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99 problems but a parking spot ain't one

Finding parking before Pirates games may seem to require as much luck and skill as winning the game itself, but Parking Panda can help, according to spokesman Bryan Lozano.

Lozano said the company, which recently expanded into Pittsburgh, uses aggregated data from different parking garages across the city to allow users to find the most convenient and cheapest parking spots. The company also allows drivers to reserve guaranteed spaces before Pirates games, so you can roll up to the game as late or as early as you want without fear. "We are trying to make the experience seamless," Lozano said, "one of our tag lines is we want to make parking painless and that’s because it’s a pain."

As far as parking goes, in Pittsburgh we have it pretty good comparatively. In some cities, on street parking is so hard to find that an app called MonkeyParking allows drivers to sell public spots to each other! Thankfully we haven't reached that level (barring outrageous meter rates), but it would be nice if Parking Panda worked with the city or Google Maps (or a wizard?) to show drivers daily and monthly street parking regulations. Currently, the service only works with garages, but you can try your luck with street parking, then if you don't see any, you can use Parking Panda's iPhone or Android app to find the best deal in your area. "If a garage is sold out it will say that on the website, so you don't have to drive around in circles," Lozano said.

The service is also available in other cities including parking nightmare Philly and nearby cities like Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, so do your research before you drive into a downtown death trap aka Philly! "The hardest part is the behavioral change—getting people to realize this is even an option," Lozano said, "parking is often the last thing you do and many people don't put much thought into it until they can't find a spot." Don't be that person!

Lozano said that since Parking Panda allows garages to see the prices of competitors and reach out directly to customers, it may lead to more competitive garage pricing. "I think it’s also about pushing cities to examine how they do their parking," Lozano said.

But, if you are a neophyte or don't want to reserve a spot with Parking Panda, there's always the good ole Pittsburgh parking chair.
 

Lyft gets lift-off from PUC, but where will ride sharing take us?

After much battling, taxi service Lyft has received reprieve and will be temporarily allowed to operate in Pittsburgh, while competitor Uber is expected to receive results from its hearings with the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission this week.

Mayor Bill Peduto has spoken out in favor of the ride sharing services, and residents of Pittsburgh, who previously had difficulty finding cabs are in love with it. Patron Jess Netto used pink-mustachioed Lyft to pick her up from the bus station late at night, and was impressed with the driver's swift arrival and with her ability to see her ride approaching.

"Once you request a ride and a driver accepts, the app shows you a picture of your driver and a picture of the car they will be driving," Netto says.

She rode from Oakland to Lawrenceville and paid $10 plus tip.

"You can get anyone to say it's a simple process, but I don't think that's the unique part of it," Netto says. "I think that it's a very communal process. It allows you to get to know your neighbors, they are all about asking you to sit up front, its not about this service-client relationship," she adds.

The service is also donation based, with a suggested amount that may be raised or lower at customer's discretion.


Individuals using personal vehicles to tote passengers around is not a new thing. Jitney service still abounds, with ride share posters on craigslist claiming they will take passengers anywhere they need to go. However unlike Lyft drivers, who undergo strict background checks, you never know who you are going to get when you call a jitney. Similarly, jitney drivers take a risk with passengers, especially after ride sharing services like Lyft and Uber snatch up customers and use passenger rating systems to safeguard drivers. Jitney driving, which once was a possibly dangerous but thriving business may have arguably become more dangerous and less thriving.

However, in addition to providing a valuable service, Lyft and Uber provide valuable jobs. The companies work by allowing car owners with newer, four-door vehicles to sign up to be drivers. Drivers work on their own schedules and use the company's app to find and accept riders. However, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times, fighting for passengers has already started between the companies. Allegations of competing drivers creating false ride requests to divert each other abound. And local cab companies are none too happy about the appearance of ride sharing services, claiming it cuts in to their business. But Netto says her driver was a former cabbie and was happy to be working for the company.

"He told me it was nice to work for a place that cared as much about its passengers as its drivers," Netto says.

Right now, Lyft and Uber may be just what Pittsburgh needs.

"I remain thankful to Gov. Tom Corbett for standing with me and others in support of these innovative 21st Century businesses," Peduto said in a statement in support of the companies.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the PUC and state legislature on a permanent solution for community-powered transportation in Pennsylvania," said Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson, following news of her company's temporary license.

However, as we become increasingly dependent upon technology created in Silicon Valley to provide us daily services and act as a go-between for more and more of life's social and business interactions, we should think about the line between consumer and dependent and make sure to safeguard our autonomy. We should think not only about what these companies are providing to us, but about what we are providing to them, and set up agreements that will be beneficial to Pittsburgh's growth for years to come.

Who's hiring in PGH? Neighborhood Allies, City of Asylum and more!

Each week, Pop City brings you exciting opportunities in Pittsburgh and this week (again!), many of our listings come straight from my inbox. Contact us @popcitypgh and let us know if we've helped you snag the job of your dreams, and if you have a job you want listed, email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com

Neighborhood Allies is hiring a program manager to coordinate the organization's partnerships with other community groups and be responsible for convening partners to develop quality data and analytical tools and metrics for neighborhood and organizational analysis. The lucky hire will get to help guide interventions and efficient use of resources in different neighborhoods. If you want the job, you should have a college degree and at least 5 years of experience in community development, public service, or nonprofit program management.

City of Asylum, that wonderful organization that offers refuge to writers is looking to hire someone to help them with development. The development manager will convey the mission of City of Asylum to potential funders and hopefully bring in some cash for the organization. A driver's license, three years experience and proof that you can raise funds is required to score this gig.

If you like glass and talking about glass and maybe even the process of making glass, Kopp Glass has three potential positions for you to consider. The company is seeking a marketing associate to write copy about glass and manage communications, a manufacturing engineer to investigate and develop new manufacturing processes or equipment to support new product development and a business development specialist to analyze the glass market and provide competitive intelligence and strategic insights for new products to management.

The Persad Center, an organization that serves the mental health needs of the LGBT community, is hiring a director of programs to devise programing to serve the needs of its consituents.

Point Park University is hiring an adjunct to teach cinema production. Applicants should be qualified to teach either basic camera, lighting and directing; or basic editing and post-production, including Adobe Premiere. Courses focus on producing short, narrative films.and a full time assistant professor of information technology. The university is also hiring a full time professor of information technology. There are a number of other professorial searches that are ongoing, so check them out.

And RAND, the research organization chocked with PhDs and knowledgeable nerds is hiring a social media manager and its one job you don't need a PhD to get---just six years experience in journalism and/or social media and marketing. They are looking for someone with a passion for public policy and current events. Rand, if you want me, let me know!

Tell me when you get hired and send me flowers @FakePretty

JOBS 1st Summit focuses on building a 21st century workforce

Leaders and innovators from Pennsylvania's business, education and public sectors will convene to tackle the challenges and complexities of developing a 21st century workforce at the state's first JOBS 1st Summit, set for August 25 through 26 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. 

Among the highlights will be "The Game Changer: Energy = Jobs for Pennsylvania" (1 p.m. August 25), a conversation between Governor Tom Corbett and T. Boone Pickens, who built one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies. The pair will discuss the state’s energy policy and how it is preparing its citizens for energy jobs now and in the future.

"Make it in PA" will be a panel discussion focused on bringing manufacturing jobs home through innovation, targeted reshoring and talent development. Other conference topics include developing talent, enhancing employer involvement, using technology to foster the intersection between work and learning, and building targeted talent pipelines for older workers, people with disabilities, veterans and former prisoners. 

"Having a workforce ready to tackle the jobs of the 21st century is critical to the overall health of our economy," says Gov. Corbett. "The JOBS 1st Summit will build on our efforts to align education, training and technology with employer needs."

Source: PA Department of Labor & Industry
Writer: Elise Vider

Pittsburgh Brewing Company pouring on new label

Are you over 21? If so, then keep reading because Pittsburgh Brewing Company just introduced a new brand seeking to appeal to craft beer drinkers and rolled out a Pumpkin Ale that will be available until October. The Block House brand is headquartered in Lawrenceville, with brewing operations taking place in Latrobe.

The beverage represents what Pittsburgh Brewing Company CEO Brian Walsh called an admittedly late foray into Pittsburgh's thriving craft beer scene in an interview with Pittsburgh Business Times. Walsh told the Times a double chocolate bock will be coming out in October, and another spring and summer product will round out the collection, providing a year round offering from the label available for purchase in stores.

Though we have yet to taste the Block House Brewing Pumpkin Ale here at Pop City, Beer Advocate gives the 7.00 ABV beverage 75 out of 100 possible points, which is a much higher score than Pittsburgh Brewing Company's flagship brand Iron City beer received. The beer is described as a medium-body ale in a glowing golden-orange color with subtle reddish shading. In a press release, the company says the beverage "enchants the nose with a wallop of graham cracker crust, ginger snap cookies, and subtle notes of brown sugar." The alcohol content isn't super high for a craft beer, but is above that of the brewing company's other products.

"The boldness of the 7.0% ABV is hidden beneath layers of creamy vanilla, hearty nutmeg and a hint of caramel that when blended together creates a homemade pumpkin pie taste," the press release states.

Though Walsh is late to the craft beer party, Pittsburgh Brewing Company has been around for a VERY long time. The regional brewery started in 1861, giving it over 150 years of experience making various beers in various cans as well as various amazing commercials for them. I just spent WAY too much time on their website watching their amazing oeuvre and have selected several vintage ads for your viewing pleasure. If you don't get a jingle in your head or a sense of Pittsburgh pride in your heart, check your pluse. We can only hope commercials for the Pumpkin Ale will be as inspiring.

Pittsburgh Brewing Company Commercial Oeuvre

Workin' on a Cold Iron presents a unique view of the city: 
 

But check out the rich history of the brewing company: 
 
And the song that will absolutely stay in your head, "The Pumper":
Another extremely catchy jingle aka my new favorite dance song:
#PittsburghPride :

And the strangest commercial, which I call "elevator music": 
Tell me which was your favorite commercial @fakepretty because I want to know I am not alone in my old ad #PittsburghPride obsession.

Touch your data with Kinetica

The Internet has allowed us instant access to more data than we ever imagined. Wikipedia is getting fatter and fatter everyday! However, as information proliferates, the question of how to organize it becomes more pressing. In the past, simple spreadsheets would suffice, but a new company in Pittsburgh wants to tap into the tactile nature of devices like tablets and smartphones and create data you can move and touch.

Jeffrey Rzeszotarski, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute developed Kinetica with assistant professor Niki Kittur. Rzeszotarski says Kinetica's goal is to make data interaction intuitive and allow data to be manipulated more easily.

"I just heard a good quote today that it's not about big data, it's about big answers," Rzeszotarski says. "We are trying to think of ways we can show the data so that people understand what it means and feel empowered to do something with it."


So far, the pair has invited users to manipulate all sorts of data, ranging from what one might find on the back of a cereal box to data related to the Titanic.

"In our testing, we've found that because it matches people's intuition, people can make more findings and communicate their findings better," Rzeszotarski says.

Excel users analyzing data on Titanic shipwreck passengers might extract facts such as the passengers' average age, but Kinetica users also saw data relationships, like the association between age and survival. While learning to use Excel spreadsheets to their maximum potential may be time consuming and boring, Kinetica presents data that seems to be alive as it moves across the screen based upon intuitive gestures. Kinetica users can manipulate information using their fingers to sort, filter, stack, flick and pull data points as needed to answer questions or examine data interaction.

The program also allows users to view multiple data points simultaneously.

"People often try to make sense of data where you have to balance many dimensions against each other, such as deciding what model of car to buy," Kittur says. "It's not enough to see single points—you want to understand the distribution of the data so you can balance price vs. gas mileage vs. horsepower vs. head room."

So when can we get our hands on this magical app? Rzeszotarski says he's still working on it. He recently obtained funding from AlphaLab for Kinetica's parent company, DataSquid and is in the process of testing the app. To get updates as they develop, sign up for Kinetica's mailing list here.

Who's hiring in PGH? Bricolage, Jewish Film Forum and more!

Time to get out of the sun and back on the job hunt! Each week, Pop City brings you exciting opportunities in Pittsburgh and this week, many of our listings come straight from my inbox. Contact us @popcitypgh and let us know if we've helped you snag the job of your dreams, and if you have a job you want listed, email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com.

Now on with the show...

Communications managers are in demand at Carnegie Mellon's department of electrical and computer engineering, where the communications manager will work with faculty, staff and students while obtaining departmental publicity. City Theatre Company is looking for someone to manage online publicity efforts on its website and through social media and The Carnegie Museum of Art is looking for a director of marketing. All of these positions require a background in marketing and/or communications. The museum position is senior level job and includes aspects of budget management; the position offers an opportunity to have a lasting impact on the future of the museum and the region’s cultural development.

The City of Pittsburgh is hiring an arts and culture specialist to assists the public art manager in obtaining, maintaining and filling out applications related to public art. This person would maintain inventory and conservation of the existing city of Pittsburgh art collection and develop plans for neighborhood-based new commissioning of art. The job requires Pittsburgh residency, but it's cool enough and well paid enough to make you move to Pittsburgh, if you're not here already.  

Bricolage, a theater company known for its experimental work, is hiring a development associate to assist the development officer in bringing in funding from various sources. In true experimental form, the candidate must be able to work with a dog in the office. 

The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is looking for a part time social media and teen outreach coordinator to work 10 to 15 hours per week including some evening and weekends. This person would manage all JFilm social media as well as coordinate two programs and perform administrative duties as needed. Experience in event planning and programing desired and skill at public speaking is a plus. Email cover letter and resume to: Info@JFilmPgh.org (subject line: Coordinator Search).

Conservation Consultants Inc. is hiring a part time book keeper and part time energy auditors. The energy auditor would visit people's homes and suggest ways to save energy and install energy saving devices. The auditor would need to have a high school diploma and be able to lift 50 pounds. The book keeper will do what book keepers do and must have five years experience. 

And last but not least, the National Council of Jewish Women is hiring a controller and a director of programing. The director of programming is responsible for all aspects of membership and volunteer recruitment and engagement; special event management and community service and advocacy program oversight. The controller will financially manage the organization. To apply for either position, send a cover letter and resume to hr@ncjwpgh.org.

So that's all for this week. Keep applying and you will succeed!

P.S. did yinz like the Deeplocal job party? Any pics? Any hiring?

Mall at Robinson leads the charge for the electric car

On a roof across from Houlihan’s, The Mall at Robinson in Pittsburgh has a hidden surprise: solar panels that will power free electric car charging stations the shopping center unveiled last week.

Though the effort may seem small, it could make a difference to forward-thinking car buyers seeking to purchase eco-friendly vehicles including hybrids and electric cars. These cars once cost significantly more than projected savings, but as Chevy, Ford and Mitsubishi roll out lower-end consumer models, owning an electric vehicle is possible for more people. The government has also extended rebates to consumers who buy these cars new. 

However, in order to sell electric vehicles, charging stations need to be readily accessible. Right now, they are not as common as gas stations and take more time to utilize, since electric cars are like phones and don’t get juiced up with a single jolt. “We have a mall walker who comes in every day and charges his car in the morning while he walks,” says Shema Krinsky, spokeswoman for the shopping center.

While malls are not usually the first places that come to mind for sustainability initiatives, this mall has been working for years to reduce its carbon footprint and wants to offer visitors a little education along with their consumerism. A kiosk installed in the food court this week will let shoppers monitor energy created by the solar panels and see the impact of the shopping center’s progress first hand

It's mall manager Beth Edwards' hope that upon seeing the energy savings, visitors will be inspired to examine the impact of their own personal choices on the environment.
 
Over the past eight years, the mall has reduced its kilowatt usage by 43 percent by switching to LED holiday lights among other things, according to its website. Between 2008 and 2013, the mall reduced water usage by 54 percent by switching to low-flow toilets along with other efforts.

And like your hippie friend who wanted to convert an old Mercedes into an eco vehicle, the mall collects used vegetable oil from its restaurants and makes biodiesel, which is distributed for commercial and residential use. Guests drop off used books in a collection bin in the parking lot near JCPenney and Macy's to benefit Robinson Township Library as part of Better World Books, and energy efficient hand dryers installed in all public restrooms have eliminated paper towel waste. The Mall recycles cardboard, metal, plastic, paper, cell phones, printer cartridges and wood pallets. Guests may drop off phones and ink and toner cartridges at each entrance to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and paper in the Abitibi container in Service Court 3 to benefit the American Heart Association.

According to Edwards, The Mall at Robinson has been committed to sustainability since day one. In the past nine years, the mall reports it has saved timber resources equal to 21,893 mature trees, 4,732 cubic yards of landfill airspace, 596,397 gallons of oil, 9,014,600 gallons of water and enough electric power to supply more than 466 homes for an entire year.

What have you done lately? Maybe its time to look into that electric car. 

Nebulus brings musicians together in the cloud

For musical collaboration, just look to the cloud and you will find Nebulus, a new website that allows for virtual collaboration without having to store large data files on your home computer.
 
Created by musician and Carnegie Mellon computer science graduate Robert Kotcher, the site allows users to record and edit audio online and add on to tracks that have already been recorded. Kotcher says Nebulus is like a mixture of Google Docs the online document storage and editing application, Apple’s recording software Garage Band, and the popular music-sharing site Sound Cloud, “Except there are no local files you need to store,” he says.
 
Anyone who has a large iTunes collection knows that audio files can take up a huge amount of space on a computer, often slowing down its functionality.

“We are all musicians,” Kotcher says of his startup team, “we all have different musical backgrounds and we’ve all had the same problems, where we go and record our tracks, save it locally, send it to the next guy and eventually you end up with 10 different versions on your computer,” he explains.

If users want to download the final track from Nebulus they can, but they don’t ever have to store the rejected recordings and they can work together to edit the piece like users can in Google Docs.
 
Before cloud computing—yes I said it—musicians would all have to go to the same studio to record a song, creating scheduling problems and requiring travel. If anyone remembers, that great band The Postal Service (circa 2001, hits such as The District Sleeps Alone Tonight) got their name because the band members would actually send eachother recordings in the mail in order to collaborate on songs, because the Internet couldn’t store huge files. Welcome to the future!
 
“What we wanted to do was to emulate what musicians do in the studio through the layering recording process, where one player records a track and then another person comes and records a track over them,” Kocher says. He and his partners are all musicians and they’ve had a great time playing together while perfecting the software.
 
Nebulus is allowing us to share its link with you for the first time publicly, so use it wisely and record your next greatest work at Nebulus.io

Who's hiring in PGH? Deeplocal, Penguins, Pabst, Adam and Eve

Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh and this week, we also bring you a job party invite. You're welcome. Contact us @popcitypgh and let us know if we've helped you snag the job of your dreams at the party or elsewhere! 

Deeplocal is hiring for a variety of positions including: Machine Shop Manager, Admin Assistant, Account Manager, Controller/Finance Director and Developers, Designers and Copywriters. They are also looking for a hybrid software/hardware engineer who has motion capture experience, enjoys hacking and tinkering and traveling for several weeks in Sept/Oct. They are inviting all interested applicants to rub elbows with company members on Thursday July 31, from 6-8PM at Bayardstown Social Club, 3008 Penn Avenue. If you are too shy for such socializing, apply online at http://deeplocal.theresumator.com/

If you like beer, Pabst is looking for a craft beer specialist (hold the jokes). This person will mostly be responsible for marketing beer and planning beer-related events to drive sales. "A minimum of 5+ years’ experience in Beverage with DSD and 3 tier understanding (preferred)," if you understand what that means, you should apply. 

Nothing goes with beer like hockey. The Penguins are hiring an associate producer for "In the Room," a behind the scenes TV show that has aired on the NHL network. The show is an all access, behind-the-scenes documentary of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. They are looking for someone to help with logging, editing, shooting and writing each monthly episode. Should be experienced and proficient in video editing, interviewing and writing scripts.

Technology Publishing Company is looking for an editor-in-chief for one of it's B2B publications. We admit, this is vague. The magazine is about construction and design and the job isn't yet listed online. In addition to standard editor-in-chief duties and experience, the ideal candidate will take a lead role in developing the educational program for a new conference under the same (undisclosed) brand. Email careers@technologypub.com by Aug. 8, 2014.

The Women and Girls Foundation is looking for a program associate to serve as the lead project manager of WGF’s civic engagement and youth advocacy program for high school girls. The foundation's goal is to achieve equality for women and girls, and really what could be better?

Pittsburgh fashion leader Mod Cloth is looking for part-time photo retouchers to make their clothing look even better in pictures and a digital content producer to work closely with all members of the marketing team, collaborating closely with members from photography, video, social media, community, marketing operations and merchandising. This person will curate and create engaging branded content for the ModCloth Blog, social channels, and beyond. 

Adult store Adam and Eve is hiring for some full time and part time sales positions at their Ross Township and Dormont locations. This job will most likely not be boring and will definitely be a conversation starter...or stopper? Either way, not boring. 

And if you are trying to gain more experience before applying for one of the upper-level jobs above, Chemistry Communications is looking for a paid fall intern. You could create press releases, social media content, client reports, research industry trends and earn $10/hour doing it. To apply for this part time position email your resume and cover letter to Kim Mouser at  kim@createareaction.com.

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Easily choose art with Easely

Pandora picks music, OkCupid gives okay dating suggestions and now, Pittsburgh-based start-up Easely will predict which art you will like.

The art vending website was devised after co-founder and CEO Ashwin Muthiah saw how difficult it was for his girlfriend to make ends meet as an artist. He decided to use his computer science background to attack the problem, and came up with a business that will launch this month. Easely uses visual and textual questionnaires to determine which artworks to send to which users in a process that is part data, part psychology and part gut instinct, according to Muthiah.

Users must tell Easely how much space they have to devote to a work of art and can also let the website know which color palate they prefer. Like the popular glasses website Warby Parker, Easely then lets users try until they buy, mailing ready to hang artwork to your door. "If you don't like what we send you, we’ll go back to the drawing board, literally" Muthiah says.

His goal is to "reinvigorate the social prominence of art" and make it as easy to purchase as other media, which can be obtained by the click of a button.

"A lot of people out there who love art don’t know how to get it or have tons of money to get it," Muthiah says, offering up his site as a solution to the problem.

The art available on Easely is nowhere near as expensive as art purchased through most galleries, giving it a broader appeal. It's Muthiah's hope that by making art accessible, new artists will be able to support themselves and find a market for their work. The website accepts submissions from artists and uses a team of curators to asses the work accepted into its collection. Artists earn 25 percent commission if the work sells.

"I see a lot of young artists turned away from art based upon the market," Muthiah says, explaining why he pays above average comission to artists, "we want to get everyone reengaged with artwork."
 
Fun Fact: Muthiah came to Pittsburgh from Atlanta to join AlphaLab, our friendly neighborhood startup accelerator. He says he will be hiring a software engineer and a business development person soon.

Carnegie Mellon computer magic used to understand autism

Autism is a mysterious condition. Talk show host Jenny McCarthy wrongfully says it is caused by childhood vaccinations and others blame environmental factors, but with a team of researchers, a professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University has confirmed genetics outweigh environmental risk, according to the university.

Kathryn Roeder and her team sifted through data provided by 3,000 Swedish subjects including autistic individuals and a control group, in what the university is calling "the largest study of its kind to date."

Using all the machine learning magic Carnegie Mellon is known for, Roeder says her team discovered “Most of the risk for autism comes from gene variations that we all have. We all have some of the bad variants, but the question is if you have enough to put you over the edge.”

For example: some people are predisposed to being tall, some people are short. Whether you end up on either end of the spectrum depends upon your ancestor's genes, not upon whether your parents had you at a young or older age.

While it was previously accepted that autism might be caused by a variety of factors, for many years it wasn't known if nature (genetics) or nurture (environment) were more responsible for it's progress. Roeder says this particular study was powerful because it drew from a broadly sampled population, allowing results to be more ironclad than they would if participants were sought out specifically based upon risk factors for autism, which might skew the results.

In the study published in the journal Nature on July 20, Roeder's team tried to better understand the genetic map of the condition so that scientists may pick out more specific risk factors in the future. It’s Roeder’s hope that the team’s research may lead to the development of a genetic risk score, so that people can take a test to determine their particular risk for autism.

Additionally, she says the research methods employed could be used to learn more about other mysterious illnesses including schizophrenia.

“I am sure they are going to try this method right away,” she says of her fellow scientists studying the mental disorder.

Thrival Music + Innovation Festival tickets on sale now

You can now buy tickets for Thrill Mill’s second Thrival Innovation + Music Festival The lineup features two full days of music Sept. 13-14, and boasts big name acts including Portugal. The Man, Moby, Talib Kweli, Phosphorescent, Motion City Soundtrack and Mayer Hawthorne.

The festival has grown in size over the past three years from its former iteration as a barbecue, to a now weekend-long concert attracting big-name national acts. This year Thrill Mill expects around 2,500 people a day to join them at Bakery Square II for the event.

In addition to the aforementioned national bands, local Pittsburgh musicians that will be performing include 1,2,3 and The Red Western.

Thrival is the annual funding mechanism for Thrill Mill, a startup incubator based in East Liberty. It’s also a pitch competition; eight to 10 startups will present their business plan and the winner will be awarded $25,000 furnished by PNC.

Thrill Mill CEO Bobby Zappala says that the festival is about showcasing Pittsburgh’s startup scene and notes that a number of events will be taking place throughout the week leading up to music festival.

“We’ll host a series of workshops and conferences ranging from coding workshops to a leadership symposium to a gaming roundtable,” Zappala says.

Ideally, other organizations around the city will seize the opportunity and the publicity to put on more cool events surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tickets are available via Showclix and range from $45 for a day pass to $350 for a VIP two-day pass. Learn more about the schedule and lineup here.

Who's hiring in PGH? Anthropologie, Carnegie Museums and more!

Today's mantra: you can find a job! Each week, Pop City brings you exciting job opportunities in Pittsburgh. Let us know @popcitypgh if we've helped you snag the job of your dreams!

The Pittsburgh Business Times and a publication on the Northside are looking for editors. The Pittsburgh Business Times seeks an assistant managing editor, while the Northside publication is looking for a managing editor. For both positions you should have experience with InDesign as well as solid journalism skills. If you like running the show on the production end and occasionally bossing people around for their own good, this could be the job for you. 

Get creative at Anthropologie? Yes you heard that right. The clothier is searching for just the right person to make their store displays pop. So if you've got pizzazz and know how to arrange scarves like no other, step out of the office and into the window and show this store what you've got as a visual merchandiser. You should have prior experience in retail and ideally in this capacity.

If you need a part time gig, add meaning to your life at the Carnegie Science Museum teaching science and math to young girls as part of the STEM program. The part-time instructor will implement and design hands-on science lessons for under served, middle school girls in an after school environment. This position involves at least two days per week Monday through Thursday, 2PM to 5PM plus Saturday and selected dates/times for special outings.  

Mount Washington Community Development Corportation is looking for a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. The coordinator will manage social media for the group, develop a newsletter and communicate with diverse audiences among many other responsibilities.

Cook food for ballet students. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is looking for a chef to work 30 hours per week to feed 21 students from 1PM to 7PM. The candidate should be able to pass a background check and must have what it takes to run a clean and healthy kitchen. Get to see some behind the scenes Black Swan action, and keep on your toes in the kitchen, whipping up whatever keeps them doing pirouettes.

If you are young enough to work for housing and a stipend making documentary films, why not do it at a hospital in Haiti for HAS Hopital Albert Schweitzer. The videos will be used for online fundraising and personalized donor communications, and will document the work of the hospital and community health workers. The ideal candidate is willing to spend at least three months on location in central Haiti, with possible extension. Get out of town and do something meaningful, it's summer and Haiti is in the Caribbean.

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Machines--They're Just Like Us! Robots take over Wood Street Galleries

How would it feel to see a robot beg? Would you give it a few dollars, or just walk away? These are questions curator Murray Horne hopes to answer in the exhibit “La Cour des Miracles,” on view at the Wood Street Galleries July 11 through September 7. 
 
The art show features robots in various states of distress, interacting with and soliciting empathy from visitors.
 
“The robots are in these contorted gestures that are humanistic, sort of the way a dancer might evoke emotions using a certain gesture,” Horne says, “but it’s interesting that it’s a robot that’s connecting with us, not a human.”
 
Visitors to the show will encounter six different robo-characters, created by artists Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers: “The Begging Machine,” “The Convulsive Machine,” “The Crawling Machine,” “The Harassing Machine,” “The Heretic Machine,” and “The Limping Machine.” The robots lack emotions and none are truly more sympathetic than others. But, if a robot could fake an ailment to gain pity, would it in some way be more real, because it would seem to have intention? Artists in “La Cour des Miracles” are exploring this idea through their work.
 
The exhibition’s title and subject matter draws on historical fraud that took place in Parisian slums in the 1600s, when beggars in areas called “cour des miracles” or “court of miracles” faked ailments to gain alms, only to rise from their crutches and walk away, miraculously healed. By pointing to acts of human fakery which we may at times believe, the exhibition suggests faked human behavior and “real” robotic behavior—which is always fake—may not be so different.
 
Usually, machines are created to make humans more comfortable and present us with our best qualities, they enable luxurious lifestyles or provide us with a false sense of security—“that’s why I like Siri, she always responds in the affirmative,” Horne says of the mechanized helpful voice inside the iPhone. The artist’s robots may not be as likeable, but they will certainly be as human.
 
In addition to the six robots, Vorn has created “DSM-VI,” a robot that mimics the behaviors of a person suffering from mental health problems. Horne says the entire installation is presented as a labyrinth, reminiscent of the cages of a zoo or the corridors of an insane asylum.
 
“I think it’s one of the most intense visual arts experience you can have,” Horne says, “there will be robots, lights and fog machines all at the same time.”

Source: Wood Street Galleries
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