Harold the Hacker: Interview with Chris Valasek

/ By Beth Klebacha

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 »

Love, Harold

/ By Beth Klebacha

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 »

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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

Dispatches from Thrival Music’s 5th Year

/ By Thrival Festival

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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 »

INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE: SMART CARS AND SMELLING LEAKS

/ By Thrival Festival

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 »

Tech Culture Needs a Re-Boot: From Silicon Valley to the Steel City

/ By Thrival Festival

The life, culture, and general mindset of Silicon Valley is often referred to as a ‘bubble.’ Largely recognized as the world’s epicenter of innovation and new ideas, there is much to celebrate about the Bay Area — and the new technologies and creation that have… Read more »

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

/ By Thrival Festival

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 »

SAVE THE DATE!

/ By Thrival Festival

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival Announces Return to Carrie Furnaces September 29-30 for Live Outdoor Music Experience   Pittsburgh, PA – Celebrating its fifth year, Pittsburgh’s Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has announced its outdoor live music experience will take place September 29-30 at the… Read more »

Meet Thrival Keynote Speaker Ann Makosinski

/ By Thrival Festival

While still in high school, Ann Makosinski created the “Hollow Flashlight,” which was recognized with several awards at the 2013 Canade-Wide Science Fair, won the 2013 Google Science Fair, and won several awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Makosinki appeared on… Read more »

Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza Talks New ALBUM, Touring with a 20-PERSON Band+

/ By Thrival Festival

Thievery Corporation are about to come to Pittsburgh as a full 20 piece band for the first time and Rob Garza is very excited. The band has had a busy summer, touring at festivals across the US and traveling with a 20 person ensemble isn’t always simple. In addition to touring, Thievery Corporation is about to release a brand new album in February 2017 and in between shows, are working on finishing the production process. Read on to hear what they have been up to and buy tickets to see their debut full band show at Thrival, where they just might debut some material from the new record.

Chris Messina Talks Inventing the Hashtag and The Future of Tech

/ By Thrival Festival

Chris Messina is a designer, writer, avid Twitterer, and speaker who’s known for inventing the hashtag. He works with developers, product designers, entrepreneurs, and communities to bring to life projects that should exist but don’t. Ahead of his speaking engagement at Thrival, we took a moment… Read more »

Ty Dolla $ign (Taylor Gang): New Album, Touring, Thrival Festival+

/ By Thrival Festival

With a brand new album and a nonstop  tour schedule at festivals and sold out shows across the US. Ty Dolla $sign has been busy this summer. His album ‘Free TC’ features a great cohesiveness with an impressive list of collaborator friends including Wiz Khalifa, Kanye… Read more »

Thrival Innovation Speaker Sam Fotias (Paxahau/Movement Detroit) On Building a Music Town

/ By Thrival Festival

Sam Fotias is Vice President of Operations at Paxahau and Operations Director of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit. Sam began producing underground dance events in Detroit in the early 1990s. Working on these shows, he discovered and developed his talent for pulling elements together to deliver a powerful event experience. He immersed himself in the surging Detroit electronic music scene, working as the in-house promoter for Plus 8 Records and Plastik Produkts, and running Intellinet Record Distribution out of his basement.