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Pittsburgh EdTech startups step up as schooling goes virtual

Nov. 24, 2020 11:52 am

Pittsburgh EdTech startups step up as schooling goes virtual

Virtual learning takes off in Pittsburg lead by local EdTech startups Zoobean, Expii, and Duolingo.
How apps empower users to weigh their COVID-19 risk

Nov. 19, 2020 10:41 am

How apps empower users to weigh their COVID-19 risk

Carnegie Mellon professor and Expii founder develop app to track COVID-19 exposure in the style of six degrees of Kevin Bacon.
How AlphaLab Health could spur some much-needed competition in Pittsburgh’s life sciences sector

Nov. 5, 2020 12:08 pm

How AlphaLab Health could spur some much-needed competition in Pittsburgh’s life sciences sector

AlphaLab Health’s new innovation campus will provide funding, mentorship, and lab space for health sciences startups.
Touchwood Labs transforms everyday surfaces into interactive displays

Oct. 23, 2020 10:42 am

Touchwood Labs transforms everyday surfaces into interactive displays

We're doing this is because we want to battle against the trend of the unhealthy relationship that people have developed with technology. Touchwood display embodies the principles of calm technology, passively informing the user through a glowing circle, for example, that they have received an email, rather than pulling the user away with an excerpt of the message itself. 
COVID crisis increases urgency of designing wellness-focused spaces

Sep. 24, 2020 10:22 am

COVID crisis increases urgency of designing wellness-focused spaces

Our buildings and spaces shape our moods. We perform better when we occupy better spaces; while, spaces that threaten physical safety or negatively affect our mood can hurt productivity. Many design strategies once considered innovative or cutting-edge are becoming mainstream, some as a direct result of COVID.
Mindera’s move To Pittsburgh Could signal That More Anchor Companies Are on the Way

Sep. 23, 2020 9:55 am

Mindera’s move To Pittsburgh Could signal That More Anchor Companies Are on the Way

“We see a lot of potential in Pittsburgh, and we want to become a part of the tech ecosystem...I think that what we offer is unique to the area...and we would love for people who want to become software developers to look us up.”
Striving for better—not perfect—infrastructure

Sep. 17, 2020 8:17 am

Striving for better—not perfect—infrastructure

Since 2016, RoadBotics has advocated for governments to digitize their public infrastructure assets. Using a smartphone and RoadBotics machine learning algorithm, communities can capture high-definition imagery of their assets and receive ratings with “pavement distress identification,” including potholes and fatigue cracking. RoadBotics has empowered more than 200 communities to make data-driven decisions, and to prioritize progress over perfection.
Bunker Labs launches Pittsburgh chapter to aid veteran startups

Sep. 15, 2020 8:28 am

Bunker Labs launches Pittsburgh chapter to aid veteran startups

While there is no shortage of veteran employment programs, “these are focused on more traditional forms of post-service employment. There are few programs that support military veterans who are interested in pursuing careers in entrepreneurship.” This chapter will offer programs tailored to those military skill sets that also boost interconnectivity within the city’s military-related networks.
How this Pittsburgh startup is using AI to speed up small business loan applications

Sep. 10, 2020 8:12 am

How this Pittsburgh startup is using AI to speed up small business loan applications

Cognistx develops innovative solutions to help traditional lenders keep up with the massive influx of applications for small business loans after the CARES Act was passed.
The evolving legal landscape of the gig economy

Sep. 4, 2020 1:15 pm

The evolving legal landscape of the gig economy

While gig workers have gained rights the future remains uncertain and future developments will significantly affect gig workers and employers – as well as consumers of the gig economy – in the coming years. Underlining once again the importance both of law- and policy-making in our economy and of staying informed and flexible in changing economic times.