The following companies from Thrill Mill’s incubator, the Hustle Den, will be presenting from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters:
Allegheny Organics is committed to providing an easy and seamless organic waste recycling service to the residents, businesses, restaurants and community events of Allegheny County. Through our efforts, we aim to promote healthy eating, responsible farming, waste minimization, and local economic sustainability, which will play an integral role in reinvigorating our region and building a strong, cohesive community.
BlogLocal – we make it easy to discover and connect to the best local blogs in your city, town or neighborhood
Fliplynk is an extremely easy to use API plugin, which allows online fundraisers to accept used electronics in addition to money. The refurbished value of a few discarded electronics can easily match most donations. With the incentives of recycling electronics, donating to a good cause, along with financial viability; this is an exciting new way of fundraising online.
Haitian Families First (HFF) is a non-profit organization, founded by Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie that provides support by strengthening communities through nurturing families. Our long-standing presence in the community, holistic approach, and three distinct programs allow us to work with families to assess their individual needs to help them achieve their goals of family preservation and self-sufficiency. Haitian Families First preserves and sustains families by helping them to find employment, supply their loved ones’ most basic needs, and provide for their children’s educations and care.
Kennedy Blue Communications provides strategic communications plans to leverage clients access and impact with consumers and media markets. Services provided include: press placement, writing and editing services, consulting, web development, video and animation production, marketing and branding.
MIX is developing a specialty salad restaurant concept for the East Liberty area. We are designing a new and creative dining experience focused on providing access to fast and health-conscious meal options with natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients while inspiring everyone in the ‘Burgh to start thinking “out of the box” when it comes to eating healthy!
Navity is a project to enhance driver licensing decisions with intelligent vehicles. Our mission is to link technologies advancing driver evaluation, training, and safety for people seeking to obtain or retain a driver’s license. Our system captures steering, braking, and verbal cue assistance by a professional driving evaluator using activity recorders and embedded sensing in the evaluation vehicle. These metrics quantitatively communicate insights regarding an individual’s vehicular control and safe driving decisions. Through partnerships with manufacturers, we will facilitate the testing of advanced driver safety technologies on real drivers, over real roads, in real cars. The data from testing will support and improve the technologies that implement automated driving.
OpenCurriculum is an online platform to create, access and share K-12 learning materials. It allows local communities and schools to collaborate and share educational materials, and discover other such educational material created around the world.
Private Lender Nexus is an online database of screened private commercial real estate lenders. Commercial real estate professionals can go to our website and enter their private financing needs and be matched with verified and ethical private lenders with no upfront fees throughout the continental United States.
Private Lender Nexus helps solve the problems that many commercial real estate professionals have when looking for private money to fund their own or their clients commercial real estate needs. Finding the right private lender can be time consuming and fraught with unethical lenders and brokers with upfront fees. We take out the hassle of finding and screening these private lenders.
Project Aura illuminates the wheels of your bicycle, increases your visual presence on the roadway and better communicates to drivers your presence and behavior. We seek to change the way cyclists are perceived in the modern urban environment.
Scholar Hero is a integrated web and mobile platform designed for the academic in all of us. Its tools improve productivity, boost collaboration, and restore confidence in the ability to write at the college level. Scholar Hero also offers the unique feature of receiving crowd feedback from who you want and when you want it. With Scholar Hero, anyone can gain a competitive edge in writing, research, publishing, and fundraising.
Student InTuition(SIT), a social enterprise, is a student talent cooperative that provides on-demand, specialized labor from the best college students in the region to companies in need of their skills. SIT provides a market-based solution to the surplus of intellectual capital on college campuses and the deficit of affordable, specialized skills for businesses to utilize. The social benefit is the opportunity for participating students to finance student debt; students are compensated for all work in tuition installments, not cash. This payment process enables a student to borrow less over their college career, compounding their earnings with saved interest.
Virtual Lobbies provides line and appointment management through web and mobile applications. Applications will provide customers with the estimated waiting periods. This allows them to schedule according to their availability; thus eradicating the frustration accompanied with long queues, and resolving the issues of time allocation and efficiency. The clients are service oriented business: barbershops, mechanic shops, administrative office, etc.
Todd is the Founder of NonprofiTalent – a web and social media platform that connects nonprofits with talented individuals interested in working, volunteering and serving as interns with great causes where they can leverage their skills for good. He has 13 years of experience in nonprofit consulting and CEO level executive search and transition management. Todd manages the nonprofit consulting services team in Pittsburgh who focus on executive search, succession planning, change management, executive and founder transitions, and interim executive leadership. From 2000 to 2012, Todd was a Partner and Senior Consultant with Dewey & Kaye serving nonprofit and philanthropy clients as a project manager, facilitator, and organizational development consultant. Before joining Dewey & Kaye, Todd was awarded a prestigious Fellowship in Public Affairs with Coro Pittsburgh.
Todd currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Attack Theatre and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Todd and his amazing wife Jami are proud residents of Penn Avenue in the Friendship/Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Jim is an uber-DIYer and lifelong maker. A serial entrepreneur, Jim holds several design patents and created TechShop because he needed a place to build his own inventions. Before founding TechShop Jim was a BattleBots competitor and former full-time Science Advisor on the Discovery Channel’s hit show “MythBusters.” Jim spends much of his time on-site at TechShop, and thoroughly enjoys helping TechShop members with their projects. He also enjoys baking sourdough bread, camping with his family, and dreaming up new project ideas.
Howie Choset built himself a “snakebot” named Schmoopie, but that’s not what sets him apart from colleagues. The mechanical engineer and roboticist has developed motion-planning algorithms that ensure his autonomous, multi-jointed snakes not only sense and respond to objects in their path but explore every nook and cranny as they traverse a terrain. Other path-planning algorithms leave room for ambiguity, but Choset’s provides for complete coverage. As a result, the U.S. Office of Naval Research is funding Choset to build robots that search for buried mines. Choset has equipped his bots with mine detectors; when they sense a mine, they map its location, then maneuver around it. Choset is also working with Ford Motor to develop robotic car-painting techniques that will save production time. During it all, he has developed the robotics minor at Carnegie Mellon University and says, “I would like to see this work get to the high-school and junior-high level and have students build robots to learn basic math and physics.” Choset also hopes his algorithms and theories will one day be used in non- robotic applications, such as predicting crime patterns.
Julia Schwarz is a PhD student at the Dev Lab in Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute, where she gets to invent new ways to better enable computers to augment human intellect. She holds an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Julia co-founded Qeexo with fellow researcher Chris Harrison in the hopes of commercializing some of the work coming out of the Dev Lab.
PIT Talk: The Future of Touch
Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007 revolutionized consumer electronics by introducing touch as a primary input on mobile devices. But in the six years since the iPhone, touch hasn’t changed much. We still poke, and pinch at our screens, but our fingers and hands can do so much more. This talk with give you a taste of technologies just around the corner that are just beginning to revolutionize touch input as we know it.
Alan W Black is a Scottish computer scientist, known for his research on speech synthesis. He is a professor in the Language Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Black did his undergraduate studies at Coventry University, graduating in 1984. He earned a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 1993. After working at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kansai Science City, Japan and at the University of Edinburgh, he took a research faculty position at Carnegie Mellon in 1999. In 2008 he became a regular faculty member with tenure at CMU. Black wrote the Festival Speech Synthesis System at Edinburgh, and continues to develop it at Carnegie Mellon. He has also worked on machine translation of speech at CMU, and is the co-founder and chief scientist at Cepstral, a Pittsburgh-based speech translation technology company.
Kate Stoltzfus is a connection expert. She empowers women entrepreneurs to tap into their strengths so that they can create the business and life of their dreams as a co-pilot at Propelle. She’s a digital strategist at Plumb Media and she’s on a mission to interview 100 Pittsburghers on her blog, Yinzpiration. She’s also the Pittsburgh chapter host of the global breakfast lecture series, CreativeMornings.PIT Talk: Get out of your own way and network already!
We’ve all heard that networking is key, especially when it comes to start-ups … but why is it so often a dreaded activity? Learn how to take networking from awkward small talk and an exchange of cards to something fun and life-changing. Bonus! This presentation is chock-full of examples from some of Pittsburgh’s most creative connectors.
Abe is the co-founder and Director of Search for ReWork, a social enterprise that connects exceptional professionals with companies making the world a better place. Abraham holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he concentrated on sustainable product design. Abraham is a 2010 StartingBloc Fellow, a City of Pittsburgh Citizen Service Award Recipient, was a delegate at the 2011 One Young World Summit, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper . Abraham is a proud Schenley High School Graduate.
PIT Talk: Tales from the Start-up Trenches
Lessons learned through the first two years of running a social enterprise. From turning down job offers to having a steady paycheck and health care.
As a promising young minority entrepreneur Thomas Jamison is set on creating his own path and inspiring others to do the same in the process! Before embarking on the risks of creating a start-up he began his professional career in the banking and finance industry as a Business Relationship Manager following his undergraduate studies in Business Management at California University of Pennsylvania. It was during those 5 years consulting other businesses and organizations that he tapped into his own entrepreneurial spirit. His first venture, a partnership formed between two longtime friends, was an entertainment company that focused on concerts and nightlife promotions. After achieving measurable success hosting social mixers and sell out concerts he decided that it was time to refocus his agenda on creating products and services that had a larger social impact and could serve, “the greater good”. In 2011 Thomas created Xtraordinary League, an event services company that leverages entertainment media and social events to raise brand awareness for individuals, organizations, and causes that aim to improve under-served communities. This company is known most notably for producing an event series known as the Urban Canvas, which showcases local artists of various disciplines to raise awareness and resources for non-profits and causes that improve our society’s social fabric.
About Dream Cream: Whether you’re a soccer mom that needs new uniforms for her team, a college student in need of book money, or saving up for that first trip to Thailand; Dream Cream Ice Cream recognizes that everyone has dreams. Our goal is to provide the extra cash to move you in the right direction. Dare to dream in ice cream. We’ll help you choose a custom flavor then dedicate a portion of each sale to your cause. Why so generous, you ask? Because we care about the people in our communities and our job is to garner the support to realize your dreams! What’s your dream?
Andrew, is an accomplished social entrepreneur with expertise in the fields of community development, renewable energy, social innovation and environmental justice. Andrew holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelors in Political Science from American University in Washington DC.Since co-founding GTECH in 2007, Andrew has been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, presented at numerous institutions and conferences including the Brookings Institute, The National Vacant Properties Conference, The Imagining Solutions Conference, The Conference on World Affairs and has been honored at the White House as an emerging leader in the field of social innovation. In 2008, Andrew was awarded a prestigious, international Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs, and a Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Award by The Hitachi Foundation in 2010. He lives near a park with his wife Julie, dog Jasper-Bacon, and newborn daughter Aurora. His favorite words are gumption & grit and he enjoys sandwiches outside.
PIT Talk: The Great Sunflower Hunt: The Journey is the Destination
Steven Dow is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University where he researches creativity, design education, and social computing. He is co-recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Stanford’s Postdoctoral Research Award, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. He received an MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa.
PIT Talk: Throwing Ideas At the World
Research that demonstrates how and why design results improve through iterative prototyping and how online crowds change the game.
Britt Reints found her happiness through a near-divorce experience, lots of therapy, and ten months spent traveling around America in an RV with her husband and two kids. She maintains the award-winning blog, InPursuitOfHappiness.net, and her essays have appeared in multiple media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Redbook.com. Her first book, An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness, was released in August 2013 and offers a realistic look at what it takes to figure out happiness. She currently lives in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood with her husband and two kids.
PIT Talk: In Defense of Starting Over
I achieved the American Dream. One house, two cars, two kids, soccer practice, life insurance, a savings account, and a bathroom for everyone. My life looked perfect from the outside, but it wasn’t working for me or my family. So I blew it up. And then I put it back together, piece by piece. Starting over can be financially reckless, emotionally painful, and exceedingly difficult. But the reward is a life that fits you and your values perfectly.
Kate has more than forty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. Kate was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc. Kate is the 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh. The ATHENA Award is recognized internationally as the premier honor for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Shirley Jordan Foundation.
PIT Talk: The Untapped Opportunity Most Entrepreneurs Have Missed
Are you an entrepreneur that wants to do well, work on matters of significance and make a difference? I have a deal for you!
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