Sophie Burkholder

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Sophie Burkholder is Technical.ly’s reporter in Pittsburgh as of June 2021. 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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Power Moves: A new director for Meta Mesh and big promotions for some CMU faculty

May 9, 2022 1:44 pm

Power Moves: A new director for Meta Mesh and big promotions for some CMU faculty

Here's the scoop on the biggest new hires, appointments and awards out of Pittsburgh tech over the last few weeks.
On the road to transportation tech success, this is where Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania succeed — and struggle

May 5, 2022 5:16 pm

On the road to transportation tech success, this is where Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania succeed — and struggle

Ahead of a competition for federal infrastructure funding, local experts gathered to discuss what's keeping the industry from moving faster, including a talent gap.
Why Direct Online Marketing acquired fellow Pittsburgh firm C-leveled

May 5, 2022 2:24 pm

Why Direct Online Marketing acquired fellow Pittsburgh firm C-leveled

Since the start of 2020, Direct Online Marketing has nearly tripled its workforce, indicating potential for more industry growth here.
Events Roundup: Fill your May calendar with these networking-heavy Pittsburgh tech gatherings

May 4, 2022 5:10 pm

Events Roundup: Fill your May calendar with these networking-heavy Pittsburgh tech gatherings

With the warmer weather, now's the perfect time to get out and meet other technologists and entrepreneurs in the community.
Pittsburgh is one of 3 cities leading a new alliance for US robotics clusters

May 4, 2022 1:58 pm

Pittsburgh is one of 3 cities leading a new alliance for US robotics clusters

It's the latest effort from the Pittsburgh Robotics Network to ensure the city lives up to its self-proclaimed title of "robotics capital of the world."
Pittsburgh calls itself the robotics capital of the world. But it’s also the birthplace of cybersecurity

Apr. 28, 2022 3:32 pm

Pittsburgh calls itself the robotics capital of the world. But it’s also the birthplace of cybersecurity

From a team launched out of an effort to prevent the next Morris worm to leadership in modern cybersecurity litigation, Pittsburgh has long been a home base for cyber talent. Here’s why the industry hasn’t boomed like robotics or AI — and how it still could.
When will Pennsylvania pass laws to allow for driverless cars?

Apr. 27, 2022 4:22 pm

When will Pennsylvania pass laws to allow for driverless cars?

Soon, according to Gov. Tom Wolf, though a lot of the concrete details remain unclear.
Read between the lines and you’ll find a lot of Pittsburgh ties in ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’

Apr. 27, 2022 3:44 pm

Read between the lines and you’ll find a lot of Pittsburgh ties in ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’

The limited series, streaming on Showtime, tracks the rise and fall of Uber cofounder and former CEO Travis Kalanick. But on the outskirts of his drama are dynamics that Pittsburgh was heavily woven into.
Digital equity workers in Pennsylvania, this is your moment

Apr. 26, 2022 4:45 pm

Digital equity workers in Pennsylvania, this is your moment

Pros from Pittsburgh, Philly and beyond who spoke at the PA Broadband Symposium shed light on challenges in framing the state's use of new federal funding.
When looking to Pittsburgh’s AV future, consider how the industry boomed here in the first place

Apr. 25, 2022 5:10 pm

When looking to Pittsburgh’s AV future, consider how the industry boomed here in the first place

"We've been building on the shoulders of giants": At Pittsburgh Robotics Network's autonomous vehicle summit, local company leaders discussed the industry's recent gains and coming challenges.