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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Pittsburgh-based Argo AI and Ford partner with Walmart on autonomous delivery services

Sep. 16, 2021 2:51 pm

Pittsburgh-based Argo AI and Ford partner with Walmart on autonomous delivery services

Though the new pilot program won't be taking place in Pittsburgh, its success could bring about more hiring and local growth for Argo AI.
Kit Mueller wants to keep you up to date on all things Pittsburgh tech

Sep. 15, 2021 5:51 pm

Kit Mueller wants to keep you up to date on all things Pittsburgh tech

You can connect with one of the city's top authorities on the local startup ecosystem at this week's RustBuilt Pittsburgh Conference.
Lawrenceville’s fast-growing RE2 Robotics just landed a $9.5M Navy contract for its underwater autonomous bots

Sep. 15, 2021 3:31 pm

Lawrenceville’s fast-growing RE2 Robotics just landed a $9.5M Navy contract for its underwater autonomous bots

The new contract will help the robotics firm advance its sub-sea technologies. Meanwhile, CEO Jorgen Pedersen is looking to future commercial deals, and continuing to hire for a team that's already doubled in the past 18 months.
Here’s how Pittsburgh universities stack up in the latest US News & World Report rankings

Sep. 14, 2021 3:18 pm

Here’s how Pittsburgh universities stack up in the latest US News & World Report rankings

Pittsburgh engineering programs stood out in the publication's 2022 rankings. Here's a look at the rankings for six local universities.
Where can you build robotics manufacturing skills? Pittsburgh’s ARM Institute has some recommendations

Sep. 14, 2021 2:48 pm

Where can you build robotics manufacturing skills? Pittsburgh’s ARM Institute has some recommendations

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute's new endorsement program helps students and employers know which schools have the best curricula. Now on the list: Community College of Allegheny County.
CMU bots are going underground in the DARPA SubT Challenge finals

Sep. 13, 2021 3:38 pm

CMU bots are going underground in the DARPA SubT Challenge finals

Team Explorer's autonomous robots advanced to the final cave round after placing in the tunnel and urban circuits. The Robotics Institute team is the latest in a long legacy of university participation in DARPA competitions.
Kiwibot is adding more robots to its Pittsburgh pilot, meaning a greater chance to see the cute bots out and about

Sep. 10, 2021 4:58 pm

Kiwibot is adding more robots to its Pittsburgh pilot, meaning a greater chance to see the cute bots out and about

Beep boop bop, your pizza delivery is here: The semiautonomous robots are part of a Bloomfield-based pilot program for the company that has the potential to bring them here permanently.
Youth Resource Roundup: 10 programs to help Pittsburgh students break into STEM

Sep. 10, 2021 2:44 pm

Youth Resource Roundup: 10 programs to help Pittsburgh students break into STEM

These resources aim to expose local grade and high schoolers to some of Pittsburgh's tech prowess in robotics, computer science and more.
Who makes $200K in Pittsburgh? Tech careers, race and economic mobility

Sep. 9, 2021 1:35 pm

Who makes $200K in Pittsburgh? Tech careers, race and economic mobility

Pittsburgh has turned its tech prowess into wealth over the past decade. But data show that not all residents are sharing in the returns.
Aurora makes Pittsburgh its full corporate headquarters, continuing momentum for the local AV industry

Sep. 9, 2021 11:00 am

Aurora makes Pittsburgh its full corporate headquarters, continuing momentum for the local AV industry

The autonomous vehicle company, which has plans to go public through a SPAC later this year, will make a full commitment to Pittsburgh as its corporate headquarters. Most of its 1,600 employees are already local.

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