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Thrival Music 2019: What to Expect

Now in its seventh year, the Thrival Music Festival will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019 from noon-11PM in Schenley Plaza in Oakland. This free event will feature musicians, artists and installations centered around the theme “By Pittsburgh. For Pittsburgh. For the World.” Headlining… Read more »

Thrival Interactive 2019: What to Expect

On September 18, 2019, the third annual Thrival Interactive will be taking place as part of Thrival Festival. Thrival Interactive will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Art from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Opened in 1865, the Carnegie Museum of Art was the world’s… Read more »


Applying for Work in 2040. Are You Ready?

By Jason Swanson (@JasonSwanson) What might applying for work in 2040 look like? Hard to imagine, right? Maybe we can help with that. On September 20, Thrival Humans X Tech participants will be able to step into what the future of workforce readiness might look… Read more »

Harold the Hacker: Interview with Chris Valasek

Harold received a tip that there was a well-known hacker turned corporate now living in Pittsburgh, so he had to check it out. Somewhere in Shadyside, he met with Chris Valasek, who is now the Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation. Harold had… Read more »

Hanging Out with Harold: Chatting with Lee Kimball

Harold met his match when he interviewed Lee Kimball, CEO of EquityNet, and former COO of Thread. Lee invited Harold and his entourage to visit his home in Fox Chapel to take in the suburbs and talk Pittsburgh and jobs. What we learned: both Lee… Read more »


Human Augmentation 101

This is a guest post by BDYHAX. Human augmentation is more than RFID implants, gene therapy and mind controlled prosthetic limbs – this is what it means to be human. You’ll hear that human augmentation is just around the corner; that soon, we’ll all be… Read more »

Love, Harold

Yinz — Happy Summer! I figured I’d get my two cents in for this whole Dillon-Francis-comes-to-Pittsburgh-for-the-first-time-ever-so-let’s-get-hype-it’s-lit stuff that Thrival is rolling out in September. For those of you who don’t frequent the off-brand cell phone kiosk at Monroeville Mall, you may not know me. I’m… Read more »

What Makes Us Human?

Bear with me on a brief history lesson. There are four oft-cited industrial revolutions: The First Industrial Revolution: The Age of Mechanical Production. This is the advent of the steam engine. The Second Industrial Revolution: The Age of Science and Mass Production. These are inventions… Read more »

It’s Complicated: Relationships Between Humans and Technology

If humans and technology had a Facebook relationship status, it would read: “it’s complicated.” In many respects, the proliferation of technology has improved the human condition. We have less poverty, less hunger, and generally less large-scale human suffering than at any point in human existence…. Read more »

Immersive Art and A.I. Exhibits at Carnegie Museum Of Art

For the first time, Thrival collaborated with the Carnegie Museum of Art on a one-night only gathering of immersive art, AI-inspired exhibits, and keynote talks. The Thrival Innovation Marque Event featured CAM night featured a number of mind-bending new media artworks, multimedia performances, and demonstrations… Read more »

Human Touch in the A.I. Age

The reach of technology is vast. It’s everywhere, often embedded in places we do not suspect. And while it’s designed to work for users, occasionally it feels as if humans instead serve technology with so many apps, devices, media and experiences demanding their attention. On the… Read more »


Dispatches from Thrival Music’s 5th Year

This weekend, Thrival Music returned to the Blade Runner-esque Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale for another year of live music. The music gather followed two days of Thrival Innovation, during which figures from tech scenes in Pittsburgh and beyond discussed the future of innovation, entrepreneurship and… Read more »

TrashBot: Your Friendly Neighborhood Recycling Robot

Recycling is as easy as tossing plastic, metal and paper into your home’s designated recepticle, right? Wrong. Rules vary according to city and states, and regulations on what and how items can be recycled can change annually, especially for businesses. Some recycling can be single… Read more »

Deterrence: A Cold War View of Cybersecurity

At the The New Cybersecurity Playbook, a panel on innovating and protecting the “digital frontier”, one panelist brought a cold warrior approach to the proceedings. Steven Pifer, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and former Ambassador to Ukraine, advocated for deterrence as one path for… Read more »

Tech’s new playbooks

Technological innovation is vast and relentless. From the blockchain to cybersecurity, to new methods for today’s entrepreneur, the playbook is constantly changing. On the first day of Thrival Innovation at the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh, six distinct panels highlighted recent technological advances, and how humans… Read more »


What do Google, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a natural gas company have in common? An exciting new project that combines innovative technology with environmental consciousness and market applicability. Last year, Peoples joined 32 other natural gas companies to launch the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s… Read more »

WHY PITTSBURGH? There’s a revolution happening at your doorstep.

We sat down with John Battelle and Stacey Foreman, Wired Magazine veterans and co-founders of San Francisco-based event/media company NewCo, to talk about why Pittsburgh is America’s new “it” innovation city, and why Thrival Innovation is experiencing major growth in 2017. First off — who… Read more »