Sophie Burkholder

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Sophie Burkholder was Technical.ly’s reporter in Pittsburgh from June 2021 to June 2022. The Pittsburgh native spent the previous five years studying bioengineering and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia, where she also interned as a reporter on the health and business desks at Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has covered the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses and startups, particularly in health and biotech, for outlets like TechCrunch. She also covered local health stories on vaccine rollout for homebound patients and the effect of opioid-related legislation for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit newsroom PublicSource.

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Venture for America taps Megan Butler as its new Pittsburgh director

Jun. 9, 2022 3:11 pm

Venture for America taps Megan Butler as its new Pittsburgh director

Butler said she's aiming to foster startup connections and boost funding for VFA from local philanthropic orgs while supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Build from within: How this Arconic VP thinks traditional manufacturers can break into smart tech

Jun. 8, 2022 4:52 pm

Build from within: How this Arconic VP thinks traditional manufacturers can break into smart tech

VP of Technology and Engineering John Butler outlines how the Pittsburgh-headquartered company evolved on its own "smart journey."
Allegheny Conference’s latest Business Investment Scorecard says job growth is on the rebound

Jun. 8, 2022 10:49 am

Allegheny Conference’s latest Business Investment Scorecard says job growth is on the rebound

While investments into the tech industry were down from levels in 2020, other industries brought in new jobs and economic benefits for the Pittsburgh region.
RustBuilt Pittsburgh will visit Buffalo this June, continuing its decade-long tradition of getting outside the Steel City

Jun. 7, 2022 3:34 pm

RustBuilt Pittsburgh will visit Buffalo this June, continuing its decade-long tradition of getting outside the Steel City

Through one-on-one meetings between founders and investors from both communities, the idea is that Pittsburgh can build both awareness of its startup ecosystem and launch new innovation with those outside of the region.
Astrobotic and NASA teamed up for the most realistic test yet of their lunar lander and rover system

Jun. 7, 2022 11:51 am

Astrobotic and NASA teamed up for the most realistic test yet of their lunar lander and rover system

The successful test opens the door to more that will take place in Silicon Valley, as both organizations aim for a launch date for the lunar mission in late 2023.
Survey: Manufacturers need smart tech adoption, but lack the talent, training and money to get there

Jun. 6, 2022 4:43 pm

Survey: Manufacturers need smart tech adoption, but lack the talent, training and money to get there

The survey from Society of Manufacturing Engineers and CESMII comes before the start of the 2022 Smart Manufacturing Experience conference in Pittsburgh.
How should Pittsburgh tell its own robotics story?

Jun. 6, 2022 1:32 pm

How should Pittsburgh tell its own robotics story?

Pittsburgh Robotics Network tapped homegrown marketer Joe Zeff to tell the world about the region's industry prowess — you know, all that "robotics capital of the world" talk.
Resource Roundup: These 8 Pittsburgh orgs work to make the tech industry accessible to everyone

Jun. 2, 2022 4:27 pm

Resource Roundup: These 8 Pittsburgh orgs work to make the tech industry accessible to everyone

From incubators to workforce development to basic tech education for residents of all ages, here are some of the places underrepresented technologists and entrepreneurs can find local support.
Take a look inside the new Digital Foundry at New Kensington

Jun. 2, 2022 2:03 pm

Take a look inside the new Digital Foundry at New Kensington

The 15,044-square-foot center — an advanced manufacturing innovation hub promising economic revitalization — is the culmination of millions in funding and years of construction.
CMU’s CyLab wants to protect your data. Check out 3 studies it’s published to help do that

Jun. 1, 2022 4:27 pm

CMU’s CyLab wants to protect your data. Check out 3 studies it’s published to help do that

In which the university's Security and Privacy Institute demonstrates that cookie consent notices are unusable, constant smart device listening is preventable, and hidden cameras don't have to stay hidden.