Brian Conway

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Brian Conway is a freelance enterprise reporter based in Pittsburgh. His investigations into the city's lead in water crisis earned him First Prize for Environmental Reporting from the Keystone Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in its statewide Spotlight contest. His work has been published in Vice, October, and the Chicago Tribune. You can follow him on twitter @brianconwayyyyy.

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Pittsburgh tech companies are hiring. Can apprenticeships help grow the workforce?

Aug. 2, 2021 3:15 pm

Pittsburgh tech companies are hiring. Can apprenticeships help grow the workforce?

ApprentiPGH is bringing a job training model long used by the trades to help fill software roles in the city. It aims to create pathways for groups that are underrepresented in tech.
With a new mayor on the way, Pittsburgh faces up to inequity in tech 

Jun. 21, 2021 3:02 pm

With a new mayor on the way, Pittsburgh faces up to inequity in tech 

In the City of Bridges, presumptive mayor-elect Ed Gainey says a gap remains between the old and the new Pittsburgh, which leads to tension between communities. 
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. 
5 years ago, Pittsburgh promised a self-driving boom. Where is it now?

Oct. 14, 2020 3:13 pm

5 years ago, Pittsburgh promised a self-driving boom. Where is it now?

Despite lingering questions about the technology’s readiness, the city is well-positioned to remain a leader in the autonomy field. 
Second annual Greenwood Week goes virtual to support black-owned businesses

Sep. 2, 2020 8:03 am

Second annual Greenwood Week goes virtual to support black-owned businesses

Ten different sessions will cover topics from accounting and business planning to fundraising, tech solutions, self-care, and strategic growth. Presenters are experts in their field and share similar life experience and background as many of the participants, to ensure culturally relevant information in what traditionally is not a diverse space. 
With $35M in Series C funding, Pittsburgh’s niche aims for college search supremacy

Jun. 30, 2020 7:01 am

With $35M in Series C funding, Pittsburgh’s niche aims for college search supremacy

"There were a lot of institutions that could give you a great education, but where were you going to fit in and be happy?” Niche does “rigorous cleaning and analysis on large data sets, and combines them with feedback from our community for nuanced insight that can't be found anywhere else.”
How tea made in a small-town VFW is helping rebuild Haiti’s forests

May 21, 2020 8:06 am

How tea made in a small-town VFW is helping rebuild Haiti’s forests

Treecup’s motto is “buy a tea, plant a tree” — for every bottle of tea that is sold, Treecup plants one tree in Haiti’s deforested Artibonite Valley.
Marinus Analytics plots next steps while awaiting AI XPRIZE decision

Mar. 26, 2020 11:08 am

Marinus Analytics plots next steps while awaiting AI XPRIZE decision

Marinus has been celebrated for developing AI tools used by law enforcement agencies to track down missing and exploited people. In 2018 alone, its technology was used to identify some 3,000 victims of sex trafficking.  
Pittsburgh selected as 2020 host for annual Tech Councils of North America conference, TECNA

Aug. 21, 2019 4:45 pm

Pittsburgh selected as 2020 host for annual Tech Councils of North America conference, TECNA

Attendees participate in the 2019 TECNA Conference. Photo Credit: Technology Councils of North America Pittsburgh will host tech councils from around the United States and Canada next July when it welcomes TECNA 2020, the annual conference for Tech Councils of North America. Founded in 1995 as the Council of Regional Information Technology Associations, TECNA represents […]
Pittsburgh’s KEF Robotics one of nine finalists worldwide in prestigious Lockheed Martin drone competition

May 22, 2019 4:46 pm

Pittsburgh’s KEF Robotics one of nine finalists worldwide in prestigious Lockheed Martin drone competition

Not only does the winner get a million dollars, but the first team whose AI can beat human racer lands an extra $250,000 -- a sponsored Lockheed Martin story in MIT Technology Review calls that the “Deep Blue” moment, after the IBM computer that defeated reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1996.

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