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2014 DATA Awards want to be the SXSW for art+tech innovation in Pittsburgh

Move over SXSW, Pittsburgh is raising the bar and taking the annual Design, Art and Technology Awards Exhibition to the national level this year.
 
The DATA Awards have always shown off both the hottest and coolest companies on the local tech scene. In an effort to attract more attention and buzz to the scene, the event is expanding to a two-day creative summit that invites  regional and companies from across the country to come to Pittsburgh and share the love.
 
“We really want to get national exposure for Pittsburgh companies and artists,” explains Kim Chesney Harvey of the PTC. “At the same time, we want to bring leading-edge ideas here. The idea is to engage people with each other.”
 
“The closest thing to this is SXSW in Austin,” she adds. “This is homegrown. You’ll see things here you won’t see anywhere else.”
 
PTC is calling on designers and artists—from Pittsburgh to Austin, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City—to be a part of the summit as either entrants or designers. The summit will feature workshops, panels, performances and networking opportunities.
 
The summit will be capped off by the Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala, and the DATA 2014. Entrepreneur, career guru and internationally known blogger Penelope Trunk will keynote.  
 
DATA 2014 will be held at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust May 7 and 8th. The deadline for entries is Feb. 17.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Kim Chestney Harvey, PTC
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