Michelle Clesse at michelle@unionproject.org if you have specific accommodations or needs.

Thursday April 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Union Project 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Friday, April 6

9:30am EDT

Leveraging Our Innovation Economy: A Roundtable Discussion on How to Grow Community-Driven Innovation with InnovatePgh and the Allegheny Conference
Register here! 
Free and open to all! 

Over the past generation, Pittsburgh has retooled its traditional industries, energy, finance, and manufacturing, and has invented entirely new ones in healthcare and IT. We did it by leveraging the enormous capacity for innovation at our colleges and universities and corporate R&D centers.

We also did it by supporting community-driven innovation. Community innovators across the region are developing businesses and initiatives that are creating new opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Pittsburgh region.

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and InnovatePGH are teaming up for the City of Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week to host a roundtable discussion to spotlight community-driven businesses and initiatives that are advancing innovation and inclusivity in the Pittsburgh region. The discussion, moderated by InnovatePGH Executive Director Sean Luther, will explore the new forces at play in our innovation economy and how we can all support them and help them grow. 

Roundtable Participants:For accessibility questions contact Brandon Mendoza (bmendoza@pittsburghchamber.com).

Friday April 6, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Kingsley Association

9:30am EDT

Computer Reach Volunteer Computer Recycling for ConnectHome USA Initiative
Limited Capacity seats available

Register here.
Free and open to all!

Join us for a weekly volunteer Friday and help support the growing work of the ConnectHomeUSA initiative. On Friday volunteer work days we evaluate recently donated computers, refurbishing the ones that we are able to repair and responsibly de-manufacturing those that are too old or not repairable. We also test monitors, keyboards and mice, and pack up computer systems for shipment to clients.

No Experience Needed. We’ll teach you how we do our work when you arrive. We provide the necessary tools and equipment. Volunteer events always include both technical and non-technical activities so there is something for everyone to do.

Friday April 6, 2018 9:30am - 3:30pm EDT
Computer Reach

12:00pm EDT

Introducing Startups to Obama Academy
Free and open to all!

In coordination with Jetpack Workflow, local teenagers will be introduced to local startups and learn about their experiences in local entrepreneurship.

Contact John Bowman john@jetpackworkflow.com with accessibility needs.

Friday April 6, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
AlphaLab Gear

3:00pm EDT

GitHub Patchworks: Introduction to GitHub
Free and open to all ages!
 *Please plan to bring your own device.

Join GitHub for a casual, mentored workshop for beginners to Git and GitHub. The exercises are self-directed and mentors are available to help you along the way. You'll leave with confidence to get more involved in the open source community.

Friday April 6, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

5:30pm EDT

Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Balaji Ganapathy, Tata Consultancy Services Head of HR, Workforce Effectiveness
Register here!
Free and open to all ages.

 In partnership with CMU Energy Week join us fora keynote by Balaji Ganapathy, Head of HR Workforce Effectiveness (Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion), Tata Consultancy Services, in partnership with the CMU student-led Sustainability Weekend. Topic is “Energy, Equity, Inclusivity and Sustainability.”

For accessibility questions please contact Amanda King (alking@andrew.cmu.edu).

Friday April 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Carnegie Mellon University

6:00pm EDT

Shaping Equitable Development: Design as Activism
Free open to all!

Pittsburgh will see billions of dollars worth of development over the next five years, and
potentially billions more if the Amazon HQ2 bid is successful. In anticipation of this growth, how
can we ensure that Pittsburgh remains affordable and maintains its personality? What strategies
can we employ so that residents will benefit equitably from economic development?

As part of Inclusive Innovation Week 2018, Module is partnering with the City, Avenu, Uptown
Partners, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to engage the community in a discussion
around sustainable growth and housing development. The event will feature tours of the Module demo unit, followed by a panel discussion at the Paramount Film Exchange with four experts in
community development, design, and activism.

Brian Gaudio, CEO of Module, will moderate a 40-minute discussion with the panelists, which
will be followed by ten minutes of Q&A

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Module Demo Unit

6:00pm EDT

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Preview Performances
Free and open to all!

Join us at Youth Innovation Night at Nova Place for preview performances from Pittsburgh Fringe 2018.

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Nova Place

6:00pm EDT

VaultArt Studio - A Project of ACHIEVA
Free and open to all!

Come see VaultArt Studio's newest exhibition during Unblurred: First Friday on Penn Avenue! VaultArt Studio represents artists who have developed complex creative practices on their own, but until now have not been able to expand their work beyond the studio and into the community. At VaultArt Studio, artists utilize professional-level arts instruction, exhibition space, and career coaching in order to transform their creativity into the calling of their choice. When you purchase artwork through VaultArt Studio, 100% of the proceeds go back to the artists. Your purchases help to support these artists to pursue their unique visions. VaultArt Studio is a project of ACHIEVA, the only agency of its type in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides lifelong supports to individuals with disabilities and their families.

First Fridays - 6-9PM
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Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
VaultArt Studio

6:00pm EDT

Early Learning Providers Soiree
Free and open to all!

In celebration of the Month of the Young Child early learning providers are welcomed to connect and celebrate their roles as business owners in the City of Pittsburgh. The reception will be coupled with five minute ignite talks throughout the evening. More details coming soon. 

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Shimira Wiliams

Integration Specialist, TEKStart, LLC
​I love interacting with someone a few months after a play or programming experience, and the person tells me about how they have integrated technology into their life. ​A Pittsburgh native and entrepreneur who aspires to be a catalyst in eliminating the digital divide. I've... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
NavusHouse 1515 Boyle Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15212, United States

6:00pm EDT

Games For Change Student Challenge News Literacy Game Jam
Register here! part of Youth Innovation Night
Free and open to all.

Bring friends, make friends! Get comparative, Get competitive, Get creative.
Get your game on with regional gamers, local content experts, and other teens.
Experience a free and exciting evening of games, play, and instruction to develop game concepts that teach people how to flex their News Know-how. Teens are invited to hang out with regional gamers and content experts to explore the theme of News Literacy.

  • Common Sense Media will run an interactive session on Fake News: Figuring Out the Truth.
  • Game Development Team from the Entertainment Technology Center will playtest their mobile phone G4C experience, Newscan.
  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Alice will help users create worlds with SIMS characters, building interactions in dozens of epically designed backdrops and environments.
  • PIGDA - Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Game Developers Association will provide guidance and gaming strategies.

Teens can get started or continue working on the national Games for Change Student Challenge designing their own transformational video games on loads of laptops we will have on-site using Scratch and GamestarMechanic.
Alice Student Competition due 4/23
G4C Student Competition due 4/31

For accessibility questions please contact Heather Mallak  (heathermallak@gmail.com).

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Heather Mallak

Producer, Games for Change Student Challenge Pittsburgh

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Alloy 26

6:00pm EDT

PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives
Free and open to all ages!

Join us at Youth Innovation Night to preview the pilot work of PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives.

PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives partners with community organizations to teach young people to produce 360-degree videos that express their views on life in Pittsburgh and issues that matter to them. A pilot of the program took place in conjunction with 1Hood Media and the interactive 360 startup Stitcbridge in late March. The resulting video will be shown in a VR headset, allowing viewers to walk for a while in the shoes of Pittsburgh youth.

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Nova Place

6:00pm EDT

Youth Innovation Night Sponsored by Google
Sponsored by Google
RSVP here!
Free and open to all ages!

Join us for Youth Innovation Night 2018. Come Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out with your friends and meet news ones through a youth showcase and activities provided by organizations and businesses across the City of Pittsburgh.
Chill, converse, and make connections!
Conceptualize, collaborate, and create!
Code, compute, and creative-problem solve!

Activities for all ages including a Youth Showcase.
Free and open to all.
Food and Beverages will be provided.
Presented by:
  • All Star Code
  • Alloy26
  • CoLab18
  • Department of Innovation & Performance
  • Games for Change
  • Nova Place
  • Remake Learning
Transportation Details:  
There is an entrance to the concourse at the corner of South Commons and Federal Street, across from the Post Office. Go up the steps, into the glass doors, and look for Alloy 26 on your right. 
Bus transit via the 54, 15, T, and 18

USE GATE 5 OF NOVA PLACE - $5 flat rate (credit card only) 201 East CommonsPittsburgh, PA 15212 For easiest access, enter parking garage GATE 5 on East Commons. Take the stairs up to the Plaza Level of the concourse.  Once you get inside the doors onto the Concourse, walk to the left to check in for Youth Innovation Night.
*If you enter GATE 4, you will be charged the Pittsburgh Pirates parking rate of $20. Please use GATE 5! 

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Sean Gray

Pittsburgh Area Director, All Star Code
Sean joined All Star Code after producing its first Welcome Event in Pittsburgh in early 2017.  As an entrepreneur and principal of the lifestyle consulting firm Sean Gray International he established in 2006, Sean believes in the importance of investing in Pittsburgh’s underserved... Read More →
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Heather Mallak

Producer, Games for Change Student Challenge Pittsburgh

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Nova Place

6:00pm EDT

Unblurred - First Fridays
Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn is a monthly initiative sponsored by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, a joint program of the BGC and Friendship Development Associates. What started as an attempt to revitalize Penn Avenue between Negley and Mathilda has transformed into one of the city's hottest cultural events.

Each month, people from all over the region stroll Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks to meet with artists and local business owners. Visitors can expect to see everyone and everything. Families, singles, workers, students, long-time residents and first-time visitors alike can bask in Penn Avenue's creative energy – experiencing a mix of photography, dance, painting, sculpture, music and spoken word performances. The Garfield Night Market also takes place during Unblurred from May through September.You can find each month's Unblurred listings on our Events page. Past Unblurred event listings can be found on our Archives page. If you take any cool pics during your visit to Unblurred, please feel free to share them on your social media sites with the hashtags #proudtobepenn #unblurred #pennavenue412 #openonpenn.

Friday April 6, 2018 6:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Penn Avenue

6:30pm EDT

Games People Play with the Banksville Civic Association
Free to attend, all are welcomed.

Inter-generational Game Night!  Bring your favorite game from past to present. Play old games, learn new games and have fun!  

Contact Lori Marbello at lori.marabello@pittsburghpa.gov for accessibility questions. 

Friday April 6, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Banksville Park Facility

8:00pm EDT

FUTUREMAKERS Labs with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Free and open to all!

FUTUREMAKERS Labs is a space for curators, event producers, and non-traditional practitioners to flourish. The program provides participants with action steps to advance their artistic practice, alongside a strengthened relationship with a small network of peer artists. Artists will also have the opportunity to connect with community stakeholders and local creative entrepreneurs through the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s network. This exposure will build an increased understanding of the intersection between commerce, community, and creative practice. https://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/unblurred-alloy-2nd-annual-futuremakers-mixtape/

Friday April 6, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Saturday, April 7

9:30am EDT

Crypto For The People: Pittsburgh's 1st Blockchain Mini-Conference
More details here!
Free and open to all!

Have you been wanting to understand the ins and outs of blockchain with no idea where to start? Come out to this FREE day-long mini-conference, where 6 speakers from the local blockchain community will give talks on everything from cryptocurrency investing to building decentralized applications.

Our aim is to invite the general public to become more familiar with the technology we love, learn how it could ultimately affect their lives in future, and continue to engage with The Blockchain Billionaire Group through our meetup - "Blockchain Developers & Enthusiasts United". www.meetup.com/blockchainpgh


Saturday April 7, 2018 9:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Alloy 26

10:00am EDT

Inclusive Innovation Week Cup with Cameroon Football Development Program and Global Wordsmiths
Register here!
Free and open to all!  
Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community, CameroonFDP and Global Wordsmiths invite you to play in the first-ever Inclusive Innovation Cup, a day of soccer and fun on Saturday, April 7th! Join native Pittsburghers and internationals from all corners of the world and play in friendly, small-sided tournament.

Everyone is welcome join, as we will have fields set up for adult and youth games. Registration begins at 9am at Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side and the games will run from 10am to 1pm. Register as individuals.

No team registrations will be accepted. Teams will be created on the day of the event after registration is complete. The purpose of this is to team up players of all abilities and nationalities with others to create connections that continue off the field. We will provide shirts/pinnies to differentiate teams during play.

No soccer equipment required, however those with shin guards and cleats are encouraged for participant safety.


Justin Forzano

Director of Programs, PIttsburgh Soccer in the Community
Sport for Good
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Mary Jayne McCullough

Executive Director, Global Wordsmiths

Saturday April 7, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Allgheny Commons Park

1:00pm EDT

Games for Change Student Challenge Wildlife Conservation: Pollinators Game Jam
Register for this event
This event is free and open to all. Bring friends, make friends!
Get comparative, Get competitive, Get creative.
Get your game on with regional gamers, local content experts, and other youth.

Experience a free and fun afternoon of games, play, and workshops to develop game concepts that teach people how wildlife conservation matters. Inspired by the work of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, teens are invited to hang out with regional gamers and content experts to explore the themes of wildlife conservation, specifically pollinators.

Hang Out in one of the greenest building in the world, brimming with beautiful views and rich resources including books, specimens, and tactile materials. Get inspired by the environemnt while playing table top games.

Mess Around, get creative designing storyboards, story mapping and character descriptions with art supplies.Bring your coloring of a pollinator to life with Augmented Reality app.
Pittsburgh Park Conservancywill share their deep knoweldge and efforts in local conservation, specifically polinators. Hands-on activities, hikes, scientific inquiry and observations with experts from the Education Department.

Geek Out by building games, critically thinking about the parts of games - modifications and mechanics.
Sarah Heinz House, proud member of the Boys and Girls Club of America, will be bringing their Media Lab knowledge and skills working with Twine and examining other text-based adventure games.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Alice will help users create worlds with SIMS characters, building interactions in dozens of epically designed backdrops and environments.  

The competition is open to 5th-12th graders. Teens can get started or continue working on the national Games for Change Student Challenge designing their own transformational video games on loads of laptops we will have on-site using Scratch and GamestarMechanic. 
Alice Student Competition due 4/23
G4C Student Competition due 4/31

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Heather Mallak

Producer, Games for Change Student Challenge Pittsburgh

Saturday April 7, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Frick Environmental Center

7:00pm EDT

Voices & Values: A Social Justice Sing In
Free and open to all!

At a time when our country is experiencing greatdivisions, we will join with leaders from different communities to sing from our hearts and be strengthened by our neighbors’ voices. We will come together to celebrate the power of music in fostering resilience.

All voices welcome.

Featuring Jewish Rock Musician Dan Nichols, Jazz Musician PhatMan Dee, Cantor Julie Newman; Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo;Rabbi Ron Symons and more.

Post-Passover snacks will be served.


Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

Saturday April 7, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

8:00pm EDT

The All-in Silent Disco
Come dance the night away with friends and community members! This event is the brainchild of several members of the disability community, who are excited to throw a fun, inclusive party open to all who want to participate. Our silent disco is open to all, with vibrating backpacks and floor panels so that those with hearing impairments can feel the music, and everyone can share in the experience. This is event powered by sponsorships from Thrival and UPMC. We are excited to work closely with amazing organizations like Achieva and YWCA who bring years of experience working for greater inclusion.

For any concerns about accessibility issues or have questions, please email Todd.Smith@pittsburghpa.gov

Saturday April 7, 2018 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Sunday, April 8

12:00pm EDT

Inclusive Innovation Week Closing Event | Youth Leading Inclusive Innovation in partnership with TEDx Pittsburgh and the Homewood YMCA Lighthouse Project
Free and open to all ages!
Join us to close out Inclusive Innovation Week 2018 with the voices of youth from across the City of Pittsburgh sharing their vision for an inclusive and innovative future.

Event Host:
  • Peyton Klein 
Featured Speakers:
  • Cassie Brown
  • Jerome McCree
  • Aira Bazaz; Leah Ewers
  • Justine Szurley
Special performances by the Homewood YMCA Lighthouse Project and the Funky Fly Project.

Sunday April 8, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Homewood-Brushton Branch YMCA

1:00pm EDT

Extra Awesome Earth Month Creative Conundrum Lab
Free and open to all!

Join the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a drop-in creative activity for all ages. Join us in our workshop area to explore making with the "Creative Conundrum", a material that is awesome, reclaimed, and full of creative potential. This event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome! More details. 

Sunday April 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

5:00pm EDT

Queer Maker Night
Free and open to individuals 13+.

Learn how to use a variety of materials to make your own pins, necklaces, and earrings! This workshop includes demonstrations of how to use polymer paper and clay to make durable, wearable statement pieces of your own creation.

Come connect with LGBTQ people and allies while learning some making techniques and expressing your inventiveness.

Sunday April 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

How to Tell your Start-Up Story: On Art, Technology, and the Power of Personal Narrative Sunday
Free and open to the public. 

Join City Theatre, in conjunction with Innovation Works, for a networking event and panel discussion as part of Inclusive Innovation Week 2018. The Arts and Technology industries have been integrated in new ways as media and personal narrative become drivers of start-up success. This discussion will explore the power of storytelling across mediums and how past adversity can support future growth. The event is free and speakers will be announced shortly. The event will take place prior to a performance of City Theatre's production, The White Chip by Sean Daniels. Attendees will receive a discount code to attend a performance during the production run.

Panelist Include:
Emmai Alaquia, Filmmaker
Sean Daniels, Playwright
Jason Wolfe, Entrepreneur


Sunday April 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
City Theatre

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