1:00pm: Opening Remarks
Why an excellent park system could be a competitive advantage for Pittsburgh
Meg Cheever: President & CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Greetings from the University of Pittsburgh
Paul Supowitz: Vice Chancellor for Community and Government Relations
Greetings from the City of Pittsburgh
Kevin Acklin: Chief of Staff to Mayor Bill Peduto
1:25pm: Keynote Speech
Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator
In his 2006 essay, “How To Be Silicon Valley” Paul Graham said, “To spawn startups, your university has to be in a town that has attractions other than the university. It has to be a place where investors want to live and students want to stay after they graduate.” At that time, he wasn’t highlighting Pittsburgh as being that kind of place. Now, the 1981 graduate of Gateway High School will reveal his current thoughts about Pittsburgh. Has our region changed enough and in enough of the right ways---to develop its own unique regional innovation strategy?
2:00pm: Pittsburgh As A Magnet
Andrew Moore: Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; former head, Google Pittsburgh
Kamal Nigam: Engineering Director, co-site lead and charter member, Google Pittsburgh
Vanessa Jameson: Co–founder & CEO, Covey
Tony Stentz: Engineering Lead, Uber Advanced Technology Center
Hahna Alexander: Co-founder & CTO, SolePower
Yaser Sheikh: Head, Oculus Research Pittsburgh, Facebook
No longer just an incubator for tech startups, Pittsburgh has been attracting a growing array of international companies. What is making Pittsburgh an attractive selection as the site for a corporate presence? Leaders from several of these companies explore the factors that have led to this boom and their plans for growth.
2:35pm: A Competitive City Innovation Burst
Tom Murphy: Senior Resident Fellow with Urban Land Institute; Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development; former mayor of the City of Pittsburgh
In the current environment of extremely limited public funds, being competitive means being able to create new economic engines, new marketplace synergies, and new corporate enterprise offshoots. The difference between the winners and losers is a shared goal by both the public and private sector to create a climate for progress. The technology and information economy has created a tempo of quick-speed change and public-private community inter-dependencies so great that they have generated a new paradigm of local economic development and city building, Tom Murphy will give his thoughts on how Pittsburgh met the challenge of the decline of the steel industry and what now needs to happen in the Pittsburgh of today.
2:45pm: Pittsburgh For All
Doug Heuck: Editor & Publisher, Pittsburgh Quarterly
Claire Hosteny: Partner, East End Development Parters, LP
John Wallace: Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Katz School of Business
Bill Generett: President & CEO, Urban Innovation21
Jeremy Leventhal: Managing Partner, Faros Properties/Alloy 26 co-working space
Melanie Harrington: President & CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh
Audrey Russo: President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh is getting low ranks for diversity — the city is one of the least diverse places in the U.S., according to a recent study of 200-plus cities that considered factors such as the types of jobs and industries as well as race and ethnicity. The city ranked 227th out of 230 in the study released last year by WalletHub. What is needed for us to develop a collective strategy for integrating social, economic and environmental goals?
3:15pm: Refreshments Break
3:25pm: Technology Innovation Burst
Chris Harrison: Director, Future Interfaces Group, Carnegie Mellon University
Interfaces and interactions of the future between humans and computers.
3:35pm: Brews And Bites: What's All The Brew-ha-ha About?
Michelle Wright: Anchor, WTAE
Bill Fuller: Executive Chef, Big Burrito Group
Quintin Bullock: President, Community College of Allegheny County
Dominic Cincotta: CoStar Brewing
Tracy Certo: Publisher, NEXTpittsburgh
Sonja Finn: Chef & Owner, Dinette; Consulting Chef, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Kate Romane: Chef & Owner, E2; Kate Romane Productions
In December, Pittsburgh nabbed the No. 1 spot in Zagat‘s list of the “Top 17 Food Cities of 2015,” in January, Saveur called Pittsburgh a “beer and spirits destination,” in February, Forbes declared that “it’s an exciting time to eat in Pittsburgh right now and in March the New York Times revealed that “Steeltown” was now “Mealtown.” It’s wonderful to have an exciting food scene and a burgeoning array of craft breweries – what’s driving it, what’s luring talent back and are there any threats to this vibrancy that we need to collectively address?
4:05pm: Lure Of The 'Burgh
Bill Flanagan: Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Avi Geller: Founder & CEO, Maven Machine
Jim Russell: Research Fellow, Center for Popultation Dynamics, Cleveland State University
Charlie Batch: Former Steelers quarterback; tech entrepreneur, Impellia
Helen Hanna Casey: President, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Don Charlton: Founder & CEO, Jazz (formerly the Resumator)
Marlee Myers: Managing Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Pittsburgh
Entrepreneurs and business leaders have located their companies in Pittsburgh to take advantage of the talent, business climate, and high quality of life found here. This group is diverse in every way – demographics, the type of business sectors, how long they have been in Pittsburgh – but are there any common issues they would highlight as our city's greatest positives and greatest challenges?
4:35pm: Education Innovation Burst
Amy Ogan: Assistant Professor, Human Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University
Can facial recognition sensors improve classroom learning?
4:45pm: Becoming An Entrepreneur: What's Place Got To Do With It?
Jim Morris: Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Luis von Ahn: Founder, Duolingo; Associate Professor of Computer Science, CMU
Ruchi Sanghvi: VP of Operations, Dropbox; Facebook's first female engineer; CMU Alumna
Clara Sieg: Partner, Revolution Partners; Pittsburgh native
Charlie Cheever: Co-founder, Quora; Pittsburgh native
Four innovators with Pittsburgh connections talk about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.