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10 tech meetups in Pittsburgh for connection, learning and fun

From a running group for entrepreneurs and coding over coffee to woman-focused mentorship and a breakfast for biomed boffins.

Pittsburgh's BioBreakfast gathering regularly draws stakeholders across the VC life sciences space (Christopher Wink/Technical.ly)

It may be summertime, but the tech scene in Pittsburgh isn’t taking a vacation. 

With a thriving tech sector and startup-friendly atmosphere, technology professionals have flocked to the city in recent years. Opportunities for networking abound both for meeting people who share a specific interest and for bonding over shared hobbies and experiences. 

Many of those connections are being built in person, making for happier and more productive meetups. After years of virtual event takeover, for obvious reasons, people can finally physically geek out over their interests together. 

Groups with a variety of emphases hold gatherings, coding events and other activities all year long. Check some of them out below. 

Nerd Nite Pittsburgh

With the catch phrase “be there and be square,” this group aims to bring out the party animal in local geeks. Organizers also host Pittsburgh mixers, encouraging attendees to meet new people and network. 

The group hosts a comedy show called Nerd Nite Classic, a mix between standup, TED Talks and a social mixer, according to its website. It invites self-proclaimed nerds to get on stage and talk about whatever niche interests are on their mind, from voting systems to robots gone wild. 

Code and Coffee

Code and Coffee meets from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Prototype PGH. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and ask for input or help on projects, practice skills and network. Coders of all skill levels and languages are welcome.

Gen AI Pittsburgh

The local chapter of Data Science Connect, Gen AI Pittsburgh, invites those already working in data and AI and those who want to break in to its events.

Meetups include discussions about the applications of AI and how to meet challenges in the industry. The group holds networking meetups every few weeks, most upcoming events are virtual.

GetWITit Pittsburgh Chapter 

The Pittsburgh chapter of the women in tech organization getWITit covers the broader Pennsylvania region, according to its website. The organization supports women in technology through local networking events, advocacy and mentorship. 

Local chapters of getWITit aim to create a community of women working in technology through engagement and activities that will sustain the community. Women, nonbinary people, men and allies are invited to get involved with the group. 

Pitch and Run PGH

Go on a three-to-five-mile run and pitch your startup to investors in Pittsburgh’s chapter of national organization, Pitch and Run. 

Weekly runs start at 7 a.m. on Fridays, usually at the Terminal in the Strip District, though they recently took off from Bakery Square. The group invites anyone interested in the startup ecosystem of Pittsburgh, especially those with a startup and investors. 

Pittsburgh B2B Software Meetup Group

Entrepreneurs, developers and curious newbies are welcome to the local business-to-business software meetup group, which meets the last Monday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Alloy 26. 

Expect opportunities to learn, network and discuss the world of B2B software with experts in the field. 

Pittsburgh Code and Supply

Technical.ly honored Pittsburgh Code and Supply as the 2023 Community Leader of the Year for its work welcoming software professionals. It offers a variety of resources, from a coworking space to its jobs board.

Those who are interested can join for free, but it also has paid memberships. The group hosts regular get-togethers in-person and online, including lectures, workshops and social events. 

PyData Pittsburgh

PyData brings together data scientists, machine learning practitioners and anyone else who works with Python. Students, researchers and “enthusiasts” are all welcome, according to the group’s website. 

The group holds events that range from workshops on neural networks to panel discussions about how to get a job in data science or machine learning. It also accepts proposals for future meetup events.

Bio Breakfast

The founders of Bio Breakfast started the weekly get-together after noticing that Pittsburgh’s biomedical community could use some cohesion.

Bio Breakfast hosts events every Tuesday morning, unless that day is a national holiday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Riviera Building. Professionals who work in the life sciences and are interested in meeting more of themselves are invited – no need to register or RSVP, just show up. 

Tech Happy Hour

Tech Happy Hour is the place to go to mix and mingle with other Pittsburgh technology professionals, broadly construed. The happy hours occur about once a month to network and have fun. 

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