Tech Forward: Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technologies

September 27, 2017 • Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Experts have speculated that artificial intelligence will become so routine in the near future that it will be barely noticeable in our daily lives. In other words, humans and technology will link together in ways only once imaginable. However, many questions remain. Who will create these innovations? How will we protect ourselves in this new frontier? What technologies will drive this revolution and what will be the impact?

#AIforGood: Risks and Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

September 27, 2017 • Kelly-Strahorn Theater

In collaboration with XPRIZE and hosted at the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Thrival Innovation addressed, head on, the consequences of an artificial intelligence revolution — ranging from the effects on our day-to-day lives, to the impact on jobs and the economy, to the way government and lawmakers handle automation on a massive scale.

Human Touch: Culture and Communication in the Age of AI

September 28, 2017 • UPMC Enterprises (Bakery Square)

While the automation revolution presents an array of economic and market opportunities, the proliferation of artificial intelligence and robotics will undoubtedly have a human cost associated with it. Yet, time and again, we witness major tech companies and new innovation miss the mark as scale, development, or go-to-market strategies fall short of their objectives. If people (still) remain at the center of the equation, how can we successfully foster technological growth at an unprecedented scale while helping humanity prosper and flourish?

Intelligence: Humans X Tech

September 28, 2017 • Carnegie Museum of Art

Thrival Innovation concluded with a first-ever collaborative event with the Carnegie Museum of Art to recognize Pittsburgh’s unique and evolving role within the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a focus on interactivity and AI, this marquee event celebrated the work of world-renowned artist and technologist, Ian Cheng — while featuring over a dozen technology demos, art presentations, exhibits, and keynote talks from thought leaders and industry executives shaping the global marketplace.

Music X Arts

September 29-30, 2017 • Carrie Furnaces

An outdoor, live music experience at the Carrie Furnaces featuring national and local musicians.

John Battelle

Editor-in-Chief & CEO, NewCo; Founding Editor, WIRED

Tracy Certo

Founder & Publisher, NEXT Pittsburgh

Sara Diepenbrock

Senior Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble

Wiz Khalifa

Founder, Taylor Gang

Brian Monahan

Head of Vertical Strategy, Pinterest

Amy Nelson

CEO, Venture for America

Minette Vaccariello

Lead Design Strategist, UPMC Enterprises

Luis Von Ahn

Co-Founder/CEO, Duolingo