Thrival explores the intersection of humans, technology, and creativity through curated programs, original content, multimedia, and an annual arts and innovation festival.
Thrival Festival is composed of two events: Humans X Tech and Music X Arts. Humans X Tech events explore the impacts of humans and technology on business, society, and culture — particularly through the lens of artificial intelligence, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences (all Pittsburgh strengths). The 2018 theme is “LIFE.CODE,” which features a Future of Work Symposium, the LIFE.CODE Summit, and the LIFE.CODE Interactive Experience.
Music X Arts focuses on shared experience, with an emphasis on live music of all genres, interactive art and technology, and community gathering. Each year, Thrival experiments with different lineups, and have featured headliners ranging from rock, to EDM, to hip-hop, and more. This year, Music X Arts is headlined by EDM platinum DJ Dillon Francis, and will be hosted at Highmark Stadium.
Ascender is a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving early stage startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives of all forms. With an 11,000 square foot space in East Liberty that serves as co-working, incubation, and program space for free entrepreneurial education, Ascender is at the intersection for starters/builders, key thinkers, mentors, funders and service providers. Proceeds from Thrival go to support Ascender and its “Start/Build” community.
September 6, 2018: Thrival, Carnegie Museum of Art Collaborate on Immersive, One-Night-Only Interactive Experience of Art, Technology, and Culture
July 19, 2018: Thrival Releases First Round of Humans X Tech Speakers—Featuring Leaders and Innovators from Around U.S
June 21, 2018: Thrival Announces Platinum DJ Dillon Francis as Music X Arts Headliner
May 8, 2018: Thrival 2018 Presents “Life.Code”—Announces Dates, New Locations, and First Ticket Release