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Ben Franklin Technology Partners companies affected by COVID-19 are getting $4M from the state

Apr. 23, 2020 8:19 am

Ben Franklin Technology Partners companies affected by COVID-19 are getting $4M from the state

Each of Pennsylvania's four BFTP entities will match their $1 million in funding and redistribute to local tech-based companies.
3 technologists’ hopes for a more open Pittsburgh

Oct. 18, 2018 5:54 pm

3 technologists’ hopes for a more open Pittsburgh

What's next for civic tech in the region? Trustworthiness as a goal, looking to models in other cities and above all, accessibility.
How to build a civic tech community, according to Pittsburgh leaders

Oct. 10, 2018 5:46 pm

How to build a civic tech community, according to Pittsburgh leaders

Plus, you gotta read Open Data PGH event attendees' responses to prompts such as "I wish civic tech could be more ..." and "The future of civic tech is ..."
5 ways Pittsburgh’s public servants are using human-centered design

Oct. 2, 2018 7:32 pm

5 ways Pittsburgh’s public servants are using human-centered design

User research and human-centered design consultant Robert Burack writes about how the City, County and their partners are using innovative methods to elevate services, improve internal performance and make local government more transparent.
Pittsburgh’s 412 Food Rescue: ‘Born digital’ and growing

Sep. 27, 2018 4:50 pm

Pittsburgh’s 412 Food Rescue: ‘Born digital’ and growing

Product Manager Anthony Levin-Decanini shares how the nonprofit's tech has evolved and how it plans to scale to fight food insecurity in other cities.
7 reasons you should attend Open Data PGH’s Future of Pittsburgh Civic Tech event

Sep. 26, 2018 5:12 pm

7 reasons you should attend Open Data PGH’s Future of Pittsburgh Civic Tech event

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, we're hosting a series of lightning talks from seven technologists, city staffers, community conveners and more. Whether you'e actively involved in this world or looking for an entry point, this event is for you.
In Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philly, Code4PA takes aim at the opioid crisis

Sep. 19, 2018 3:51 pm

In Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philly, Code4PA takes aim at the opioid crisis

The second annual hackathon invites volunteers to parse the public datasets related to opioid use and abuse at four sites across the Keystone State this Sept. 21 and 22.
Here’s why Idea Foundry thinks increasing access to entrepreneurship is like civic tech

Sep. 12, 2018 5:38 pm

Here’s why Idea Foundry thinks increasing access to entrepreneurship is like civic tech

The economic development nonprofit launched its Equitable Entrepreneurship Program in early 2018 to support minority and immigrant innovators. Anti-jargon Impact Innovations Director Nicole Muise-Kielkucki explains.
Fighting fire fatalities with data in Allegheny County

Sep. 6, 2018 2:31 pm

Fighting fire fatalities with data in Allegheny County

In 2016 alone, 22 residents died in fires. Here's how CountyStat created a picture of the houses most at risk for being without working smoke detectors — and plans to act on it to save lives.
Why this Pitt humanities prof incorporates data lessons into his media classes

Aug. 29, 2018 3:34 pm

Why this Pitt humanities prof incorporates data lessons into his media classes

Matthew Lavin on teaching non-technologist college students to use open data: "A humanities mind wants to start seeing the code as something they can engage with not just a stream of letters and numbers happening in the background that they can't touch."

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