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Events Roundup: Fill your May calendar with these networking-heavy Pittsburgh tech gatherings

With the warmer weather, now's the perfect time to get out and meet other technologists and entrepreneurs in the community.

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Events Roundup is a Technical.ly column where we highlight events happening in the Pittsburgh area each month. Got a submission? Email us the details so we can consider it for our next roundup: pittsburgh@technical.ly.


Looking to get out into the tech community as the weather warms up this month?

There are plenty of networking and casual events going on in May, in addition to the usual panels and discussions on moving the local tech economy forward. From a couple of business advice sessions at entrepreneurship hubs to happy hours new and old, technologists and entrepreneurs will be out and about this month, looking for the next frontier of innovation in Pittsburgh.

Check out some of the exciting events coming up in the next few weeks:

getWITit Pittsburgh’s Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour

After re-energizing its Pittsburgh chapter earlier this year, getWITit will host one of its first big events of 2022 with a community happy hour on Cinco de Mayo. By bringing people back together in person, the organization hopes to grow its membership base and leverage new opportunities to support women working in tech locally. The event is also an anchor to the growing mission of the Pittsburgh chapter, which is currently seeking volunteers across several committees. The happy hour is open to people of all genders and backgrounds.

  • Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Necromancer Brewing, 2256 Babcock Blvd.
  • Free to attend

Robust Revenue Models

Leading this business advice session is Monica Malik, the executive director of Athletic Trauma Unit, a nonprofit fitness organization. Malik is also a serial entrepreneur and business coach who will provide attendees with the basics of building a sustainable revenue model and new tools for adjusting or maintaining those models in the future. Tailored toward early-stage business owners or new entrepreneurs, this event will help local founders build the skills they need to get cash flow.

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  • Tuesday, May 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Ascender, 6401 Penn Ave.
  • Free to attend

CMO Insights

Looking for new ways to market your growing tech company? The latest executive insights event from the Pittsburgh Technology Council will have some tips for you at its upcoming CMO Insights, a luncheon featuring speakers from Duquesne Light, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Vorteq Coil Finishers and more. While the panelists lean toward the hardware side of the tech industry, the marketing executives from each will undoubtedly share advice that can applied to other sectors as well.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Nova Place, 100 S. Commons, Suite 172
  • $45 for members, $155 for non-members

Startup Drinks PGH + State of Funding Forum

The return of warm weather means the return of one of Pittsburgh’s favorite tech happy hours: Startup Drinks! This month’s meeting will feature the usual collection of startup founders, developers, designers, storytellers and more in addition to a special panel of local investors to discuss the status of startup funding. That panel will include representatives from 412 Venture Fund, BlueTree Venture Fund, Far Out Ventures, Innovation Works, Magarac Venture Partners, Reinforced Ventures and Mountain State Capital. Be sure to stop by to trade ideas with leading entrepreneurs and learn more about how you can attract funding to your venture.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Alloy 26, 100 S. Commons
  • Free to attend

Remake Learning Day

The STEM Coding Lab and the University of Pittsburgh will partner to host Remake Learning Day later this month, which will offer educational experiences around computer science to students ages 8 to 16. Made up of different stations, representatives from STEM Coding Lab and the university will teach students about different career paths and opportunities that learning computer science can offer across robotics, animation, audio design and more. The event complements existing services from STEM Coding Lab, which offers free after-school computer science classes to grade school students in Pittsburgh.

  • Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center, 622 N. Homewood Ave.
  • Free to attend

Pricing Right

In a second in-person event hosted by Ascender this month, the entrepreneurship hub will bring reps from Donnelly-Boland and Associates together to discuss pricing models. The interactive event will allow entrepreneurs to discuss their pricing model idxeas with the facilitators, Chris Millard and Olga Pogoda, and illustrate tools that can be helpful in tracking the impact of prices on future revenue. This event is tailored to early-stage entrepreneurs and business owners.

  • Tuesday, May 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Ascender, 6401 Penn Ave.
  • Free to attend

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And though they’re not local, we think you’ll like these two conferences hosted by Technical.ly this May as part of Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast 2022. They both have hybrid components, so if you feel like heading on over to Philly, you’ll get the full experience — but virtual attendance has plenty to offer, too:

Technical.ly’s Developers Conference

The Technical.ly Developers Conference has for years been a “tasting menu” of new, established and inventive deployments of software development, strategy and management. And this year’s version blends small group in-person discussions with pre-recorded technical talks you can digest when and how you want. Come to learn, catch up with friends and meet with a new slate of fast-growing software teams. The event will have three themes: What’s Next (problem solving in an experimental environment using new tools), Growth Stage (problem solving with tech that is being tested, deployed or scaled) and At Scale (problem solving with technology accessible by millions of people). Expect some familiar faces, too.

Introduced Conference

This year’s event brings all of the best of our signature company-building conference together. You can expect pre-recorded sessions led by innovators in the industry on topics like how to implement salary transparency, what makes a great brand marketing campaign, and how to kill the onboarding experience. Then, join us in person for small group breakout sessions focusing on topics like, what does remote work look like now? And what does local mean in a remote world? What changes when you hit 50 employee?


Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Heinz Endowments. -30-
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