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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Americans aren’t good at recycling. CleanRobotics wants to make it easier with AI

Jul. 30, 2021 3:53 pm

Americans aren’t good at recycling. CleanRobotics wants to make it easier with AI

TrashBots automate waste sorting so you don't need to worry about what's recyclable or not. The startup was a top-10 finalists in the 2021 IBM Watson AI XPrize competition.
How Carnegie Museum of Natural History rose to online fame on a tide of snail jokes

Jul. 29, 2021 3:52 pm

How Carnegie Museum of Natural History rose to online fame on a tide of snail jokes

Through TikTok and Instagram Reels, resident mollusk expert Tim Pearce has helped the museum expand its digital following during the pandemic with his punny jokes and research explainers alike.
Autonomous vehicles will be here soon. What about the environmental consequences?

Jul. 27, 2021 4:17 pm

Autonomous vehicles will be here soon. What about the environmental consequences?

Pittsburgh is a hub for AV development, and local companies are keeping sustainability in mind. But researchers and city officials still have concerns about the disruptive technology's unknowns.
Mobility as a Service: Move PGH puts Pittsburgh at the forefront of transportation innovation

Jul. 22, 2021 5:07 pm

Mobility as a Service: Move PGH puts Pittsburgh at the forefront of transportation innovation

With public and private partners, Pittsburgh's city government is the first in the country to launch a digital system coordinating local transit options. It represents the local entrance to an international sustainability-minded movement.
Pittsburgh’s Argo AI could be the first to make its self-driving vehicles commercially available

Jul. 21, 2021 5:01 pm

Pittsburgh’s Argo AI could be the first to make its self-driving vehicles commercially available

The company's late-2021 product launch is a long time coming.
By bringing robotics and automation to vertical farming, Fifth Season is growing agtech innovation in Pittsburgh

Jul. 21, 2021 2:37 pm

By bringing robotics and automation to vertical farming, Fifth Season is growing agtech innovation in Pittsburgh

The South Side-headquartered company's 60,000-square-foot indoor farm in Braddock is optimizing crop growth to bring fresh greens to local communities: "We're hitting our growth spurt."
Why Pittsburgh ranks as a top market for job growth among smaller tech hubs

Jul. 20, 2021 2:34 pm

Why Pittsburgh ranks as a top market for job growth among smaller tech hubs

A new report placed Pittsburgh at #4 of smaller tech markets, as the city shows signs of tech talent growth that are expected to continue. CBRE's Jeremy Kronman explains what's driving the numbers.
Aurora will go public through a SPAC later this year. Here’s what that means

Jul. 16, 2021 4:01 pm

Aurora will go public through a SPAC later this year. Here’s what that means

The local unicorn will take Pittsburgh's autonomous driving sector public in advance of a planned 2023 product launch.
Mayoral candidate Ed Gainey is running on a platform of equitable livability for Pittsburgh. Here’s how he plans to do that with the tech industry

Jul. 15, 2021 7:05 am

Mayoral candidate Ed Gainey is running on a platform of equitable livability for Pittsburgh. Here’s how he plans to do that with the tech industry

The Democratic nominee shared his stances on the future of entrepreneurship and tech in Pittsburgh.
VC numbers for Q2 show big growth in national dealmaking, but Pittsburgh struggles to keep up

Jul. 14, 2021 1:56 pm

VC numbers for Q2 show big growth in national dealmaking, but Pittsburgh struggles to keep up

The new PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor showed that Pittsburgh had only 11 deals in the second quarter of 2021, indicating funding challenges for the region.

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