When it comes to venues, SXSW in Austin may be the hottest ticket in the country, five days of techno-bliss and partying alongside cutting-edge technologies and the smartest entrepreneurs in the world.
This March the city is throwing its own Pittsburgh Innovation Party
. Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Technology Council have joined forces to stage an officially sponsored event in downtown Austin on Saturday, March 9, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The event, open to all SXSW registrants, will highlight the best of Pittsburgh innovation and include an interactive arcade of projects featuring companies and students. Pittsburgh’s own Tracksplotation will provide live entertainment.
While Pittsburgh companies and students have always gone to SXSW--and some have thrown their own events--this marks the first time the city has come together to pull off a sponsored event, says Brad Stephenson, director of online strategy for CMU’s Heinz College, a lead sponsor along with CMU’s Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).
“The whole gamut of innovation will be represented at this event, from early childhood education to startups to university technology,” says Kim Chestney Harvey, manager director of the PTC’s Creative Technology Network. “Everyone will be down there showcasing innovation from the region and showing off Pittsburgh as a great place to live, work and learn. It’s a great place to get exposure.”
As an official event, the Pittsburgh Party will be promoted through SXSW marketing channels to the more than 40,000 attendees. PTC is currently seeking all innovative projects, partners, companies and sponsors to join the program.
Supporting sponsors include: Alpha Lab, The Entertainment Technology Center, Steeltown Entertainment, CMU University Advancement. The event is also supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the SPARK Kids & Creativity Network.
“It will be electrifying and fun,” adds Stephenson. “We would love to see 1,000 people come through.”
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Kim Chestney Harvey, PTC, and Brad Stephenson, CMU Heinz College